Shinjuku is a central ward of Tokyo and its station is one of the busiest railway stations in the world. It is a very popular place among not only Japanese but also foreign tourists. Shinjuku can be roughly divided into three areas, an office town such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in the West Exit area, shopping and amusement in the South Exit area, prominent entertainment such as Kabukicho in the East Exit. I recommend 11 best sightseeing spots in Shinjuku.
#1. Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest and the most popular parks in Tokyo and located just a short walk from Shinjuku station.
It blends three distinct styles, French Formal Garden, English Landscape Garden and Japanese Traditional Garden. It is an oasis in the busy city and you can have a relaxing time there. Every season has a beautiful view of scenery and it is a very popular sightseeing spot among not only Japanese but also foreign tourists.
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Address: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
*Closed on Monday
200yen (Adult )
Website: Shinjuku Gyoen (Japanese)
#2. Tokyo Metropolitan Government
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a very famous tourist spot as there are 2 free observation decks where you can enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Tokyo.
On a sunny day you can see famous landmarks such as Mt.Fuji, the Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo tower. Furthermore the north observation deck is open late until 11:00pm and you can enjoy a great night view.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Address: 8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku 2-chome, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:45 PM
*Closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Website: Tokyo MetropolitanGoverment
#3. Takashimaya Times Square
Takashimaya Times Square actually belongs to Shibuya-ku but is located just in front of shinjuku station and a landmark of Shinjuku. It is one of the most popular shopping spots in Tokyo. There are many shops, a wide variety of restaurants and foods with good quality on the basement. We can say it has all. It is very fun to browse and you can spend a day with your family and friends. Also there is a rooftop garden and you can get a view of Tokyo from there.
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Takashimaya Times Square
Address: 5-24-2 Sendagaya Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Hours: Main building 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
*Closed on Monday
#4. Meiji Jingu Gaien
Meiji Jingu Gaien has a beautiful view in 4 seasons but especially the gingko trees street in autumn is very famous for its beauty. It is a very nice experience to walk under the tunnel of golden yellow foliage about 300m long. Actually this street is often used by many dramas in Japan. Near Meiji Jingu Gaien, as there are sports facilities such as Jingu Baseball Stadium and famous stylish restaurants, it is very popular spot among couples and families.
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Meiji JIngu Gaien
Address: 1-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Website: Meiji Jingu Gaien
#5. Shinjuku Southern Terrace
Shinjuku Southern Terrace is a promenade walk from the south exit of Shinjuku station towards Yoyogi. There are a hotel, cafes, restaurants, shops and parks and so on. The illumination and decoration in winter is especially popular. Also there is a very stylish Starbucks with great outdoor seating and it is recommended to drop in this relaxing place when you visit Shinjuku.
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#6. Tokyo Opera City
Photo Credit: operacity.jp
Tokyo opera city is composite facilities of a hall designed for classical concert, restaurants, shops and art gallery and so on. There are many places and things to do. In the restaurants on the 53rd and 54th floor you can enjoy a marvelous view.
Photo Credit: shibainu@flickr
Next to Tokyo opera city, New National Theater for operas, ballets, modern dance and plays is located. If you want to see operas and plays, it is recommended to book tickets in advance.
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Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall / Recital Hall
Address: 3-20-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
New National Theater Tokyo
Address: 1-1-1 Hon-machi, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Website: New National Theater Tokyo
#7. Hanazono Shrine
Photo Credit: Kentaro Ohno@flickr
Hanazono Shrine is a historical shrine found in the middle of the 17th century and has been Shinjuku’s protective god since then. It is located near the Shinjuku ward office, a short walk from Shinjuku station. There are the Shinto rituals and festivals throughout the year.
Photo Credit: Guilhem Vellut@flickr
The Itoku Inari Shrine inside Hanazono Shrine is famous for its blessing such as wish for children, marriage, and relationship luck and very popular as a power spot.
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Address: 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Website: Hanazono Shrine (Japanese)
Kabukicho is the entertainment and largest red-light district in Japan. There are many restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and nightclubs and is often called the ‘Sleepless Town’. At night the streets are filled with neon lights and attracting many tourists to its vibrant nightlife.
The TOHO cinema in Kabukicho is famous for its big Godzilla figure on top of the building. Also you can enjoy bowling, a batting centers, pool and mah‐jongg and so on there.
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#9. Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
This museum has been exhibiting both Japanese and foreign artworks since its opening in 1976 and has current exhibitions and permanent collections. The museum is famous for Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. It is not the large but has a relaxing atmosphere. Also it is on the 42nd floor of a skyscraper and you can look out a great view of Tokyo from the observation gallery.
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Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Address: SOMPO JAPAN NIPPONKOA Headquarters Building 42nd Floor, 1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
*Closed on Monday
Fee: Depends on exhibits
Website: SJNK Museum
#10. Shinjuku Park Tower
Shinjuku Park Tower is a skyscraper with three characteristic triangle roofs. Inside the tower, there are nice shops, restaurants, offices and so on. The 39th to 52nd floor are occupied by the luxury Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel, that was featured in the film called Lost in Translation. It is a very nice place to enjoy lunch or tea time, looking out a beautiful view of Tokyo. You can see this building from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
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Shinjuku Park Tower
Address: 3-7-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: Shinjuku Park Tower
#11. Robot Restaurant
Robot restaurant is a very popular spot especially among foreign tourists. You can enjoy a unique robot show. When you enter the restaurant, you will get excited about its gorgeous glitter decoration. When the show starts, the audience get involved with the atmosphere and amazing dancing.
The girls are great dancers. The live performance and its music are also great fun. The whole show is really unique with dinosaurs, cows, pandas and of course robots. You would feel as if you were in another world ! It is a new entertainment in Shinjuku and it will be your special experience. Taking pictures is allowed. So please don’t forget to bring your camera.
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Address: 1-7-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Hours: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
8,000yen (Entrance )
Phone : 03-3200-5500
Website: Robot Restaurant