Eat, drink and live in Shinjuku!

Shinjuku (新宿区) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. The area surrounding Shinjuku station is a huge business, commercial, and entertainment center located atop the world’s busiest railway station complex. Takadanobaba which lies to the north of Shinjuku is a cross path for students of nearby Waseda University.

The residential areas of Yotsuya and Ichigaya, with their numerous restaurants and drinking establishments, lie to the east. Kagurazaka, one of Tokyo’s last remaining hanamachi (geisha districts), is also home to some of the city’s most authentic French and Italian restaurants. Over 300,000 people, including nearly 30,000 foreign residents, call Shinjuku their home, and the city offers a wide variety of options for work or play. In addition to this, it is commonly used to refer to the entire area surrounding Shinjuku Station. The southern part of this area and of the station are in fact part of the Yoyogi and Sendagaya districts of the neighboring Shibuya ward.

Shinjuku Highlights

Train stations, universities, etc.

Shinjuku is surrounded by Chiyoda to the east; Bunkyo and Toshima to the north; Nakano to the west, and Shibuya and Minato to the south. The current city of Shinjuku grew out of several separate towns and villages, which have retained some distinctions despite growing together as part of the Tokyo metropolis.

The following is the list of railway lines passing through and stations located the area:

  • Takadanobaba, Shin-Okubo (Yamanote Line)
  • Yotsuya, Shinanomachi, Shinjuku, Okubo (Chuo Line, Chuo Sobu Line)
  • Shinjuku (Saikyou Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line, Yamanote Line, Marunouchi Line)

For the full train lines located in Shinjuku, please refer here.

For a family, it is essential to have easy access to a public school, university or at least be sure they are located close enough so the commute won’t eat all the time and money, which you can spend on your beloved ones. This city meets all the requirements, as it the following school and universities are located on its territory:

High schools:

  • Koishikawa Technical High School
  • Shinjuku High School
  • Shinjuku Yamabuki High School
  • Toyama High School
  • Gakushuin Girls Junior and Senior High School, private girls’ school, affiliated with Gakushuin University and Gakushuin Women’s College
  • Hozen Junior and Senior High School
  • Kaijō Junior and Senior High School
  • Seijo Senior High School and Seijo Gakuen Junior High School
  • Seijō Junior and Senior High School
  • Waseda Junior and Senior High School, affiliated with Waseda University

Colleges and universities

Where to have fun?

Unique places to visit in Shinjuku

Aside from the famous Kabuki-cho, various shopping malls and numerous Starbucks coffee shops we wanted to share with you our recommendation of the area:

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Center – two enormous buildings of this giant hive of bureaucracy are an Orwellian architectural masterpiece designed by the Kenzo Tange. The reason to come here is that there are twin observatories in the buildings. With the center’s height of 202 meters on the 45th floor, it has one of the best views of Tokyo.
The North Observatory is open daily from 9:30 AM to 11:00 PM (closed second and fourth Mondays of each month), while the South Observatory is open daily from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (closed on the first and third Tuesdays of each month). Free of charge!

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – a large public garden, and one of the most popular places for viewing cherry blossoms in the spring. It has Japanese, English, and French gardens, as well as Taiwanese teahouse and a botanical conservatory. The entrance fee is ¥200 for adults, children under 15 can buy a ticket for ¥50 and children under 6 can come for free.

Yodobashi Camera is the largest electronics retailer in this area. The main building is their multimedia center, and they also have dedicated games, camera, and watch related sections among others. Yodobashi also has a branch on the East side of Shinjuku, across from Lumine EST.

Bic Camera is a second-largest electronics shop. While not as big as Yodobashi Camera, prices and product range is roughly the same. The Eastside shop, located near Mitsukoshi ALCOTT, next to Books Kinokuniya, is more significant than Yodobashi’s East side shop, but still smaller than the Westside location.