Shinjuku station is one of the busiest station in the world. In fact, in 2007 it registered as Guinness World Record’s as the busiest transport hub in the world. It connects to dozens different train lines and subway lines. Shinjuku station is also a major stop for buses. On an average day, you can expect over 3 million people using this station. In response to this, a new bus terminal called “Basuta Shinjuku” opened on April 4th 2016 at the South exit of Shinjuku station. “Basuta Shinjuku” is known as “Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal”. This is not only limited to buses, but taxis also depart from here. In fact, this specific bus terminal is the busiest bus hub in Japan. On any given day, you can expect over 1600 long-distance departures and arrivals. These bus routes go to 39 out of the 47 prefectures in Japan. Used by 118 bus companies, you can get almost anywhere in Japan by bus.
Basuta Shinjuku is comprised of multiple stories. This building is similar to a modern airport. There is a separate floor for arrivals and there is a separate floor for departures. Arrivals are on the third floor and departures are on the fourth floor. This building is directly connected to Shinjuku station South exit. Also, the third floor has a large taxi stand. On the fourth floor, there is a waiting room that seats 146 passengers. This waiting area can be used 30 mins prior to first bus departure until the last bus departure. Another great aspect about the facility is its information counter located on the fourth floor. Workers there will be able to communicate both in Japanese and English at all times. They are also able to communicate in Chinese depending on their schedules.
Basuta Shinjuku is convenient in so many ways not just for Japanese, but also for foreign tourists. In my opinion, the first big thing (possibly the best thing) is free WiFi. This WiFi is specifically for foreign tourists. It is easy to connect to, just register an email address and connect to the network named “Shinjuku-Bus-Terminal_Free_Wi-Fi”. There is also a “Tokyo Sightseeing Information Center”. Buying ticket is also very easy. There are two ways to buy tickets, either from a machine or visiting the ticketing counter. Of course, both have English language support.
Traveling in a foreign country can be stressful, but this bus terminal will be able to make your travels easier. If you plan to visit a couple cities in Japan, this bus terminal provides an easy and affordable transportation alternative.
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Address: 5-24, Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0051
Access: Directly connected to Shinjuku station South Exit
Free Wifi : ◯ Shinjuku-Bus-Terminal_Free_Wi-Fi
Webiste : Basta Shinjuku (Japenese)