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2017 Must-see Places search ranking

We made ten places of high ranks where there were many searches of Must-see Places plain ranking this year!
Please go to visit if you find curious spot♪

The first place: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden which is high in popularity for not only Japanese but also customer from foreign country as tourist attraction of Shinjuku only in Japan seasonal; is beautiful; turn up.

At 58.3ha in area, neighborhood 3.5km, British landscape garden, French style forming garden, Japanese garden are put together skillfully in garden.

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✔ Must-see Places [Meiji Jingu Gaien] around the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

✔ Recommended Sightseeing Routes [walk course of deluxe adult walking the south exit area where it became usefully] which is past Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden


The second place: Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal

Stop experience of departure and arrival number of service of high speed, long-distance bus in Shinjuku Station South Exit Area and long-distance bus is the best large-scale traffic terminal in Japan together.

From railroad station can change mutually, and is very convenient.

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✔ Must-see Places [South Exit Area] around the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal

✔ Must-see Places [NEWoMan] around the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal


The third place: iwashimashinsha (batsubenten)

It is said that Yoshiie was able to win a war because he frequently visited the Shrine. In other words, he managed to “get out of” his trouble because of the mysterious power of the shrine. Interestingly, you can enter the shrine from South and “get out” from north and vice versa. People like this anecdote and started to call the shrine Nuke-Benten (Nuke means get out).

Later on, Nuke-Benten began to be regarded as one of six Edo-Benten and Shichifukujin (Seven Yamanote deities of good fortune).

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✔ Must-see Places [Eifukuji (Eifuku Temple)] of iwashimashinshashuhen

✔ Must-see Places [Hozenji (Hozen temple)] of iwashimashinshashuhen


The fourth place: Taiso-ji (Taiso-Temple)

It is a temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism, formally called "Kakanzanhongakuintaisoji".

The temple is regarded as "Shinjuku mini-museum" as you can observe several historically improtant cultural assets .

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✔ Must-see Places [Suehirotei] around the Taiso-ji (Taiso-Temple)

✔ Must-see Places [Shinjuku Promenade Park "Four Seasons Pathway"] around the Taiso-ji (Taiso-Temple)


The fifth place: Song of Suga Shrine, thirty-six tanka poets

Before Meiji Era, there had been Gozutennou shrine and Inari shrine. Later, those two shrines were enshirined together and became "Suga Shrine".

On the ceiling of the shrine, there are the pictures of Sanjurokkasen, Thrity-Six Great Poetic Geniuses of Heian era. They are designated as Shinjuku's importatnt cultural properties. Besides, in the precincts, we store pair of stone guardian dogs and Yotsuya Mitsuke memory building stones of 1728.

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✔ Must-see Places [Fire Museum] around Suga Shrine

✔ Must-see Places [Minon Culture Center] around Suga Shrine


The sixth place: Hanazono Shrine

Hanazono Shrine is the local shrine of Naitoh Shinjuku. It came into being when kanjo, ceremonial transfer of a divided tutelary deity to a new location, of Mount Yoshino occurred in Yamato province. There was the cause near Shinjuku 3 chome intersection, but moved to the present location from 1624 through 44.

It was called "Yotusya oiwake inari" or "Sankouin Inari". Also, it was named "Hanazono inari" after Hanazono, flower garden, of Owari Tokugawa's secondary house.

Hanazono Shrine owns many stone objects. Especially, the statue of "Karajishi (a kind of guradian dog)" is designated as an important cultural property of Shinjuku.

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✔ Must-see Places [Kabuki-cho] around the Hanazono Shrine

✔ Recommended Sightseeing Routes [we make a tour of nostalgic spots discovering new charm of Shinjuku] which is past Hanazono Shrine

The seventh place: Okuma Garden

It is thought that garden was completed in 1887 when Okuma's house was completed.

Semi-Western style garden with Japanese garden which we did around opening-like garden spreading out of lawn and pond spring gives people visiting ease.

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✔ Must-see Places [Waseda University Theatre Museum] around the Okuma Garden

✔ Must-see Places [Kanda River Walk] around the Okuma Garden

The eighth place: Tokyo Some Monogatari Museum

With the development of Edo shogunate, it became common for people to wear clothes such as finely pattterned or calico printed clothes. This resulted in the increase in the number of people dedicated to dyeing industry.

They used to reside Kanda or Asakusa as they had a plenty of good quality water suitable for dyeing. However, after Meiji era, they had to move towards Shinjuku because of the pollution of water. As a result, dyeing industry developed in Shinjuku.

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✔ Must-see Places [Kansen-en Park] around the Tokyo Some Monogatari Museum

✔ Recommended Sightseeing Routes [we take a walk through area where nature, student culture coexist with tradition] which is past Tokyo Some Monogatari Museum

The ninth place: Shinjuku Yamanote Shichifukujin Tour

Visiting Shichifukujin (The Seven Deities of Good Fortune) is an event where you visit shrines that enshrine Shichifukujin to pray for your good fortune between January 1st and 7th.

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The tenth place: Zenkokuji Temple

It was recognized and respected as "Bishamon of Kagurazaka" in the end of Edo era.

From Meiji era to Taisho Era, Kagurazaka, which we sometimes call "Yamanoteginza", became prosperous as a temple town of Bishamon. Today, we have many food stalls around a temple on a festival day. This culture is said to have originated in Kagurazaka.

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✔ Recommended Sightseeing Routes [town walk that is slightly stylish for writer feeling] which is past Zenkokuji Temple

✔ Recommended Sightseeing Routes [course tasting petit Kyoto feeling in town leaving scene of pattern that is old days] which is past Zenkokuji Temple

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