Shinjuku is arguably Tokyo’s most notorious district and it’s neon lights and futuristic cityscape present the classic image most people associate with Japan’s capital. The special ward is right in the centre of the city and offers everything from cutting-edge shopping facilities to Tokyo’s famously quirky nightlife. Most visitors to Tokyo will likely pass through Shinjuku at some point, as it is arguably the heartbeat of the city, not to mention its main transport hub. Shinjuku is also a key economic and political region, with the seat of the Tokyo government being based locally. This makes it an important destination for those travelling for both business and diplomatic reasons. Shinjuku’s significance naturally means there is an abundance of accommodation on offer in the area - including the notorious capsule hotels. However, those looking for a little more space - something of a luxury in Tokyo - then serviced apartments present a much more comfortable accommodation solution.
Some of the top properties in Shinjuku are:
Each of these properties is presented fully furnished and offering the latest mod-cons, including home entertainment, wireless internet and air conditioning. Our serviced apartments offer additional conveniences, such as room cleaning and concierge. What’s more, the inclusion of full kitchen facilities make serviced apartments in Shinjuku ideal for those looking to self-cater - which is particularly beneficial for anyone making an extended stay in Tokyo.
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Shinjuku is generally thought of as the area immediately surrounding the main train station. However, the ward itself actually covers some 18 sq kilometers and is comprised of several different neighbourhoods. The central neighbourhoods of Shinjuku, Sumiyoshicho, Wakamatsucho, and Hyakunincho are usually the most popular places for visitors to base themselves, as they offer easy access to Shinjuku’s main attractions as well as being close to mainline railway stations offering transport links across the city and beyond. Whilst areas such as Kitashinjuku and Bentencho are slightly more residential, they are still within heavily urbanised areas so there is no real advantage in staying in these neighborhoods over the more central ones.
Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s most notorious districts - famous for its ubiquitous neon signs, its crazy nightlife and its uniquely Japanese atmosphere. This is nicely illustrated by the appointed ambassador for tourism in the ward - Godzilla. With a history dating back beyond the Edo period, Shinjuku has long been at the centre of Tokyo’s politics and cultural development. Below are some more interesting facts about the area:
Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s most popular districts for a variety of reasons - not least because of its high concentration of attractions and landmarks, ranging from modern art museums to historic temples and traditional Japanese gardens. Certainly for tourists and first-time visitors to Japan’s capital, Shinjuku provides the ultimate experience of Tokyo culture, whilst offering easy access to the wider city as well as across Japan itself.
What is there to do in Shinjuku?
Shinjuku is an area of diversity. Whilst visitors will be instantly struck by its futuristic landscape, Shinjuku also has plenty of historical and traditional things to see. As such, visitors to the district can be exploring a high tech shopping mall one minute, before strolling around an Edo-period garden the next.
Does Shinjuku have a good nightlife scene?
Yes, here are the places and bars to experience in Shinjuku for a nice slice of nightlife:
What are the must-do things in Shinjuku?
These are the must do things in Shinjuku:
What are some free things to do in Shinjuku?
Some of the free activities to do in Shinjuku are:
Places to Visit in Shinjuku
Shinjuku has perhaps more things to see and do than any other ward in Tokyo. Famous for its incredible shopping and nightlife, as well as offering numerous other landmarks and attractions. Below is a list of unmissable sights and excursions in the district:
Shinjuku boasts the largest number of eating establishments in all 23 wards of Tokyo with some 5,795 restaurants, cafes and bistros open locally. The number comprises everything from fine dining to quirky vending machine restaurants, offering both local and international cuisine.
What are the best places to get traditional Japanese food in Shinjuku?
Those looking to enjoy traditional Japanese food in an upmarket setting have options that include
What are the cheapest or low key restaurants in Shinjuku?
For something a little more low key, Shinjuku has plenty of sushi fast food restaurants, with some of the most popular establishments including:
What are the best restaurants in Shinjuku for western cuisine?
Some of the restaurants in Shinjuku that offer western cuisine include:
Street food is extremely popular in Tokyo so it will come of little surprise to learn that Shinjuku offers a huge selection of vendors, stalls and pop-up restaurants. Some of the best places for street food in Shinjuku include:
Along with its neighbour, Shibuya, Shinjuku is known for its vast array of shops and retail amenities. Shinjuku Mark City and Magnet by Shinjuku 109 are two large-scale shopping malls in the district, whilst Shinjuku Station itself also offers a huge amount of global retail brands as well as quirky local sellers. Outside of the central area, there are also numerous malls, plazas and high streets dotted across Shinjuku. Some key locations include:
Shinjuku Station is Tokyo’s main transport hub - connecting services across the city as well as offering bullet train services cross-country. For tourists looking to explore Tokyo itself, JR’s Yamanote Line is an important route to know, as it is one of the mainline connecting the city’s most famous districts. Tokyo public transport can be paid for using one of two prepaid systems - the Suica or Pasmo card - both of which operate in a similar way to London’s Oyster Card and offer reduced fares across multiple journeys. Outside of its main station, Shinjuku also has five other stations to note:
Tokyo’s weather can be divided broadly into four seasons. The summertime, particularly August, is one of the least popular times to visit Shinjuku, as temperatures can exceed 30 degrees and, combined with high humidity, make for an uncomfortable urban environment. However, the spring months from March to May are much milder and usually the most popular time to visit Tokyo, as visitors flock to see the famous cherry blossom season. The Autumn months of October and November are also popular, as the cityscape explodes with autumnal colours. However, whilst the temperature in both Spring and Autumn is usually between 10 and 20 degrees, visitors should be aware that Tokyo often experiences high rainfall during these periods.
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