Shinjuku is one of the most popular and famous districts in Tokyo, Japan, a large commercial area with shopping, cinemas, restaurants, bars and hotels.
Shinjuku is also a major urban transit hub with the JR (Japan Railways) Shinjuku Station, with over 3.6 million passengers daily, the busiest station in the world. It houses interchanges to three subway lines and three privately owned commuter lines, as well as several JR lines.
Located northeast of Shinjuku Station, you will find the red-light district of Kabukicho, with bars, restaurants, pachinko parlors, brothels and many love hotels.
Tokyo’s largest skyscraper district is called Nishi-shinjuku, located west of Shinjuku Station. Several of the tallest buildings in Tokyo can be found in this area.
Completed in October 2008, the unique Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is a 204-metre (669 ft), 50-story educational facility, the second tallest educational building in the world and the 17th tallest building in Tokyo.
Nearby is the home of Tokyo City Hall called Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. The design of the building (which was meant to resemble a computer chip), by architect Kenzo Tange, has many symbolic touches, including the look of a Gothic cathedral.
You can also see views of Tokyo from the two observation decks on the top of this building (no charge).
One of the most popular sightseeing spots is the Shinjuku Gyoen (the Shinjuku Imperial Gardens), especially during Cherry Blossom season. Its 100th anniversary of founding was in 2006.
Finally, Ōkubo is Tokyo’s best-known Korean district, where you can find lots of Korean restaurants, stores selling Korean goods (food, idol stuff, etc.) and pachinko parlors.