Shinjuku Things to Do

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    See Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen Park

    by bpacker Updated Sep 4, 2005

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    Shinjuku in Spring

    Come the end of March to the beginning of April,Sakura, or Japanese cherry blossoms are generally in bloom in this little but pretty park near the shopping district of Shinjuku. Of course when I was there in Dec, all 1500 trees over there were pretty bare! This spring picture was taken by hubby.

    Entry fee: 200 yen

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    Best Aerial View of Shinjuku

    by bpacker Written Sep 4, 2005

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    52 floors up! New York gril, Shinjuku

    Now a lot of folks think that the best view of Shinjuku is from the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (TMG). Afterall, the observatory offers a free bird's-eye view of Shinjuku's cluster of skyscrapers right? Wrong, you can get an even better view from Park Hyatt's New York Grill on the 52nd Floor. And did I mention that there's food and champagne in the weekend? Check out my buffet tip in the food section.

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    Fantastic view of Tokyo

    by victorwkf Updated Oct 8, 2005

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office building

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office building is a famous 243 metre tall twin towers landmark in Shinjuku with observatories on the 45th floor of each tower. The fantastic view of Tokyo from the southern tower is considered slightly more interesting. It open daily from 9:30 to 23:00 (south observatory until 17:30), except December 29-31, January 2-3 and occasional inspection days. Furthermore, the north observatory is closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday and the south observatory on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, except if a public holiday falls on the closure day, in which case the observatory is closed the following day. Admission is free. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to visit this place but I would like recommend it to you if you have the time.

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    From Tamamo Pond to French Formal Garden

    by taigaa001 Updated Apr 9, 2013

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    The walking trail extends from the middle inlet
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    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Tip: From Tamamo Pond, there is a nice walking trail extending from the islet in the middle of the pond. As you walk along the trail you will find two information boards. One in Japanese is telling us about Mandarin Duck(Japanese OSHIDORI) . Mandarin Duck is a prevalent bird species in East Asian countries. In Shinjuku Gyoen, you can see them during Autumn to Spring. In China and Japan they are symbols of lifelong fidelity and conjugal affection for married couples. Japanese word OSHIDORI-FUFU comes from that conception. The pairs are often seen close to each other. Male bird has beautiful tail just like Japanese comb while female has greyish brown feathers. The other info board tells us about semi-aquatic turtles residing in Shinjuku Gyoen. The most prevalent turtle in Shinjuku Gyoen is red-ear sliders which is in fact recognized as one of the invasive foreign species in Japan. the others are Japanese pond turtle(Ishigame, Mauremys Japonica), Reeve's pond turtle(Kusagame, Chinemys reevesii), and soft-shelled turtle(suppon, Pelodiscus sinensis).

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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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    Viewing NTT Docomo Tower

    by taigaa001 Updated Apr 21, 2013

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    NTT Docomo Tower viewed from Shinjuku Gyoen

    South Shinjuku/Yoyogi Tip: Alternate Names: NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building(official name), Tokyo Empire State Building(nickname)
    Around Shinjuku there are lots of skyscrapers but NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building, often referred to as NTT Docomo Tower or Tokyo Empire State Building, is one of the new comers opened in 2000.
    It is located in Yoyogi area of Shibuya ward but it is purely the business space and not for tourists. There are no observation space unlike the other skyscrapers around Shinjuku. The building is also noted for the huge clock 15 meters in diameter. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Shinjuku is one of the great places to view this skyscraper.

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    Old Shinjuku Gate

    by taigaa001 Written Apr 2, 2013

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    The Gate No Longer Used
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    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Tip: The gate opened in 1927 used to be the Shinjuku Gate for Shinjuku Gyoen Garden used until 1995. Today the gate is merely the entrance of the promenade linking New Shinjuku Gate and Okido Gate. To enter the garden turn either right of left following the trail.

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    Promenade Between Okido and New Shinjuku Gate

    by taigaa001 Written Apr 2, 2013

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    Used to be a part of Shinjuku Gyoen

    Shinjuku Gyoten National Garden Tip: The promenade about 540 meters long used to be a part of Shinjuku Gyoen Garden. Today this area with stream from Tamagawa Aqueduct is popular among walkers. You can share a tiny fracture of the huge garden without paying entrance fee. How cool.

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    Visitor Center

    by taigaa001 Written Apr 2, 2013

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    Visitor Center is outside of the garden

    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Tip: Visitor Center is one of the new features of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Don't forget to drop by before entering the garden because inside the garden there is no info booth answerable to visitor's quenstions. It is a mini-museum and you can see the photos of the park. But most of the displays are in Japanese. I am not so sure if visitors from overseas can be fully informed about the garden before entering.

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    (New) Shinjuku Gate

    by taigaa001 Written Apr 2, 2013

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    Newer Shinjuku Gate
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    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Tip: Newer Shinjuku Gate got a lot closer to JR Shinjuku Station. Before this gate was opened visitors to the park often chose to enter from Sendagaya Gate. Now it is ten minutes from Shinjuku Station much more accessible to most people particularly from people from western part of Japan who use Odakyu Line to Shinjuku, Tokyo. When you enter you might not find leaflet written in foreign languages. Then ask the staff in blue jacket. They have English and Chinese leaflet of the garden.

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    Upper Pond (Kamino-Ike)

    by taigaa001 Updated Apr 2, 2013

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    You can enjoy wide variety of flower plants
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    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Tip: Upper Pond(Kamino-Ike) is the westernmost pond of the Japanese Landscape Garden area of the park. Around the pond there are wide variety of trees and flower plants. There are two islets on the pond and one of the islet is linked by bridges. There is a tea house called Rakuu Tei at the lawn area about 100 meter east of the bridge.

    Also see Shinjuku Gyoen Garden(Upper Pond)

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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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    Viewing Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

    by taigaa001 Updated Apr 15, 2013

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    From Shinjuku Station West Exit
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    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is one of the newest Skyscrapers in West Shinjuku completed in 2008, 50-story, 204m in height. It is the one of the works by Tange Associates founded by Paul Noritaka Tange, the son of Kenzo Tange, who is one of the most renowned architects in Japan. Most of the buildings are used for three speciality colleges such as Tokyo Mode Gakuen, HAL Tokyo and Shuto Iko. It is one of the easiest Skyscrapers to spot.

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    Soak in the atmosphere

    by victorwkf Written Oct 7, 2005

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    Shinjuku's shopping area, Tokyo
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    While many people come to Shinjuku and Ginza for shopping, I feel that the most important thing to do here is to soak in the atmosphere, walk around and feel that you are in one of the most crowded and modern places in Japan and perhaps the world. You will experience tall skycrapers, neon lights, shops after shops, many people walking around etc and sometimes it can be very overwhelming :)

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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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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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