The Shibuya construction site


Hiroshige depicted the snowy scene of the lumberyard where a huge supply of construction timber lined the landscape. Heading towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games the east side of Shibuya Station has been transformed in an enormous construction zone. The huge redevelopment project would reshape the area around Shibuya Station and will continue to bustle with construction works until all projects are completed in 2027.


Located along the western arc of the JR Yamanote loop line circling the heart of the city, Shibuya Station began in 1885 as a quaint suburban railway stop in what was once dairy farmland and tea fields. Lands to the north were home to an athletes’ village for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.