10 Things in Shinjuku that You Cannot Miss

Taking the first steps out of Shinjuku station, you’ll be greeted by large electronic stores and massive crowds. Shinjuku is one of the busiest places in Tokyo, filled with amazing restaurants, things to see and shop till you drop. Without further ado, let’s go!

1. Shop at Isetan Shinjuku

Shop at Isetan Shinjuku

Visit Isetan’s flagship store in Shinjuku! A five-minute walk from Shinjuku Station’s East Exit, Isetan Shinjuku has products from numerous international brands such as Gucci, Miu Miu, Dior, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana and more.

Introduce everything about Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings

Spot information

  • Spot name: Isetan, Shinjuku
  • Street address: 〒160-0022 3-14-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.
  • Access: 5 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station.

2. Relax at the Shinjuku Gyoen

Relax at the Shinjuku Gyoen

Walk through one of the largest park in Tokyo, the Shinjuku Gyoen. The garden is famous for hanami, viewing sakura blossoms. The park is also beautiful In autumn when the leaves turn gold.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Shinjuku Gyoen
  • Street address: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014.
  • Access: Ten minute walk from Shinjuku Station.

3. Shinjuku Golden Gai

Shinjuku Golden Gai

Golden Gai is the bar hopper’s favourite place to be. It may be a small, narrow street, but it is lined with various pubs and bars. A great place to sit and chat with locals or travellers, the best time to visit Golden Gai is after 9 pm since most bars are only open at night. 

Spot information

  • Spot name: Golden Gai
  • Street address: Shinjuku Golden Gai, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Access: Around 3 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station.

4. Try Ramen in Shinjuku

Try Ramen in Shinjuku

There are several famous ramen restaurants in Shinjuku such as Menya Shou, Hachiro Shoten, Menya Kaijin (Halal) and Sugoi Niboshi Ramen Nagi (open all day).

Spot information

  • Spot name: Menya Kaijin
  • Street address: Kaijin seafood ramen, さんらくビル 3 Chome-35-7 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022
  • Access: Around 3 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station.

5. Experience Kabukicho first-hand in Shinjuku

The seedier side of Shinjuku, Kabukicho is one of the entertainment districts in Tokyo. Besides bars, host clubs and restaurants, Kabukicho is also well known for love hotels.

Do remember to bring enough money as some of these places do not accept credit cards. If you do not want to spend money, a walk through kabukicho at night is also a wonderful time to past the time.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Kabukicho
  • Street address: Kabukichō, 1 Chome Kabukichō, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0021, Japan
  • Access: Around 3 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station.

6. Pray at the Hanazono Jinja Shrine

An ancient shinto shrine built by the Hanazono family, the shrine is the busiest during the New Year, the Tori no Ichi and other festivals. There is also a small Antique Fair held at Hanazono Shrine every week.

Spot information

  • Spot name:Hanazono Jinja
  • Street address: 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture.
  • Access: Less than ten minutes walk from the Shinjuku-sanchome Station.

7. Picnic at the Shinjuku Central Park

Picnic at the Shinjuku Central Park

During autumn or the sakura blossom season, bring a basket of all your picnic favourites and have a meal at the Shinjuku Central Park.

Every two months or so, there will be a flea market held in the park, at Mizu no Hiroba Square. If you are looking for a good deal, do swing by the flea market.

 Spot information

  • Spot name: Shinjuku Central Park (also known as Shinjuku Chuo Park)
  • Street address: 2-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Access: Around 7 minutes of walking from the Tochomae Station.

8. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Take a look from high above! The building is a great vantage spot to look at many notable places when the skies are clear. You can see Mount Fuji, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, and more. Admission is free, do arrive early as you will have to line up to go up the observation deck.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office
  • Street address: 2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 163-8001
  • Access: 15 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station.

9. Dine with bots at the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku

A show of exuberant dancers, loud music and bright neon lights, dining at the Robot Restaurant is an experience you won’t forget for a long, long time.

It is 8,000 yen per person according to their website, but if you book online it is only 7,500 yen (meals not included).

Spot information

  • Spot name: Robot Restaurant
  • Street address:1-7-1 Kabukicho | B2f, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Access: 10 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station.

10. Spend a night at the Shinjuku Washington Hotel

Spend a night at the Shinjuku Washington Hotel

Located next to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, the Shinjuku Washington Hotel is a stylish hotel with western and japanese restaurants and a bar. The hotel is a great place to watch the city light up after the sun sets in Shinjuku.

You can also skip the travel hassle and make use of their Airport shuttle services. Single room prices at the hotel start from RM435.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Shinjuku Washington Hotel
  • Street address: 2-9, Nishishinjuku, 3 chome, Shinjuku-ku - Tokyo, Japan
  • Access: About 5 minutes walk from Tochomae Station.