Shibuya Crossing the Persona 5 Way
So you’ve invested 50+ hours into Persona 5, you know all there is to know about Shibuya; you’ve studied in the Diner, you’ve been defeated at BangBang Burger, you feel like you’ve visited virtually, but something was missing. Something important. The ability to walk across Shibuya Crossing. I know, it upset me too. Not being able to walk across one of the most iconic locations in Tokyo, in otherwise a somewhat accurate representation of Shibuya.
But don’t worry, you’ve booked a flight to Japan to experience it for yourself. Hurray!
With a population of 38 million, there’s no wonder Shibuya Crossing is busy. If people aren’t commuting from the office, they’re meetings friends by Hachiko before visiting one of the many restaurants, bars, stores or arcades which Shibuya has to offer.
Ok, so I need to be honest, I’m a total Persona 5 fan girl. When I first visited Japan I was desperate to find all of the locations in Persona 5, and unsurprisingly I failed. The inspiration for each location were quite far away from each other, and with inspiration being only loosely based, it’s unlikely that you’d feel like you were walking around a live-action version of the game (speaking from experience here, however awesome Sangenjaya is, once you leave the station, it doesn’t feel like you’ve stepped into Yongenjaya). But one area which was achievable and wouldn’t take too much time from my day was Shibuya Crossing.
One of the hangouts was in Shibuya Station, and it looks pretty atmospheric doesn’t it? But what the game doesn’t mention is that the view out of the window has a great view of Shibuya Crossing. Maybe that’s why they chose it for their hangout. But lucky for you, this is one of the easiest areas to feel like you’re in Persona 5 without taking too much time from your itinerary. It’s so familiar that you’ll be expecting Morgana to rock up at any time.
The area is so similar that it’s a perfect location to bring along your best pals for an excellent cosplay moment (someone hold my bag whilst I straighten my best Anne wig).
How to reach the meeting point
The hangout featured in Persona 5 is actually in the walkway of Shibuya Station. It looks easy enough to get there, however Shibuya Station can be quite the maze so let me guide you step by step.
Step One: Enter Via Hachiko Entrance
Enter Shibuya Station by taking the Hachiko Entrance (next to Tokyo Department Store). Immediately take a left and walk up the stairs until you reach the next floor.
Step Two: Carry on Straight
As soon as you reach the top of the staircase carry on straight ahead. You’ll see some windows, but don’t stop there, a better view awaits. Carry on straight until you see a mural. Then look out of the windows to the right and bam you’re there. Right in the hangout.
Step Three: Enjoy the View
Now, relax and enjoy the view. This is one of the less busy viewing points for Shibuya Crossing, so spend as long watching the scramble without feeling like you’re in the way.
More Viewing Points
If you’re left wanting more, then let me tell you of two more viewing areas of Shibuya Crossing.
Inside Tsutaya on the second floor is probably one of the busiest Starbucks Coffee Shops in the world! But this has reason to be busy, with an excellent view of Shibuya Crossing it’s no wonder that everyone inside scrambles to find a seat to watch the scramble outside.
Magnet by Shibuya109 Building Rooftop Viewing Platform
On the roof of Magnet by Shibuya109 building is a newly opening rooftop garden, giving you an unique birds-eye view of Shibuya Crossing. Entry to the rooftop is free, but it will be busy. There is an opportunity for some unusual selfies, as the rooftop has a camera which you can connect to your mobile, and for ¥1000, the camera will take as many photos as you can in your allocated 100 second period.
So that’s all for now folks,
I’ve been Wedy Jones.
Keep it Real, Keep it Nippon.