West of the Shinjuku Station is Shinjuku's skyscraper district, a business district where many of Tokyo's tallest buildings are located, including the Metropolitan Government Office whose observation decks are open to the public for free. It is right behind my hotel.
Fondest memory: Night sightseeing is wonderfull.
What's the matter with this Blade Runner style building, huh? The Metropolitan Government's Office. This might be a "Must See" to you visitors, in the meantime, it is a "Trap" for us citizens of Tokyo. It's just a building of TAX for us.
Ok, you visitors, as you've been here with much trouble, at least go up to the observatory on the 45th floor, 202meters high ; )
It's a Babylon... I used to strall around this sleepless fortress thru the nights and days when I was around 20years old. Well, when I was going rude and wild.
Dubious fascinations and pleasures with threats and traps behind them... I just learned...
Ok, you travellers will not have to be too frightened. Just enjoy the Babylon.
In my first visit to Japan, stayed at a cheap accommodation of dormitory bed at Tokyo International Hostel. Very affordable at around 2,700 yen per night then, now 3,860 yen.
Open to all nationalities and age group but they do separate local from foreigners in room assignment. Nice common hot bath "ofuro" after a long day of walking. Can reserve other related hostels of other cities.
Drawback is that you must check out by 10am and come back at 10:30pm (curfew time!).
Excellent location of Shinjuku. Great view from the high floors. Afordable until you can find your way around Tokyo.
TOKYO INTERNATIONAL HOSTEL 18th Floor, CENTRAL PLAZA
1-1 Kagurakashi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-0823
Tokyo has never been a city with heaps of skyscrapers. This is mostly due to the risk that comes from constant earthquakes. However, technology has advanced and like no other city Tokyo is lacking hard in potential building sites. Therefore, building high has become the alternative. In Tokyo you will find many different districts with skyscrapers, but the most famous and possibly best is the western side of Shinjuku Station where Tokyo's largest skyscraper the "City Hall" is amongst others. Lovers of high buildings are in good hands here.
Fondest memory: For all the people who watched Lost In Translation this area would provide you with yet another spot of interest as the Park Hyatt Hotel, the hotel featured in that movie, is located here. The New York bar in the top is open for externals as well but in the evening a cover charge of aroun 2000 ¥ applies. Additionally, be advised that the cheapest item on the menu is a beer for around 1000 ¥.
Fondest memory: Shinjuku is the ultimate modern Tokyo experience. It has everything... skycrapers, department stores, red-light district, bars, clubs, Shinto shrine, restaurants... as many variety as you can imagine.
Shinjuku (which means 'New Lodgings') where two million people pass through each day. It seems that all Tokyo converges here. It is called today 'the city of the future' because of its towering skyscrapers and you might remember it from the films BLADE RUNNER, James Bond's YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE and SOLARIS.
There are seven railway lines and two subways making Shinjuku the busiest and most dense populated commercial city.
There are several department stores just around the station: Mitsukoshi, Isetan, Keio and Odakyu.
This is said to be the busiest train station in the world. If the weather is not pleasant outside, there is a long underground walkway, called the metro promenade, in the station, which makes getting around Shinjuku much easier. There are many exits from the promenade leading to stores, restaurants, banks, and the above ground streets. Be careful when you leave the station, there are 60 exits in all and it's easy to get lost, especially if you are trying to meet people!!
The park (Shinjuku goen): to get there head to the far end of the metro promenade. This will take you past Shinjuku 1-chome subway station on the Shinjuku line, so it may be more convenient to get off there. Take the exit at the end of the metro promenade and turn left when you get to the surface. Follow the road for about 200m and you will get to a large junction with traffic lights. You should turn right here and also cross the road to end up diagonally opposite where you started. Follow this road for about 100m then take the left turn. You can see the entrance to the park ahead of you. The park will close before dusk and it will also cost you 200Y to get in
pop by the exciting Shinjuku district.
Let me introduce you now to some very famous buildings in Shinjuku... beginning with this cool, massive structure (see pic). It holds the record of being the TALLEST building here. Oops, sorry... I can't seem to recollect the name of this building... (sheepish grin).
About Shinjyuku, I have rarely been to. Yeaterday It's been a long time since I went to Shinjyuku. As this picture, People are always surging through the streets.
So you might enjoy a great variety of Japan.
Favorite thing: I found Shinjuku alot easier to deal with. Also right next to the main station is an old Tokyo neighbor hod that looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. Its just loaded with little noodle shops, and salary men, or oyagi.
In West Shinjuku there are tons of skyscrapers. Novel for those of us from smaller countries.
There's always the danger of hurting your neck while you walk around.