Shinjuku Japan Guide

Shinjuku Japan is home to the busiest Subway station on earth (2 million people go through it every day). It’s the most Affordable shopping area in Tokyo with Huge Department stores and Fantastic bargains in second hand shops.

Beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens provide a timely escape from the Shinjuku buzz. Kabukicho is the red light district and famous gay hub.

Things To Do In Shinjuku Japan

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a beautiful Park with several Gardens: English Landscape, French and Japanese Traditional (with a teahouse). Cherry blossom season in Spring and Autumn colors are especially beautiful. Its also a popular lunch time spot for local office workers.
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Kabukicho, Tokyo’s Nightlife and largest red light district– adult entertainment spots, bars, nightclubs, pachinko parlors and love hotels. The only area in Tokyo which is a little “rough”.

Shinjuku ni-chome-Tokyo’s famous gay district. Between 200-300 Gay clubs and Bars.
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The Japanese Sword Museum (4-25-10 Yoyogi Shibuya-kuthere). A paradise for followers of Japanese swords. Antique and modern swords on display, and sword making exhibits.
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Shinjuku Japan Shopping

Shinjuku is one of the most affordable shopping areas in Tokyo.

Second hand shops – Great deals can be found in the many second hand shops in the small streets surrounding Shinjuku subway station. Japanese women, which are very fond of designer labels also get tired of them quickly. Designer bags sun glasses and jewels at unbelievably low prices can be found in these shops.

Takashimaya and Tokyu Hands are two huge department stores right next to each other. You can spend there tthe whole day without even noticing. Clothes and shoe sizes present some problem for westerners as the Japanese tend to be smaller.

The largest English book store in Japan – Kinokuniya (right next to Takashimaya department store). This foreign books store is a good place to find more specific Tokyo travel guides.
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Restaurants In Shinjuku Japan

Shinjuku Tsunahachi (3-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku). A Good, inexpensive tempura chain, on one of the top floors of Takashimaya department store.

New York Grill and Bar (Park Hyatt Hotel). Remember the scene from the movie “Lost in Translation” when Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson first met? Well it was filmed at the ‘New York Bar’ on the 52nd floor of the hotel. Food here is a European-Japanese fusion. Make sure you make a reservation in advance, and ask for a table that has good views. You can also count on live jazz.

Keishoan Yakitori (Nishi-Shinjuku 1-1-5, Shinjuku). Best Yakitori grilled Chicken Kebabs in Shinjuku. Simple and delicious smoke-infused chicken.

Shinjuku Japan Hotels

Park Hyatt Hotel Shinjuku-from $500

romantic-tokyo-hotels-park-hyatt-4 The Park Hyatt in Shinjuku has a central location, professional staff, and beautiful decor. Guest rooms feature washers/dryers and complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet.
But the thing you’ll enjoy the most is probably the New York Bar (from ‘Lost in Translation’ movie, where Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansen met) and the swimming pool/Spa on the 47th floor. Great places to unwind after a long day.

Rates and Reviews: Park Hyatt Hotel Shinjuku
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Century Southern Tower -from $220

Without doubt one of the Best deals on hotels in Tokyo. I love the Contemporary design of the lobby with the breath-taking views of the city. Rooms are renovated and super clean.

Location is between Yoyogi station and Shinjuku station, which means you can find a subway line to just about Anywhere. It’s also walking distance from all Shinjuku department stores, book stores and gadget shops and a minute away from the subway.

Rates and Reviews: Century Southern Tower Shinjuku
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Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku-from $170

tripadvisor-sunroute-plaza Location is perfect-right between Yoyogi station and Shinjuku station, walking distance from all Shinjuku Attractions, Nightlife and excellent department stores.
The lobby and rooms are beautifully renovated, so don’t be fooled by the bland exterior.

Rates and Reviews: Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
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Keio Plaza Shinjuku-from $280

Comfortable and spacious rooms by Japanese standards with a modern decor. Located 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku station. The hotel is very easily accessible via the Airport Limousine, which takes you directly to the hotel’s door step. No Wifi provided but they do provide free lined connection. Great value for your money.

Rates and Reviews: Keio Plaza Shinjuku
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Hilton Tokyo Hotel-from $300

A very good business hotel experienced in dealing with the needs of American business travelers and tourists. Rooms facing the park and the Tokyo Metropolitan buildings have spectacular nighttime views.

Rates and Reviews: Hilton Tokyo Hotel
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Narita Airport To Shinjuku

By Narita Limousine Bus to major hotels in Shinjuku.It’s practically a ‘door to door’ service.No carrying suitcases around. Your luggage is put on the bus and off the bus straight to the hands of the hotel employees.

The Narita Limousine ticket booth at the Airport will help you check out if your hotel is on Route, or you can ask your hotel in advance.

The Narita Express – NEX, goes straight to Shinjuku station.The Narita Express (NEX) is free if you purchased a Japan Rail Pass in advance from your home country.

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Haneda Airport To Shinjuku

Take the monorail from Haneda Airport to Tokyo. It provides a bird’s-eye view of Tokyo Bay as you travel to Hamamatsucho Station which in just 13 minutes.From Hamamatsucho you can then easily transfer onto the JR Yamanote Line or the JR Keihin Tohoku Line to Shinjuku.

See More: Tokyo Haneda Airport

Shinjuku Station is the busiest terminal in the world. To get to Shinjuku you need any line that stops at Shinjuku Station (which is Most Subway lines in Tokyo).


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