Shibuya crossing elevation and crime maps

Shibuya Elevation Map

When researching the post, Chico Lourant, the Black Sun of Shibuya, I came across a helpful elevation map. The green “Y” in the center of the map is due to lower elevation areas (these represent current and underground rivers). The center of the “Y” is Shibuya Station, which is surrounded by several slopes. The map’s scale is at left.

Map of Shibuya, 1945

Here is a an excerpt of a map from 1945 of approximately the same location. Back then, most of Tokyo’s small rivers and streams had not yet been covered by roads and concrete. In this map, I’ve exaggerated the size of the rivers in blue, for emphasis:


The original map can be found here: Tokyo City Plans 1:12,500, U.S. Army Map Service, 1945-1946 (see map #12).

The crowded Shibuya Crossing is such a confusing confluence because it used to be the meeting of two rivers. Looking at a map of Tokyo today, you’ll notice many multi-sided intersections; these are often, if not always, the result of traditional river crossings. In the old days, when bridges were more difficult to construct, roads would all converge at the same point in order to access a bridge. The meeting of two rovers would result in even more roads converging in one place.

Shibuya Crime Map

Violent crime in Shibuya is most common to the northwest of Shibuya Station, which includes a high concentration of shopping, bars,  restaurants, and clubs in and around Inokashira dori. Map centered: 東京都渋谷区神南1丁目 / Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Jinnan 1-chome.

This map, and others, are from TOKYO CRIME MAPS 東京犯罪情報マップ.


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