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Friday, June 30, 2017

The Makeover of Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station and Shibuya Crossing probably first caught the attention of kaiju fans through the battle between Gamera and several Gyaos in Gamera 3 in 1999.

Above, construction already started at Shibuya Station in 2015. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Currently, Shibuya Station is undergoing a major reshaping through a big redevelopment project. We will likely not find the station's look a familiar one once the redevelopment project is completed.

According to Nippon.com:
Tokyo’s bustling neighborhood of Shibuya has a reputation as a fashion and pop-culture hub, drawing hordes of visitors from around Japan and further afield. Easily recognized for its lively and much-photographed scramble crossing, the area around Shibuya Station is undergoing a massive makeover ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 that will reshape the look and feel of one of the metropolis’s most popular cultural and consumer enclaves. 
The long-term project has already been underway for some time, and once complete it will provide Shibuya with a new skyline of high-rise buildings and also significantly bolster the area’s infrastructure. Heralded as a once-a-century undertaking, the renovation is scheduled to be mostly completed in time to greet the influx of tourists and other visitors expected to descend on Tokyo for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020. 
Shibuya Station, a pulsing commuter hub housing a complex tangle of nine train and subway lines, is set to undergo a major revamp that will make it easier for travelers to navigate the sprawling terminal.

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