Shinjuku is full of amazing things to do all of which are great shows of Japanese culture and scenery. It shows both the new and old with Hanazono Shrine being the old to Cat Cafe Calico being the new. There is great scenery at places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. There is surely something for everyone in Shinjuku.

It is surely a great place to visit if you are ever in the area. So here are 20 of the best things to do in Shinjuku to have an amazing experience.

1. Get the view of Tokyo at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Gallery


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building offers a full view of Tokyo from 202 meters above ground.  The tower itself is often referred to as Tochō and is 243 meters high. It is a great place to enjoy a full view of Tokyo high in the sky.

Address:
2-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:

03-5320-7890 (+81 3-5320-7890)

Hours:
Weekdays Only 8:00a.m.- 6:45p.m.(Building)
9:30a.m.- 11:00p.m. (Observation Decks) * The South Observation Deck closes at 5:30p.m.

Website:
http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/OFFICES/observat.htm
For more information, please visit their website.

2. Visit Hanazono Shrine

Hanazono Shrine is a beautiful Shinto shrine found in the mid- 17th century. The shrine is dedicated to the kami (god) Inari, the androgynous god of fertility and worldly success.

Address:
5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Website:
http://www.hanazono-jinja.or.jp/mt/top/ (Japanese Only)
For more information, please visit their website.

3. Relax in nature at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku’s Gyoen National Garden is a huge park with a beautiful garden. It was originally a residence of the Naitō family in the Edo period. It was then turned over to the Imperial Household Agency of Japan but is now under the jurisdiction of the national Ministry of the Environment.This time of year Tsuwabuki is very common in the Gardens. It is a yellow flower with long fingered petals. They also have a beautiful Japanese Gardens that is definitely worth checking out.

Address:
11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Website:
http://fng.or.jp/shinjuku/
For more information, please visit their website.

4. Have a meaw time at Cat Cafe Calico

Cat Cafe Calico has lots of cats. With over 50 cats and 2 stories, Cat Cafe Calico is the biggest cat cafe in Tokyo. With so many cats you are sure to grab one of their attention. If not, buy some treats from the staff, and you’ll see cats
herding next to you in no time.

Address:
1-16-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-6457-6387(+81 3-6457-6387)

Hours:
Everyday 10:00a.m.- 10:00p.m.

Website:
http://catcafe.jp/ (Japanese only)
For more information, please visit their website.

5. Enjoy the traditional culture Rakugo at Shinjuku Suehirotei

Rakugo (落語) literally meaning falling words, it is a type of Japanese storytelling. Rakugo is an art forms where a lone storyteller sits on the floor and tells a comical story. He does this while sitting down as he does not stand and tells the entire story by only changing the pitch of his voice and tilting his head. It is a way of telling a story where only one person tells all of the parts. It is It is a great night out for anyone looking for a good laugh and some great fun. Suehirotei is one of the only places you can experience Rakugo so be sure not to miss out.

Address:
3-6-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-3351-2974 (+81 3-3351-2974)

Hours:
Day Performance: 12:00p.m.- 4:30p.m.
Night Performance: 5:00p.m.- 9:00p.m.

Website:
http://www.suehirotei.com/ (Japanese Only)
For more information, please visit their website

6. Play UFO catcher games at arcades


UFO catcher games are a popular form of the crane game. The player’s objective is to pick up the object inside the box to win the prize. It is a game of skill and precision though very addictive.
Websites for Arcades:
TAITO Station Shinjuku East exit: https://www.taito.co.jp/gc/store/00001582

CLUB SEGA Shinjuku South exit:
http://tempo.sega.jp/tabid/78/pdid/152/Default.aspx

7. Visit Depachika of Isetan and Takashimaya

Depachika is a mixture of the Japanese words for department store and basement. Despite the name, Depachika is lively food places filled to the brim with something to try.

Isetan

Address:
3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Hours:
Everyday 10:30a.m.- 8:00p.m.

Website:
http://isetan.mistore.jp/store/shinjuku/translation/english.html
For more information, please visit their website.

Takashimaya

Address:
5-24-2 Sendagaya, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-5361-1111 (+81 3-5361-1111)

Hours:
Monday- Thursday
10:00a.m.- 8:00p.m.
Friday and Saturday
10:00a.m.- 8:30p.m
Sunday
10:00a.m.- 8:00p.m.

Website:
http://www.takashimaya.co.jp/
For more information,  please visit their website.

8. Eat delicious dango at Oiwake Dango

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Dango are Japanese dumplings made from the same sticky rice as mochi but are slightly different. They are usually served in the shape of little balls on skewers and are a delicious treat. Oiwake is a great place to try such a delicious snack with a good range of sweet and savory pastes on top. Being just a 3-minute walk from Shinjuku Sanchome Station, they are the best place for anyone looking for delicious, sticky dango.

Address:
3-1-22 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-3351-0101(+81 3-3351-0101)

Hours:
Weekday
11:00a.m.- 7:00p.m.
Weekends
11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Website:
http://www.oiwakedango.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
For more information, please visit their website.

9. Shop for crazy things at Don Quijote

Don Quijote, otherwise known as Donki, is a large discount shop full of wacky items. They also stock lots of electronics, clothing and even basic groceries. They even have their own theme song called miracle shopping (ミラクルショッピング). It’s a great place for anyone looking for quirky things to take home.

Address:
1-16-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-5291-9211 (+81 3-5291-92111)

Hours:
24 Hours

Website:
http://www.donki.com/en/
For more information, please visit their website.

10. Visit Sanrio Gift Gate for the largest collection of Hello Kitty merchandise

Sanrio Gift Gate is a great place for any Hello Kitty fan or anyone who wants to just check it out. They offer a huge range of Hello Kitty merchandise perfect for any occasion.

Address:
3-15-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-3354-3640 (+81 3-3354-3640)

Hours:
Weekdays 10:00a.m.- 9:00p.m.
Weekends 10:00a.m.- 8:00p.m.

Website:
http://www.sanrio.co.jp/english/store/sh1129000/
For more information, please visit their website.

11. Eat famous tempura at Tempura Tsunahashi

This tempura house is full of great atmosphere. The staffs are very friendly and keen to give you advice and recommendations. This tempura house has great food and is a good place for anyone looking for a filling meal. Be sure to visit them as they are a delicious place for a meal.

Address:
3-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-3352-1012(+81 3-3352-1012)

Hours:
Everyday 11:00a.m.- 10:30p.m.

Website:
http://www.tunahachi.co.jp/en/
For more information, please visit their website.

12. Have a cocktail and a view of Lost in Translation at New York Bar

New York Bar In Shinjuku is the same bar that Lost In Translation, the award-winning movie. It has a good atmosphere with a great view. It is a great night out for anyone wanting to have a night out.

Address:
3-7-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-5323-3458 (+81 3-5323-3458)

Hours:
Sunday- Wednesday 5:00p.m.- 12:00a.m.
Thursday- Saturday 5:00p.m.- 1:00a.m.

Website:
http://restaurants.tokyo.park.hyatt.co.jp/en/nyb.html
For more information, please visit their website.

13. Have one of the most delicious ramen found in Tokyo: Menya Kaijin

Address:
3-35-7 Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Hours:
Monday to Saturday 4:30p.m.– 11:30p.m.
Sunday 11:00a.m.- 11:00p.m.

Website:
http://www.kaijin-ramen.com/
For more information, please visit their website.

14.Visit Kabukicho, the biggest nightlife town in Tokyo

Kabukicho is the biggest nightlife town in Tokyo. It features plenty of things to do and see. There are many Izakaya and shops on “Godzilla Road” where part of the movie was shot. It’s a great place to enjoy a night out.

15. Visit Omoide Yokocho and drink like locals

Omoide Yokocho is a friendly izakaya where you can drink and eat and be merry. It’s full of great atmosphere. It is a great place to spend the night out at.

Address:
1-1-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-3364-3235 (+81 3-3364-3235)

Website:
http://shinjuku-omoide.com/english/
For more information, please visit their website.

16. Shop for Japanese fashion items at LUMINE

LUMINE hosts a wide range of clothing that that is quite popular with young Japanese people. It is the perfect place to find good affordable fashion items. With a variety of shops, it’s the perfect place to shop.

Address:
3-38-2 Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Hours:
Everyday 11:00a.m.- 10:00p.m. (May vary between stores)

Website:
http://www.lumine.ne.jp/sp/translation/english/
For more information, please visit their website.

17. Shop for electronics at Yodobashi Camera

Yodobashi Camera is a huge electronics outlet with a huge variety of items for everyone. They’ve got cameras and all sorts of electronics for anyone looking for and bargain.

Address:
1-11-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-3346-1010 (+81 3-3346-1010)

Hours:
Everyday 9:30a.m.- 10:00p.m.

Website:
http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0011/index.html (Japanese Only)

18. Golden Gai and have a retro time

Golden Gai is a retro back alley- type place with plenty to see and do. There are plenty of places to eat and to take pictures so be sure to check this one out.

Address:
1-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Website:
http://the-goldengai.com/ (Japanese Only)
For more information, please visit their website.

19. Enjoy the biggest bookstore in Tokyo: Kinokuniya

Kinokuniya is a bookstore in Tokyo with over 80 stores worldwide. Their Shinjuku branch has over 9 floors boasting the largest bookstore in all of Tokyo. They are surely the place to go if one is looking for books from all over the world.

Address:
3-17-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-3354-0131(+81 3-3354-0131)

Hours:
Everyday 10:00a.m.- 9:00p.m.

Website:
https://www.kinokuniya.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
For more information, please visit their website.

20. Visit the Japanese Sword Museum and be a samurai

Japanese Samurai were the leaders of the Japan and battled many foes. Why not learn more about them at the Japanese Sword Museum. It’s a great way to learn more about Japanese history and to be a Samurai yourself.

Address:
4-25-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Tel:
03-3379-1386~8 (+81 3-3379-1386~8)

Hours:
Everyday except Monday 10:00a.m.- 4:30p.m.

Website:
http://www.touken.or.jp/museum/ (Japanese Only)

For more information, please visit their website.

Information in this article is as of October 2016. Refer to the official websites for the latest information.

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