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Tuesday, 23rd December 2014
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Shibuya crossing to have restricted access on NYE

New Year's Eve revellers hoping to welcome 2015 in style by heading to the famous Shibuya pedestrian crossing should make arrangements in advance to get there in plenty of time, as police will be restricting access to the area once again this year.

This famous area, which has come to symbolise Japan thanks to its appearance in many films and TV series, is an immensely popular location for those who want to ring in the New Year surrounded by other like minded people and a fantastic atmosphere.

However, police have restricted access to the crossing in recent years, claiming that numbers have gotten out of hand and increased the risk of traffic accidents, stampedes and other serious incidents.

Restaurant and shop owners in the location have also voiced concerns that the crowds could cause damage to their venues.

Visitors hoping to come here for the celebrations are advised that crowd control measures will be in place, meaning the number of people able to attend will be restricted by officers.

In addition, the Hachiko entrance and exit to the nearby Shibuya station will be closed from 10pm on New Year's Eve, as well as one of the underground subway entrances. Access will be restored to both at 2am on New Year's Day.

Shibuya is a popular entertainment district in Tokyo that is well-known for its endless maze of shops and bars, illuminated by the garish colours from countless neon street signs.

Keep an eye out for the statue of Hachiko, the loyal dog who waited for his owner at the station every day, even after the man had died.

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