The following is a suggested half day itinerary of the Shinjuku District, one of Tokyo's busiest and well known business, shopping and entertainment districts. This itinerary can be easily extended to a full day for slower paced travelers or combined with a few additions such as Shibuya and Harajuku to make a full day plan.

Start at Shinjuku Station
Walk to Shinjuku Gyoen
10 minutes
Shinjuku Gyoen
Beautiful park in Shinjuku 60 minutes
Shinjuku Gyoen is especially beautiful from late March to early April when it becomes one of Tokyo's best cherry blossom spots and from mid November to mid December when the leaves change colors
Walk to the Southern Terrace
10 minutes
Southern Terrace
Department stores 60 minutes
Browse the stores at Takashimaya and NEWoMan as well as Shinjuku Station's Southern Terrace
Walk towards the skyscraper district on the west side
10 minutes
Skyscraper District
Skyscrapers containing office, shops and restaurants 60 minutes
The Skyscraper District is on the west side of Shinjuku Station. Yodobashi Camera, and several other shops and restaurants can be found in this area. A number of hotels are located here.
Walk towards the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tocho)
5 minutes
Tocho Observation Deck
Observation deck on the 45th floor 60 minutes
Enjoy the free views on the observation deck on the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Walk back to Shinjuku Station via a pedestrian overpass near the northwest end of the station
15 minutes
Shinjuku View
One of the classic views of Shinjuku 15 minutes
The elevated walkway provides a classic view of the Shinjuku area. Afterwards you could spend time shopping or explore one of Shinjuku's colorful dining and entertainment districts.

Recommended Additions


Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants, bars, nightclubs, pachinko parlors, love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for both sexes and sexual orientations. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees.

Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho, also known under the more colorful moniker 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 and yakitori.

Golden Gai

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 at a time, 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.

Shin-Okubo Koreatown

Shin-Okubo has a high concentration 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 residents and sell a variety of Korean goods, including K-Pop music, videos and groceries.


Shibuya is a well known shopping and nightlife district popular among young people. There are lots of department stores targeting young women especially with the latest fashion trends.


Harajuku is another of Tokyo's, popular shopping districts. The area is well known for its trendy Takeshita Dori and upscale Omotesando shopping streets.


Shinjuku is a well known shopping area with a large variety of department stores and electronics shops. Other popular shopping districts nearby include Shibuya and Harajuku.

Hotels around Tokyo

Recommended Hotels
Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo
One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.
Hotel Century Southern Tower
The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.
Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.
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Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Just a few steps from Shinjuku Station, this hotel ranks among Tokyo's best values.
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Keio Plaza Hotel
One of Tokyo's most popular hotels and best values, a 5-10 minute walk from the station.
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Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel
Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.
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Shangri-La Hotel
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.
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