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ShinjukuTokyo

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.

Top hotels in Shinjuku

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
3 out of 5
1-20-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
The price is £37 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Omoide Yokocho and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Meiji ...

3.9/5Good! (5,688 reviews)

"Very good hotel. Woukd definitely recommend this location."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
3.5 out of 5
2-2-17 Kabukicho, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is £48 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robot Restaurant and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (560 reviews)

"Such a great hotel. The rooms are relatively large compared to 2 other central Tokyo hotels we stayed on this trip. Even though bespoke was our cheapest hotel during our stay, this was by far our favourite one. Lovely free breakfast, accommodating staff and rooms are perfectly designed to make the ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

BESPOKE HOTEL Shinjuku
RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo
RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo
4 out of 5
1-104-19 Totsuka-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is £206 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo Dome, Togenukijizo Kogan Temple and Mandarake Complex. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yanaka Ginza Shopping ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,792 reviews)

"The property was in a great location with a shuttle to the train station. The staff was friendly and always willing to assist and help you. I would return again!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Tokyo
ibis Tokyo Shinjuku
ibis Tokyo Shinjuku
3 out of 5
7-10-5 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is £60 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo National Olympic Stadium and Shibuya ...

4/5Very Good! (1,496 reviews)

"The breakfast is delicious. The location is good. Will come again by next time."…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2020

ibis Tokyo Shinjuku
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Park Hyatt Tokyo
5 out of 5
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is £458 per night

This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Shinjuku Central Park ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (757 reviews)

"As expected of a five-star property, everything exceeded expectations."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Park Hyatt Tokyo
APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower
3 out of 5
3-14-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is £37 per night

Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Midtown and Tokyo ...

4.2/5Very Good! (3,240 reviews)

"I love this place. It has a swimming pool and onsen. I wish I knew before we spent a night there. It was clean,too. Much better than APA hotel in other places"…"

Reviewed on 16 May 2020

APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku Gochome Eki Tower

Popular places to visit in Shinjuku

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4.5/5(216 reviews)

A stroll through this peaceful, colorful garden is the highlight of a trip to Tokyo at any time of year. It is especially popular for the cherry blossoms of spring.

Waseda University
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Waseda University

3/5(2 reviews)

Explore the campus of Waseda University, a well-known university in Tokyo. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the temples in this vibrant area.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

4.5/5(126 reviews)

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is just one of the places to see in Tokyo, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Discover the fascinating museums and temples in this vibrant area.

Shinjuku Central Park
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Shinjuku Central Park

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Shinjuku Central Park, a popular green space in Tokyo. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this vibrant area.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government

5/5(4 reviews)

After visiting The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Tokyo. Visit the notable monuments and shops in this vibrant area.

Robot Restaurant
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Robot Restaurant

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Robot Restaurant, an entertaining place to visit in Tokyo. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Shinjuku

Tokyo: Small Group Evening Food Tasting Tour
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Tokyo: Small Group Evening Food Tasting Tour

86% of travellers recommend
£107
Per adult
Cook and Taste Wagyu Kaiseki Course Lunch
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Cook and Taste Wagyu Kaiseki Course Lunch

100% of travellers recommend
£65
Per adult
Kanpai Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights Evening Tour
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Kanpai Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights Evening Tour

86% of travellers recommend
£84
Per adult
Lonely Planet Experiences: Tsukiji Fish Market With A Local
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Tsukiji Fish Market With A Local

80% of travellers recommend
£63
Per adult
Mount Fuji Panorama Ropeway, Ice Caves and Sake Brewery Tour
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Mount Fuji Panorama Ropeway, Ice Caves and Sake Brewery Tour

£96
Per adult
Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour in Shinjuku
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Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour in Shinjuku

98% of travellers recommend
£88
Per adult

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5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

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Harajuku
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