15 Things to Do in Shinjuku, Tokyo (+ Sample Itineraries)

Things to Do in Shinjuku Guide

Shinjuku is definitely one of the most vibrant districts in Tokyo that is worth the visit.

So, here are the top attractions and best things to do in Shinjuku for first-time visitors.

In this blog, I’m going to share with you everything I know about Shinjuku including the most beautiful and breath-taking places to visit in there.

Therefore, you’re able to enjoy this exciting district of Shinjuku to the fullest.

Aside from the attractions, I will provide a list of the best foods to try while in Shinjuku.

Both attractions and dining spots, along with the nearest train stations, will be noted in Google Maps. You can find this handy Google Maps in here so that you don’t need to spend a lot of time on research.

Shinjuku ItineraryMy suggested itinerary of Shinjuku

In addition, I will give my personalized half-day and full-day itineraries to you to make your trip to Shinjuku easier.

Accordingly, once you complete reading my blog, you will be more familiar with what to do in Shinjuku. Plus, you’ll know how to plan an enjoyable and unforgettable trip to Shinjuku.

So, let me start introducing Shinjuku to you!

Shinjuku

Big, bright, and busy―these are the most striking features that make Shinjuku very popular among tourists.

This famous ward in Tokyo has everything you need, including shopping centres, beautiful parks, special restaurants, bars, colourful buildings and more!

Clearly, you’ve got so much to do here, from daylight to night-time.

Shinjuku Attractions

As a lively district in the capital, Shinjuku offers the busiest train station in the world.

Every day, this train station caters to millions of passengers. This adds up to the many reasons why Shinjuku is a well-loved Tokyo neighbourhood among locals and tourists.

Now, let me share with you my best picks of things to do and see in Shinjuku!

15 Best Things to Do and See in Shinjuku


 

1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – Breathe in the beauty of nature

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
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Explore around this breath-taking natural park featuring the beauty of multi-cultural gardens, from Japanese to English to French garden designs.

Beyond its colourful landscape, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden holds a rather significant history in the country.

It was formed during the Edo period, roughly from 1603 to 1867.

Unfortunately, this extensive garden was destroyed during World War II and was only re-opened again in 1949.

From there, it became one of the most important public parks in Tokyo with thousands of beautiful trees and flowers.

The scenery in the garden changes each season, from cherry trees during spring to maple trees in autumn. Hence, you can visit the park all year round.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Spring Season

The best season to visit Shinjuku Gyoen is during springtime, where the place becomes a canvass of pink.

Cherry blossoms surround the entire park with its charm and beauty.

From late March until April, you can find an array of flowering cherry trees.

Cherry Blossom in Full Bloom at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Watch the captivating cherry blossoms in full bloom.

For many years, the park has become a favourite spot to see ever-famous cherry blossom.

Walking Around in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Take a seat from one of the many benches and relax under the charming shade of the cherry blossoms.

Aside from watching the cherry blossom trees during springtime, you can simply walk around the gardens and enjoy the views.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Picnic

Or, you can take your family and friends for a picturesque picnic. The expansive gardens provide lots of space for everyone.

Don’t forget to bring your own picnic blanket and basket full of goodies!

Bridge over Pond at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
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One remarkable spot for photo shooting is this bridge over the pond.

This spot makes an ideal location for some picture-perfect shots.

French Garden at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Photo by Guilhem Vellut/ CC BY 2.0

The summer season is another well-liked period for travellers visiting Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

At this time of the year, you can catch the vibrancy of the French Garden bursting with colours.

Beautiful Pond with Garden at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Photo by Guilhem Vellut/ CC BY 2.0

The beautiful pond surrounded with lush landscapes is another sight to behold during summer.

Take a stroll around the scenic gardens and revel in the peaceful vibes.

Colourful Rose in French Garden of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Photo by Ankur P/ CC BY 2.0

Of course, summer is season loaded with flowers of all colours.

And some of the most striking flowers at this time are the roses.

Did you know that the colours of the roses have their own meaning?

Pink Rose Flower at French Garden
Photo by Ankur P/ CC BY 2.0

A pink rose represents elegance, sweetness, and femininity.

Red, Orange and Red-white Rose Flower at French Garden

Red roses often symbolize love and passion while the white ones signify purity and sympathy.

Orange roses, on the other hand, are regarded as mark of friendship and gratitude.

Yellow roses also portray friendship and joy that’s why these are mostly used as “get well soon” flowers.

Hydrangeas Blooming at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Photo by Guilhem Vellut/ CC BY 2.0

Aside from roses, you can also capture the charm of the hydrangeas that bloom all summer.

These delightful hydrangeas come in different colours like yellow, white, and purple.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden during Autumn Season
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After summer, there’s autumn, which is also a favoured season for tourists.

Autumn is certainly a picturesque period of the year, where you can see the changing colours of the leaves.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Autumn Scene
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Autumn starts from late October and lasts up to December.

So, if you want to witness the scenic fall landscapes, schedule your visit during these months.

As the colours transform from green to yellow then dark orange, the entire park becomes more magical.

Maple Tree Leave Turning Gold Color at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
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Though there are several trees in the park, the maple trees are probably the most scenic ones.

During autumn, the maple leaves turn the garden into a sea of gold and red.

Maple Tree Leaves Turning Red Colors at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
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You can find most of the maple trees at the Maple Hill and around the Japanese garden.

These red maple leaves signal the full arrival of the autumn season in the garden.

And once these red leaves turn brown and fall from the trees, winter slowly begins.

During winter, the garden is still breathtakingly beautiful, though you need to consider the cold temperature on your visit.

Sometimes, snow happens so this might be another thing to take into account.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Map
Photo Credit: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

With its relaxing ambience and gorgeous gardens, it’s best to spend at least 2 hours in this park.

You can download the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Map here so you can prepare beforehand.

Opening Hours
1 October to 14 March
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

15 March to 30 September
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

1 July to 20 August (Summer)
9:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Closed: Monday

Ticket Prices
Adult (16+): 500 yen
Senior (65 and above): 250 yen
Child (15 and below): Free
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

South East Exit

Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit 1

2. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks – Catch some panoramic views of the capital

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks

Situated along Shinjuku’s busy business area, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks is something not to miss.

At 243 meters tall, this impressive two-tower building features remarkable observation decks with a height of 202 meters.

These are located on the 45th floor of both North and South Towers. And the best thing about these towers is that these are for free.

This means you can access the building and see the breath-taking city views from above with no extra charge.

Tokyo Skytree View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Photo by dconvertini/ CC BY-SA 2.0

At daylight, you can capture an amazing 360-degree view of the entire cityscape.

From above, spot the Tokyo Skytree, together with other Tokyo landmarks like Tokyo Tower and even Mount Fuji.

These top attractions are highly visible from the observatories on a clear day.

Sunset Scene from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
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The sunset scene from the observation deck is definitely a must-see.

Steady your gaze and watch how the expanse of blue turns into a breath-taking stretch of orange.

Night Scene from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Of course, the night landscape from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks is another incredible sight to capture.

When darkness takes over, the entire Tokyo city transforms into an illuminated landscape filled with dancing lights and colours.

Beautiful Night Views of the City from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory Deck

With the panoramic city views, don’t forget to bring your cameras and take a picture of the magical cityscape below.

Since there are two observatories, you can choose between the North and South Observatories.

However, if you want to see more magical night views, head to the North Observatory.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck Resting Area

Once you’re done with your sight-seeing, relax at the observatory’s resting area.

Each observatory has its own cafe and souvenir shop.

So, you can grab a bite or shop around while waiting for your family and friends.

The souvenir shop offers a display of various take-home items, from key chains to stuff toys and more!

Opening Hours
9:30 AM – 11:00 PM (Last Entry 10:30 PM)

Closed:
South Observation Deck: First and third Tuesday of every month
North Observation Deck: Second and fourth Monday of every month

Ticket Prices
Free
How to Get There by Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

West Exit/ Central West Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit A15

Tochomae Station
Toei Subway Oedo Line

Exit A4

3. Kabukicho – Enjoy the night away at the famous entertainment district

Kabukicho Red-light District

Kabukicho is no doubt the largest red-light district in the country and probably the liveliest downtown in the world.

This makes this busy area in Shinjuku the most popular entertainment district among locals and travellers.

As a famous red-light district in Japan, Kabukicho shelters some of the country’s best host and hostess clubs.

More so, you can find many love hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, and shops here that are open the entire night.

No wonder it’s often called as the “Sleepless Town”.

Main Entrance of Kabukicho

Among all other attractions on this list, Kabukicho is definitely the most touristy spot.

So, be sure to take some photos, especially at the famous red Kabukicho gate.

Kabukicho Main Street

The best time to explore around Kabukicho is after dark when all the streets and buildings are lit up.

Even if this is a red-light district, it’s safe to walk around the area. After all, Japan is a very safe country.

Simply walk around the bright streets, capture some photos, and enjoy the night.

Kabukicho Nightlife

Just a reminder though, it’s normal for some people to lure you to get into the nightclubs and bars.

In case this happens, just deny the offer respectfully and keep walking.

Most bars and nightclubs here are very pricey and mostly come with hidden charges.

So, if you don’t want to get tricked, avoid the bars and nightclubs here as much as possible.

If you really want some late-night parties, it’s recommended to choose the regular bars and clubs outside the Kabukicho section.

Opening Hours
Some establishments are closed on Sunday
Ticket Prices
Free
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B11/ Exit B12b

Website
Google Maps

4. Godzilla Head – Catch this giant beast nestled atop the building

Godzilla Head in Kabukicho Street

This isn’t your normal Shinjuku landmark. The Godzilla Head in Kabukicho Street sits atop the 8th floor lobby of Hotel Gracery Shinjuku.

This unique character signifies the charm of Godzilla during the opening of the Shinjuku Toho Building in April 2015.

Godzilla Head at Hotel Gracery

You can even take a selfie together with this famous character!

Or, you can just watch and listen to this huge Godzilla that roars for 30 seconds.

The Godzilla Roar that comes with laser lights and smoke starts from 12 PM to 8 PM, every day.

And, the roar times are 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

This means you can catch this striking attraction 9 times a day.

How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B11/ Exit B12b

5. Robot Restaurant – Experience a cultural kind of late-night entertainment

Robot Restaurant

Robot Restaurant is not your typical restaurant.

Well, it’s actually not a restaurant; it’s a unique entertainment spot filled with robotic dances, electric dance shows, and more!

This robot-themed restaurant is definitely one of the most amusing spots in Tokyo that deserves a visit.

Entrance of the Robot Restaurant

At the entrance of the Robot Restaurant, you will be greeted by grand and colourful interior designs.

And there’s nothing to worry about because everything inside is in English, from the performances to the announcements.

Robot Dance

The Robot Dance is definitely the highlight of the event.

Enjoy the fantastic moves of these illuminated, dancing robots that showcase the beautiful Japanese culture with a hint of technology.

Dancing Performance at Robot Restaurant

All throughout the night, you will be entertained not just by robotic monsters but also beautiful performing girls.

Dragon Battle at Robot Restaurant

Aside from the robot and bikini-dressed entertainers, you can also witness giant mascots―like this dragon ready for battle.

Giant Snake Fighting with Evil

Don’t blink an eye as you watch this amazing fight between a robot and a giant snake.

The live entertainment is truly remarkable as the music and lights fill the room like crazy.

Giant Snake Fighting with Evil

Choose your bet and know who wins the battle!

Drum Performance on a Dragon Float

Be entertained by the local drum performances that feature the colourful culture of Japan.

Most of these drum exhibitions are played on a dragon float, adding more life to the presentation.

Showing Drum Skill at Robot Restaurant

Get your groove as skilled drummers spice up the night with their insane skills.

Traditional Japanese Drum Performance

All the drum performances don’t just add music to the entire room but also more vibrancy!

It’s because the performers are clothed with all sorts of dazzling and artistic costumes.

Surely, you will be at surprise with the perfect drum performances!

Laser Dance at Robot Restaurant

The laser dance is another crowd favourite.

Enjoy the fusion of laser beams, neon lights, and electrifying music!

Princess Singing at Robot Restaurant

And of course, you can’t miss this beautiful and talented princess singing and entertaining the crowd!

Robot Restaurant Breaktime

Since the show lasts around 90 minutes, there are 2 breaks provided so visitors can go to the washroom.

At this time, promoters would sell snacks and drinks, including some Bento meals.

Bento is a single-portion Japanese meal with lots of variants, including rice, cooked vegetables, fish, and meat.

The Bento meals here are actually optional and honestly not that tasty for its price.

So, it’s better to take your meals outside before or after the show. There are lots of nearby restaurants outside so don’t worry.

Klook Priority Access Lane

Robot Restaurant is a touristy attraction in Shinjuku, the tickets sold out fast, especially during peak seasons.

So, you’re visiting the place during spring, autumn, and winter, it’s highly recommended to book your tickets in advance.

This will not just secure you a timeslot for the show but it will also give you the huge discounts.

To avail of the cheapest Robot Restaurant tickets, book online to get discounts from Klook.

Klook is a remarkably famous online booking platform with many of confirmed transactions from travellers all over the world.

And, they are an official, authorized seller of tickets for the Robot Restaurant.

By booking your tickets via Klook, you will enjoy 30 to 35% discounts compared to the ones sold on-site.

Therefore, if you want to save lots of money, be practical and get them online.

Aside from cheaper rates, getting your tickets via Klook will also give you access to the priority lane.

Hence, you won’t be lining up to the normal queue, which is often long because of the crowd of tourists.

With the priority access lane, you can skip the long queues at the ticketing counter and save time.

Because of these great features, I have personally booked my visit to the Robot Restaurant through Klook. And I can definitely say they are legit and valid.

Klook offers 3 packages for Robot Restaurant.

These are Entry Ticket Only (No Meal), Entry Ticket with Popcorn + Drink, and Entry Ticket + Bento.

To save more money, you can choose between the Entry Ticket Only (No Meal) or Entry Ticket with Popcorn + Drink option.

As I’ve noted earlier, the Bento meals inside aren’t that satisfying.

So, it’s better to dine somewhere else, before or after the show.

For more information about the three combo packages as well as the latest show timeslots and actual discounted prices, check out the link below.

Showtimes
First Show: 3:30 PM (Entry time 3:00 PM)
Second Show: 5:30 PM (Entry time 5:00 PM)
Third Show: 7:30 PM (Entry time 7:00 PM)
Fourth Show: 9:30 PM (Entry time 9:00 PM)
Normal Ticket Prices
8,500 yen
Book Tickets Online

Robot Restaurant Tickets Online (35% Discount + Skip the Queue)

How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B11/ Exit B12b

6. Hanazono Shrine – Take a break and visit this hidden gem within the busy capital

Hanazono Shrine Main Hall

It’s ironic how this shrine is surrounded by towering buildings and jam-packed streets.

The Hanazono Shrine is like a peaceful, hidden gem within the bustling city centre.

Built during the 17th century, this retreat place was put up by the Hanazono ancestors as a dedication to Inari.

Inari is presented as an androgynous (both male and female) god of fertility and prosperity.

Because of this, the Hanazono Shrine is a favourite spot among businessmen and merchants who pray for successful business dealings.

Purification Fountain at Hanazono Shrine

Once you enter the shrine, head to the purification fountain for cleansing.

It’s recommended to do this before entering the sacred grounds.

Shinto Worshiper at Hanazono Shrine

When visiting Hanazono Shrine, be polite at all times.

Say a short prayer in front of a holy object or area to show your respect.

Small Traditional Hall at Hanazono Shrine

Aside from the main shrine, there are other religious spots within the Hanazono Shrine’s large expanse.

Stop by this small traditional hall that also features the same architectural style as the main hall.

Wishes are Written on the Wooden Boards at Hanazono Shrine

You can also find a wooden board filled with written wishes from various travellers around the world.

Opening Hours
24 Hours
Ticket Prices
Free
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B10/ Exit B11/ Exit B13

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit E2

Toei Subway Shinjuku Line

Exit C7

7. Shinjuku Golden Gai – Enjoy an authentic Tokyo nightlife along the narrow alleys

Shinjuku Golden Gai

Shinjuku Golden Gai is one of the best ways to experience traditional nightlife in Tokyo.

This attraction consists of six narrow alleys that shelter more than 200 bars in total.

There’s more to love in this small yet interesting place in Shinjuku.

Before becoming a famous drinking area, Golden Gai was known because of prostitution.

This started in the 1950s when prostitution became illegal.

Golden Gai is also labelled as the “Golden Street” because it takes you the golden period of Shinjuku.

For that reason, there are some bars along the alley that have existed for many decades.

Shinjuku Golden Gai Narrow Alley

Almost all the bars here are very small; hence a limited number of customers can be served.

Usually, one bar can accommodate about five people only.

Also, Golden Gai isn’t a cheap drink place and most of their customers are well-off locals.

That is why it’s a favourite meeting place among artists, musicians, directors, writers, and even celebrities.

Clearly, Golden Gai is the perfect place to indulge after a day of busy work or jam-packed travels.

The bars along the alleys serve great food and beers for locals and tourists wanting an epic nightlife.

Sometimes, you’ll get denied by a bar owner to go inside their establishment even if there are empty seats.

Don’t get mad about this because it just means that their place is already reserved to their regular customers.

Continue exploring the alleys and focus on those establishments with English signs.

Often than not, those bars with English signs are run by locals who can understand and converse in English.

If you’re planning to include Golden Gai in your itinerary, it is located just beside Hanazono Shrine.

Do take note that most of the bars will be open around 7 PM only. Hence, the area is very silent during the daytime until early evening.

Opening Hours
7:00 PM – Next Day Morning
Closed: Sunday
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B10/ Exit B12b

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit E2

Toei Subway Shinjuku Line

Exit C7

8. Don Quijote Shinjuku Kabukicho – Go shopping inside one of the largest discount chain stores in Tokyo

Don Quijote Shinjuku

A trip to Shinjuku wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Don Quijote.

Don Quijote is a very popular discount chain mall in Japan, with more than 160 branches all over the country.

This well-loved store, which is also nicknamed as Donki, is a staple among tourists wanting an affordable shopping experience.

Don Quijote Shinjuku Kabukicho branch is quite famous because it is one of the biggest Don Quijote in Tokyo.

Plus, it is open 24 hours a day and even has a tax-free counter!

Don Quijote Shinjuku Floor Map

This Don Quijote branch comes with 5 floors, making it the ultimate place for all kinds of shoppers.

This map shows the wide-ranging items and goodies that are sold at a much cheaper price.

So, if you want to shop and also save money, a trip to Don Quijote is the answer.

Asahi Beer Cans at Don Quijote Shinjuku

Don Quijote has everything under the sun.

In one area, you’ll find plenty of beverage options, including some Asahi beer cans.

More canned juice drinks are offered on this section

There are a lot of flavours to choose from for everyone!

Fruit Juice and Beer at Don Quijote Shinjuku

If you’re not a fan of beers, no need to worry because you still have plenty of choices.

Pick your favourite healthy drink from their amazing range of fruit juices.

There is also quite a number of soft drink options.

Calbee Potato Sticks with Different Flavour at Don Quijote Shinjuku

An impressive display of Japanese snacks and sweets can also be found inside the mall.

Grab some of these Calbee Potato Sticks, together with some tasty treats at cheaper prices.

Calbee Potato Stick with Carrot at Don Quijote Shinjuku

These Calbee Potato Stick with Carrot snacks are just some of the hundreds of Japanese goodies for sale.

Candy at Don Quijote Shinjuku

Of course, Don Quijote has a section loaded with all things sweet.

Bring home some of these local candy packs that are perfect for the kids.

Umaibo Cylinder Snack, Kokoro Gummy Candy and Other Snacks

Among the extensive list of snacks are the Umaibo Cylinder Snack and Kokoro Gummy.

Kit Kat at Don Quijote Shinjuku

Chocolates also make up a portion of the snack section.

Add into cart some of these famous Kit Kat matcha variants.

Macadamia Chocolate at Don Quijote Shinjuku

You can include these Macadamia chocolates in your cart as well!

Crispy Green Wasabi Pistachio at Don Quijote Shinjuku

For non-sweet lovers, there’s something to look forward to inside the store.

Try this Crispy Green Wasabi Pistachio and you might end up buying more!

Ichiran Ramen Instant Noodles at Don Quijote Shinjuku

Packed food items like Ichiran ramen instant noodles are on display too.

Japanese Instant Noodles at Don Quijote Shinjuku

These Japanese instant noodles are best-sellers for those who are on a tight budget.

Legging at Don Quijote Shinjuku

Aside from local foods and drinks, Don Quijote also has a range of clothing items for both men and women.

Cartoon Socks Don Quijote Shinjuku

These include leggings, cartoon socks, cosplay items, party needs, and more! Cosmetics, accessories, jewelry, and bags are also available.

So, if you’re looking for different Japan souvenirs for your family and friends back home, Don Quijote is the answer.

Opening Hours
24 Hours
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B12b/ Exit B13

9. Omoide Yokocho – Dine and drink like a local

Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho is such a favourite spot for authentic Japanese dining and drinking sessions.

This area filled with narrow alleys is stuffed with tiny restaurants, barbecue stalls, and bars.

Most of these establishments are old-fashioned shops and rundown buildings that add more traditional depth to the place.

Before Omoide Yokocho became a famous late-night zone, it was once a black market during the late 1940s.

It was often called the “Piss Alley” because of its plentiful bars that lack public restrooms.

And sometimes, it is referred to as the “Memory Lane” since it was established after World War II.

Omoide Yokocho Dining Area

At present, Omoide Yokocho is a well-loved section because of its tasty yakitori (grilled skewers) and cheap drinks.

All the narrow alleys here are loaded with various kinds of local foods and beverages.

You can find Omoide Yokocho at the west exit gate of the Shinjuku Station. Because of its strategic location, it’s a top choice among locals and tourists, especially during dinner time.

At night, the alleys are occupied with all sorts of visitors, mostly office workers and travellers.

Take a bite of the ever-tasty Yakitori chicken from one of the many food stalls. Then, enjoy a drink from the endless array of bars.

Omoide Yokocho Food Alley

So, if you want to have a memorable late-night adventure, head to Omoide Yokocho and enjoy its laidback beauty.

Whether you’d go bar hopping or food hunting, you’ll never run out of options while you’re here.

And even strolling along the alleys is already a satisfying way to cap off your night!

Opening Hours
4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

West Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B16

Shinjuku-nishiguchi Station
Toei Subway Oedo Line

Exit D1

10. BICQLO Shinjuku – Go shopping for the hottest electronics and trendiest fashion apparel

BICQLO Shinjuku

In case you not know, BICQLO Shinjuku is actually a fusion between two popular stores in Japan―Bic Camera and Uniqlo.

Bic Camera is a well-known retailer of home electronics while Uniqlo is a famous fashion brand name.

With such collaboration, this store is quite unique among other malls in Shinjuku.

Inside, you get to shop the latest beauty appliances, cameras, computers, together with wide-range of trendy fashion clothes and accessories.

Jeans Collection at Uniqlo Shinjuku

As one of the most visited shops in Shinjuku, you can find different kinds of technology and fashion-related stuff here.

At the fashion section, you’ll discover a pile of jeans for everyone.

Men Collection at Uniqlo Shinjuku

And of course, since BICQLO is a combination of two stores, you’ll be getting a great deal of shopping options!

For the Uniqlo selection, they have a larger range of men collection that comes with affordable prices.

Women Collection at Uniqlo Shinjuku

The women section is also packed with many fashion essentials, from comfy T-shirts to stylish dresses and more!

All floors from 1 to 3 are allocated for Uniqlo while the remaining floors are designated to Bic Camera.

Curling Irons at BIC Camera

And, if you’re looking for some quality electronics like curling iron and such, BICQLO Shinjuku got it for you too.

You’ll love this shop even more because almost all of their staff can speak different languages.

Their multilingual staff is definitely a plus factor, especially that they mostly cater to international visitors.

Opening Hours
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit A6

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit A5

Toei Subway Shinjuku Line

Exit C2

Website
Google Maps

11. Takashimaya Times Square – Shop all you want inside this 16-storey department store

Takashimaya Times Square

Takashimaya Times Square is undeniably the ultimate shopping heaven in Shinjuku.

This towering complex consists of 16 floors, starting from level B2 up to Level 14.

As a large-scale shop, it has everything you want, including cosmetic shops, luxury boutiques, household stalls, foods and more!

Fried Food at Food Hall of Takashimaya Shinjuku

Before you start shopping your heart out, satisfy your tummy with the impressive selection of Japanese goodies at Basement 1. This entire floor is designated for all food lovers.

Within this food paradise, you’ll get yourself stuck with amazing snack options.

Gyoza at Food Hall of Takashimaya Shinjuku

Take delight in different Japanese foods like gyoza, sushi, dango, bean cakes, and other pastries.

Aside from these local treats, there’s a variety of Western foods, together with other international cuisines like Chinese and Korean.

LEclair De Genie Biscuit at Takashimaya Shinjuku

The famous French pastry shop, L’Eclair De Genie, is also present inside the food corner.

Don’t miss their charming assortment of biscuits that come in various flavours.

LEclair De Genie Eclairs at Takashimaya Shinjuku

Of course, their best-selling éclairs deserve a bite too!

Don’t worry because these international goodies are definitely worth the extra calories!

Japanese Snack at Grocery Store of Takashimaya Shinjuku

Aside from freshly-baked snacks, there are plenty of ready-packed goodies that you can easily bring home.

Drink and Yogurt at Grocery Store of Takashimaya Shinjuku

Complete your food adventures with some local drinks.

In this section, you’ll be loaded with a full-packed range of beverages and even yogurts.

Shiroi Koibito at Takashimaya Shinjuku

These elegant-looking boxes are actually tasty cookies named Shiroi Koibito.

These are small cookies squeeze in with delicious chocolate jam.

You can find these European-style sweet treats at Takashimaya Duty-Free Shop SHILLA & ANA on the 11th floor.

The famous Takashimaya Duty-Free Shop SHILLA & ANA is very popular among tourists because it’s tax-free, hence much cheaper.

Bag Collection at Takashimaya Shinjuku

Takashimaya Shinjuku is not just about foods and drinks.

On the first floor, you’ll get yourself surrounded by an impressive selection of cosmetics, fragrance, and other ladies’ stuff.

The second floor is still for the ladies’ section. Here, you’ll find bags, shoes, and accessories in full presentation.

And for the third floor, this is where you’ll see a great range of luxury and international boutiques.

Some of these international brands are Balenciaga, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Hermes, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, and Micheal Kors.

Shoes Collection at Takashimaya Shinjuku

If you’re looking for some business wear and formal shoes, head to the sixth floor.

This section is also loaded with bags and other men’s stuff. On this floor, there’s a cafe for a quick snack break.

Because of the wide-ranging items on display, you might get lost while exploring this massive department store.

So, better check out the floor guide of Takashimaya Shinjuku here ahead of time.

Opening Hours
Shops
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Restaurants
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

New South Exit

Toei Subway Shinjuku Line
Toei Subway Oedo Line

Exit 2

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit E8

12. Matsumoto Kiyoshi – Get your medicine and other beauty products from this popular pharmacy

Matsumoto Kiyoshi Shinjuku

Travelling non-stop can take a toll on your health.

In case you get sick while in Shinjuku, relax because there’s a famous pharmacy around.

Matsumoto Kiyoshi is the best place to go if you’re in need of top-quality medicines and health supplements.

Matsumoto Kiyoshi Drug Store Shinjuku

This famous pharmacy is your one-stop-shop for your health needs.

Plus, it’s easy to buy medicines and vitamins here because the staff can understand and speak in English and Chinese.

Pharmaceuticals at Matsumoto Kiyoshi Shinjuku

And if you’re not sure what medicines to buy, you can ask recommendations or explanations from the drugstore staff.

Aside from pharmaceutical essentials, Matsumoto Kiyoshi has an awesome section for cosmetic products and local beauty items.

Cosmetic Products and Eyeliner at Matsumoto Kiyoshi Shinjuku

Replace your older cosmetic stuff with new ones from Matsumoto Kiyoshi Shinjuku.

They have almost everything for your beauty and makeup needs.

Makeup Product at Matsumoto Kiyoshi Shinjuku

These include top makeup products like foundation, blush on, lipsticks, eyeliners, eye shadow, mascara, and such!

The staff here are not just multilingual but are also friendly and accommodating.

So, if you’re unsure with the souvenirs or cosmetics you’re planning to buy, you can simply ask them. The staff inside will be very willing to help you.

Nail Polish at Matsumoto Kiyoshi Shinjuku

Stop by this section full of cute nail polish and other nail stuff.

The best thing about buying something from Matsumoto Kiyoshi is that these are priced reasonably!

In addition, the products here are way cheaper because they offer tax-free services.

Opening Hours
9:00 AM – 10:30 PM
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit A6/ Exit A7

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit B5/ Exit B6

Toei Subway Shinjuku Line

Exit C2

13. Isetan Shinjuku – Dine all you want inside this all-in-one luxury department store

Isetan Shinjuku

Another must-visit department store is Isetan Shinjuku.

This full-service shop is a household name when it comes to various Japanese products and even international brands.

Most of the products here are high-end and luxury.

Hence, it might not appeal to those who are on a tight budget.

Still, you definitely need pop by Isetan Shinjuku because of its amazing food selection that caters to all travellers.

Bag Collection at Isetan Shinjuku

Explore this large department store that holds an impressive exhibit of bags, which are mostly luxury items.

So, better prepare your budget if you plan to get one from the beautiful, luxury bag collections.

Cosmetic Counters at Isetan Shinjuku

Isetan Shinjuku is also a favoured spot among makeup enthusiasts because of the captivating presentation of various cosmetic counters.

Bento Boxes at Food Hall of Isetan Shinjuku
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And of course, a trip to Isetan Shinjuku would be more fulfilling if you visit their food hall.

Their food section, which is located at basement 1, is certainly the perfect spot for hungry shoppers.

If you’re starving, pick one of the mouth-watering bento meals that come with everything you need.

Tempura at Food Hall of Isetan Shinjuku
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Or, you can check out their appetizing range of local snacks that are mostly presented inside clear glass counters.

Some of the best foods in the food hall are tempura, sushi, tea, wine, and other local desserts.

All these food options are great treats after walking around Shinjuku.

Isetan Shinjuku is actually just a walking distance from BICQLO.

So, after your shopping adventure in BICQLO, you can go to Isetan Shinjuku’s food hall and enjoy their amazing foods.

If you want to know about the food locations inside Isetan Shinjuku, simply check the food hall map here.

Opening Hours
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit A6

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit B4/ Exit B5

Toei Subway Shinjuku Line

Exit C2

14. MUJI Shinjuku – Satisfy your shopping needs inside this huge department store

MUJI Shinjuku

MUJI Shinjuku offers endless shopping options for every fashionista, makeup enthusiast, and food lover!

Inside this big shopping complex, you’ll be surrounded by a fantastic variety of shopping needs.

Fashion Collection at MUJI Shinjuku

Cosmetics, clothing, furniture, stationery, and travel goods are all under the roof of MUJI Shinjuku.

Plus, you can easily take a break from all the shopping because they have a cafeteria in the basement.

Their cafeteria serves delicious desserts and cold beverages for a quick, satisfying snack time.

Opening Hours

11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit A6

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit B9

15. ABC-MART Shinjuku Flagship Store – Fulfil all your shoe wishes as you explore this sneaker paradise

ABC-MART Shinjuku Flagship Store

If you’re planning to buy sneakers in Shinjuku, the best place to go to is definitely ABC-MART Shinjuku Flagship Store.

This is the go-to store among shoe lovers because it has a massive number of sneakers on sale.

Inside ABC-MART Shinjuku Flagship Store, you’ll be encircled by top shoe brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, and more!

Opening Hours

11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B10

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit B9

7 Best Things to Eat in Shinjuku


1. Ichiran Shinjuku

Ichiran Ramen Shinjuku

There’s no doubt that ramen will always be one of Japan’s most favourite foods.

And for an authentic ramen experience, there’s Ichiran Ramen Shinjuku.

Ichiran Ramen

Ichiran Ramen is definitely a must-try when you visit Shinjuku.

Their ramen set meal costs 1,490 yen and 890 yen if you opt for ramen only without side dishes.

Opening Hours
24 Hours
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

Central East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit A6

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit A5

Toei Subway Shinjuku Line

Exit C1

2. Tendon Tenya

Tendon Tenya Shinjuku

Enjoy a delicious tendon meal at one of the best tendon restaurants in Japan, Tendon Tenya.

This popular restaurant chain offers flavoursome tendon dishes at affordable prices.

Tendon Tenya Set Meal Menu

Tendon Tenya has an extensive set of meals on offer. These include New All-star Tempura set meal, Excellent Tempura set meal, Prawn and Chicken Tempura set meal and more!

Tendon Tenya Recommended Menu

If you’re in a hurry, you can request for their recommended menu.

They’ve got choices for different types of hungry eaters―excellent tendon, vegetable tendon, and small tendon.

Tendon Tenya New Flavour Menu

And you can check out their new menu that features new all-star tendon, special tendon, and prawn and chicken tendon.

Special Tendon with Prawn, Squid, Pumpkin and Okra

One of their best-sellers is the special tendon with prawn, squid, pumpkin, and okra. This one is such a satisfying meal that only costs 890 yen.

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday:
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday:
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

Central East Exit

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit A1

Toei Subway Shinjuku Line

Exit C1

Website

3. Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku Higashiguchi

Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku Higashiguchi

When it comes to the best and the delicious sushi in Shinjuku, nothing comes close to Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku Higashiguchi.

Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku Higashiguchi at 3rd Floor

Located on the 3rd floor, this well-known restaurant offers an amazing selection of sushi at a cheaper price.

Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku Higashiguchi Restaurant

Since the place is quite famous, it’s a normal sight to witness many customers every day.

But relax because they’ll never run out of delicious sushi meals for everyone.

Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku Higashiguchi Menu

Take a look at their impressive sushi assortment that ranges from non-cooked to cooked dishes.

With their huge variation of sushi choices, all their food will suit all types of sushi lovers!

Here’s a picture of one of the many sushi menus they offer.

The menu is written in English so nothing to worry about when ordering.

Plus, the staff here can understand and converse in English, making it more convenient!

Top-quality Sea Eel, Salmon, Roe, Boiled Prawn, Fatty Tuna and Squid

Enjoy this platter with top quality sea eel, boiled prawn, fatty tuna, roe, squid and more.

Opening Hours

24 Hours

How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B10

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit B9

4. Matsuya

Matsuya Shinjuku

Matsuya in Shinjuku is another great place to dine in together with your family and friends.

This fast-food chain highlights their tasty rice meals in different flavours.

Matsuya Shinjuku Menu

For reference, you can check out their extensive menu ahead of time.

Premium Gyumeshi Beef on Rice at Matsuya Shinjuku

One of their must-try meals is the premium gyumeshi beef on rice, which is priced at 380 yen.

Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce Set Meal at Matsuya Shinjuku

If you’re craving for some chicken goodness, order their grilled chicken with chilli sauce. This flavoursome meal set only costs 620 yen!

Opening Hours

24 Hours

Website
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B12b

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit B9

Google Maps

5. Torikizoku Kabukicho

Torikizoku Shinjuku

Torikizoku is the place to visit for tasty yet affordable skewers and drinks.

This restaurant is well-known for their deliciously grilled chicken skewers or also called as Yakitori.

Feast on their flavourful grilled dishes that are perfect for some late-night talks.

Torikizoku Shinjuku Dining Area

The Torikizoku Shinjuku dining area offers a laid-back ambience, making it more suitable for visitors wanting a relaxed dining experience.

Fried Prawn, Grilled Chicken Meatballs with Cheese and Chicken Skin Skewer

Some of the highly recommended choices are the fried prawns, grilled chicken, meatballs with cheese, and chicken skin skewers.

And of course, the thigh meat kizokuyaki is a must-try too!

Grilled Steak Skewer, Chicken Skewer, Fried Cartilage and Green Soybeans

Also, on the best-seller list are the grilled steak skewer and Yakitori (chicken skewer).

You can add some side dishes like fried cartilage and green soybeans.

Torikizoku Shinjuku Menu

There are more grilled options in Torikizoku Shinjuku.

And the picture above is just one of the many foods and drinks they offer.

Torikizoku Shinjuku iPad Menu

Each dining table, there is an iPad installed so you can easily order foods.

The menu on the iPad is written in English, so very convenient when ordering, especially for international travellers.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday:
5:00 PM – 5:00 AM (Next Day)

Saturday to Sunday:

4:00 PM – 5:00 AM (Next Day)

How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B12b/ Exit B10

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit B9

6. Niboshi Ramen Nagi

Niboshi Ramen Nagi

Another popular ramen spot in Shinjuku is no other than Niboshi Ramen Nagi.

Niboshi Ramen Nagi Restaurant

The normal ramen in this top-rated ramen restaurant costs 970 yen. This is already a delicious ramen topped with boiled egg and roast pork.

Ramen All Topping at Niboshi Ramen Nagi Restaurant

If you want an upgraded ramen, you can try their Ramen All Topping with lots of add-ons. These include seaweed, 4 pieces of roast pork, green onion, and boiled egg.

This all-in-one ramen is priced at 1,200 yen.

Super Gold Ramen at Niboshi Ramen Nagi Restaurant

Are you super hungry?

Then, the best choice for you is their Super Gold Ramen.

At 1,600 yen, you’ll enjoy a ramen topped with seaweed, green onions, 2 pieces of roast pork, big pork brisket, and boiled egg.

Opening Hours
24 Hours
How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B12b

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit B9

7. Hakata Tenjin Ramen

Hakata Tenjin Ramen

Completing the list of the best dining spots in Shinjuku is Hakata Tenjin Ramen.

This is another ramen restaurant that surely deserves a mention.

Hakata Tenjin Ramen Restaurant

Cheap yet extremely delicious, you won’t regret spending your time and money here in this famous ramen restaurant.

Hakata Tenjin Ramen Menu

As one of the best ramen restaurants in the country, Hakata Tenjin Ramen offers an extensive menu for different travellers.

Roasted Pork Fillet, Seaweed and Spring Onion Ramen

If you are to choose only one ramen, their Roasted Pork Fillet, Seaweed, and Spring Onion Ramen is simply amazing. This super tasty ramen costs 1,000 yen.

Opening Hours

10:00 AM – 4:00 AM (Next Day)

How To Get There By Train
Shinjuku Station
JR Yamanote Line
JR Saikyo Line
JR Chuo Line
Odakyu Line
Narita Express
Romancecar

East Exit

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Exit B12b

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

Exit B9

My Suggested Half-Day and Full-Day Itineraries of Shinjuku


 

Trip Planning for Holiday

I completely understand that your first time visit to Shinjuku might be difficult for you to plan a proper Shinjuku trip.

Or, because of your busy work schedule might cause you don’t have enough preparation time for Shinjuku itinerary.

But don’t give up because I’m going to give my sample half-day and full-day itineraries to you in here.

You can definitely use these as a reference when making your own Shinjuku itinerary so that you won’t disappoint your partner!

In each itinerary, you’ll know how much time you should spend on each attraction.

Hopefully, these suggested itineraries will lessen your research time and help you create a memorable and convenient trip to Shinjuku.

And for added convenience, I have prepared two sections for you to choose from: Half-Day and Full-Day Itineraries.

Let’s get started.

Half-Day Itineraries

Shinjuku Half Day Itinerary Plan 1Option 1: Half-Day Plan

How much time to spend in each location for this option 1 half-day itinerary?

  1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  2. Tochomae Station (Exit A4) to Shinjuku Station (Exit 2) via Toei Subway Oedo Line – 5 minutes
  3. Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku/ Hakata Tenjin Ramen – 45 minutes
  4. Hanazono Shrine – 30 minutes
  5. Robot Restaurant – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  6. Don Quijote Kabukicho – 1 hour
  7. Kabukicho + Godzilla Head – 1 hour
  8. Niboshi Ramen Nagi/ Hakata Tenjin Ramen/ Matsuya/ Torikizoku – 50 minutes
  9. Omoide Yokocho – 50 minutes

Total time required = 8 hours

*You can refer my customize Google Maps below to know the exact locations of each attraction and train station exits.

Shinjuku Half Day Itinerary Plan 2Option 2: Half-Day Plan

How much time to spend in each location for this option 2 half-day itinerary?

  1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – 2 hours and 30 minutes
  2. Tendon Tenya/ Ichiran Ramen – 40 minutes
  3. Hanazono Shrine – 30 minutes
  4. Kabukicho + Godzilla Head – 30 minutes
  5. Don Quijote Kabukicho – 30 minutes
  6. Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku/ Hakata Tenjin Ramen/ Matsuya – 45 minutes
  7. Shinjuku Station (Exit 2) to Tochomae Station (Exit A4) via Toei Subway Oedo Line – 5 minutes
  8. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – 1 hour and 30 minutes

Total time required = 7 hours

*You can refer my customize Google Maps below to know the exact locations of each attraction and train station exits.

Shinjuku Half Day Itinerary Plan 3Option 3: Half-Day Plan

How much time to spend in each location for this option 3 half-day itinerary?

  1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  2. Tochomae Station (Exit A4) to Shinjuku Station (Exit 2) via Toei Subway Oedo Line – 5 minutes
  3. Tendon Tenya/ Ichiran Ramen – 30 minutes
  4. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – 2 hours and 30 minutes
  5. Hanazono Shrine – 30 minutes
  6. Shinjuku Golden Gai – 15 minutes
  7. Don Quijote Kabukicho – 1 hour
  8. Kabukicho + Godzilla Head – 1 hour
  9. Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku/ Hakata Tenjin Ramen/ Matsuya – 40 minutes

Total time required = 8 hours

*You can refer my customize Google Maps below to know the exact locations of each attraction and train station exits.

Full-Day Itineraries

Shinjuku Full Day Itinerary Plan 1Option 1: Full-Day Plan

How much time to spend in each location for this option 1 full-day itinerary?

  1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – 2 hours
  2. Tendon Tenya/ Ichiran Ramen – 30 minutes
  3. Shinjuku Station (Exit 2) to Tochomae Station (Exit A4) via Toei Subway Oedo Line – 5 minutes
  4. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  5. Tochomae Station (Exit A4) to Shinjuku Station (Exit 2) via Toei Subway Oedo Line – 5 minutes
  6. BICQLO Shinjuku – 1 hour
  7. Matsumoto Kiyoshi – 30 minutes
  8. Isetan Food Hall – 50 minutes
  9. Hanazono Shrine – 30 minutes
  10. Robot Restaurant – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  11. Kabukicho + Godzilla Head – 50 minutes
  12. Niboshi Ramen Nagi/ Hakata Tenjin Ramen/ Matsuya/ Torikizoku – 50 minutes
  13. Shinjuku Golden Gai – 20 minutes
  14. Don Quijote Kabukicho – 1 hour
  15. Omoide Yokocho – 30 minutes

Total time required = 12 hours

*You can refer my customize Google Maps below to know the exact locations of each attraction and train station exits.

Shinjuku Full Day Itinerary Plan 2Option 2: Full-Day Plan

How much time to spend in each location for this option 2 full-day itinerary?

  1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – 3 hours
  2. Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku/ Ichiran Ramen – 50 minutes
  3. Hanazono Shrine – 30 minutes
  4. Robot Restaurant – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  5. Don Quijote Kabukicho – 1 hour
  6. Niboshi Ramen Nagi/ Hakata Tenjin Ramen/ Matsuya/ Torikizoku – 50 minutes
  7. Kabukicho + Godzilla Head – 1 hour
  8. Omoide Yokocho – 50 minutes
  9. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – 1 hour and 30 minutes

Total time required = 11 hours

*You can refer my customize Google Maps below to know the exact locations of each attraction and train station exits.

Shinjuku Full Day Itinerary Plan 3Option 3: Full-Day Plan

How much time to spend in each location for this option 3 full-day itinerary?

  1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – 2 hours and 30 minutes
  2. Tendon Tenya/ Ichiran Ramen – 40 minutes
  3. Shinjuku Station (Exit 2) to Tochomae Station (Exit A4) via Toei Subway Oedo Line – 5 minutes
  4. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  5. Tochomae Station (Exit A4) to Shinjuku Station (Exit 2) via Toei Subway Oedo Line – 5 minutes
  6. Takashimaya Times Square – 1 hour
  7. BICQLO Shinjuku – 1 hour
  8. Matsumoto Kiyoshi/ ABC-MART Shinjuku – 30 minutes
  9. Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku – 50 minutes
  10. Hanazono Shrine – 30 minutes
  11. Don Quijote Kabukicho/ MUJI Shinjuku – 1 hour
  12. Kabukicho + Godzilla Head – 1 hour
  13. Omoide Yokocho – 50 minutes

Total time required = 11 hours 30 minutes

*You can refer my customize Google Maps below to know the exact locations of each attraction and train station exits.

Shinjuku Full Day Itinerary Plan 4Option 4: Full-Day Plan

How much time to spend in each location for this option 4 full-day itinerary?

  1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  2. Tochomae Station (Exit A4) to Shinjuku Station (Exit 2) via Toei Subway Oedo Line – 5 minutes
  3. Tendon Tenya/ Ichiran Ramen – 35 minutes
  4. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – 3 hours
  5. Hanazono Shrine – 30 minutes
  6. Don Quijote Kabukicho – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  7. Kabukicho + Godzilla Head – 1 hour
  8. Shinjuku Golden Gai – 20 minutes
  9. Sushi Zanmai Shinjuku/ Hakata Tenjin Ramen/ Matsuya – 40 minutes
  10. Omoide Yokocho – 50 minutes

Total time required = 10 hours

*You can refer my customize Google Maps below to know the exact locations of each attraction and train station exits.

Do you want to enjoy a stress-free holiday in Tokyo? Plus, save your money and time?

I have listed down what important things you should prepare ahead before visiting Tokyo.

You can check my important lists right here to make your Tokyo trip less stressful as well as save money and time.

Shinjuku Map


 

Shinjuku MapClick here to see an interactive map of Shinjuku

Aside from the half-day and full-day itineraries, I have also created a custom-made Shinjuku Google Maps.

This map features all the top attractions to visit, best restaurants to try, and nearby train stations to take.

With the aid of the personalized Google Maps, you will be more familiar with the entirety of Shinjuku.

Hence, you won’t easily get lost while exploring around this big, busy district.

Since this map marks all the things you should visit in Shinjuku, there’s no need for further research.

Just refer to the map above and you’ll gain valuable insights about the ins and outs of Shinjuku.

How to Get to Shinjuku by Train?


 

Shinjuku Train Station

Getting to Shinjuku is relatively easy. You simply take the train, which is also the cheapest way to visit this bustling district.

You can check the guide below to know the exact train line that will help you reach Shinjuku.

I have provided guides for the 8 main Tokyo areas, including Harajuku, Shibuya, Ginza, Tokyo Station, Roppongi, Ueno, Asakusa, and Odaiba.

So, if you’re staying from one of these districts, you will now have an idea what train line to take.

Harajuku to Shinjuku

Harajuku to Shinjuku Train Line
1. Take the JR Yamanote Line from Harajuku Station to Shinjuku Station.
2. Get off the train at Shinjuku Station.

Estimated Travel Time: 5 minutes
Travel Cost: 140 yen

Shibuya to Shinjuku

Shibuya to Shinjuku Train Line
1. Catch the JR Yamanote Line from Shibuya Station to Shinjuku Station.
2. Get down from train at Shinjuku Station.

Estimated Travel Time: 7 minutes
Travel Cost: 160 yen

Asakusa to Shinjuku

Asakusa to Shinjuku Train Line
1. Take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line from Asakusa Station to Kanda Station.
2. Alight at Kanda Station and then change to JR Chuo Line.
3. Hop on the JR Chuo Line from Kanda Station to Shinjuku Station.
4. Leave the train at Shinjuku Station.

Estimated Travel Time: 29 minutes
Travel Cost: 340 yen

Ginza to Shinjuku

Ginza to Shinjuku Train Line
1. Hop on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line from Ginza Station to Shinjuku Station.
2. Hop off the train at Shinjuku Station.

Estimated Travel Time: 16 minutes
Travel Cost: 200 yen

Roppongi to Shinjuku

Roppongi to Shinjuku Train Line
1. Take the Toei Subway Oedo Line from Roppongi Station to Shinjuku Station.
2. Get down from train at Shinjuku Station.

Estimated Travel Time: 9 minutes
Travel Cost: 220 yen

Ueno to Shinjuku

Ueno to Shinjuku Train Line
1. Hop on the JR Yamanote Line from Ueno Station to Shinjuku Station.
2. Hop off the train at Shinjuku Station.

Estimated Travel Time: 25 minutes
Travel Cost: 200 yen

Tokyo Station to Shinjuku

Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Train Line
1. Catch the JR Chuo Line from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station.
2. Get off the train at Shinjuku Station.

Estimated Travel Time: 15 minutes
Travel Cost: 200 yen

Odaiba to Shinjuku

Odaiba to Shinjuku Train Line
1. Take the Rinkai Line from Tokyo Teleport Station to Shinjuku Station.
2. Get down from train at Shinjuku Station.

Estimated Travel Time: 29 minutes
Travel Cost: 510 yen

Tips – Avoid Crowded Trains during Weekdays
Morning Rush Hours: 8 AM to 9 AM
Evening Rush Hours: 5 PM to 6 PM

Tokyo can get pretty jam-packed, especially during rush hours in the morning and afternoon.

So, if you don’t want to waste time, avoid travelling during rush hours.

You can travel before and after these times so that you’ll be spending more time on the attractions.

2 Important Things Can Help You When Using Public Transport in Tokyo

1. Suica Card (All-in-one Transport Card)
Want to visit the attractions in Tokyo by train without wasting your time?

Take a look at this all-in-one transport card (Suica Card) to know why it can give you a lot of advantages when you visit Tokyo.

2. Get a Japan SIM Card or Pocket WiFi
Do you know why you should use a Japan SIM Card or Pocket WiFi in Tokyo? Here are the reasons.

These 2 items allow you to stay connected wherever you go. Therefore, you can check different train routes anytime you want.

In addition, you can easily navigate the popular attractions in Tokyo via Google Maps to avoid getting lost.

If you’re not sure which item is the best for you to use it, simply check out a quick guide here to know how to choose between Japan SIM Card and Pocket WiFi.

Conclusion

Without question, Shinjuku is one of the best districts to visit in Tokyo.

It’s like a unique paradise within the capital. And in this paradise, you get to experience a variety of attractions, from beautiful parks to historical alleys and more.

And of course, Shinjuku wouldn’t be complete without their amazing selection of dining spots, shopping malls, and unique buildings.

Now that you already know what to do in Shinjuku, make sure you spend half or the entire day here.

This will help you cover almost every attraction within this exciting district.

So, thank you for reading my entire Shinjuku blog and I do wish you learn something.

And hopefully, you can apply your learning when you personally visit Shinjuku in the future.

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Once again, thank you so much and wishing you the best Shinjuku adventure!

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I have listed down what important things that you should prepare in advance before going to Tokyo.

So, you won’t panic or stress during your holiday in Tokyo.


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