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Enjoying Shinjuku

Mar 29, 2018


Without question, Shinjuku is the largest and best-known district in Japan for shopping and business. Popular among Japanese people and visitors from abroad alike, Shinjuku is a bustling place night and day. With all the people passing through Shinjuku, it can get confusing even for locals. To make Shinjuku easier to enjoy, we’ll break it down into three areas with a short description of features and tips on what to do in each of them.

West Exit: High-rise buildings

The biggest feature of the Shinjuku West Exit area is all the high-rise buildings near the Tokyo Metropolitan Government offices. You can find free observatories in government and other high-rise buildings for beautiful night views. There are also many lunch places offering meals for around 1,000 yen to serve the legions of office workers in the area. Odakyu and other established department stores are conveniently connected directly to Shinjuku Station. For a throwback to a less-modern atmosphere, Omoide Yokocho is also in the West Exit area with izakayas (pubs), yakitori grilled chicken restaurants and much more.

Key locations:
Odakyu Department Store
Shinjuku Station West Exit HALC
Shinjuku West Exit Electric Town
Omoide Yokocho
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Mode Gakuen Cocoon tower
Shinjuku Chuo Park

East Exit: Japan’s busiest district

The heart of Shinjuku is Kabukicho. With its rows of izakayas (pubs), restaurants, bars, nightclubs and much more, Kabukicho is known as one of Asia’s greatest entertainment districts. Among the attractions there are the Samurai Museum and Robot Restaurant, popular among visitors from abroad. This is also the location of Shinjuku Golden Gai, a popular area among Japanese people and foreign travelers alike in recent years with a tradition of being a gathering-place of writers, film directors, musicians and other members of the culturati. With a large number of department stores and fashion boutiques, it is also a great place for shopping.

Key locations:
Kabukicho
Golden Gai
BICQLO
The Samurai Museum
VR ZONE SHINJUKU
Isetan
Hanazono-jinja shrine
Shinjuku Ni-chome
INBOUND LEAGUE

South Exit: An urban oasis

Near the South Exit is Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, a world-famous park where the four seasons can be enjoyed. There are also a number of great shopping areas from well-established department stores to shopping centers oriented for the younger crowd. The South Exit is excellent for shopping or, if the weather is nice, a stroll or a picnic at the National Park. In 2016, the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal (Busta Shinjuku) opened for those with domestic destinations. This has become an ever more popular area in recent years.

Key locations:
Shinjuku Gyoen National Park
Shinjuku MYLORD
Shinjuku Southern Terrace
Flags
Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal (Busta Shinjuku)
NEWoMan
Takashimaya Times Square

We hope you enjoyed this article! There are a lot of things to do in Shinjuku, one of the world’s most prominent urban centers. Now you are ready to see the sights of Shinjuku without getting confused!

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