Guide - See / Do - Shinjuku


Spend a day watching amateur performers in weird and wonderful Shinjuku

Shinjuku is where it all happens – or seems to, anyway. Fashion trends are born here and watching amateur performers is the order of the day. Kabuki-cho (a very busy street in Tokyo) is where you see all walks of life and soak up the buzz of Tokyo. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is also part of the fun neighbourhood, albeit a more tranquil part.

Transport  Shinjuku Station (Yamanote Line)

1. While Shinjuku is the name of a city ward, it is most commonly used to refer to the commercial zone around Shinjuku Station.

2. A visit to an izakaya (a type of traditional Japanese gastropub) offers a glimpse of local life and a taste of real local cuisines.

3. By day, Shinjuku’s east side is a shopper’s paradise, but don’t miss its vibrant nightlife – including Tokyo's largest red-light district, Kabukicho, if you’re adventurous!

4. Get yourself lost in the small alleys! You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the many tiny eateries and friendly people you’ll find there.

5. Full of comfortable restaurants, the district is a favourite place for tourists and locals alike to chill out after a busy day.

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