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Things to do in Shinjuku City

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Garden
“One of cherry blossom parks in Shinjuku. The park isn't focus on cherry blossom trees,it's a good balanced park. There are any types of garden in the park.”
  • 361 locals recommend
Shrine
“Meiji Shrine, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. Getting There By Train: Tokyo Yamanote Line - Harajuku Station Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line – Meiji Jingu Mae Station Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line – Meiji Jingu Mae Station Fee: Meiji Shrine is free. Treasure House and Inner Garden costs 500 yen each. Hours: From sunrise to sunset. For New Years eve, it specially opens for all night for Hatsumode. Treasure House and Inner Garden is open 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.”
  • 224 locals recommend
Theme Restaurant
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“Every night in a basement in Shinjuku's Kabukicho district, the dressed-up crews stage mock battles using enormous robots. Enjoy Robot Restaurant Shinjuku for the show of your life – dazzling lasers, crazy decor, robots, dancers, and only-in-Japan madness. ”
  • 201 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“There are plenty of things to do in Kabukicho. The entertainment district is filled with bright lights, bars, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and so on. Don't forget to check-out the famous Godzilla statue around this area.”
  • 176 locals recommend
Department Store
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“Actually this is a department store building,but there is a good roof top garden here. If you want to take a break with green in heart of Shinjuku,it would be nice. Also,there is a beer garden in Summer.”
  • 152 locals recommend
City Hall
“This area is popular with foreigners. It is a place with many bars and multi-tenant buildings. There are no other streets like this in Tokyo, so I recommend you to visit once when you visit Shinjuku.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Government Building
“Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is located in Shinjuku. It's available to see a beautiful view of a whole city on the top of tower, even Mt.Huji^^ Access:5minutes for walk from Shinjuku station”
  • 148 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The tallest building in Shinjuku, TMG No. 1 offers sweeping views of Tokyo--all the way to Mt. Fuji on a clear day--from the 45th floor observatory.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Other Nightlife
“It is a shopping street where you can feel Japanese culture. It's so small, the neon lights are shining, and there are lots of bars. You can eat delicious Izakaya style food. It's a lot of fun, inexpensive and delicious yakitori! I really recommend it!!”
  • 90 locals recommend
Discount Store
“Food and alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, daily necessities, clothing, a recreation article, interior, household electrical appliance, the main body of cell-phone and an associated product, jewelry, brand-name products, an adult are wide and handle this shop other than a party article or miscellaneous goods.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Shrine
“If you leave the park through the Shinjuku gate and follow the curving road for one block, you will see a Doutor coffee shop and Starbucks on your left. Turn left and you will be on Yasukuni Street. Cross it, and pretty soon you will see the gates leading to Hanazono Shrine on the right.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Park
“One of big parks in Shinjuku but it isn't very busy even in Cherry blossom season. So you can chilling there,if you are not good with busy places. There is a cherry blossom area in the park. It's free.”
  • 42 locals recommend
History Museum
“Samurai experience wearing armor; Iaido. Try on samurai helmets and armor, and show. EXPERIENCE. Samurai Live Music Show. LIVE MUSIC · SAMURAI MUSEUM MAP. 8 minute walk from Shinjuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A 60-story high-rise tower. I will move from the first floor to the 59th floor with a sky restaurant in 36 seconds. "Nanjatown" on the second floor is an amusement park created by Japanese game makers. A mass of famous pot-stickers [Gyoza] shop specially chosen from all over Japan. Please try the local food [Gyoza]. ”
  • 94 locals recommend
Department Store
“Takashimaya Co., Ltd. is a Japanese company that operates a department store chain carrying a wide array of products, ranging from wedding dresses and other apparel to electronics and flatware.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“An excellent showcase of a large-scale Japanese electronics store. Yodobashi Shinjuku West, the flagship, houses an abundant variety of cameras, appliances, televisions, watches, video games, and more ”
  • 42 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Theme Restaurant
“Every night in a basement in Shinjuku's Kabukicho district, the dressed-up crews stage mock battles using enormous robots. Enjoy Robot Restaurant Shinjuku for the show of your life – dazzling lasers, crazy decor, robots, dancers, and only-in-Japan madness. ”
  • 201 locals recommend
City Hall
“This area is popular with foreigners. It is a place with many bars and multi-tenant buildings. There are no other streets like this in Tokyo, so I recommend you to visit once when you visit Shinjuku.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
“Ichiran is a chain, but it is arguably the best one in Japan so it is worth mentioning here. The secret to its success is perhaps the spicy powder and the flour-based noodles made by Ichiran itself. And the deep flavor of their soups is just irresistible. Going there is a fun experience not just for the ramen, but how you order it. Buy your ticket from the vending machine, then fill out an extensive order form about how you want your ramen. It's the most customizable ramen there is. You can choose the level of spiciness, the amount of garlic, the intensity of the dashi seasoning stock and much more! Forms are in English and Japanese.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
“This Ramen restaurant is always crowded . the taste of Ramen is really good. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Udon Restaurant
“When it comes to MODERN Udon noodles restaurant,it's theTsurutontan つるとんたん". It's in night life areas such as Shinjuku,Roppongi and Shibuya. Open until early morning!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Department Store
“Keio department store stocks a wide range of Japanese cosmetic brands. Directly connected to Shinjuku Station. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This dining bar was designed to resemble wartime Japan. They even have armor on display as part of the shop decor.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
“This shop's specialty is Shio Ramen, a type of ramen that has a basic, lightly salted taste. You will easily eat up this your bowl of this amazing ramen. This is the best option for those who don't like ramen that are too oily and heavy. The "toripaitan ramen" (made of chicken broth) is also worth a try here. The nearest station is the Toei Oedo Line Shinjuku Station (D3 Exit).”
  • 34 locals recommend

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