Spots in Shinjuku / Okubo / Nakano Area

  • Shinjuku Gyoen
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Naitoumachi 11
    This garden, straddling Shinjuku and Shibuya wards has 58.3 hectares in size and a circumference of 3.5 kilometers. It was created as the Imperial garden in 1906 on the site of the residence that belonged to the Naito family, the feudal lord of Takato in Shinshu region and opened to the public after World WarⅡ. Famous as a modern western-style garden, it blends French Formal Garden, English Landscape Garden, and Japanese Traditional Garden and visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery with about 10,000 trees each season. The garden was selected as one of the top 100 spots in Japan to see cherry blossoms, and from early February to late April, visitors enjoy about 65 varieties of cherry blossom of over 1,100 cherry trees.

    新宿御苑にある建物です。昭和天皇のご成婚を記念して台湾から寄贈された建物です。台湾の様式で建てられているので新宿御苑のなかでも目立っています。

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 2-8-1
    The main government building of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office in Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo. It is mainly composed of the Tokyo Metropolitan Main building No.1, famous for its twin towers, the Tokyo Metropolitan Main building No.2, the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, and Tokyo Metropolitan Plaza. The First Government Building is a skyscraper with a height of 243 meters and the free observation deck on the 45th floor is popular as a view spot that overlooks the city of Tokyo. The building also contains the Tokyo Tourist Information Center and a nationwide tourism PR section. You can also visit the section of Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly building, the Special Committee room No. 15 (special budget), and the city council PR corner.
  • Shinjuku Chuo Park
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    4.0
    447 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishi-shinjuku 2-11
    A city planning park located in 2-Chome Nishishinjuku which is the largest park established by Shinjuku Ward. Surrounded by towering high-rises, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the lush park is known to many as an oasis in the middle of the big city. Seasonal flowers and small creatures can be seen on the grounds, and the park is the perfect place to go nature watching or take a leisurely walk. Events such as flea markets are held in the park on weekends and holidays, and many parents come with their children to enjoy a water play pool open each year from mid-July to early September.

    I went expecting to see flowers. I saw manicured grass and stagnate pools of water for mosquitos while walking through a mostly empty and unadorned wood. If you never saw a park before, have...

  • Yodobashi Camera (Shinjuku West Main Store)
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    4.0
    283 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishi-shinjuku 1-11-1
    A two-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Shinjuku Station in the direction of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. This huge electronics store consists of different buildings dedicated to specific product areas, including a Multimedia Pavilion, Travel Pavilion, Camera Pavilion, Smartphone Pavilion, Watches Pavilion, Business Pavilion, and Game/Toys Pavilion. In addition to low prices, the store prides itself on its uniquely abundant selection and highly knowledgeable staff. Alcoholic beverages are also sold on floor B2 of the Smartphone Pavilion, and here you'll find some 1,500 varieties of wines, sakes, and other alcohols.

    During our visit to Akihabara, we came by this megastore that is right opposite the train station. Well, as its counterparts in Shinjuku, this is a huge megastore for electronic, electrical and IT...

  • Nakano Sunplaza
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    3.5
    48 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 4-1-1
    This white building comprised of a triangular design is a complex facility that has become a familiar landmark in Nakano. Inside it contains such facilities as a concert hall, accommodation, a wedding hall, restaurants, banquet halls, training rooms and amusement facilities. Called the holy land of idols (pop stars), it is particularly famous for its concert hall. Developers aim to demolish the structure in 2022 and a new facility with an arena that can accommodate a maximum of 10,000 people is scheduled to be constructed. The closest station is Nakano Station.

    I am totally satisfied with its location and services... However, bed size is quite small and short for tall people. Also, not enough towels are offered... Dont forget to order a Japanese cuisine...

  • Tokyo Toy Museum
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    4.0
    136 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Yotsuya 4 - 20 Yotsuya open space
    Founded in Nakano as an art museum to see, play with, make and learn about toys, it has now relocated to the site of the former Fourth Yotsuya Elementary School. There are many exhibits of high quality “good toys” and traditional toys from both Japan and the West, and guests can actually touch and play with a substantial amount of the toys present. Toy curator staff members are on hand to teach visitors how to play games and play with the toys.

    The building is originally from Junior High School and not used anymore. They operated until 3rd floor. On the 1st floor, is baby playground area, 2nd floor is the ticketing area, a lot of good kind...

  • Thermae-Yu
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    4.5
    126 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Kabukichou 1-1-2
    This is a day spa facility where you can enjoy a natural open-air hot spring bath “Jindai-no-yu” using water from Nakaizu, and Kanto’s largest highly concentrated carbonated water bath. There are various relaxation facilities and a lounge that can be used to take a rest in the large, luxurious facility. It is a popular dating spot for couples and also with female customers. The facility also includes an Izakaya (Japanese-style pub), an ethnic restaurant and a juice stand. It is convenient as a spot to stay after the last train because it is open from 11 am to 9 am the following morning. The nearest station is Shinjuku Station.

    The most relaxing and special experience. They are trialling letting in visitors with tattoos. Any tattoos larger than about the size of a hand need to be covered with a flesh tone, waterproof...

  • NEWoMan
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    4.0
    124 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 4-1-6
    A multipurpose commercial facility connected directly to the Miraina Tower and New South Gate ticket gates in JR Shinjuku Station which opened as a new landmark in the area in March of 2016. Built around the concept of “providing experiences and value which help women continue to shine,” the facility hosts some 100 select shops and restaurants, including stores offering the latest fashions, gourmet cafes, and lifestyle goods shops. NEWoMan is also home to numerous noteworthy establishments making their first appearances in Japan or the Tokyo area. The facility’s food hall, located inside the ticket area, is open from 7 am to 4 am the following day, making it easy to use regardless of whether you are in the middle of a day of work, commuting, or having fun on the town.

    Located next to Shinjuku train station and near the bus terminal, this is another high end and newer mall, on par with its neighbours Takashimaya and Lumine. Its a nice building and good to come...

  • Nakano Broadway
    Shopping
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 5-52-15
    As a complex building that opened in 1966, the lower level floors are a shopping center while the upper level floors are condominiums. Known as a holy land for subculture, the space from the second floor to the fourth floor is occupied by many specialist-oriented shops carrying anime, manga, used books and premium toys. From the first basement floor to the ground floor there are a row of shops related to food products, daily necessities, and fashion. The area is frequented by many women and non-Japanese, and is a popular shopping spot regardless of age or nationality.
  • Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 1-1-3
    A long-standing department store located in the Shinjuku Nishiguchi area consisting of the main building and the HALC annex connected via walkways. Connected directly to Odakyu, JR, and Keio train lines, this easy-to-visit department store bustles with customers. The main building hosts shops dedicated to fashion, accessories, lifestyle goods, and food, as well as restaurants and cafes, while the HALC annex is home to sporting goods and outdoor equipment stores as well as a full selection of high class fashion brand shops. Café Troisgros, a fashionable establishment and winner of three Michelin stars, can be found on the eighth floor.

    お弁当の中身は、シウマイ5個、厚焼卵、鮪のつけ焼き、蒲鉾、 鶏唐揚、筍煮、杏の甘煮、切り昆布、千切り生姜、俵形ご飯です。 2003年(平成15年)11月1日に11回目のリニューアルを行われたそうです。 弁当として冷めても美味しいように干しホタテ貝柱を練り込んであったり、 揺れる列車内で一口で食べられるよう直径3cmと小ぶりにしたりと、 様々な工夫が凝らされています。 なんたって50年前に食べた時と...

  • Nakano ZERO (Momijiyama Culture Center)
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 2-9-7
    This is a complex facility for lifelong learning located in the Nakano district of Tokyo’s Nakano City. The main hall with its excellent acoustics is often used for concerts and as a venue for symposiums. In addition the facility also includes small halls, practice rooms, study rooms and a support corner for lifelong learning. In the basement is the Nakano City Library, and there is a planetarium in the West Building. Located right next to Momijiyama Park with its abundant nature, this facility functions as a place for interaction among the city residents.

    仕事で西館・小ホールを利用しました。初めての訪問ですがアクセスも線路沿い一本道で分かりやすいです。案内板も道々出ています。1974年(昭47)建築で結構施設は古いです。ただ場内は客席数500余りで見易い会場でした。終日の利用でしたがお昼を取る飲食店がなく駅前まで行きました。(隣の本館にはレストランありましたが、当日は臨時休業でした。)公園が隣接され蒸気機関車C-11が展示されています。

  • Shinjuku Marui Honkan
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    3.5
    56 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-30-13
    The flagship location of the long-standing Marui department store chain. One of several Marui locations in Shinjuku, Shinjuku Marui Honkan is particularly targeted towards women customers and hosts a variety of shops dedicated to women’s fashion. The facility also has a café space which visitors can try by to take a break in between shopping. A lush and verdant English garden on the roof is a popular place for people to relax and enjoy seasonal flowers.

    This was a fun and trendy outpost of the large Marui Department Store chain in Tokyo. There are fashion and home goods, and fun little places to eat.

  • Ohmiya-Hachimangu
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    4.0
    94 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Omiya 2-3-1
    A Shinto shrine located in Omiya, Suginami City, Tokyo. The shrine was built in 1063 by Minamoto no Yoriyoshi. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Ojin and his father and mother, Emperor Chuai and Empress Jingu. Due to the many events attesting to the deep bonds between these three, many worshipers visit the shrine to pray for aid in easy childbirth, childrearing, and finding marriage. The shrine grounds are host to several subordinate shrines, such as the Ohmiya-Tenmangu, which is dedicated Sugawara no Michizane.

    Though I do not know when it is right here from, it is the shrine which is the nearest from a house. I can feel the four seasons of Musashino when you come here.

  • Lumine Shinjuku Lumine 2
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    3.5
    45 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-38-2
    A shopping mall with seven floors above ground connected directly to Shinjuku Station’s South Exit. Being so conveniently connected to the station, many people like to use the mall’s cafes while waiting for their train. Food and sweets can be found on the first floor. Floors two through five are dedicated to men’s and women’s fashion, while lifestyle goods and cosmetics can be found on the sixth floor, as well as a variety of fashionable and youth-oriented apparel shops. The seventh floor is home to the Lumine the Yoshimoto comedic theater where you can enjoy live comedic performances at reasonable ticket prices.

    It’s excited to start a year with lucky bag shopping! Join the craziest people to see how lucky you are in the new year !

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 2-8-1 Tokyo Metropolitan Government first this government office building
    These are free observatories on the 45th floors of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Main Building No. 1, comprised of a North Observation Deck and a South Observation Deck. These are popular places to take in the sights of Tokyo from a height of 202 meters, including Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Opera City, and Mt. Fuji. They are often used as date spots or destinations to bring sightseeing tourists, and in addition to souvenir shops there are also a cafe and restaurant.
  • Tetsugakudo Park
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Matsugaoka 1-34-28
    "A municipal park established in the Matsugaoka area to the north of Nakano Ward in 1904. Called the ""Philosophy Theme Park,"" the roughly 56,000 square meter grounds have pathways, stone structures, and unique buildings that are all related to philosophy. Enjoy a leisurely walk while getting a peak into the world of founder Enryu Inoue. Also known as Professor Yokai Japanese ghost, he founded today's Toyo University. There are 100 cherry, plum, and other flowering trees on site, making it the ward's leading spot for blossom viewing."

    Its nice year round. Nice waking trails along the river. Japanese garden features. Statues of world religious leaders.

  • Tokyo Opera City
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 3-20-2
    This complex cultural facility in the Nishi-Shinjuku district of Tokyo’s Shinjuku City is based around the 54-story high-rise building Tokyo Opera City Building and also includes the adjacent New National Theatre Tokyo and a glass space with a total length of 200 meters called Galleria. In addition to a concert hall and an art gallery, it has ample restaurants including the Sky Restaurant where guests can enjoy a view 230 meters above the ground. There are also many apparel shops and stores offering lifestyle services. The free lunchtime concert held every month is quite popular.
  • New National Theatre Tokyo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Honmachi 1-1-1
    This theater located in the Honmachi district of Tokyo’s Shibuya City is used for opera and ballet as well as performances of modern performing arts such as contemporary dance and drama. The facility is actually comprised of three theaters: an opera-specific theater with an orchestra pit that can accommodate 120 musicians at full capacity, a mid-sized theater, and a small theater. The backstage tour that is held after performances of opera and ballet is also popular (apply on the day of the performance). Opera glass rentals and a baby-watching service (advance reservation required) are available.
  • Shinjuku Marui Annex
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-1-26
    The Annex of Shinjuku Marui facing Shinjuku-dori Street traveling in the direction of Yotsuya from the Shinjuku 3-Chome Intersection. The mall is adjoined by Shinjuku Wald 9, a large-scale cineplex which gained attention for installing digital projection facilities. Since this cineplex is located a little further from Shinjuku Station, it is often less packed and here customers can enjoy a more comfortable movie experience. The cineplex and mall also hold movie tie-in and anime events and are a popular destination for high school and university students. In addition, the mall has a restaurant floor featuring several well-known dining establishments, making it a convenient place for meet-ups and eating out.

    Originally we visited Marui Annex to find a particular store, but it turns out the store has closed down and Surugaya now occupies an entire floor! Its one of the better Surugaya stores I visited...

  • Hanazono Shinto Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 5-17-3
    This shrine located in a corner of the downtown Shinjuku district of Tokyo’s Shinjuku City has enshrined the sochinju (local Shinto deity) of Shinjuku since before the Edo Shogunate. Because it was constructed on a beautiful hanazono (“flower garden”) when it was moved in the late 1700s, it was called the Hanazono Inari Jinja, which is the origin of the current shrine name. On the premises are the Itoku Inari Jinja Shrine which is for prayers about prosperity in business, conception of children, and marriage, and the Geino Asama Jinja Shrine which enshrines the deity of performing arts, and the shrine is visited by many worshippers that are women or performers. Every year on the Tori-no-Hi (Bird Day) in November, a Tori-no-Ichi (Bird Day Fair) is held, and this is the shrine’s biggest event that draws a crowd of visitors.

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