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.


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.


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 23:00 (entry until 22:30)
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 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

Central Park

Hours: Always open
Admission: Free

Department Stores


Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Restaurants: Typically 11:00 to 22:00


Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (Fridays and Saturdays until 20:30)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
Closed: January 1 (except restaurants)


Hours: 10:00 to 20:30 (Sundays until 20:00)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00


Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00


Hours: 11:00 to 21:30
Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:30


Hours: 11:00 to 21:00 (Mosaic Dori from 10:00)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00

Electronics Stores

Yodobashi Camera

Hours: 9:30 to 22:00

Bic Camera

Hours: 10:00 to 21:00
Closed: No closing days

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
    • Park Hyatt Tokyo
      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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    • Hundred Stay Tokyo Shinjuku
      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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    • Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower
      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
      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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    • Sakura Cross Hotel Shinjuku East Annex
      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, 29 km from Sakura Cross Hotel Shinjuku East Annex.
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    • Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku
      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, bathrobes and a hairdryer. 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, 29 km from Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nishi-Shinjuku
      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.
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      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 kettle. Rooms include a flat-screen TV, and some rooms at ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU have a city view. The rooms at the accommodation have air conditioning and a desk. ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU offers a hot spring bath. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Jisho-in Temple, Genkyoji Temple and Full Gospel Tokyo Church. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 28 km from ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU.
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    • UNPLAN Shinjuku
      Conveniently situated in the centre of 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. Guest rooms include bed linen. 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, 28 km from the accommodation.
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    • Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
      Featuring a 24-hour fitness room, Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo is just a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Gyoenmae Subway Station and a 7-minute walk from Shinjuku-sanchome Subway Station. This design hotel offers studio apartments with free WiFi and wired internet access. This hotel was selected as one of the Top 25 Hotels in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Award 2014. Shinjuku Tokyo Citadines provides coin-operated laundry facilities. Guests will find drink vending machines and a 24-hour front desk with luggage storage service. Paid parking is available on site. The air-conditioned studios at Shinjuku Citadines Tokyo boast a smooth modern style. The fully equipped kitchenette features a variety of cooking utensils, cutlery and tableware, while the en suite bathroom comes equipped with a bath and shower. Free toiletries, a hairdryer and slippers are provided. Guests can enjoy DVDs on the flat-screen TV. For their convenience, guests will also find personal lockers and ironing facilities, as well as a seating area and desk. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and the Isetan Department Store are a 10-minute walk from the hotel, while the lively Kabukicho district is a 15-minute walk away. Shinjuku Gyoenmae Subway Station offers direct subway access to the Ginza and Shinjuku areas.
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