Shinjuku

The sky's the limit in Shinjuku, a soaring shopping attraction and scarlet hued nightlife hotspot.

In Shinjuku, crowds gather in plazas, wait at crosswalks, and crowd the platforms at its central train station. The incessantly active focus of its parent ward, Shinjuku District, Shinjuku itself revolves around fast-paced, brightly lit businesses, boutiques, and skyscraping entertainment centers. By day, Shinjuku resonates with energy. By night, Shinjuku reverberates with the sounds of racy club music and clinking drinks. Perched atop Tokyo's busiest train station, Shinjuku makes it easy to get anywhere in the city.

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On the Map

Shinjuku is within Shinjuku District and bordered by Shibuya District and Nakano District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Haneda Airport: 35 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour & 10 minutes by car or 1 hour & 35 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 5 minutes walk
Ueno Station: 35 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 45 minutes by public transit

Ultra Urban and Ultra Busy In Tokyo's Center

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Tall, bright, and busy, Shinjuku embodies the ultra urban tastes that Tokyo is known for.

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Shinjuku District encompasses many smaller areas, but Shinjuku refers solely to the always on-the-move business and entertainment epicenter that surrounds its central train station.

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Emerge from Tokyo’s busiest and biggest station to find Tokyo's busiest and most crowded neighborhood.

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Every day, more than two million passengers navigate Shinjuku Station's underground tunnels and ascend its steps to street level.

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Clusters of famous skyscrapers and soaring buildings await above ground.

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The neighborhood's top-to-bottom billboards, neon light advertisements, and chaotic crosswalks make the cut in nearly every film depicting the city.

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While neon signs grace the exteriors of Shinjuku's tallest buildings, fluorescent lights attach themselves to the interiors of its malls and movie theaters.

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Inside, there are plenty of places for EAT & FUN.

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7 is never hungry.

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Seven ate nine.

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Shopping, fashion, art, parks, cafes, restaurants, izakayas, bars, clubs, venues, discos...[there are] so many things here in Shinjuku!!! Located right in between business/shopping and nightlife districts, the neighborhood is very convenient to live in."

From Racy to Refined: Nightlife In Shinjuku

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The declination of the sun is an entirely new attraction in Shinjuku.

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Come evening, big lights, bright lights, and red lights flood its streets.

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Tokyo's famously racy nightlife district, Kabukicho, calls Shinjuku home.

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Catering to clientele of every persuasion and orientation, dodgy bars, pulsing clubs, pachinko parlors, love hotels, and red light establishments proliferate the area.

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Sharing Shinjuku's bounds but separate from Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ni-chōme serves as Tokyo's LGBTQ-friendly center.

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Hundreds of gay bars and clubs open their doors in the area.

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Massage parlors, host clubs, and gay bookstores are also popular in Shinjuku Ni-chōme.

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Darkness may fall on Shinjuku, but its energy never dips below the horizon.

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It stays light all night.

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Shin-Okubo Korean town is also nearby, just a 5 minute walk away. You can find Korean food, clothing stores, cosmetics, and many other things made by Korean people."

Below Shinjuku: Into the Underground

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The city's busiest station, Shinjuku Station, whisks travelers throughout Tokyo and its surrounding areas.

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Trains and subways streak underneath the surface of the area's cacophonous streets.

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The [area is home to] the Park Hyatt, which is featured in Lost In Translation."

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Visited in 2013

A View from the Top of Tokyo's Tallest Buildings

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Home to the city's largest concentration of skyscrapers, Shinjuku shelters several of the tallest buildings in Tokyo.

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Walk towards the heavens in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and you'll be greeted with a totally new perspective of Tokyo at the top.

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To see below, feel free to rise above.

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The viewing platform is open to the public.

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The cost is nothing.

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The value is everything.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Masaru studied Photography at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. He has 25 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. After spending many years abroad, he has begun to focus on his own country of Japan. He established Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo in 2013, a curated membership gallery making multi-photographic activities possible. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, and many others.

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