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New app points the way in Tokyo's labyrinthine Shibuya Station

TOKYO -- The Shibuya district of Japan's capital is a tourist magnet, with its famous scramble crossing and countless options for shopping and entertainment. But Shibuya Station, the gateway to the area with eight railway and subway lines, is a head-spinning labyrinth of platforms and pathways that can cause even locals to get lost. With a little Bluetooth connectivity and augmented reality technology, though, the place becomes a lot less intimidating.

     A new smartphone application is dedicated to helping users find their way around. The app, the name of which translates to "Shibuya Pedestrian Navi," is currently only available in Japanese. But it could be a sign of things to come as Tokyo tries to make itself more attractive and accessible to foreign visitors.

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