The Area

Welcome to Shinjuku

Shopping, culture, entertainment…. Shinjuku-ku, the city of many fascinating spots to see, is always full of many people.

Around Shinjuku Station, you can enjoy the largest shopping area where there are bustling streets and skyscrapers.

If you go on a little further, you can also visit museums, noh theaters, and Shinto shrines,
Shinjuku overflows with many spots that enable you to feel Japan’s unique culture

With its various attraction, Shinjuku brings you special experience.

Shinjuku-ku DATA

※1
As of January, 2017
※2
Guinness authorization
※3
Tokyo "2016 building statistics annual report"
※4
As of July, 2014 "economic general survey basics investigation in 2014"
※5
Tokyo "foreign tourist action properties investigation according to 2015 country"

Location of Shinjuku

Shinjuku is one of the 23 special wards in Tokyo, the capital of Japan.

It is located at the center of all the 23 wards, and has the Metropolitan Government.

Access to Shinjuku Station

If you come from Haneda Airport, Narita Airport, or Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station, it is convenient to use train or bus.

From Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) to Shinjuku Station
To Shinjuku Station, both train and bus arrive in approximately 40 minutes.
※Arrival time is mixed up by traffic condition

Using train to Shinjuku Station

Means of transportation
Route
The time required
  • Monorail /JR
  • Haneda Airport → Hamamatsucho Station → Shinjuku Station
  • Approximately 36 minutes
  • Keihin Electric Express Railway Corporation /JR
  • Haneda Airport → Shinagawa Station → Shinjuku Station
  • Approximately 46 minutes

Using bus to Shinjuku Station

Means of transportation
Route
The time required
  • Bus
  • Haneda Airport → Shinjuku Station
  • About 35-75 minutes
From Narita International Airport to Shinjuku Station
From Narita Airport, train arrives by bus in approximately one and a half hours for approximately one hour.
※Arrival time is mixed up by traffic condition

Using train to Shinjuku Station

Means of transportation
Route
The time required
  • Skyliner /JR Yamanote Line
  • Narita Airport → Nippori Station → Shinjuku Station
  • Approximately 60 minutes
  • Narita SKY ACCESS Line /JR Yamanote Line
  • Narita Airport → Nippori Station → Shinjuku Station
  • Approximately 70 minutes
  • Keisei Line /JR Yamanote Line
  • Narita Airport → Nippori Station → Shinjuku Station
  • Approximately 100 minutes
  • JR Narita express
  • Narita Airport → Shinjuku Station
  • Approximately 80 minutes

Using bus to Shinjuku Station

Means of transportation
Route
The time required
  • Bus
  • Narita Airport → The Shinjuku Station west exit
  • About 85-145 minutes

Main area of Shinjuku-ku

We divide Shinjuku-ku where is full of the highlight into five areas and introduce.

Around Shinjuku Station

The city where innovation and tradition coexists.
Around Shinjuku Station, the busiest station of all the stations in the world, there are many captivating spots such as the business district full of the skyscrapers more than 100 meter high, Kabuki-cho and its unique restaurants, and huge shopping malls and streets. Not only those modern places but also Japanese traditional gardens such as Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden awaits you. In addition,Classic Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are dotted all over Shinjuku, and they are the guidepost for you to know the history and the culture.

Yotsuya

The city where the remnant of Edo era’s culture can still be seen.
In Yotsuya, there are watch houses called Mitsukemon built around Edo castle and Tamagawajosui water supply. Although it was a small city, it was put together with Monzencho, a temple town, where there used to be Samurai residences and Shrines, and Naito Shinjuku, a post town. So, it now holds a large population for a small city. Along with widening of Koshu Highway, it was reborn as a modern city full of tall buildings, but there still remain long-established stores and many historic spots today. Also, you can enjoy waking in the city watching the beautiful scenery of the rows of cherry blossom trees and the moat.

Kagurazaka

The stylish city that keeps the old and authentic atmosphere intact.
Kagurazaka was called Yamate Ginza as one of the main downtowns of Tokyo in the last part of Meiji and the Taisho era. Particularly, the people here are faithful to Zenkoku temple, and that is why Kagurazaka prospered as Monzencho, a temple towm. One of the remarkable geographical features of Kagurazaka is its slopes you can find in the city. Interestingly, every slope is named after various origins. Stone pavement can be found in everywhere, and if you walk through a narrow alley, you can occasionally hear the beautiful tone of shamisen, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument. All of those things in Kagurazaka remind us of old times, so many people visit here to feel that.

Takadanobaba, Waseda, Okubo

The town of active student culture and international atmosphere.
Around Takadanobaba station, there are Waseda University, one of the best universities in Japan, and also many technical school and vocational school. In fact, it had been a land of weed until the beginning of Meiji era. Also, in Edo era it was used by Hatamoto, the direct retainers of a lord, to practice horse-riding, and by Shogun, general, to do hawking. Even today, Horseback archery can be seen, and there still remains the monument of the help of Yasubee Horibe. So, you can enjoy the latest culture brought by the active students and the past history at the same time. Furthermore, there are many international stores in Okubo Street, which intersects with Okubo station of JR Chuo line and Shin-Okubo station of Yamanote line.

Ochiai

The downtown of flower and greenery loved by cultural figures.
Although Ochiai was a farming village in a suburbs of Edo, it was gradually developed as a residential area without losing the beautiful scenery of the suburbs towards Meiji Era. In Taisho era, it began to be sold as an upper-class residential area called "Mejiro Bunkamura". Many artists and cultural figures moved to Ochiai in seeking the quite environment and the attractive scenery. Even today, there remains a part of the Upper-class residential area in exactly the same way it looked in Taisho era. Historically, Ochiai is suitable for inhabiting. This is proven by the discovery of the habitation sites of Jomon, and Yayoi Era, from 14000 to 2000 years ago. These sites went through restoration and can be visited today.
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