Shinjuku, Tokyo

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Shinjuku-ku
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    Shopping, Entertainment and Food

    by muratkorman Written Aug 30, 2009

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    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.

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

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    Great view from the top

    by trvlrtom Written Oct 20, 2008

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    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building #1 not only has one of the best views of Tokyo, but it is free! The twin towers have an observation room at the top that gives a 360 degree view of the Tokyo area with nothing to block the view but the adjacent tower. It can't get any better than that. They say that on a clear day you can see Mt. Fuji, but we didn't have such luck. But even on a rainy day the view is great.

    There is, of course, a gift shop here, and also a bar/cafe. We stopped to relax for a drink, which was worth it for us after a long day of walking in Tokyo. But other than that, it is one of the best free sites in Tokyo.

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

    Phone: 5321-1111

    Website: http://www.yokoso.metro.tokyo.jp

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    Shinjuku Station

    by imstress Written Aug 12, 2008

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    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.

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

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    Shinjuku Station

    by kelyeah Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    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!

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp

    Shinjuku Station Crossing

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    Step inside a Manga Cafe!

    by leanne_pearc Written Apr 5, 2008

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    I am not sure of the name of this cafe however it was located in Shinjuku.

    Downstairs were endless collections of comics - books and dvds. Upstairs - where this photo is taken is of small booths that come with a desk, computer and bench. It was very quiet inside.

    Many of the teens who are studying, go there and spend the night...some who cannot afford to rent whilst studying.

    Bright Neon Lights

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    tokyo bars/alcohol

    by bulldogtwo Written Mar 28, 2008

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    You should not have any problem buying alcohol in this area, or any other for that matter. Bars are located all over Tokyo and most restuarants have it available as well. One thing about the bars however, there are some that are like member only. Clientelle bring in their own bottles and the bars keep them at the bar for the customers. Almost exclusively Japanese and VERY spendy. There are also vending machines on the streets that have sake.
    Enjoy!

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

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    Wanna be rich?

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Dec 5, 2007

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    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!

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

    Pachinko in Shibuya

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    Above Shinjuku - east and west side

    by kevin407 Written Sep 22, 2007

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    My goal, when emerging from the Shinjuku subway station, was to find the Metropolitan Government Building and take the elevator to the observation deck (it free). But I was immediately lost above ground. I had to go back underground to get my bearings. I consulted my books and soon realized that it is absolutely vital to exit the station correctly. I had mistakenly assumed that one could take any exit and find landmarks above ground. At some stations this may be true, but not Shinjuku, considered the busiest station in Tokyo. One side of the station is completely different from the other – by different I mean different cities.

    The west side is a city of towering modern office buildings and the municipal buildings I was looking for.

    The east side is a city of wild chaotic shopping, giant outdoor video screens, all night entertainment, and thriving sex establishments.

    Spend time on each side.

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

    West Side - observation deck East Side - crazy

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    The land of business suits..

    by mstinawu Updated Mar 29, 2007

    I've never seen so many people walking side to side wearing exactly the same business suit in my life.. My boyfriend and I felt like sore thumbs sticking out of the crowd, but it might've been because we decided to walk around this business district during rush hour! It was "human" rush hour traffic and we we're in the middle of it! I had a lot of fun there people watching that night.

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

    Tall Buildings

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

    by kevarms Written Nov 18, 2006

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    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

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

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    Shopping in Shinjuku

    by gpang77 Written Aug 25, 2006

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    Shinjuku is a good place to shop and hang out. However, to get the best of this area, you have to walk... lots of it. Shops range from low-mid range. Not very expensive place to hang out in Tokyo context. Shops open till late. Best time to visit Shinjuku is in the night, where the place is lighted up with neon lights. It is so bright that I do not remember seeing any street lights in Shunjuku. Though nearby is a "red-light" district, however, these areas are still consider save to walk around.

    Recommended 2 days should be sufficient if you are on tight schedule. However, if you have the time, 4 days would be good, especially if you are into shopping....

    To all who visit Tokyo, Shinjuku is a place to go!

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

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    Tokyo Art

    by Rabbityama Updated Apr 13, 2006

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    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!

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

    There is interesting art scattered all about Tokyo More Art
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    Shinjuku

    by cheesecake17 Written Feb 15, 2006

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    Shinjuku is the hub of Tokyo, and Shinjuku Station is the most used in Japan, with over 1 million people passing thru everyday.

    There are 3 main exits.
    Take the "East Exit" for the high street shopping area,
    the "South Exit" for the Times Square Shopping Centre and
    the "West Exit" for the skyscraper and business zone.

    NW of the station is Kabukicho - named for its Kabuki stage area, but now more famous for being Tokyo's adult area. English books and magazines can be found at Kinokuniya ...

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: Shinjuku Station is on the JR Yamanote Line, the JR Chuo Line, the JR Sobu Line, the JR Saikyo Line, the Marunouchi Subway Line, the TOEI Shinjuku Line, the Oedo Line, the TOEI no 12 Line, the Odakyu Line and the Keio Line

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

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    Observatory tower

    by yukisanto Written Dec 2, 2005

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    If you want to see a bird-eye view of Tokyo and the surrounding mountains, go to Shinjuku's Government metropolitian building where the observatory towers are free of charge. When you go up there, grab one of the brochure maps there, besides getting you around city, it also has numerous discount coupons to the main sightseeing attractions in Tokyo.

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

    tokyo government metropolitian building the scale model. view from the top
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    The heart of modern Japan

    by Levente_D Written Oct 30, 2005

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    Shinjuku is the place where you see the most tall buildings of Tokyo. Is the place where in the subway station a man wearing white glove is gently pusshing the people to make possible to close the trains doors ...
    One side of Shinjuku station is for offices, univercities, and governmental institutes while the other side of the JR station is hosting shops and shops and even more shops but a bit further you can find Kabuki-cho where Tokyo's red light district is.
    SHinjuku is a part of that has to be seen.
    In Shinjuku you can find also the twin towers hosting Tokio Metropolitan Government. These towers are having two observatories which are for free and they offer great view of Tokyo. If you are lucky (not like me - I was waiting for weeks but every weekend was raining or very cloudy) you may even see th Mt. Fuji from the South Tower!
    If you're at the towers don't forget to pick up some maps and other interesting and good info leaflets from Tokyo Tourist Information Board, located near the elevator that goes up to the North Observatory.
    You can go up to both observatories but if you want to have a look just from 1 of them than I recommend the south tower because the observatory there is more spacious and you have access to more windows!

    Address: Shinjuku-ku

    Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU

    Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

    Shinjuku - Skyline Shinjuku - street Shinjuku - bird view Shinjuku - crowd Shinjuku - Neon lights

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