Subway Route: Kokuritsukyogijo Station > –Oedo Line各停towards Hikarigaoka [ 2 stop ]– > Shinjuku Station (18mins)
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
The present garden used to be the residence of a feudal lord but in 1906, during the Edo period, the residence was developed as a garden for the imperial family. The 58.3 ha garden is decorated with rows of sycamore trees and there are also beautiful French-style gardens as well.
Entrance fees : ¥200
Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday)
TAITO STATION [Entertainment]
Play games till you drop here even if you don’t understand a word of Japanese with the wide range of games on offer, from shooting games with great Japanimation based CG, dance games or taiko rhythm games. You mustn’t miss out on the arcade games here because Japan is after all the land of games! This is a great alternative for those who do not have the money or time to go to an amusement park in Japan.
Don Quixote [Shopping]
One out of every two tourists who visit Japan will definitely have stepped foot into Don Quixote! This is a big convenient discount store that sells electronics, daily goods, food, watches, fashion items, sports, leisure goods and more! You will come out satisfied with all the bargains you can find in this store!
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
If you’re after a great view of Tokyo on a budget, we recommend visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku. The observation deck offers a fantastic view of the city, including Skytree and Tokyo Tower, and it’s long opening hours (9:30-23:00), it is a great place to enjoy the night scenery of the capital. The observation desk is in the First Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, which is about a 10 minute walk from the west exit of JR Shinjuku Station.
Tsukiji Gindako [Food & Drink]
Takoyaki is a famous Osaka street food that is served hot and drizzled with a type of Japanese sauce and mayonaisse. You can walk around while eating it because it is made into bite-sized portions and you can easily eat it with bamboo skewers or toothpicks. Walking around while eating some Gindaco takoyaki is great way to enjoy Shinjuku.
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Kabukicho 1-19-1
Operating time: 10:00 to 3:00
Menya Musashi 麺屋武蔵
One of the most popular ramen in Tokyo!
Shinjuku-ku, Nishi Shinjuku 7-2-6, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan, Tel: +03 3796 4634
東京都新宿区西新宿7-2-6 ビル1F (About 5 minutes from the JR Shinjuku West Exit, near Prospect AXE or the former Oakwood Shinjuku Apartments)
Opening hours: 11:30am-3:30pm, 4:30pm – 9:30pm (Mon-Sat), 11:30am-4:30pm (Sun)
Google Maps – Menya Musashi
Menya Hanabi Shinjuku shop (麺屋 はなび 新宿店)
Ranked as No.35 in Japan is Hanabi in Shinjuku. It is one branch of ramen restaurant chain based in Nagoya. It offers original menu, Taiwan mazesoba. Though the name is topped with Taiwan, it’s based on spicy Taiwan ramen originated in Nagoya area not Taiwan. Mazesoba is not served with typical soup but with tangy sauce, spicy minced meat and other toppings. Thick noodles twine well with thick sauce. Various arranged menu are also popular among regulars.
Address: 2-8-16 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
Konjiki Hototogisu (SOBA HOUSE 金色不如帰)
Listed as No.20 by Ramen walker and recognized as bib gourmand by Michelin in 2016 is Konjiki Hototogisu. Its ramen is worth visiting for its very unique recipe. Simple and light soup is mainly based on the clam stock with a hint of fish and pork bones broth. The ramen is free from any chemical ingredients and goes well with fine noodles made of stone-mill-ground flour.
Address: 2-47-12 Hatagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
Hayama (中華そば 葉山)
Hayama in Ushigome-yanagicho is ranked as No.9 in Japan. The specialty in this small restaurant is the curly and chewy noodles. The hand-made noodles are actually finished with chef’s hands after orders are placed. It offers shoyu ramen only. The fish based soup is made of natural ingredients and heart-warming as well as its hearty owner.
Address: 1 Ichigaya Yakuojimachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
Fu-unji 風雲児 is tsukemen like never before, creamy broth of chicken (imagine the collagen) with fish, topped with bonito-like smoked fish powder. This is UMAMI.
It’s Tsukemen is disgustingly-delicious (sorry these are the first words that come to my mind when I was having it.) I won’t have liked a fishy soup as I am usually a tonkotsu base person, but its layered flavours of rich chicken broth and smoky fish powder was revolutionary good, grabbing you to just focus on its unique taste.
2-14-3, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (10 min walk from JR Shinjuku Station South Exit)
Japan, 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya 代々木2-14-3 北斗第一ビル 1F
Tel: +81 3 6413 8480
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5 – 9pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun & New Year Holiday Period
10 Sensational Stops for Japanese Food in Shinjuku, Tokyo:
Japan’s largest red light district features countless restaurants, bars, nightclubs, pachinko parlors, love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for all sexes and sexual orientations. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees and drink spiking resulting in loss of cash and credit cards. The latter typically occurs at establishments run by non-Japanese patrons and is initiated by touts targeting foreign tourists.
Restaurants: Typically 11:00 to 24:00 (some open 24 hours)
Bars: Typically from 19:00 or 20:00 until the next morning
Closed: Some establishments are closed on Sundays
ROBOT Restaurant [Entertainment] [Food & Drink]
This unique restaurant not only serves great food but it provides a live 90-minute show with tanks, robots and live performances on horses and so forth.
Shinjuku Golden Town / Golden Gai
Hours: Typically from 19:00 or 20:00 until the next morning
Closed: Typically Sundays
Golden Gai is a small, atmospheric nightlife district in Kabukicho packed with over 200 small bars and eateries. Most places are very small, seating only a few customers, and typically cater to a few regular customers. A few of the bars openly welcome foreign guests with signs and menus set outside listing prices in English.
The 5 best bars in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai:
Omoide-yokocho known as Memory Lane / Piss Alley
Restaurants: Typically from 17:00 to 24:00 (some are open for lunch)
Closed: Irregular closing days
Omoide Yokocho (lit. memory lane), also known under its more colorful nickname Piss Alley, is a small network of alleyways along the tracks northwest of Shinjuku Station. The narrow lanes are filled with dozens of tiny eateries serving ramen, soba, sushi, yakitori and kushiyaki. Many restaurants consist of just one counter with some chairs, while others have a couple of tables.