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Shinjuku

This major ward of Tokyo offers a variety of opportunities, from skyline views to trendy restaurants, to its large, peaceful park. 

Shinjuku is one of 23 wards operating as separate cities within Tokyo prefecture. It has an eclectic composition including historic geisha houses, a prestigious university area, up-scale residential neighborhoods, a large gay community, high expat population, and numerous small restaurants and bars.

Shinjuku is home to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. This building has two observation decks at 663 feet (202 meters) with free admission and is open to the public from mid-morning to late night. There is also a visitor information center on the second floor.

This is the area of Tokyo with the highest concentration of skyscrapers. Among these, the eye-catching Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower houses a fashion academy and two other schools. The 50-story building is distinctive in the busy skyline for its unusual oblong shape and crisscross-patterned exterior.

Shinjuku also has Tokyo’s busiest rail station with 2 million passengers daily and one of the major stops for long-distance buses.

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the best parks in Tokyo to see cherry blossoms. With over 1,000 trees blooming at varying times, the season extends from mid-March into April. Visit this 144-acre (58-hectare) park for a peaceful afternoon amid the pink blossoms in front of Shinjuku’s skyscrapers.

While a hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) picnic might require someone staking out an area to place your blanket early in the day, you can easily have an impromptu lunch at less crowded times of the year. Pick up prepared foods from Takashimaya department store, just south of Shinjuku station. The park is a 10-minute walk from the Shinjuku Station and us open from mid-morning to late afternoon (except Mondays). There is a small admission fee.

Shinjuku is located in southwest Tokyo. Oedo subway line stops at Tochomae station in the government building. Shunjuku station is a hub for multiple rail and subway lines.


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Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
4.4
of 5, from 1,678 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kabukicho, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Omoide Yokocho, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yoyogi Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£57
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower

APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower

1-20-2 Kabukicho, Tokyo
3.8
of 5, from 904 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kabukicho, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku Golden Gai, and Hanazono-jinja. Shinjuku Isetan and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£56
APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae

APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoen-mae

2-2-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
3.8
of 5, from 406 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shinjuku Suehirotei, Shinjuku Isetan, and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Hanazono-jinja and Takashimaya Times Square are also within 10 minutes.

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku

4-4-10 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
3.2
of 5, from 22 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Omoide Yokocho and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£109
Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

2-3-1 Yoyogi, Tokyo
4.4
of 5, from 2,463 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Across the street from Shinjuku Station, the hotel is one km (one-half mile) from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

£87
Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main

Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main

3-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Tokyo
3.7
of 5, from 385 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the central Shinjuku neighborhood, this hotel is 0.3 km from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, 0.7 km from Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and 0.9 km from Takashimaya Times Square.

£156
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo
4.4
of 5, from 1,028 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Five blocks from Shinjuku Station and across the street from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, this hotel is located in the city's business and political power center.

£94
Shinjuku Granbell Hotel

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel

2-14-5 Kabuki-cho, Tokyo
4.1
of 5, from 1,020 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kabukicho, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Omoide Yokocho and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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