) is a special ward
As of 2008, it has an estimated population
of 208,371 and a population density
of 13,540 people per km². The total area is 15.11 km².
The name "Shibuya" is also used to refer to the shopping district which surrounds Shibuya Station
, one of Tokyo's busiest railway stations. This area is known as one of the fashion centers of Japan, particularly for young people, and as a major nightlife area.
The Tokyu Toyoko Line
opened in 1932, making Shibuya a key terminal between Tokyo and Yokohama, and was joined by the forerunner of the Keio Inokashira Line
in 1933 and the forerunner of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
in 1938. One of the best-known stories concerning Shibuya is the story of Hachikō
, a dog who waited on his late master at Shibuya Station every day from 1923 to 1935, eventually becoming a national celebrity for his loyalty. A statue of Hachikō
was built adjacent to the station, and the surrounding Hachikō Square is now the most popular meeting point in the area.