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    Main Building is 190 meters in height
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    Get to Know About Shinjuku City

    by taigaa001 Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    Viewing UP Tokyo Metropotalian Government Building
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    Shinjuku is often nicknamed as "New Tokyo" mainly because of cluster of skyscrapers some of which still waiting to be open. It is home to some of Tokyo's most popular prestigious hotels such as PARK HYATT, HILTON TOKYO and KEIO PLAZA hotels. To name three major spots in Shinjuku, Tokyo Metropotalian Government Building, Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, and Kabukicho Street will definitely be picked. The area, however, has some historical sites as well such as Kumano Shrine at the corner of Shinjuku Central Park and Hanazono Shrine near Kabukicho Street.

    Shinjuku as a ward (city) of Metropolitan Tokyo encompasses much larger area than the district around Shinjuku Station. The city has some areas with historical sites such as Yotsuya, and Kagurazaka. Northwestern part of the ward bordering with Nakano ward is called Ochiai which is quiet residential area with some historical sites. Takadanobaba is the town close to Waseda University while Shin-Okubo, home to Japanese Koreans is often named "Korean Town".

    *Parks and Gardens
    Shinjuku Central Park: A good place to view major Shinjuku Skyscrapers. You can enjoy seasonal flowers there.
    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden: Huge green space with both English and Japanese gardens. Also a popular place to view cherry blossoms.
    Meiji Jingu Outer Garden
    The huge park with some sports stadiums noted for its Ginkgo Avenue.
    Tetugakudo Park (Nakano and Shinjuku)
    The park in Nakano ward bordering with Ochiai district of Shinjuku ward known as one of the cherry viewing spots. The park has traditional styled unique buildings to present different set of philosophical doctrines. Southeastern corner of the park belongs to Shinjuku Ward.

    *Museums
    Sword Museum: The museum in Shibuya ward has some excellent collection of Japanese Sword. Located about ten minutes walk from Shinjuku Central Park on its way to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

    *Historical Places
    Yotsuya: The area with old-town Tokyo feel with some historical temples and shrines.
    Kagurazaka and Ushigome: Tokyo area close to Iidabashi Station with Edo-town feel somewhat like Gion of Kyoto. Kanda riverside has some fancy restaurants.
    *Landmarks
    Waseda University: One of the most popular and upper-level private universities in Tokyo. Its campus grounds is a lot more than academic space. It has some historical sites and monuments. You can enjoy visiting historical places around the university.

    **English Maps of Shinjuku Ward
    Shinjuku ward rencently put out ten area maps for Shinjuku walkers. To explore Shinjuku further, please use this map.
    http://www.city.shinjuku.lg.jp/foreign/english/pdf/map/tour.html

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    Shinjuku i-Land Tower

    by taigaa001 Updated Feb 20, 2014
    Main Building is 190 meters in height
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    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Shinjuku i-land Tower opened in 1995 is best known by the LOVE sculpture near the main entrance of the building. The main tower is as tall as 190 meters, and has fourty-four floors. The building has been used as offices, shopping spaces and condominium. The complex also has a shopping and restaurant mall.

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    Shinjuku Park Tower

    by taigaa001 Written Feb 20, 2014
    Viewed From Shinjuku Central Building

    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Shinjuku Park Tower is best known as the location of the film LOST IN TRANSLATION. Park Hyatt Hotel, one of the most prestigious lodgings in Tokyo, occupies 39th to 52th floor of the highest tower of the triple-tower building complex, S Tower, 235 meters in height. Other towers are C Tower, 209m, and N Tower, 182m. It was built in 1994, designed by Kenzo Tange and Constructed jointly by Taisei, Kajima and Shimizu. The tower complex has shopping malls and restraurant avenues called Park Tower Avenue.

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    S-tec Information & Kogakuin University Buildings

    by taigaa001 Written Sep 19, 2013

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    S-tec Information and Kogakuin University Building

    These two building, Kokugakuin University, Shinjuku (Right, 133m, 29-floor) and S-tec Information Building(Left, 129m, 28-floor) are twin towers completed in 1989 and 1992 respectively. The former is used for Shinjuku campus of Kokugakuin University while the latter is mainly used for office space, shopping mall and restaurants. These towers were constructed jointly by Taisei, Takenaka, Shimizu, Obayashi, Kajima and Toda.

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building #2

    by taigaa001 Written Aug 8, 2013
    Viewed From Shinjuku Central Park
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    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Another Tokyo Metropotalian Government skyscraper opened in 1991 is 163 meters in height and has 34 floors. The building is often mistaken for similarly styled Park Hyatt Tokyo located nearby. Top parts of this building is combined with multiple hexahedra. It was designed by Kenzo Tange and constructed jointly by ten major Japanese contractors. TMG #2 has no observation decks.

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building #1

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 29, 2013
    Twin-Towered Building
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    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Although, not tallest building in Tokyo, much less the highest in Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower #1 a twin-towered building, 243m, 48-floor, still is one of the most popular skyscrapers in Tokyo. There are free-of-charge two observation decks, south and north but both require security checks(personal belonging check) before riding on the elevator. Even on a weekday you need to wait in queue for about 10 to 15 minutes. The views from the decks are breathtaking. It surely is one of the best viewing places in Tokyo. Each observation deck has some souvenir shops and a cafe restaurant.

    The TMG Tower #1 was designed by Kenzo Tange and constructed jointly by Taisei, Shimizu, Maeda, Takenaka et.tal. and was opened in March 1991. When the building was opened there were some criticisms for the project as wasting Metropolitan taxpayers money. It was years before Governor Ishihara revamped the Metropolitan Government.

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    Shinjuku Monolith Building

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 7, 2013
    Right beside KDDI Building(middle higher tower)

    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Shinjuku Monolith Building(123m, 30-floor) opened in 1990 is often outshined by nearby buildings such as KDDI and TMG Towers. It was designed by Nihon Sekkei Inc. and constructed jointly by Hazama, Suzuken, Seibu, Fudo Tetra, and Kokume.

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    Shinjuku L Tower

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 7, 2013
    Viewed From Shinjuku Station West Exit
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    Shinjuku Skyscrapers: When you get out of Shinjuku station west exit, this building having distinctive design with multiple Ls might impress you, though the adjacent cocoon tower is much higher than this building. When you look this building from Shinjuku station it has complicated shape made up by the shape just like the stairs viewing from above. The other side of the building, however, looks just like an ordinary cigarette pack shape. Photographers often take this building combined with cocoon tower. It surely will make a nice urban photo.

    L tower(121m, 31-floor) was opened in 1989 designed by Shimizu Corporation, constructed jointly by Shimizu, Hazama, Obayashi, Taisei, Kajima, and Daisue, who's who of Japanese major contractors.

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    Shinjuku Green Tower Building

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 7, 2013
    Located close to Tokyo Hilton

    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Surrounded by much higher nearby buildings, this building, 110m, 28-floor, look really tiny. As the name suggests the building opened in 1986 has green color in both exterior and interior decor. It was designed by Nikken Sekkei Ltd. and constructed jointly by Sato Kogyo Co.,Ltd and Shimizu Corporation. The building also has a heliport for emergency situation. Starbuck is located at the entrance of the first floor of this building.

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    Hilton Tokyo

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 7, 2013
    Beautiful Wavy Design

    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: The upscale hotel with distinctive wavy design is one of the most popular skyscrapers among Shinjuku photoraphers. The building, 130 meters, 38-floor, was opened in 1985, designed by Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc. and constructed jointly by Taisei Corporation and Ohki Corporation. The building has a shopping mall Hiltopia on the first basement floor.

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    Shinjuku Washington Hotel

    by taigaa001 Updated Jul 7, 2013
    Confectionery-like hotel (far left)
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    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: The hotel building shaped like two-layered white cookies can easily be missed because it is often shrouded by nearby much taller buildings such as TMG No.2 Tower(just like photo #2). Probably the best place to see this building, 96 meters in height(25-floor), opened in 1983 can be from Shinjuku Central Park.(Photo #1)

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    Shinjuku NS Building

    by taigaa001 Updated Jul 7, 2013
    NS Building has distinctive glass roof
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    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Shinjuku NS building, 30-floor, 134m, is even lower than adjacent KDDI building which is among the shortest of Skyscrapers in Tokyo. The building was opened in 1982 when Shinjuku buildings competed for better designs rather than mere height. Its distinctive feature is crystal-glass roof at the top of the building designed to take in natural light fitting for conservation. The topmost floor(30th floor) is used as a convention area.

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    Odakyu Daiichi Life Building, Hyatt Regency Tokyo

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 6, 2013
    Twin-Tower Building
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    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: After Shinjuku Central Buildings was opened in 1979 there had been no high-rised building topping 200 meters or above until 1990. Odakyu Daiichi Life Building and Hyatt Recency Tokyo both opened in 1980 are typical of the Shinjuku Buildings built during 1980s reflecting the period of post high-growth in Japan. These buildings are nearly symmetrical and north tower is called Odakyu Daiichi Life Building 26-floor, 117m, and the south tower is Hyatt Regency Tokyo, 28-floor, 117m. Since tis twin tower buildings Shinjuku buildings pursued unique design rather than mere height of the building.

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    Shinjuku Central Building

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 6, 2013
    It Has Domineering Presence
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    Shinjuku Skyscrapers: Shinjuku Central Building(223m, 54-floor) opened in 1979 is the last of early Shinjuku Skyscrapers built during 70s. Since then no buildings constructed afterwards topped 200 meter mark until 1990 when Shinjuku Metropotalian Government Tower No.1 was opened. It was designed and constructed by Taisei Corporation and is used as the Head Office building for the one of Japan's leading contractor. Its outlook is monster-like and has domineering presence. The building also has a post office and a convenience store(Lawson). There is an observation floor at 53th floor next to the restaurant Dining Out.53.

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    Shinjuku Nomura Building

    by taigaa001 Updated Jul 6, 2013
    Located next to Sompo Japan Building
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    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Shinjuku Nomura Building, (210m. 50-floor) is one of the early Shinjuku Skyscrapers opened in 1978. It was designed by Yasui Architects and Engineering which is known by the buildings of Tokyo International Airport(Haneda). This building serves as a mini town catering to the visitors' daily necessities such as Family Mart one of the major convenient store chain in Japan, and an post office.
    Observation floor is at the 50th floor.

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Shinjuku has several popular areas, West Shinjuku, East Shinjuku, Shin-Okubo and Takadanobaba. 1. 'West Shinjuku': Best Known by a cluster of skyscrapers such as Tokyo...

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