Shinjuku is a large business, entertainment and shopping district and is home to most of Tokyo’s Skyscrapers, with so many people working or visiting the area each day it’s not hard to realise that the Shinjuku Station handles around 2 million people every day.
There is plenty to see and do in Shinjuku, whether it’s some shopping at some of the many department or electronics stores in the area or having a bite to eat or drink at one of the many restaurants around Kabuki-cho and Shomben Yokocho. Another popular attraction in Shinjuku is to take in the sites from the observation deck of the Metropolitan Government offices.
Shinjuku is in between Shibuya and Ikebukuro on the JR Yamanote line, the JR Chuo Saikyo/Rinkai Line and Chuo/Sobu Line all stop at Shinjuku Station. The Marunouchi line of the Tokyo Metro subway also stops at Shinjuku.
With Japan being frequented by earth quakes, there are not many places that large high rise sky scrapers can be built, but a district in Shinjuku has been declared suitable.
Below is a Map of Shinjuku with the major attractions numbered. You will note the huge Shinjuku station in the centre of the map, its the busiest station in the world with JR’s Yamanote line being the most popular with tourist’s. Other rail companies also run services to this station including Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway, Keio and Odakyu, hence the many other stations around the area as well.
The Kabukicho (also spelt Kabuki-cho) area in Shinjuku is known as a red-light district; with plenty of hostess bars, pachinko parlours and love hotels lining the streets, Kabukicho’s bars and restaurants out number its residents.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Center
The Shinjuku area has the most skyscrapers in Tokyo, thanks to the area being the most seismically stable area in Tokyo. This makes Shinjuku the perfect spot for Tokyo’s tallest building, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Center (also known as Tokyo City Hall).
National Olympic Stadium
The National Olympic Stadium (sometimes known as the National Kasumigaoka Stadium) is located in Shinjuku and was the main stadium of the 1964 Olympic Games. This was the first time ever that the Olympic games had been held in Asia.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was originally a residence of the Naito family in the Edo period and was almost destroyed during World War 2. By 1949, the gardens became open to the public as “National Park Shinjuku Imperial Gardens”.