Shibuya River

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Shibuya River south of Shibuya Station

The Shibuya River (渋谷川, Shibuya-gawa) is a river which flows through central Tokyo, Japan.

The river is 2.6 km in length originating close to Shibuya Station and passing through Shibuya and Minato wards before merging with the Furu River near Hiroo and flowing into Tokyo Bay near Shiba Koen.[1][2] The Inner Circular Route is built above the lower course of the river.

The Shibuya River banks are predominantly unlandscaped; the major tributary of the river, the Onden River, originates in Sendagaya and passes largely unnoticed directly under Cat Street in the heart of Ura-Harajuku. The Onden River merges with the Uda River in central Shibuya forming the Shibuya River which then flows directly under Shibuya Station as a covered concrete drain.[3]

Redevelopment plans for Shibuya Station include the prospect of a more accessible Shibuya River with landscaping and pedestrian access.[4]

Watermill at Onden, (on the Shibuya River) by Hokusai. Part of the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.

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Media related to Shibuya River at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ "Description of Shibuya and Furu Rivers" (PDF). Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  2. ^ Waley, Paul (1984). Tokyo Now and Then. New York and Tokyo: John Weatherhill Inc. p. 438. ISBN 0-8348-0195-7.
  3. ^ Rebecca, Milner. "Shibuya Underground Streams". Ping Mag (Architecture). Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Urban Planning Proposal for Areas Surrounding Shibuya Station" (PDF). Tokyu Corporation. Retrieved 19 March 2014.

Coordinates: 35°39′28″N 139°42′11″E / 35.657694°N 139.702944°E / 35.657694; 139.702944