Sample Itineraries

01

Take a Walking Tour of the History of Shinjuku!

Even though Shinjuku is a bustling metropolis, there are many buildings and other structures that have historical importance in the city. Please check out these historical sites when you’re taking a break from shopping!

Start at the East Exit of Shinjuku Station

Time cost:
1 Hour

1

Basuiso (Horse Water Tub)

The Basuiso (Horse Water Tub) is unassumingly located in the corner of the JR East Exit Square. This tub was given as gift from the UK in the Meiji Period, and is made with red marble. Originally the tub was designed for many creatures to drink from – the top half of the front of the tub was for horses, the bottom half for cats and dogs and the back for humans. There are only a few of these tubs in the world, so the Basuiso has been designated as a historical monument of Shinjuku Ward.

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Kyu-Yodobashi Sensuijo Rokkaku-do, (Former Site of the Yodobashi Water Purification Plant - Hexagonal Lookout)

This western-style hexagonal lookout is located on the top of a small hill in Shinjuku Chuo Park. Western Shinjuku, where the park is located, has since become an area filled with skyscrapers; however there used to be a water purification plant located in the area that provided the greater Tokyo area with clean water. The hill is made with earth excavated from the former reservoir, and the hexagonal lookout was built on top. When the plant was open, you were able to see Mount Fuji, something that the workers loved. Although the plant is no longer there, the hexagonal monument has become a special spot for workers in the surrounding buildings to come and relax.

Location information

Shinjuku Chuo Park

Shinjuku Chuo Park boasts being the largest park owned by the Shinjuku government. Surrounded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other high-rise buildings, this park of bountiful nature is belov…

Address
2-11-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
Telephone number
03-3342-4509
URL
http://parks.prfj.or.jp/shinjuku/en/

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Kyu-Youkan Gokyujo (West Rest House)

This rest house is located in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. It was built in 1896 as a rest area for when the Imperial Family would come and observe the plants in the greenhouse in the park. It has been designated as an important cultural property because the wooden building was built “stick style”, an architectural style that was popular in America in the 19th century.

Location information

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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Kyu-Goryo-Tei (Taiwan Pavilion)

There are not only western-style buildings in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden! Although it is called the Taiwan Pavilion, this building was constructed in Pingyang in Southern China. When the emperor of the Showa era was getting married, this building was gifted to him voluntarily by Japanese living overseas in Taiwan. It is one of the few authentic Chinese-style buildings in Japan, so it is very special and loved by many.

Location information

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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