SHINJUKU THINGS TO DO and TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Shinjuku is a busy business and shopping area with a few touristy things to do. The westside is quieter, with Tokyo's government buildings, and large hotels. The east side has the main shopping district and entertainment area. It's usually quicker to walk to places near the station than take a taxi.

TOKYO GOVERNMENT BUILDING

A 10 minute walk west from JR Shinjuku station, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building has 360 degree observatories at the top of both towers. The elevator ride to the top is free.

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Shinjuku Gyoen is a 100 acre park with small lakes, flower gardens and sculptured vistas. There is also a tea house, a kiosk and a cafeteria. Games/balls are not allowed. Entry 500 adults.

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KABUKICHO

Kabukicho was once the seedy red light district of Tokyo, but has cleaned up considerably over the past decade. Besides the many show clubs, one can also find a fair amount of shops and restaurants.

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PARK HYATT HOTEL

Made famous by providing settings for the movie 'Lost in Translation', the luxurious Park Hyatt Hotel has various restaurants and bars on its upper floors offering excellent views of the city.

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GOLDEN GAI

Eclectic pubs make up most of this assortment of tiny bars in ramshackle buildings that has become a bit touristy in recent years. Golden Gai doesnt refer to its shinyness.

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HANAZONO SHRINE

A nice shrine located to the northwest of Shinjuku station, the Hanazono shrine was constructed in the mid-17th century and is dedicated to Inari, the god of fertility and success.

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