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Shinjuku (Vh) is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but the name commonly refers to just the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station.

Shinjuku Station is the world's busiest railway station, handling more than two million passengers every day. It is served by about a dozen railway and subway lines, including the JR Yamanote Line. Shinjuku is also one of Tokyo's major stops for long-distance highway buses. A large bus terminal, named Busta Shinjuku, is conveniently located on top of the railway station.

West of the station is Shinjuku's skyscraper district, home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings, including several premier hotels and the twin towers of the Metropolitan Government Office, whose observation decks are open to the public for free.

Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho, Japan's largest and wildest red light district, while department stores, subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides, including the redeveloped Southern Terrace.

Districts

Shinjuku Skyscraper District

Restaurants: Hours vary but are typically from 11:00 to 23:00. Some restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner.
The area west of Shinjuku Station is home to a large number of skyscrapers including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and leading hotels such as the Keio Plaza, Hilton, Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt (featured in Lost in Translation). Several of the skyscrapers have shops and restaurants on their ground floors and additional restaurants with great views of the city on their top floors.

Kabukicho

Restaurants: Typically 11:00 to 24:00 (some open 24 hours)
Bars: Typically from 19:00 or 20:00 until the next morning
Closed: Some establishments are closed on Sundays
Named after a kabuki theater, whose construction plans have never been realized, Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants, bars, nightclubs, pachinko parlors, love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for all sexes and sexual orientations. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees and drink spiking resulting in loss of cash and credit cards. The latter typically occurs at establishments run by non-Japanese patrons and is initiated by touts targeting foreign tourists.

Golden Gai

Hours: Typically from 19:00 or 20:00 until the next morning
Closed: Typically Sundays
Golden Gai is a small, atmospheric nightlife district in Kabukicho packed with over 200 small bars and eateries. Most places are very small, seating only a few customers, and typically cater to a few regular customers. A few of the bars openly welcome foreign guests with signs and menus set outside listing prices in English.

Omoide Yokocho

Restaurants: Typically from 17:00 to 24:00 (some are open for lunch)
Closed: Irregular closing days
Omoide Yokocho (lit. memory lane), also known under its more colorful nickname Piss Alley, is a small network of alleyways along the tracks northwest of Shinjuku Station. The narrow lanes are filled with dozens of tiny eateries serving ramen, soba, sushi, yakitori and kushiyaki. Many restaurants consist of just one counter with some chairs, while others have a couple of tables.

Shin-Okubo Koreatown

Shop and restaurant hours vary
Shin-Okubo Koreatown is a collection of Korean shops and restaurants found along the main road and side streets around Shin-Okubo Station, one stop north of Shinjuku Station. Many of the shops and restaurants are operated by Korean immigrants and sell a variety of Korean goods, including K-Pop music, videos and groceries.

Attractions and Parks

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Hours: 9:30 to 23:00 (entry until 22:30)
Closed: Dec 29 to Jan 3 (except Jan 1) and occasional inspection days
Admission: Free
The 243 meter tall twin towers and surrounding buildings contain the offices and the assembly hall of the metropolitan government of Tokyo, as well as observatories on the 45th floor of each tower. The view from the southern tower is considered slightly more interesting.

Shinjuku Gyoen

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (until 16:30 in winter, until 19:00 in summer)
Closed: Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday), and December 29 to January 3. There are no closure days from late March to late April (cherry blossoms) and in the first half of November (chrysanthemums).
Admission: 500 yen
Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant parks and one of the city's best cherry blossom viewing spots. It was opened to the public in 1949, after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903.

Central Park

Hours: Always open
Admission: Free
This public park directly behind the Tokyo Metropolitan Government twin towers houses Kumano Shrine (Kumano Jinja) as well as a sizable homeless population living in blue tarp shanties and cardboard box homes.

Department Stores

Isetan

Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Restaurants: Typically 11:00 to 22:00
With a history of over 100 years Isetan is a veteran among Shinjuku's department stores. The Shinjuku store is Isetan's flagship and consists of ten floors, including restaurants on the top floors and a food department in the basement.

Takashimaya

Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (Fridays and Saturdays until 20:30)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
Closed: January 1 (except restaurants)
Opened in 1996, the Shinjuku branch of Takashimaya consists of 15 floors, including a food department in the basement and three restaurant floors. It is the main store of the "Takashimaya Times Square" complex that also houses a Tokyu Hands branch and Kinokuniya book store with a large foreign language section.

Odakyu

Hours: 10:00 to 20:30 (Sundays until 20:00)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00
Odakyu Department Store consists of 16 floors, including a wonderful food department in the basement and restaurants on its top floors. The department store belongs to the Odakyu Group, which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to Odawara (Odakyu is an abbreviation for "Odawara Express").

Keio

Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00
Keio Department Store consists of 11 floors, including a food department in the basement and several restaurants on the restaurant floor. The department store belongs to the Keio Group, which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to western Tokyo.

Lumine

Hours: 11:00 to 21:30
Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:30
Lumine is owned by JR East and located both next to and above Shinjuku Station's South and East Exits. Lumine is divided into "Lumine 1" and "Lumine 2" on either side of the South Exit and "Lumine Est" (formerly known as "My City") above the East Exit.

Mylord

Hours: 11:00 to 21:00 (Mosaic Dori from 10:00)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
Mylord offers seven floors of shopping and three restaurant floors. The complex also includes "Mosaic Dori", a narrow pedestrian street between the Keio and Odakyu department stores. Mylord is affiliated with the Odakyu Group.

Electronics Stores

Yodobashi Camera

Hours: 9:30 to 22:00
Yodobashi Camera is one of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers, and especially strong on camera equipment. Yodobashi's main store is divided up between half a dozen buildings near the west exit of Shinjuku Station, while a smaller branch is located near the station's east exit.

Bic Camera

Hours: 10:00 to 21:00
Closed: No closing days
Bic Camera is another of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. It has two large stores in Shinjuku: one in the Odakyu Halc Building near the station's west exit and one east of the station near the Isetan department store.

Getting there and around

Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station, served by about a dozen railway lines, including the JR Yamanote Line.

From Tokyo Station

The frequently departing, orange trains on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service) take less than 15 minutes and cost 200 yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station.

From Ueno Station

By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 200 yen to get from Ueno to Shinjuku. A slightly faster alternative is to take the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station, and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku.

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Hotels around Tokyo

Top rated in Shinjuku
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    • Sakura Cross Hotel Shinjuku East Annex
      Budget-friendly
      Providing free WiFi, Sakura Cross Hotel Shinjuku East Annex is located in Tokyo, 100 metres from Full Gospel Tokyo Church and 100 metres from Hozen-ji Temple. The property is set 400 metres from Inari Kio Shrine, 500 metres from Statistical Museum and 500 metres from Saikoan Shrine. The hotel features family rooms. All units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Guest rooms at Sakura Cross Hotel Shinjuku East An include air conditioning and a desk. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Itsukushima Shrine Nukebenten, Shinjuku Eastside Square and Okubo Baptist Church. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from Sakura Cross Hotel Shinjuku East Annex.
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    • Park Hyatt Tokyo
      Luxury
      High above Shinjukufs lively streets, the wide windows of Park Hyatt Tokyofs spacious rooms offer beautiful views of Mount Fuji or Shinjuku. An indoor pool and 52nd-floor restaurant are featured. Rooms at the Tokyo Park Hyatt boast Hokkaido wood panelling and Egyptian cotton sheets. Guests can pour a drink at the wet bar and relax in the deep bathtub, or stretch out in the fluffy bathrobe and watch a video-on-demand movie. Free toiletries, slippers and a hairdryer are provided. Rooms also feature a seating area, desk and free high-speed wired internet as well as WiFi access. Shinjuku Central Park is a 3-minute walk from the hotel. JR Shinjuku Train Station is a 15-minute walk away, and Shinjuku Gyoen is a 20-minute walk. Guests can enjoy the massage or sauna at Club on the Park Spa or work out at the fitness room, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotelfs library offers a wide selection and the front desk is open 24-hours a day. Currency exchange service is available at the hotel. The 52nd-floor New York Grill offers spectacular skyline views. Guests can enjoy a drink at The Peak Bar while watching the sun set in the Tokyo Skyline. Sumptuous cakes and seasonal sweets can be purchased at the Pastry Boutique, while modern Japanese dishes, French cuisine and a stylish cafe are also available on site.
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    • UNPLAN Shinjuku
      Budget-friendly
      Conveniently situated in Tokyo, UNPLAN Shinjuku provides air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 700 metres from Takatsukisan Chozenji Temple, 700 metres from Full Gospel Tokyo Church and 700 metres from Shinjuku Eastside Square. The accommodation features a shared kitchen, a concierge service and luggage storage for guests. The hostel offers a continental or buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near UNPLAN Shinjuku include Taiso-ji Temple, Saikoan Shrine and Jisho-in Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hundred Stay Tokyo Shinjuku
      Luxury
      Renovated in March 2019, Hundred Stay Shinjuku provides modern service apartments with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Featuring a fitness room and cafe, it is a 3-minute walk to JR Okubo Train Station. The property's robot dogs are awaiting guests' arrival at the lobby. One- and two-bedroom apartments at Hundred Stay Tokyo Shinjuku come with a fully equipped kitchen, living room and washing machine. All rooms include a microwave, fridge and en suite bathroom. Guests can watch a DVD or relax in the bathtub. From nearby Okubo Station, Shinjuku Station is 1 train stop away, and Tokyo Station is a 25-minute ride. Shin-Okubo Korea Town is 500 metres away. The lively Kabukicho area is a 15-minute walk. The hotel features free internet access. Laundry services are available and a concierge is on call 24/7. A simple breakfast of bread, cereal and beverages are provided in the caf? daily.
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    • Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku
      Luxury
      Situated in Tokyo centre, 500 metres from Joenji Temple and 500 metres from LOVE Object, Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku features accommodation with free WiFi and a balcony. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also available, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho, Tokyo Maso Temple and Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nishi-Shinjuku
      Luxury
      Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nishi-Shinjuku in Tokyo features 3-star accommodation with a shared lounge. Well located in the Shinjuku Ward district, the property is located 2.1 km from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and 2.4 km from Meiji Jingu Shrine. The property is 3.3 km from Meiji Jingu Stadium and 3.3 km from NHK Studio Park. The units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom is fitted with a bath. The rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Staff at the 24-hour front desk speak Japanese and English. Shibuya Center Town is 4 km from the accommodation, while Hachiko Statue is 4 km from the property. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 23 km away.
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    • ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU
      Mid-range
      Attractively situated in the Shinjuku Ward district of Tokyo, ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU is situated 500 metres from Taiso-ji Temple, 500 metres from Saikoan Shrine and 600 metres from Takatsukisan Chozenji Temple. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Shinjuku Eastside Square, Hozen-ji Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Nukebenten. All units in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms at ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU have air conditioning and a desk. The accommodation offers a hot spring bath. Popular points of interest near ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU include Jisho-in Temple, Genkyoji Temple and Full Gospel Tokyo Church. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 16 km from the hotel.
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    • Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower
      Luxury
      Offering a restaurant and a fitness centre, Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower is located in Tokyo. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning. There is also an electric kettle. Featuring a bath, private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Extras include a desk, a safety deposit box and bed linen. At Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower you will find a 24-hour front desk and a bar. Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage and a vending machine. The hotel is 900 metres from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, 1.3 km from Meiji Jingu Shrine and 1.8 km from Harajuku Station. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 16 km away.
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    • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Premier Grand
      Luxury
      Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and spa centre, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Premier Grand is set in Tokyo in the Tokyo Prefecture Region, 1.5 km from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Opened in December, 2016, the new Club Floor "Premier Grand" welcomes guests with green tea and hand towels. Exclusive service such as private check-in and check-out is available on the 45th floor. Premier Grand features panoramic views of Tokyo. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find a coffee machine and a kettle in the room. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom with a bath and bidet, with bathrobes and slippers provided. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is free shuttle service, a 24-hour front desk and hairdresser's at the property. Meiji Jingu Shrine is 1.8 km from Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Premier Gran, while Meiji Jingu Stadium is 2.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 16 km from Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Premier Grand.
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    • HOTEL & SPA J-MEX Shinjuku Kabukicho (Adult Only)
      Mid-range
      Situated in Tokyo's largest nightlife district in Japan, HOTEL & SPA J-MEX Shinjuku Kabukicho is a love hotel designed for adults only. All soundproof rooms at Hotel & SPA J-MEX come with a flat-screen TV with a blu-ray player, VOD, and karaoke. Each room features a different decor and is equipped with a private sauna and a spa bath with a TV. Bath robes, slippers and free toiletries are provided. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is 1.4 km from HOTEL & SPA J-MEX Shinjuku Kabukich, while Meiji Jingu Shrine is 2.6 km from the property. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 17 km away.
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