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Shinjuku

Discover Kabukicho, Golden Gai and Omoide Yokocho

About Shinjuku

Things to do in Shinjuku

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Some no Komichi

Some no Komichi

Traditionally, dye producers used to hang their dyed fabric along the Myoshoji River in the Nakai/Ochiai neighbourhood. Some no Komichi is a festival which celebrates this traditional custom during this 3 day event. Visitors can marvel at the long, b..

Dining

Taiyou no Tomato-men

Taiyou no Tomato-men

Setting itself apart from the ramen crowd, 'Taiyou no Tomato men' (太陽のトマト麺) serves up visually distinct bowls of tomato-based ramen at its many locations around Japan – as many as 21 stores, since launching in Kinshicho back in 2006. Th..

Mya Myint Mo Myanmar Restaurant

Mya Myint Mo Myanmar Restaurant

Immediately across the road from the Waseda exit of Takadanobaba station, there's an otherwise nondescript building that seems to be the focus of the Myanmar community in Tokyo. On its upper floors there are a handful of small stores selling impo..

Cafe La Boheme, Shinjuku-Gyoen

Cafe La Boheme, Shinjuku-Gyoen

Cafe La Boheme is a parkside cafe and dining experience sure to have high nostalgic value to fans of the 2016 film "Kimi no Na wa" (Your Name). A popular cafe before the movie, the cafe setting where Taki conducted his part-time job as a wa..

Places to stay

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Shinjuku has everything: culture, fashion, a touch of nature, and its most well-known claim to fame—a vibrant nightlife. It could be considered the heart of Tokyo in this sense, and Kabukicho is the pulse that keeps it alive. It’s an adul..

Muslim-friendly Share House in Tokyo

Muslim-friendly Share House in Tokyo

How do you feel when you find a home-stay near a mosque with a prayer room, and also a special kitchen for cooking Halal food? Plus you can meet and share experiences with new friends from all countries around the world. Furthermore, it is located in..

Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel

Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel

There are business hotels, luxury hotels, traditional guesthouses and luxury inns, but there's nowhere like a capsule hotel. With space at a premium (especially in the center of Tokyo), these are more or less like coin lockers for people, but cos..

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VR Zone Shinjuku

VR Zone Shinjuku

VR ZONE SHINJUKU is every tech-savvy, game lover’s dream and promises to redefine the traditional game center using the latest VR technology available. Opened in July 2017 as Japan's largest VR facility, VR Zone rides the trend for creating..

Shinjuku Cocoon Tower

Shinjuku Cocoon Tower

A few minutes west of Shinjuku station, you'll find one of Tokyo's most striking buildings. Completed in 2008, Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower may only be the 17th tallest skyscraper in the city, but I think its unique design makes it the most memor..

Not Just a Tourist, Part 1

Not Just a Tourist, Part 1

I have visited Japan five times, with each stay lasting from two to five weeks. I never wanted to be just a tourist who comes to see the places of interest. I prefer to experience common things and to immerse myself in the daily life experiences in J..

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About Shinjuku

Shinjuku station: the world's busiest station by far. A place where over 3 million people pass through every single day. A commuter hub where more than 10 different train lines converge. A modern day railway maze where you can easily get lost.

It is also an area where entertainment, shopping, nightlife, and a red-light district fuse into one, creating a complex and buzzing metropolitan city. Thousands of people visit Shinjuku everyday, either for their meals, meeting up with friends, the bars/nightclubs, or tourists passing through to do sightseeing and shopping.

At Nishi-Shinjuku to the west, skyscrapers dominate the skyline business district, which is where the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (TMG) lies. Don't forget Omoide Yokocho, which is also known as Memory Lane, or (so I have heard) Piss Alley. There are lots of small places to eat at here selling yakitori, ramen, sushi and soba. The air is filled with an amazing grilled food smell. The shops are really small, and on average most of them can only seat around 10 people or so.

You will see lots of locals and tourist sitting and just waiting for their yakitori to be grilled and served. I’m sure after passing by these lanes, you will definitely want to try out the yakitori skewers including grilled meatballs, chicken skin etc.

Kabukicho is also home to a famous red-light district (of sorts). It is one of Japan's wildest areas, a place where various services are offered to meet every kind of taste. There are bars, nightclubs, restaurants and love hotels around as well! This place is filled with neon lights everywhere that will attract your eyes like a moth attracted to light.

You can also find the famous Robot Restaurant here as well - basically a bunch of scantily clad women dancing and operating robots. Yes, you read that right! They have a huge size robot and it is controllable. I'm sure it will be one of the most unique things you will ever see!

You will be amazed at what these world famous Shinjuku areas look like. Sometimes it just feel so surreal, the mixture of modernization with the old. The photos I have included will give you a glimpse at how it looks!

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