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Shinjuku Guide
Shinjuku Guide
A tourism website for the Shinjuku area. Get information about Shinjuku Station and learn about the latest places to go.
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Visit one of Tokyo's most popular districts for cutting-edge fashion and more.

Shinjuku Station is the busiest train station in the world and is serviced by six railway operators, including Odakyu Railway.

In the area surrounding Shinjuku Station, there are shopping districts around the East Exit and the South Exit, as well as major electronic retailers and bookstores around the West Exit. Japan's largest nightlife district, Kabuki-cho, is located immediately north of the station.

For shopping, we recommend Odakyu Department Store in the station building and the shopping complex Odakyu HALC, which houses Bic Camera, a major retailer of consumer electronics. For youth fashion brands, head to Shinjuku Mylord and Flags at the South Exit. At Shinjuku Terrace City, a commercial complex stretching from the West Exit to the South Exit, visitors will find a multitude of stores with famous brands and retailers of popular items.

For food lovers, there is an abundance of choice, from Japanese restaurants to a variety of global cuisines, including reasonably-priced izakaya bars and luxurious first-class restaurants.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Tokyo landmarks such as Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree can be seen, and even Mount Fuji can be made out in the distance if the weather is good.

Shinjuku Kabuki-cho

Shinjuku Kabuki-cho

One of Japan's largest nightlife districts, with many bars and restaurants open until late at night or even until morning, Kabuki-cho is often called the sleepless town.

Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku

Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku

Odakyu Department Store is a large department store.

A shrine at the heart of the megalopolis

A shrine at the heart of the megalopolis

The vermillion Hanazono Shrine exists quietly within the Shinjuku megapolis.

Experience Japanese youth culture

Experience Japanese youth culture

Shinjuku has plenty of live music venues, karaoke bars, cinemas and playhouses, many of which operate around the clock. You will have no lack of things to do when it comes to the nightlife.

Event Calendar

Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri Festival

Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri Festival

The Eisa Matsuri Festival is a tradition of Okinawa in which the spirits of ancestors are seen off on Old Bon. It is also a ceremony to pray for family safety and prosperity. Enjoy the sanshin, an Okinawan instrument, as well as Okinawan-style singing and dancing.

  • Address
    The areas near the Shinjuku Station East and West Exits
  • Duration
    Held on the last Saturday of July
  • URL
Guided Walk at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden with Rose Gardeners

Guided Walk at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden with Rose Gardeners

There are about 500 rosebushes representing about 110 varieties of roses that can be enjoyed in spring and autumn in the flowerbeds of the French Formal Garden at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Please note that alcohol may not be brought onto the grounds and that the use of various sporting equipment is prohibited.

  • Address
    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Duration
    Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21
  • URL
Shinjuku Minami Lumi

Shinjuku Minami Lumi

A light display at Shinjuku Southern Terrace, Takashimaya Times Square, Shinjuku Maynds Tower, the JR Minami Shinjuku Building, the JR Shinjuku Miraina Tower, Suica Penguin Park and other locations. Note: The photograph is from the 2017 light display.

  • Address
    Near the Shinjuku Station South Exit (Light display locations are subject to change)
  • Duration
    Exact dates to be determined (From around mid-November to mid-February each year, locations may vary)
  • URL
Otori Matsuri (Tori no Ichi) Festival

Otori Matsuri (Tori no Ichi) Festival

This festival has been held to pray for good luck and commercial prosperity since the Meiji period. The Otori Matsuri Festival held at Hanazono-jinja shrine is visited each year by 600,000 people, and a show tent with unusual sights and performances.

  • Address
    Kaichu Inari-jinja, Kumano-jinja, Suga-jinja, Narukten-jinja, Hanazono-jinja and other shrines
  • Duration
    Day of the Rooster (Tori) in November
  • URL
Hydrangea Appreciation

Hydrangea Appreciation

Enjoy hydrangeas in a variety of colors—red, white and blue—blooming around a lake in a Japanese garden. Kansen-en Park is the only kaiyu-shiki (circuit-style) public park in Shinjuku Ward.

  • Address
    Kansen-en Park
  • Duration
    June
  • URL
Peony Appreciation

Peony Appreciation

Many people flock to Yakuo-in temple in mid-April to appreciate the peonies, some 1,000 in all.

  • Address
    Yakuo -in temple
  • Duration
    Mid- to late April
  • URL
Special Spring Park Opening

Special Spring Park Opening

Every year, 1000 cherry blossom trees in 65 different varieties come into bloom on the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden grounds. In April, multiple varieties can be enjoyed in bloom at the same time for a long duration. When the Yoshino and double-flowered cherry blossoms are in season, the Garden opens every day as a special spring feature. Please note that alcohol may not be brought onto the grounds and that the use of various sporting equipment is prohibited.

  • Address
    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Duration
    Open every day between March 25 and April 24
  • URL
Shinjuku Terrace City Illumination

Shinjuku Terrace City Illumination

A light show is scheduled to be held at Shinjuku Terrace City, an area considered to be a town in itself from Shinjuku Station West Exit HALC to Shinjuku Southern Terrace. Note: The photograph is from the 2017 show.

  • Address
    Shinjuku Southern Terrace, Hotel Century Southern Tower, Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku location, Shinjuku Station West Exit HALC, Odakyu Ace, Shinjuku Mylord, Shinjuku Mylord Mosaic Street, Flags Shinjuku and Shibuya Wards, Tokyo (Light display locations are subject to change)
  • Duration
    Time period to be determined (each year around mid-November to mid-February at various facilities)
  • URL
Honken Kofu Hanging and Step Decorations

Honken Kofu Hanging and Step Decorations

Come and see the genuine silk dolls and other decorations in traditional hanging hina doll and seated styles, some 6,800 items in all. The dolls are carefully attired in silk kimonos and other clothing that have been passed down for generations.

  • Address
    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
  • Duration
    February to March
  • URL
Honken Kofu Hanging and Step Decorations

Honken Kofu Hanging and Step Decorations

Come and see the genuine silk dolls and other decorations in traditional hanging hina doll and seated styles, some 6,800 items in all. The dolls are carefully attired in silk kimonos and other clothing that have been passed down for generations.

  • Address
    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
  • Duration
    February to March
  • URL

Getting to Shinjuku

From the Airports to Shinjuku

From Narita Airport

From Narita Airport

From Haneda Airport

From Haneda Airport

From Shinkansen Stations to Shinjuku

From Tokyo Station

From Tokyo Station

From Shinagawa Station

From Shinagawa Station
Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar

Odakyu Limited ExpressRomancecar

  • Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar
  • Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar

With just the addition of a limited express surchage, use your Discount Pass to enjoy the relaxed comfort of the Romancecar with reserved only seating. See the website for fares, sales locations and other information.

  • Shinjuku

    From

    Shinjuku

  • Hakone-Yumoto

    to

    Hakone-
    Yumoto

75 minutes from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto

Express
Fee
1,090 yen
+
Regular
Fare
1,190 yen
=

2,280 yen

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