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 22:00. Some restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner.
  • 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
  • Golden Gai
    Hours: Typically from 19:00 or 20:00 until the next morning
    Closed: Typically Sundays
  • Omoide Yokocho
    Restaurants: Typically from 17:00 to 24:00 (some are open for lunch)
    Closed: Irregular closing days
  • Shin-Okubo Koreatown
    Shop and restaurant hours vary

Attractions and parks

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office
    Hours: 9:30 to 22:00 (entry until 21:30)
    Closed: Dec 29 to Jan 3 (except Jan 1) and occasional inspection days
    Admission: Free
  • Shinjuku Gyoen
    Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (until 16:30 in winter, until 19:00 in summer)
    Closed: Mondays (or next day if Mon is a holiday), and Dec 29 to Jan 3. No closing days from late Mar to late Apr and in the first half of Nov.
    Admission: 500 yen
  • Shinjuku Central Park
    Hours: Always open
    Admission: Free

Department stores

  • Isetan
    Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
    Restaurants: Typically 11:00 to 22:00
  • Takashimaya
    Hours: 10:30 to 19:30
    Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
  • Keio
    Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
    Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00
  • Lumine
    Hours: 11:00 to 21:00
    Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00
  • Mylord
    Hours: 11:00 to 21:00 (Mosaic Dori from 10:00)
    Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00

Electronics stores

  • Yodobashi Camera
    Hours: 9:30 to 22:00
  • Bic Camera
    Hours: 10:00 to 21:00

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 210 yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station.

From Ueno Station

By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 210 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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    • BELLUSTAR TOKYO, A Pan Pacific Hotel
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      Boasting a fitness centre, a restaurant as well as a bar, BELLUSTAR TOKYO, A Pan Pacific Hotel is situated in the centre of Tokyo, 400 metres from Okubo Park. The property is close to Korea Museum, Studio Alta and Yaso Saijo Monument. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a coffee machine, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. BELLUSTAR TOKYO, A Pan Pacific Hotel provides some rooms with garden views, and rooms have a kettle. An American breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near BELLUSTAR TOKYO, A Pan Pacific Hotel include Seibu Shinjuku PePe Shopping Mall, Samurai Museum and Choko-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 22 km from the hotel.
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    • bmj Hyakunincho
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      Set within 600 metres of Nihon Christ Kyokai Kashiwagi Church and 200 metres of Kaichu Inari Shrine in Tokyo, bmj Hyakunincho offers accommodation with seating area. There is a private entrance at the aparthotel for the convenience of those who stay. The property is 300 metres from Yodobashi Church, and within 1.4 km of the city centre. All units come with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a walk-in shower, slippers and a desk. With a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and a hair dryer, units at the aparthotel also feature free WiFi. At the aparthotel, units come with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Meotogi Shrine, Zenryu-ji Temple and Choko-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 23 km from bmj Hyakunincho.
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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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    • FLOWER TERRACE Higashi Shinjuku
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      Set in the Shinjuku Ward district in Tokyo, FLOWER TERRACE Higashi Shinjuku offers 4-star rooms with free WiFi. Popular points of interest nearby include Koizumi Yakumo Memorial Park, Korea Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Nukebenten. The property is 200 metres from Full Gospel Tokyo Church, and within 3.6 km of the city centre. At the hotel the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen, towels and a balcony with a city view. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near FLOWER TERRACE Higashi Shinjuku include Okubo Baptist Church, Inari Kio Shrine and Samurai Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 23 km from the accommodation.
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    • Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku
      Luxury
      Attractively located in the Shinjuku Ward district of Tokyo, Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku is situated 600 metres from Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, 700 metres from Studio Alta and 700 metres from Choko-ji Temple. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a concierge service. The property is 400 metres from Joenji Temple, and within 4.2 km of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. Some rooms include a kitchenette with a dishwasher. At Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Belle Salle Shinjuku Grand Hall, Okubo Park and Shinjuku SanPark Shopping Mall. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 22 km from Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku.
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    • MIMARU TOKYO SHINJUKU WEST
      Luxury
      Located in Tokyo, within 500 metres of Zenrosai Hall Space Zero and 500 metres of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, MIMARU TOKYO SHINJUKU WEST provides accommodation with free WiFi throughout the property. Popular points of interest nearby include Kumano Shrine, Yamano Hall and Lumine Shinjuku 1. The property is 200 metres from Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, and within 4 km of the city centre. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. At the hotel each room has a private bathroom and bed linen. Popular points of interest near MIMARU TOKYO SHINJUKU WEST include Memorial Museum for Soldiers, Detainees in Siberia, and Postwar Repatriates, Shinjuku Central Park and Bellesalle Nishi Shinjuku. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 21 km from the accommodation.
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    • JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku
      Luxury
      Opened in August 2014, this hotel is located just a 3-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station, offering direct access to Harajuku, Shibuya and Akihabara areas, all within a 20-minute train ride. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Sophisticated guest rooms at JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku feature decor inspired by traditional Japanese motifs and materials. In-room facilities include a flat-screen TV, fridge and air purifier/humidifier. The private bathrooms feature free toiletries. The Blossom Shinjuku Hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, coin launderette and free luggage storage services. Massages can be arranged at a surcharge. Drink vending machines are available on site. The hotel is within a 15-minute walk from the lively Kabukicho area, Golden-gai and Tokyo Metroplitan Government Building. The tranquil Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is also a 15-minute stroll away. Tokyo Tower is a 30-minute train ride away. The Shinjuku Takashimaya Department Store is only a 5-minute walk, where guests can enjoy shopping. On-site Umaya restaurant offers various Japanese meals, including Kyushu regionfs specialities.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nishi-Shinjuku PREMIER
      Luxury
      Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nishi-Shinjuku in Tokyo features 4-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. There is a 24-hour 7-Eleven that can be accessed directly on the basement floor of the hotel.
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    • HOTEL GROOVE SHINJUKU, A PARKROYAL Hotel
      Luxury
      Ideally set in Tokyo, HOTEL GROOVE SHINJUKU, A PARKROYAL Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a bar. Popular points of interest nearby include Choko-ji Temple, Korea Museum and Studio Alta. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and currency exchange for guests. With a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also feature a city view. All guest rooms in HOTEL GROOVE SHINJUKU, A PARKROYAL Hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near HOTEL GROOVE SHINJUKU, A PARKROYAL Hotel include Okubo Park, Seibu Shinjuku PePe Shopping Mall and Samurai Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda, 22 km from the hotel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
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    • Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower
      Luxury
      Offering a restaurant, 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. 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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