Sample Itineraries

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Travel Back in Time to the Showa Era on this Walking Tour

Development of the Shinjuku West Exit as a secondary urban core began around 1965, and the area has become a forest of high-rise buildings. Despite this transformation, many locations remain that preserve the mood of the Showa era, which lasted from 1926 to 1988. Savor the nostalgia of a time now past.

— Start at the Shinjuku Station West Exit at noon —

Time cost:
About 5 Hours

1

Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho is a drinking and eating district that retains traces of the black market that emerged after World War II. Izakayas (inexpensive pubs) line the narrow alleys. This is a popular destination for Japanese people as well as travelers from abroad. Here you will find foods of the working classes served with epicurean sensitivity: yakitori, organ meats, ramen and more. Some locations are open in the daytime, which is perfect for lunch.

Location information

Omoide Yokocho

The Shinjuku West Exit Shopping District is often called Omoide Yokocho or Yakitori Yokocho. The area got its start as a market where the shops were separated by a wall made of a single layer of wood …

Address
1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
URL
http://shinjuku-omoide.com/
Hours of operation
Varies according to the establishment

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Shinjuku Station West Exit Plaza, High-Rise Buildings

The West Underground Entrance Plaza used to be a hangout for anti-war activists, but it now connects Shinjuku Station with surrounding office buildings, department stores and underground shopping malls. It also serves as the main road to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building which has free observation decks. The West Exit is home to many vintage buildings, including Odakyu Department Store, which opened in 1962. The interior of these buildings also conveys the mood of the Showa era.



Left: The atrium skylight in the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building is like a kaleidoscope. Middle: The spectacular chandeliers at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo, Japan’s first Hyatt hotel. Right: “Modern” tiles like these are just perfect to post on Instagram!

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Desserts and Coffee: Tokiya

Located on the 1st floor of the Odakyu HALC department store near Shinjuku Station's West Exit, Tokiya is said to be a shop that Fujiko F. Fujio used to frequent. Fujiko F. Fujio is the collective name of the two artists who created the Doraemon manga. It should be noted that the eponymous character Doraemon loves dorayaki, Japanese style pancake snacks that are the specialty of this shop! The interior of the shop has a retro atmosphere, and the menu is filled with more than dorayaki! Desserts such as anmitsu, an agar jelly based dessert, and main dishes such as miso-simmered mackerel and udon are also available. The dorayaki is the most popular though, and can be purchased to-go. It makes an excellent gift!
The whipped cream dorayaki is our favorite! Chewy with a fluffy exterior, the dorayaki is filled with lots of whipped cream and anko (sweet bean paste) filling that is made in house. This delectable delight is filling, but is only available to eat in the shop.

Location information

Japanese sweets cafe Tokiya

Japanese sweets cafe Tokiya has developed a knack for creating sweets that you never get tired of, particularly dorayaki, which is anko (red bean paste) made in-house and sandwiched by two sponge cake…

Address
1st Floor, Shinjuku Nishiguchi HALC, 1-5-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
Telephone number
03-3342-2610
URL
http://www.tokiya.co.jp/
Hours of operation
Weekdays: 11:00–21:30
Weekends, holidays: 11:00–20:00

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Kinokuniya Bookstore Shinjuku Main Branch

With locations overseas, Kinokuniya Book Store is loved by its customers for its contributions to culture, the arts and general information since its founding in 1927. Nearly every genre has a section in the store, making this bookstore highly recommended for bibliophiles. As a side note, the building housing the Shinjuku Main Branch was designated as a Tokyo Metropolitan Government Selected Historical Structure in 2016. The building is a landmark due to its modern architectural look and aesthetically pleasing lines.

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Golden Gai

Since the Showa era, Golden Gai has been a district frequented by many members of the culturati, including musicians, movie directors and writers. Whether you’re looking for a pub crawl or just want to gaze at the neon signs, Golden Gai is a fun place to be.



Location information

Shinjuku Golden Gai

A district of eateries and bars located in Tokyo’s Shinjuku area. No more than 6,600 square meters in size, Golden Gai is filled with short wooden row house-style buildings, into which are squeezed mo…

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

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