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Centered around the busiest railway station in the world, the Tokyo neighborhood of Shinjuku is a thriving district full of shops and department stores, museums, bars, restaurants, and cafes abuzz with people. The neighborhood’s skyscraper district is home to some of the city’s tallest buildings.
Office workers, tourists and locals all pass under the neon lights of Shinjuku. For the best views of the area, head to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building’s free observation tower. Then wander through the sub-neighborhood of Kabukicho, one of the city’s busiest entertainment and red-light districts, or relax in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a peaceful spot famous for its cherry trees.
In the evening, you can enjoy Tokyo’s street food scene at Memory Lane, an alley that runs behind Shinjuku Station and is packed with little stalls selling yakitori skewers and steaming bowls of ramen. Alternatively, join a nightlife tour to enjoy local izakayas or go bar hopping with a guide who can help you find the best spots and tell you what to order.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Shinjuku Station connects to an underground mall that has stores selling nearly anything you can imagine.
- The area is easy to navigate in a wheelchair.
- Shinjuku railway station welcomes more than 2 million passengers every day, and the surrounding area gets very crowded.
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to Shinjuku is by train; a dozen different metro and intercity train lines serve Shinjuku Station, including the JR Yamanote line. Intercity buses also stop at the Busta Shinjuku station.
When to Get There
The Shinjuku district never sleeps. No matter what time of day or night you visit, you’ll find stores, bars, cafes, and pachinko (pinball) parlors open for business. The street-side food stalls on Memory Lane tend to fill up with customers from 6pm onwards.
Visit Sanrio Puroland
Once you’ve enjoyed Shinjuku’s urban landscape, head to Sanrio Puroland (also known as Hello Kitty Land) for a taste of classic Japanese kawaii (cute) culture. Small children and Hello Kitty fans will love the gentle rides and meet-and-greet opportunities with giant plush characters. The park is also a great place to stock up on unusual Sanrio souvenirs, such as Gudetama bags and Cinnamoroll headbands.
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3 Tours and Activities to Experience Shinjuku
Shinjuku Station underground mall is super large. It is no exaggeration to say that the one who knows Shinjuku Station underground mall will know about Tokyo very well. By mastering the underground mall, you can become a true Tokyo dude. And you can also say, I know Tokyo very much. Moreover, there is no need to worry about the rain, hot, cold weather. Air conditioners there. You can also find food only sold in Shinjuku Underground mall. Super delicious! There is also a shrine on the roof of the building. New discoveries are everywhere. Please try to taste this impression by all means
Shintoism is an ancient religion that originates in Japan. On this tour, you’ll gain a better understanding of Japanese culture, and religious beliefs by exploring the city with a Shintoism expert. By traveling with a guide, you won’t have to worry about navigating, and you’ll learn things that you wouldn’t find out otherwise. It’s ideal for travelers with limited time as you’ll see three shrines on one tour. As you explore the shrines, you’ll learn how to purify yourself, pray for good fortune, and attract success.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Explore one of Shibuya’s most interesting and laid-back neighborhoods—Ebisu, on this action-packed food tour. You won’t have to worry about getting lost as you’ll have a guide to navigate and take you down alleyways and side streets that locals love. Visit multiple restaurants and food stalls, and enjoy trying Japanese specialities, as well as a beer, sake, or soft drink.
Frequently Asked Questions
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