Shinjuku Travel Guide

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Shinjuku Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lots of shopping & things to do here 

  • Con
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     Very crowded especially during weekends 

  • In a nutshell
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     The city that never sleeps 

Shinjuku Things to Do

  • Shinjuku i-Land Tower

    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

    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...

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  • S-tec Information & Kogakuin University...

    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...

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  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building...

    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...

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  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building...

    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...

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  • Shinjuku Monolith Building

    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

    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....

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  • Shinjuku Green Tower Building

    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...

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  • Hilton Tokyo

    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...

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  • Shinjuku Washington Hotel

    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

    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...

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  • Odakyu Daiichi Life Building, Hyatt...

    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...

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  • Shinjuku Central Building

    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...

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  • Shinjuku Nomura Building

    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...

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  • Sompo Japan Head Office Building

    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Sompo Japan Head Office Building (200m, 43-floor) opened in 1976 is the twenty-eighth highest building in Tokyo but one of the most artfully designed in Japan. It was designed by late Yoshikazu Uchida who also did Yasuda Auditorium and a number of buildings in University of Tokyo. Although this sleek building is popular...

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Shinjuku Restaurants

  • At the top area of Shinjuku Center...

    Dining Out .53 is one of the restaurants at the topmost part of Shinjuku Center Building. Its lunch cost 1,450 yen. Even though Japanese business people hate to dine for more than 1,000 yen under the tight budget, this place seems to be popular. The reason is semi all-you-can-eat style buffet. First you choose the core meal and the rest is limited...

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  • An Excelent Sake restaurant

    You choose the sake (or accept the help of the staff) and you build your meal around that. You will always get generous portions of sake here, and of the great quality. the staff does speak English and are very welcoming. you will have to call and make reservations. if you're on a budget, you can tell them and they will plan your meal accordingly....

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  • Good food, cheap drinks and great prices

    Sangoku-ichi is an udon restaurant. Prices are good, the food is good and it’s a great place to have a party. They have spacious rooms, a variety of food and can handle large parties or small groups. Staff is quick and attentive. They have an English menu as well. The 1,500 yen all you can drink (2 hours). You won't find a better deal in Tokyo!

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Shinjuku Nightlife

  • Maid cafe Chloe Bar

    When most people think of maid cafes the east side of Tokyo, specifically Akihabara, comes to mind. What this little gem is doing all the way out in Shinjuku in the middle of Kabukicho (Korean town) is anyone’s guess. Certainly this place is better than the average maid café one would find on the east side of town, with its beautiful laid back...

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  • Pubbing in Shinjuku

    There's lots of drinking joints around this place. So check them out, you'll be spoilt for choices as there's a pub that is themed almost everything. Saw lots of Bavarian pubs, pubs offering "live" oldies, pubs that only offer music from the Beatles, etc etc.Japanese beer is not too bad too, I particularly like Asahi for its dry and almost fruity...

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  • Night Time strolls in Shinjuku

    What else can you do in a city that never sleeps? Skim on your beauty sleep and stroll around at night . Join the crowds and:1) Eat to your hearts' content in Omoide-yokocho and Yakitori-yokocho ( west of the train station). That's the place where you'll find lots of restaurants and pubs.2) Shop till you drop at Takashimaya and the other shopping...

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Shinjuku Transportation

  • Getting to Ikaho Onsen from Shinjuku

    There is a bus line to Ikaho Onsen available from South Exit of Shinjuku Station. The early buses start from 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and takes about two and a half hours to reach Ikaho onsen at the eastern flank of Mount Haruna. Ikaho Onsen is one of the most popular spa resorts in Gumma prefecture known by the slope with 365 stone stairs. It is very...

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  • Getting to Atami

    You can get to Atami from Shinjuku by using either Odoriko Express or Odakyu Express via Odawara. While Odoriko Express is faster than Odakyu Expess and Tokaido Line, Using Odakyu Line and change trains at Odawara to take Tokaido Line to Atami is a lot cheaper than using either Odoriko Express and Using Shinkansen Kodama Express.1 Odakyu Line and...

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  • Getting to Ryogoku Kokugikan/Edo-Tokyo...

    To get to Edo-Tokyo Museum or Ryogoku Kokugikan from Shinjuku station, first take Chuo Express Line bound for Yotsuya or Tokyo and change trains at Ochanomizu to Sobu Line bound for Funabashi or Chiba. Ryogoku Station is the third stop from Ochanomizu station. At Ryogoku station, get off at West Exit. Near the barrier, huge portrait of sumo...

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Shinjuku Shopping

  • Buying electronic goods

    There's no real need to go to Ahkihabara to look for electronic goods. There's a mini-akhihabara of sorts in shinjuku itself . Just take the west exit from the station and you'll find lots of little shops selling the latest gizmos at reasonable prices.Bpacker's Shinjuku Page

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  • Shopping in Shinjuku

    Shopping in Shinjuku malls can really be expensive, so head for the smaller shops in the backalleys . Or better still, shop @ Shibuya or Harajuku instead, items are cheaper downtown. Still, the malls are worth taking a look- the Japanese retail industry are the REAL trend-setters in this region. While you're at it, head for the food courts at the...

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  • Victoria Sports Shop at Shinjuku

    If you want to buy sports goods in Tokyo, the Victoria sports shop is a good place to go. It is conveniently located near to the Takashimaya Times Square shopping centre near to the Shinjuku sub-way station. This sports shop is huge and it has one building specially for golf goods and another building (five storeys) for other sports goods.

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Shinjuku Local Customs

  • Kumano Shrine Annual Festival...

    Kumano Shrine currently reduced to the far corner of Shinjuku Central Park is one of the oldest shrines in Tokyo often picked by Ukiyoe wooden block paintings. Annual festival which is simply called "REITAISAI" is held in mid to late September. This year(2013) the festival will be held on September 21 to 22.To see the festival of 2012 see this...

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  • What is Asama/Sengen Shrine?

    There are about 1,300 shrines which enshrine Konohana-Sakuyahime, the goddess which has been believed to reside in Mount Fuji. Some of them are called ASAMA shrines and others SENGEN, but both share the same Chinese Characters. Fujinomiya Sengen Taisha Shrine at the southwest foot of Mount Fuji is the head shrine of all the Asama/Sengen shrines in...

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Shinjuku Warnings and Dangers

  • Taking Photos of Skyscrapers

    Walking at Kabukicho Street at night is no doubt the #1 riskiest things to do in Shinjuku. Then what is #2? Probably taking the photos of skyscrapers. When you take photos of Skyscrapers from the ground it is really hard to get the nice photos and the best place is often at the edge of the sidewalk, far end of the pedestrians' bridge or right in...

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  • What Happens When Miyake-jima Volcano...

    Natural Disasters Tip: Miyake-jima Island is located at 175 kilometers south of Tokyo and the last eruption took place in 2010. Unless massive scale eruption occur, volcanic ashes will never reach Tokyo. But during 2000 eruption toxic sulfur oxides did come as far as Tokyo though not the level to cause health problems. It might disrupt sea and...

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  • Of Vagrants and Illegal Workers

    A Japanese chappie told my hubby that he wouldn't go to Shinjuku as the place was crawling with....1) Illegal Chinese, African and Middle Eastern workers 2)pickpockets 3) sleazy prostitutes 4) God knows what a fuddy duddy can think of.....Well, that chap is more than 60 years old so you can figure out whether I took his advice.Nothing bizarre...

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Shinjuku Off The Beaten Path

  • Flaming forests in Winter

    I was pleasantly surprised when I took a walk in Shinjuku Park in Winter. The maple trees were still in their autumn coats. You can take a stroll in the park but take note of the many homeless locals in the park.Bpacker's Shinjuku Page

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  • Snooping around restaurants in Shinjuku

    Check out the unusual variety of fresh seafood for sale in Shinjuku. Even if you're not eating them, it's worth taking a look. For the life of me, I still can't indentify the fish in the picture, so if you happen to know the name, pls write to me...Bpacker's Shinjuku Page

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  • Playin' Pachinko ( Japanese Pin Ball )

    If you're ever in Japan, do see if you understand why the folks over there are crazy over Pachinko! Pop by one of these shops with those little slot machines and watch grown men and women hynoptise themselves - simply by watching little metal balls dribble down an upright maze.For information, the little balls are collected at the end of the game...

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