This is the standout memory I have of Tokyo. We would sometimes take the bus to Tokyo from Mishima and the let off station was at Shinjuku Station. So while waits were a plenty, Yukijohn would roam around the area. Directly next to the station, don't ask me what exit, a neighborhood exists that is in much a sense old Tokyo. Walking through, you'll pass a ton of noodle shops, inhabited by businessmen sipping away at the bowls. Wires, twisted metal and sign nearly graze your scalp. A taer in your skin here is sure to give you Rabies or worse yet, Tetnus.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is housed in a huge skyscraper in the Shinjuku area. On the 45 th floor are twin observatories. One in the north tower and one in the south tower. The observatories are at 202 meters above streetlevel. A fast elevator (240 meters/ min) will take you to the 45th floor in 45 sec.
The observatories are open 9:30 - 22:00. (entrance close 30 min before)
It is closed on dec 29,30 and 31. And januari 2 and 3.
The entrance is free!
Shinjuku is one of 23 wards of Tokyo, but the main attractions gather around the train station which handles more than 2 million passengers each day. This large entertainment, shopping and business area is crowded and dynamic from early morning till late night. Kabukicho which is Japan's largest and wildest red light district is also located here. The skyscraper district of Shinjuku has some of the tallest buildings in Tokyo such as Metropolitan Government Office and several hotels. There are many department stores, subterranean malls and electronic malls in Shinjuku providing enough options for shopping. The restaurants are scattered all around from budget to high end. You can spend an enjoyable day in Shinjuku but in the evening under neon lights, it even becomes better.
My house is in Shibuya area but it is nearer to reach in Shinjuku than Shibuya. I can find everything here I want like, dentist, hospital, hair saloon, restaurant, amusement, leisure and excitement. This street is crowded with young people from age 20s till 40s. Do feel free to come here and feel the environment where o00o lives.
The keywords is : city never sleeps at night.
In the days of the shogunate, Shinjuku was still a day's march from the capital, Edo (now Tokyo). Weary travellers coming from the west would stop at its inns to bath and rest, dine and visit one of the many houses of pleasure. With the coming of the railways, Shinjuku became a major junction. As late as 1970, Shinjuku was known mainly for its station, red-light district and sewage farm. When investors looked for alternatives to central Tokyo, Shinjuku had an important advantage: it seemed to survive earthquakes better than other areas. The first highrise was the KEIO PLAZA HOTEL.
Subway lines and JR railway lines meet at Shinjuku, plus the private lines feeding customers to their own department stores right above the station. The famous people-pushers operate as many bodies as they can into each carriage, giving them a final shove to let the doors close and then bowing as the train pulls out. It's worth experiencing - ONCE!! You will never wants to do it again! You can walk more than a kilometre underground (much more if you are lost like me!!!)
Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, a "daimyo"(feudal lord) of the Edo era. Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a national garden after World War 2 and opened to the public.
58.3 hectares(144 acres) in size and with a circumference of 3.5 km, it blends three distinct styles, French Formal, English Landscape and Japanese Traditional, and is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.
Among the 20000 trees which grow in Shinjuku Gyoen are the first examples planted in Japan of such species as tulip trees, planes, Himalayan cedars and bald cypresses, whose distinctive crown shapes give the garden a solemn and dignified atmosphere.
In spring, during the cherry blossoms season, pop into the Shinjuku Gyo-en (Shinjuku Garden) to do cherry blossom viewing. Although there is a 200yen entrance fee, it is worth it. Particularly for visitors who cannot find a place in Ueno Park to relax and enjoy the scenery.
I was alone and bought a plastic sheet to lay on the ground. Bought some food and just spent the morning laying there enjoying the experience of having natural confetti falling upon me while having a suntan. Children running all about having fun with their parents is a common sight.
Of course, take a walk round the park and you will see many different types of cherry blossom trees. One tree had a combination of 2 different coloured blossoms, it was lovely!! Great view of the garden with the Shinjuku skyscrapers in the background, particularly taken at a small bridge in the garden.
I would have loved to lay there the whole day but was running short on time.
Shinjuku is one of the busiest stations in Tokyo. Subway lines and JR lines meet at Shinjuku ferrying loads of passengers to their destination. During rush hours, you can see some people pushers trying to pack as many passengers into each carriage. There are now female carriages to avoid ladies being taken advantages of during peak hours. It is worth an one time experience being shove into the train before the door closes.
You can walk about one kilometers underground with clear directions sign to find your way around the station. The west exit will lead to the Metropolitan Government Offices. The East exit will lead to My City building and Kabukicho area.
Shinjuku Station is massive! You walk around the inside of it and feel like you're in an airport!
Once outside the station you will find the Shinjuku Station crossing where 2 million cross the road everyday! It's a really big place with heaps of shops and a big Starbucks over the road. It as to been seen to be believed!
I think Pachinko is like going to Las Vegas: putting metal balls into the machine to gain more balls and then exchange them for prizes. But if you want money, exchange your metal balls for vouchers and then go to small exchange center generaly located outside the pachinko to get your cash, as in Japan gambling is illegal. Good luck!
I was only in Tokyo for one day and I basically just wandered around taking it all in. As I walked, I noticed a lot of interesting artwork scattered about (like the toe in the picture). As long as you don't get lost, it's quite fun to simply walk around Tokyo without a purpose and just see what there is to see. Tokyo is a unique place, so you're bound to find something of interest!
We spent the last half day of our trip around Japan back in Tokyo, staying in the Shinjuku district. Unfortunately we had some of the worst weather of our trip – driving rain and strong winds. This wasn’t conducive to proper exploration but we did grab our umbrellas and venture out of the hotel to see more of Shinjuku. The area to the west of its massive station (the busiest in the world!) consists mainly of skyscrapers, some of them very distinctive in design – I loved the so-called Cocoon Tower! But in the pouring rain it was hard to get decent photos – this one of it was taken the next morning from Shinjuku Station as we prepared to board the airport bus.
As well as checking out the architecture here, we visited the small but interesting Sompo Japan Museum of Art which as well as showcasing the work of Japanese Cubist-influenced artist Seiji Togo, has several notable Impressionist works including Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (bought at the height of the 1980s bubble economy by the insurance company which owns the building for a then unprecedented five billion yen) and others by Gauguin and Cezanne. It’s not a large collection by any means, but a visit here is worthwhile if you are interested in art of this period, and especially in poor weather. See their English language website for more information including a map of the location.
Further west on the fringes of this area is the Metropolitan Government Building which is where we next headed.
The 45th-floor obervatories in Tokyo's own Twin Towers is a great place to just take in the sheer sprawl of Tokyo. Granted it's usually quite hazy but still quite breath-taking. Unless it's particularly bad you should also see Mount Fuji.
There is an observatory in each tower, take your pick. I think it must be even more impressive at night.
Opening Hours 9.30am-11pm
Nestled in the dirty and dangerous sex streets of Kabukicho is the 'Suntory Shot Bar'. I promise there is nothing special about this bar - same liquor, same bar stools - but its the customers that warrant a visitor's recommendation. Late at night you will find prostitutes, hostesses, and pimps taking a break from their sketchy careers and having a drink. Be careful though, the charming girl next to you is really just trying to find her next client.
Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed in 1906 as an imperial garden, It was re-designated as a national garden after World War 2nd and opened to the public. it blends theree distinct styles, French Formal, English Landscape and Japanese Traditional, and is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.
Tea and sweet cakes are served in a pavilion. Open 9:00-16:00 except Mon (but open Mon at cherry and chrysanthemum time) and late Dec-early Jan. Admission