Iconic Shibuya crossing to get major makeover

A new observation deck will open this year, overlooking the famous crossing.

Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing, arguably one of the world’s busiest intersections, is about to undergo a major revamp.

A number of renovations are underway as part of a long-term site redevelopment plan ahead of 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Several new buildings are being built as part of the project, including a 230-metre-high tower will open in November 2019, known as Shibuya Scramble Square.

An artist’s impression of the new city skyline

The building will feature an open-air observation deck, offering views across Tokyo, from Shibuya crossing to Mount Fuji.

Watch this artist’s impression fly-over of the new tower overlooking Shibuya crossing:

Shibuya Station is also getting a makeover to make travelling to and from the major hub even easier.

Shibuya Ward Mayor Ken Hasebe said the development is part of plan to make Shibuya an internationally recognised name.

“It may sound presumptuous, but I want people to think of Shibuya in the same way as they do London, Paris and New York,” he said.

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