Shinjuku! By far our favourite district in Tokyo! Why?
Because this is where you will find the madness of Shinjuku night neon lights.
You will find hidden alleys of bars and restaurants.
You will find an incredible buzz of people.
Which is no wonder seeing as Shinjuku houses the busiest railway station in the world! Yep!
In our Shinjuku travel guide we share with you the best things to do in Shinjuku as well as the top places to see in Shinjuku.
We let you in on the secret of the best Shinjuku restaurants and we give you a handy list of hotels in Shinjuku; because after all, in our opinion, this is the district that you should choose to book your hotel in!
Tokyo Post Series:
To make it easier to plan your days, we have decided to create a series of posts on Tokyo attractions, accommodation and day trips.
The Top Things to do in Shinjuku Japan
| Our Favourite District in Tokyo, Japan! |
Shinjuku interesting places to see
Below you will find our list of our personal favourite Shinjuku points of interest.
Let’s face it, each district in Tokyo is large enough to be a ‘city’, so it is easy to get lost.
Make sure you have working WiFi so that you can manoeuvre around to the Shinjuku attractions more easily, trust me, a paper Shinjuku map won’t help you here!
Did you Know
You can actually pre-buy a 4G SIM card to use in Japan? So easy, you arrive at the airport and you can simply collect it at Narita Airport (Tokyo), Kansai Airport (Osaka) or Namba Station (Osaka).
The Entertainment and Red Light District of Tokyo!
Kabukicho in Shinjuku Tokyo
Shinjuku Kabukichō is one of the more popular of the red light districts in Tokyo!
It happens to be the location of many love hotels, host and hostess clubs, restaurants, theme clubs and nightclubs.
The streets in this area truly come alive at night and is often called the "Sleepless Town" as a result.
Whilst Kabukichō is an entertainment and red light district, due to the discretion in the clubs and hotels, we were comfortable enough to visit the street in the early evening with our kids in hand!
They loved staring at all the brightly coloured lights of Shinjuku at night surrounding them.
We had dinner at one of the tiny restaurants in the area, before leaving to head back to the hotel.
Night Scene in Tokyo Shinjuku District
If you are wondering what to do in Shinjuku at night, then this is it! The lights, the atmosphere, the buzz was simply incredible to see!
2. Omoide Yokocho (Piss Alley)
For an Atmospheric Collection of Teeny Tiny Bars & Restaurants!
I think this must be one of the more unique things of what to do in Shinjuku and definitely our recommendation of one of the top things to do in Shinjuku at night (although I think it would be loads more fun without kids here).
Piss Alley can be found on the West side of Shinjuku station. It is a pretty tiny little alley that is lined with the smallest bars and restaurants that you have ever seen.
I think ultimately though the little eateries are only there as means to keep up the healthy drinking habit in the little bars.
Did you Know
You Can Enjoy a Tokyo Bar Hopping Tour at Japanese Local Taverns in Shinjuku
Experience Shinjuku’s backstreet bars, that are normally a little hard for Tourists to navigate – try this fun and low cost bar hopping tour with locals
Our favourite of the Shinjuku points of interest!
If you love the idea of scouting out all the super cool Tokyo alleyways, we highly recommend you check out this comprehensive guide.
3. Government Building for Views
Free City Views!
Top free Shinjuku things to do activity
I don’t think that many tourists are aware that you can get a free panoramic view over Tokyo from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office.
The building is located 10 minutes from Shinjuku station by foot.
From the top you get to enjoy views over many famous Tokyo landmarks, such as the Tokyo Tower. There is also a souvenir shop as well as a restaurant on the top floor level.
If you feel like you would prefer to have someone guide you from the station to the government building, you can hire a local guide for only US $12. See more info here.
Alternatively, you might want to get a birds eye view from a helicopter. It will be a 15 min ride that you will never forget, what an unforgettable experience! Get more info on the helicopter tour here.