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Tokyo Shinjuku|Shinjuku Station Area Map & Sightseeing Information

Tokyo Shinjuku|Shinjuku Station Area Map & Sightseeing Information

Update: 6 March 2017

Shinjuku Station is a huge labyrinth: more than 3 million people travel through it every single day and more than ten train lines intersect here. With a capacity of over one million commuters at any one time, this is clearly the busiest station in the world. Shinjuku is constantly a bustling, busy town, being a business district in the day and an entertainment district at night. But the area was not always like that. It initially flourished as a post town for travelers, and gradually developed after the railway station was completed after the Meiji period. Nowadays, offices of large companies line the streets in Nishi-Shinjuku, making it a leading business district in Japan. On the other hand, Higashi-Shinjuku is a large-scale entertainment district, with Kabuki-cho, and is bustling with life till late into the night.

Kabukicho

Kabukicho

Kabukicho is one of Tokyo's most famous entertainment and nightlife districts. Originally a swamp area known as Tsunohazu, it was notably named in the 1940s for a kabuki theater that was never actually built. Visitors will instead find a veritable urban playground full of restaurants, clubs, bars, movie theaters, internet cafes and hotels. It's one of, if not the most, wild areas in Japan; a spot where a variety of services are offered to meet a variety of tastes. Truly, Kabukicho is an unquestioned must-visit for anyone going to Tokyo.

Kabukicho’s famed Robot Restaurant has become a defining feature of the stranger side of Tokyo’s nightlife; it’s noisy, colorful, eccentric and sexy. For many foreigners whose expectations of Japan involve a noisy, flashing neon spectacle like some kind of wacky video game come to life, it is the prime place to go.

At the entrance of the district, don’t miss Don Quijote, a famous shop where you can find various products such as food, cosmetics and souvenirs at discounted prices.
Another must-see in the area, especially for those interested in Japanese martial arts, is the Samurai Museum. Over fifty swords, helmets, rifles, and suits of armor are on display. Friendly staff are always there to give explanations, and every room offers descriptions of the items on display in English, Chinese, Korean, and of course, Japanese.

  • Kabukicho
    • Address Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021
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    • Nearest Station Shinjuku Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Toei Shinjuku Line / Toei Oedo Line / Keio Line / Keio New Line / Odakyu Odawara Line)
  • SAMURAI MUSEUM
    • Address 2-25-6, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021
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    • Nearest Station Shinjuku Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Toei Shinjuku Line / Toei Oedo Line / Keio Line / Keio New Line / Odakyu Odawara Line)
      8 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-6457-6411

Shinjuku East Side

Shinjuku East Side

The East exit of the Shinjuku station is usually where young people meet in the evening, especially under the big screen of the Studio Alta. From there, you cannot miss Shinjuku Road, where popular fashion stores stand in line. If you buy food as a souvenir, the basement floor of the main building of "Shinjuku Isetan" is recommended. In this famous department store Japanese tea, sweets made by popular pastry chefs, alcohol of the world and souvenirs are available. A few minutes away, don’t miss the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a place that is especially famous in spring, when people come to view the cherry blossoms.

  • Shinjuku ALTA
    • Address 3-24-3, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
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    • Nearest Station Shinjuku Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Toei Shinjuku Line / Toei Oedo Line / Keio Line / Keio New Line / Odakyu Odawara Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3350-5500

Shinjuku West Side

Shinjuku West Side

The west of the Shinjuku district is where the skyscraper are located, which includes several luxurious hotels like the Hilton Tokyo, but also interesting landmark such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. The area is also known to be where many sightseeing buses are leaving. Don’t miss the "Tokyo Opera City", a complex with restaurants, concert halls, art galleries, etc. From the observatory restaurant on the 54th floor, you can overlook the town of Shinjuku. Various concerts and exhibitions are held there. Shopping lovers can also have some great time with the Odakyu Department Store, a 14-storey building that carries a large variety of products. A little further away, the Yodobashi Camera will answer all your multimedia needs.

  • Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku
    • Address 1-1-3, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-8001
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    • Nearest Station Shinjuku Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Toei Shinjuku Line / Toei Oedo Line / Keio Line / Keio New Line / Odakyu Odawara Line)
      0 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3342-1111

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*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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