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.

Shinjuku Gyoen (1 hour)Start the day at Shinjuku Gyoen, a large public park near Shinjuku Station. The park 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.

Southern Terrace (1 hour)

Depart the gardens via the Shinjuku Gate and head towards Shinjuku Station. Explore the Takashimaya department store and the station's Southern Terrace.
Skyscraper District (1 hour)Head toward the skyscraper district on the west side of the station. Yodobashi Camera, and several other shops and restaurants are along the way.
Shinjuku View (15 minutes)Return toward the station via a pedestrian overpass near the northwest corner of the station. The elevated walkway provides a classic view of the Shinjuku area. Afterwards you could spend time shopping or explore one of the Shinjuku's colorful dining and entertainment districts.

Recommended Additions

Kabukicho

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

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

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

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is a large shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji, found nestled in the woods between Harajuku Station and Yoyogi Park. Usually quiet and serene, the shrine becomes extremely crowded during the New Year holidays.

Shopping

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.
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Hostelworld
Hotel Century Southern Tower
The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.
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Japanican
Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.
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Agoda Booking
Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Just a few steps from Shinjuku Station, this hotel ranks among Tokyo's best values.
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Agoda Booking
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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Agoda Booking
Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel
Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.
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Agoda Booking
Shangri-La Hotel
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.
Book:
Agoda Booking

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Page last updated: March 9, 2018