Aura of Hachiko Statue, Five Times in Shibuya Crossing

Still remember?…..

When D.K’s black car was chasing Sean Boswell who was speeding in his red racing car and the racing group was led by Han Lue in front who was masculine swerving in his yellow racing car. In the chase, there was a moment when three race cars were forced to pass at an intersection which full of pedestrians. The scene was so thrilling but looked absolutely fantastic from top camera. Unmistakably, that was a piece of scene in the movie “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”. And the intersection in question was known as the Shibuya Crossing.

Well, if this was a different story again…..

Have you ever watched a film based on a true story and tell of a dog named Hachi and his master Parker Wilson, played by veteran actor Richard Gere?.

Being tell In the film, Hachi was so loyal and always took Wilson to station every day to go to teach and waited for his return in front of the same station in afternoon. Such was Hachi’s daily activities. Until one day, Wilson died on campus because of a heart attack and would never see Hachi again. But because of Hachi’s loyalty, Hachi until the end of its life still waiting for its master who never again came in front of the station. This legendary dog ​​was a true story of the origin of Hachiko Statue which was located near Shibuya Station and just a hundred meters south of Shibuya Crossing.

That afternoon the air was getting colder, slowly dropping from 4 Celsius degree, the time was 13:45 hours when I was already at the north entrance gate of Nakano Station. Not long, the Chuo-Sobu Line train arrived. In the late afternoon, passengers were still quiet, maybe it wasn’t time to go home from work. I took a seat on the left side of carriage and felt the warmth of air in the carriage. I only realized when I felt hot air gush from under the seat and hit my feet as I sat down. Apparently trains in Japan put a heating engine under the seat.

The inner side of Shibuya Station.
Shibuya Station Gate directly located opposite Hachiko Square.

Just five minutes towards southeast, I got off the Chuo-Sobu Line to change to Yamanote Line. Now the train was moving south for four kilometers and took ten minutes and was in increasingly congested passenger conditions. Yamanote Line is the busiest train line in downtown Tokyo.

I arrived at Shibuya Station on 14:00 hours and took directions to Hachiko Exit Gate at north of station building. When I stepped out of station gate, I was immediately greeted by appearance of Hachiko Square which was already full of visitors. Some sat on each side of the plaza and most surrounded the statue of loyal beast queuing for photos. There was nothing special about the statue, maybe it was Hachiko’s life story which made the statue feel alive and became a attention center.

I enjoyed soon the crowd at Hachiko Square. Because I couldn’t wait to feel the sensation of crossing at Shibuya Crossing. I stepped a hundred meters north and started to stand at that famous five junction. I could only smile to myself when I saw the behavior of some tourists when crossing. Some took pictures in the middle of intersection, some ran and climbed a signpole to take photos from a height, and some posted vlogs as long as the green light was still on. And when a sign sound “tut-tut-tut” loudly shouting after another as a sign that traffic light would turn red, then all tourists and local pedestrians rushed to walk to road edge and briefly left a silence moment, then followed by the sound of horns and the roar of car engines which scrambling across the intersection headed in all directions.

Chūken Hachikō, if it were still alive, t would be 97 years old.
Yuhuu….Shibuya Crossing.
Tsutaya is a well-known bookstore in Japan. I’m @ Shibuya Crossing.
An intersection which is said to be able to cross 50,000 pedestrians for 30 minutes.

I was who still couldn’t believe that I could be there, was infected by their acute strangeness. Since it was an intersection of five streets, it was even five times, I crossed back and forth from side to side at Shibuya Crossing. Oh my God, Was this an afternoon when made me going crazy from exposure to Tokyo life’s aroma?.

Tokyo’s Major Stations….Nijūsanku Tourism Access

Staying two days in Tokyo gave me a chance to felt a hustle and bustle of the city. I got some good morality from interaction with Japanese. I had proved some good stories about Japanese characters that I heard and read from media.

I could approved their good attitudes when suddenly a middle-aged man ran up to me around Nakano station, he gave my wallet that lost there. Also their disciple in using every second was reflected in the regularity of their train network which actually very massive and complicated but seems very easy for them. 

My step for visiting Nijusanku (another name of Tokyo) tourist attractions had delivered me into some main stations in Tokyo as tourism access.

I will tell to you who haven’t visit there yet to become first images before you see it by yourself someday.

1. Tokyo Station

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first moment when I came in Tokyo

The luxurious station in Tokyo I had ever seen. It was “Shinkansen” main hub. It was very strategic because being crossing point of Tokyo Metro (regular subway) and regular JR-East Line (operating above the ground).

Except trains, Tokyo Station is also connected to city and intercity bus network.

Konektivitas Stasiun Tokyo

 

Left: Shinkansen connectivity in Tokyo station
Top Right: Shinkansen Track Gate
Bottom Right: JR Expressway Bus Office

2. Shibuya Station

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Left: Shibuya Station front view
Top Right: One of Shibuya Station gates
Bottom Right: Yamanote Line track in Shibuya Station

Located about 9 km southwest of Tokyo Station. It is one of the busiest commuter stations in Tokyo. Being vital because mobilization towards and from surrounding cities very dependent on its existence.

Shibuya Tourism

 

Left: Hachiko Statue

Right: One side of Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya itself presents some free tourist spots i.e Hachiko statue –dog that waiting for its owner until dies in the front of station– and Shibuya Crossing as the busiest crossing in the world that able to cross 50,000 pedestrians for 30 minutes.

3. Ueno Station

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Left: Ueno station front view
Top Right: One of Ueno Station gates
Bottom Right: Yamanote Line Track in Ueno Station

Located about 6 Km north of Tokyo Station, the station which in its heyday is a Japan’s long-distance train major station.

Ueno Tourism

You must go to Ameyoko Market if you stop at Ueno Station. It is a market with low price and more discount. Backpackers must visit it if they want to eat cheaply. Even moslem  traveler, they will find halal food here. I saw many kebab sellers there. The first impression when entering this market is fishy smell….. Yes, many trader sell fresh seafood and spices to cook it.

4. Akihabara Station

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after getting off from a train

Located about 3 Km north of Tokyo Station, the Station is centrally located in Akihabara’s electronics shopping area.

Akibahara Tourism

night situation around Akihabara electronics store

Akihabara is a haven for electronic lovers. This shopping area provides famous brands with cheap prices following fantastic promos and discounts.

5. Harajuku Station

Harajuku Station

frontview and Harajuku Station platform

Located about 12 Km west of Tokyo Station. Harajuku is a region name in east of this station. Harajuku became the sixth busiest station in Tokyo.

Harajuku Station Tourism

 

Left: Takeshita Street
Right: Meiji-Jingu Shrine

Harajuku Station is access to Takeshita Street tourist spot. It’s 350 meters road that becomes young Japanese representative with a uniqueness and interesting clothes. It is also spoiling tourists with culinary and fashion shops.

Then about 700 m north of this station, you can visit Meiji-Jingu Shrine. A magnificent temple to remembering Emperor Meiji. Green and fresh situation of this temple is reflected by environments around temple which is a very clean and well maintained forest.

So. .. .what are you waiting, guys? …. Visit Japan.