Shinjuku District

Fast-paced masses shake, rattle, and stroll in Shinjuku District's tireless Koreatown, incomparable garden, and red light entertainment area.

Adolescent k-pop shops and adult hotels share Shinjuku District, an engrossing and expansive ward in Tokyo's central northwest. Between the floor-to-ceiling billboards of its department stores and the life-sized anime figures that wander through its Koreatown, Shinjuku District hardly seems to slow down. Find solace underneath the cherry blossoms of Shinjuku Gyoen, one of Tokyo's favorite green spaces—and the only place the area's neon lights fade into the background.

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On the Map

Shinjuku District is bordered by Aoyama, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Chiyoda District, Bunkyo District, Toshima District, Shibuya District, Nakano District, Minato District, and Nerima 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: 40 minutes by public transit

Diverse Diversions In a West Tokyo Center

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In Shinjuku District, towering buildings provide shade to public parks and street performers use sidewalks and alleyways as their stage.

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Like its namesake central train station and core neighborhood, Shinjuku Station and Shinjuku, Shinjuku District is always on the move.

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There is a never-ending array of things to be seen.

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There is a never-ending array of sounds to be heard.

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There is a never-ending array of championships to be won.

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If you're interested in Korean culture...this is your chance to enjoy the Korean and Japanese life styles. The neighborhood is known for its multicultural background (Korean town is just around the corner, but Asians from many other countries also live in this part of the city)."

Shin-Okubo: Tokyo's Korea Town

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Shin-Okubu, Tokyo's Koreatown, found its homestead in Shinjuku District.

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Korean pop music, posters, cosmetic products, and accessories seem to spill from every open door.

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Korean snacks and culinary specialties flood the streets from sidewalk windows, curbside stalls, and crowd-pleasing hole-in-the-walls.

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Weekends are busiest in Shin-Okubo.

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Don't be surprised to find long lines in front of Hottoku and Toppokki stands.

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The sweet or spicy Korean pancakes and soft rice cakes command second visits to Shin-Okubo.

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Get it while it's hot.

Contemplative Space: Relaxing at Shinjuku Gyoen

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Residents seek solace in Shinjuku District's ethereal public park, Shinjuku Gyoen.

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One of Tokyo's largest parks, Shinjuku Gyoen helps visitors escape the sonorous environs of Japan's high-powered urban center.

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Unlike Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku Gyoen is closed on Mondays and charges admission to enter.

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This promises that Shinjuku Gyoen's lawns don't become as crowded as those at Yoyogi Park.

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Despite the fee, Shinjuku Gyoen's traditional Japanese gardens still attract countless visitors.

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Those same visitors gravitate to the botanical gardens that bloom in the park.

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Cherry blossom season only adds to Shinjuku Gyoen's enchantment.

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It's the cherry on top.

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We really loved the location. The area was perfect - interesting in itself, and very close to all the other areas we wanted to visit."

Alex

Visited in 2012

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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