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ShinjukuShinjuku mapShinjuku is an area located about 6 km west of Tokyo station, and a secondary center of Tokyo are formed here.
The location is on the opposite side of Tokyo station on the loop of JR Yamanote Line.

There is Shinjuku station in the center of the area, and it is not only one of the main stations in central Tokyo but also the terminal station of the railroads toward the westen or southwestern suburbs.

So more than 3.6 million people a day use this station, and the multitude is the top in the world. Whenever you visit here, perhaps it is always crowded.

We see almost businessmen and travelers in Tokyo station, but in Shinjuku station we can see many various people such as shoppers, students.
So we feel the different relaxed atmosphere from Tokyo station.

Four big department stores attach the station.
There are LUMINE over the station, Keio Department Store and Odakyu Department Store on the west side, and LUMINE EST on the east side.

Tokyo, Buildings in Shinjuku and Mt.Fuji

The east area of the station is a shopping town.
In the center of the area, there are well-established department store Isetan.
And there are several buildings for special shops such as fashion, book, furniture.
ALTA, a commercial building at northeast of Shinjuku station, is a popular spot, because a popular TV variety show is broadcasted live (Weekdays 12:00-13:00).
In this area there are also many restaurants and pubs.
To southeast of this district, there is Shinjuku Gyoen garden.

The west area of the station is a business town.
There are more than 30 high-rise buildings (mainly 100-250 meters high) and most of them are office complexes.
A few buildings have observation rooms, and the most popular spot of them is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower.
And a few buildings are large hotels.

To north of the station, there is famous amusement district "Kabukicho".

On the south side of the station, Koshu street leading to Yamanashi Prefecture runs from east to west.
The southern side of the street has been redeveloped recently.
Shinjuku Southern Terrace, a pedestrian deck, along JR lines connects some buildings in southern area and Takashimaya Times Square, a commercial complex.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower /1/

Tokyo Metropolitan Government TowerIt is the building of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and has been used since 1991. It is located about 0.7 km west of Shinjuku station.
The main building is 243 meters high, and was designed by Kenzo Tange (1913-2005, a global architect). It is said that he brought in the image of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

There are two obsevetion rooms (the north side and the south side) on the 45th floor.
We can go up to either room in elevator directly. The admission is free.

Each room is closed twice a month, but the day is different from the other. So we can enter there surely.
Except the following days are closed all. December 29-31, January 2-3, and October 18 (for inspection of whole building)

Kabukicho district /2/

KabukichoIt is the amusement district located about 300-800 meters north of Shinjuku station, and it is on the north side of Yasukuni street.
In this district, there are a few movie theaters, manga cafes, bars, nightclubs, kyabakura (Female staffs cater to males seeking drink and attentive conversation.), host clubs (Male staffs cater to females seeking drink and attentive conversation.), adult entertainment shops and love hotels.
They almost do business at night, so it is often called "Sleepless Town".

Originally after the World War II, there was a plan to built a Kabuki theater. But it was unfulfilled, then it has been remained in the name of town.

Of course, it has some dodgy mood.
Recently the authorities give rise to regulations and often patrol here.

Hanazono Shrine /3/

Hanazono ShrineIt is a Shinto shrine, and is located in the southeast part of Kabukicho district.
This shrine had already been in Shinjuku area, when Edo government was established in the early 17th century.
Since that it has been the guardian deity of Shinjuku area.

Scenic or Nature / Park or Garden / Resort / City, Town or Village / Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

How to get to this area


  • Shinjuku station (Chuo, Yamanote Lines).

By subway

  • Shinjuku (Marunouchi, Shinjuku Lines)
  • Shinjuku-Sanchome (Marunouchi, Shinjuku Lines) : Shopping area to the east of JR Shinjuku station
  • Tocho-mae (Ooedo Line) : Near Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower

By private railroads

  • Shinjuku terminal station (Keio, Odakyu Lines) : Near JR Shinjuku station
  • Seibu-Shinjuku terminal station (Seibu Lines) : North of JR Shinjuku station and near Kabukicho

The scenery of Shinjuku area
Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun
West side of Shinjuku station
High-rise buildings in west Shinjuku area
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower
A view from an observatory in Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower
Koshu street near south exit of Shinjuku station
A pedestrian deck and Takashimaya
East side of Shinjuku station
A popular meeting spot ALTA near east exit of Shinjuku station
Entrance of Kabukicho
A street in Kabukicho
Kabukicho in a night
Sign of host clubs in Kabukucho
Yasukuni Street near Kabukicho
Hanazono Shrine

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