Tokyo is well-known to be one of the busiest cities in the world and their train and subway stations are packed at all times during the day – especially Shibuya Station. But around 5am, it looks totally different…
I used to take the train around 4pm to go to work while I was living in Tokyo. At that time, the trains were all packed with school kids, teenagers going to Yoyogi or Harayuku, salary men going to have some beers at their favorite “Izakaya” or a gaijin (foreigner) going to work like me. ;) I gotta admit, it was pretty cool to see them all standing waiting for their train to come or texting to their friends while sitting inside the train.
Known as one of the busiest train stations in Japan, it is rare to see it almost empty, so one day I played with the idea of being in the station while nobody is there but me. It was easier than I thought, I just went to Shibuya Station around 5am just right after the station opened.
If you don’t know where Shibuya Station is, don’t worry, it’s easy to get there just take the Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line or the JR Yamanote Line and you’ll make it to Shibuya. If you know where it is, you can just go to some bar near the station and stay there until 5am. ;)
So going back to a normal day at 5:00am, it’s quite creepy to walk around the station alone, and hear the train approaching, but at the same time it’s amazing how it will be filled with so many people in just a matter of minutes.
I totally suggest that you wake up early and see Tokyo’s busiest streets and stations early in the morning. You don’t get to see one of the busiest cities in the world with their stations almost empty everyday, and you’ll feel like you are just in the middle of a zombie movie exploring some unknown station.