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Shibuya Halloween 2018 – Perfect Guide by Japanese writer

Shibuya became a place representing Japan’s Halloween event.
A lot of young people disguised every year gathered, making it the biggest virtual place in Japan.
Especially the area around SHIBUYA 109 from the scrambled intersection in Shibuya is very crowded.
So, if you plan to participate in the Halloween event in Shibuya, you’d better preliminarily make a preliminary review.

・When will the Halloween event of 2018 be held?
・What time should I go?
・Where will you change your clothes?
・Where is the toilet?

I will present an overview of Shibuya Halloween in 2018 this year, answering your questions.


All Photos by Hideya Hamano used under CC

■Holding date of Shibuya Halloween in 2018

Shibuya Halloween 2018 will be held from 26th October to 31st October.
Holding time is from 18 o’clock to 22 o’clock.
During the event, the Shibuya scramble intersection and Culture Street next to SIBUYA 109 and Dogenzaka are pedestrian heaven.

On the 31st day of Halloween day, crowd 1 will peak.
Enjoy while watching carefully so as not to get caught in trouble because it becomes a crowded crowd.
Please beware of larceny and women are molested.
Be careful not to get tangled as some drunkards seem to be inside.
Since Saturday, Halloween events are held at various places in Shibuya, so many people who are disguised are likely to gather.
The disguised group began to gradually increase from around 16 o’clock in the evening, and in the night it became a tremendous number of people and showed an excessive excitement.

■ pedestrian zone

The first traffic regulation was done in 2016 two years ago and made the roadway around “SHIBUYA 109” a pedestrian heaven.
It seems that the Metropolitan Police Department conducted some traffic restrictions and opened it to pedestrians as a pedestrian heaven because people who overflowed the roadway with too many people hindered traffic.
Halloween participants more than last year are expected this year.
The road around “SHIBUYA 109” will likely be a pedestrian heaven this year as well.

From the intersection of Shibuya Ekimae scramble intersection, traffic regulation will be done for both Y direction in the direction of Bunkamura street (about 300 m) and Dogenzaka (about 250 m) which will surround “SHIBUYA 109” and will become pedestrian heaven.

■Congestion time
It seems that the flow of disguised people peaks around 18 o’clock from around 23 o’clock.
The Metropolitan Police Department seems to regulate traffic by looking at the crowded situation of people.
Last year we restricted traffic from 19:40 to around 23:30.
The Metropolitan Police seems to be wary of throwing a public relations team of the riot police known as “DJ police”.

■ Changing places and toilets
In Shibuya Ward, countermeasures are taken so that young people who are disguised will not occupy the toilets of stations and commercial facilities.
Let’s take a measure taken last year as an example.
We installed 10 temporary changing rooms and 2 tents for make-up in Miyashita Park along Shibuya station railroad track.
12 temporary toilets installed at Miyashita park bicycle park and Shibuya station west exit bus terminal.
“MEGA Don Quijote Shibuya main store” changes clothes to Culture Village and space and provisional toilet prepared.

Thousands of people gather around Shibuya station and about 100 events such as costumes are held.
Temporary toilets etc are required.
Since we think that countermeasures will be done in the same place this year, it should be kept in mind.

Basically it is better to think that you can not use toilets and powder rooms of commercial facilities around Shibuya station.
Let’s use only for the loan OK place for Halloween!

Shibuya Halloween MAP in 2018 lists the location of the fitting and make room ↓
It seems that the change room to be rented this year only on October 31st this year.
It’s a bit disappointing as we usually have a few days
However, since other places offering a change of clothes will come out, let’s check until just before.

■ Shibuya Halloween garbage problem
The city of Shibuya, which was crowded with disguised young people, is full of garbage if the night is clear.
Garbage overflows in places where people gather.
It is unavoidable, but do not forget that there are people who have cleaned up the trash one by one.

In Shibuya Ward, we dispose pumpkin garbage bags and set up garbage collection stations.
I call on volunteers to clean the city.

In such circumstances people’s consciousness changes and the appearance of young people who pick up garbage while making a costume has increased.
Besides those who are disguised, there are also people who bother to gather just to clean the city of Shibuya.
The streets of Shibuya are completely cleaned the next day thanks to these people do their best.

■ Summary
Shibuya Halloween, which becomes a hot topic each year, is also a focus of attention this year.

Please also enjoy protecting manners and morals as well as people who enjoy disguised and enjoyed by sightseeing.
And please be careful not to be swallowed because congestion is amazing.

Because it seems that events are held in the clubs in the neighborhood, so to the extent that it does not remove too much!

Halloween is also an experience that you can not experience everyday so you may want to try out with a dummy costume!

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