Sample Itineraries

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The Classic Shinjuku Sightseeing Itinerary

It goes without saying that the major urban core Shinjuku undergoes such rapid development with stores changing one after the other that it’s easy to get lost. In this article, we will take a look at the classic itinerary for sightseeing in Shinjuku. Whether you are thinking of seeing all of the major sites or just want to do some shopping, we hope that you will find this guide useful.

— Start at the Shinjuku Station West Exit at noon —

Time cost:
6 Hours

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government

The free observation decks on the 45th floor are well known for the incredible views, and you can see as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. The night views are also highly recommended. The Tokyo Tourist Information Center on the 1st floor has sightseeing pamphlets in multiple languages.



Development of West Shinjuku as an office district and secondary urban core of Tokyo began in the late 1960s, and the high rises include many unique architectural structures. In addition to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, there are many spots to enjoy the nightscape for free, and many observatory restaurants as well.

The roundabout intersection near the Shinjuku Police Station was used for a scene in the blockbuster hit anime movie, “Your Name.”

Location information

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is about a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station's West Exit. You can see a sweeping panorama of Tokyo from the two free observatories 202 meters off the ground. The d…

Address
2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-8001
Telephone number
03-5321-1111
Observatory phone number 03-5320-7890 (Weekdays 10:00–17:00)
Hours of operation
To get to the observatory, take the observatory elevator in Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No. 1.
Note: When the government offices are closed (weekends and holidays), the 2nd floor entrance is…

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Shinjuku West Exit Electric Town

Many large electronics retailers are near the West Exit of Shinjuku Station, including BIC CAMERA, Yodobashi Camera and Yamada Denki. With huge selections available, electronics buffs will want to go window shopping even if they don’t need to buy anything. These shops have tax-free services and helpful multilingual employees. You may suddenly find yourself needing some new gadgets!

Location information

Shinjuku West Exit Electric Town

When you come above ground from the JR Shinjuku Station West Exit, you emerge in Shinjuku West Exit Electric Town. Starting with Yodabashi Camera, you will find every type of camera shop here from tho…

Address
1-chome Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

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Southern Terrace

The Southern Terrace is a broad walkway connecting the Shinjuku Station South Exit with the freeway and limousine buses (Busta Shinjuku) and Takashimaya Times Square. In addition to fantastic shopping, there are cafés, upscale restaurants and hotels. The winter lights that decorate the Southern Terrace are a huge hit.

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Shinjuku Southern Terrace

Shinjuku Southern Terrace is a promenade leading from the Shinjuku Station South Exit toward Yoyogi. Along it and inside Odakyu Southern Tower are 18 establishments, including a hotel, shops and resta…

URL
http://www.southernterrace.jp/
Hours of operation
Varies according to the establishment

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Originally built as an imperial garden during the Meiji era, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was converted to a national park open to the public after World War II. The extensive grounds are composed of a formal French garden, an English landscape garden and a Japanese traditional garden, which are all blended together with great aesthetic sense. Nature can be enjoyed here during each of season. Truly an urban oasis! The Japanese traditional garden includes the Rakuu-tei teahouse that serves matcha.

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, an Edo era daimyo (feudal lord). Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a national ga…

Address
11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014
Telephone number
03-3350-0151
URL
http://fng.or.jp/shinjuku/
Hours of operation
Garden opening hours · 9:00–16:00 (last entry, garden closes at 16:30)
· Greenhouse 9:30–15:30 (last entry, building closes at 16:00)
· Restaurants (Restaruant Yurinoki, Café Hananoki) 9:00–16…

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Kabukicho

Kabukicho is surely the life of Shinjuku. Known as one of Asia’s largest entertainment districts, the streets are lined with izakayas (pubs), eateries and bars, not mention night clubs and other establishments. Explore the night life in this safe, enjoyable area.



Other awesome spots in Kabukicho are the Samurai Museum and the Robot Restaurant, popular amongst tourists from abroad.

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Kabukicho

Kabukicho is a district near Shinjuku Station that is known for its nightlife. It has a high concentration of restaurants, bars, entertainment facilities and movie theaters. Called the "Sleepless Town…

Address
Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0021
Hours of operation
Varies according to the establishment

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