The building of Hanazono Shrine quietly exists within the megalopolises of Shinjuku. In its extensive precincts, occasional shows and weekend antique markets entertain the visitors. (Closed in rainy weather) You may pick up a kimono or some traditional handicraft bargains.
Shinjuku has plenty of live music venues, karaoke bars, cinemas and theaters, many of which operate around the clock. You will be spoilt for choice for nightlife destinations.
The former Imperial family´s gardens are located about 10 minutes east of Shinjuku Station´s South Exit. The gardens are open to the public, and at 53.8ha are something of an oasis in the middle of the city.
Admission: 09:00 - 16:00 (closed Mondays) adults: 200 yen
- *Please do not use sports or play equipment. Please do not consume any alcohol brought from outside.
The last stop is Katase-Enoshima Station, about 60 minutes from Shinjuku. When you pass the ticket gates, you will be welcomed by the characteristic station building. This station was designed with reference to the underwater paradise known as "Palace of the Dragon King", which appears in Japanese folklore. This is the gateway to the sea.
Hokoku-ji temple can be found in the mountains, just a short distance away from Kamakura Station. Deep within the grounds is a beautiful green bamboo garden, the brilliant colors of which can be enjoyed all year round. There is also a place to drink matcha (powdered green tea) at the back of the garden, and this is the perfect place for a short rest while looking out over the garden.