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Tokyo Shinjuku Neighbourhood Guide

If Tokyo has an edgy suburb then Shinjuku is it. It's still quite safe, but the 'love hotels' that occupy the area north of the station give things away. The upside is that there is a lot of life going on in Shinjuku and no shortage of things and see and places to eat.

Best Hotels in Shinjuku

Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinjuku

Good ValueLocal

A 2-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station, Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinjuku (men only) boasts an internet café, WiFi and a public bath, all for free. Sleeping cabins feature a tablet PC. Facilities also include ... Read more

Granbell Hotel Shinjuku

€ €DesignGood Value

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel sells fast on our website. Opened in December 2013 and situated right at the heart of the lively Kabuki-cho area in Shinjuku, Granbell Hotel offers modern and stylish guest rooms with unique ... Read more

Park Hyatt Tokyo

€ € € €BarIndoor PoolViews

High above Shinjuku’s lively streets, the wide windows of Park Hyatt Tokyo’s spacious rooms offer beautiful views of Mount Fuji or Shinjuku. An indoor pool and 52nd-floor restaurant are featured. Rooms at the Tokyo Park ... Read more

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Best Restaurants in Shinjuku



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Fu-unji (風雲児). In a city of over 4,000 ramen shops it can be hard to be unique and stand out from the crowd. But Fu-unji has done it and has been doing it for a ... Read more


€ €Tonkatsu

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Originally from Kyoto, Katsukura ( 新宿高島屋店) is known as one of the best tonkatsu restaurants in Japan. The branch in Shinjuku is located inside Takashimiya, a large department store, making it a convenient stop before ... Read more

Nagi Ramen

24 HrsRamen

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Watch your head as you walk in to Nagi Ramen (すごい煮干ラーメン凪 新宿ゴールデン街店本館) and climb the narrow stairs. Nagi serve ramen with a broth made from dried sardines. The powerful, fishy broth is a lot different ... Read more


€ € € €Kaiseki

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Nakajima (新宿割烹 中嶋) serves kaiseki, a traditional Japanese meal that consists of 14 courses served in a precise order. A kaiseki menu is very seasonal and follows a strict format of appetisers, sashimi, steamed, soup, ... Read more

Nihon Saisei Sakaba


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Nihon Saisei Sakaba (新宿三丁目 日本再生酒場) is a yakitori specialising in the lesser known cuts aka the fifth quarter aka nose-to-tail eating. A casual place to relax, have a few drinks, and sample... brains and rectum. ... Read more

Numazukou Shinjuku

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Numazukou Shinjuku (沼津港 新宿本店). There are quite a few sushi train store around Tokyo, this is one of the better ones, personally we prefer Standing Sushi Bar, but if you want the full Japanese ... Read more



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Shin (慎) is all about udon. As far as Japanese noodles goes, udon is the often forgotten one; it's not as elegant and refined as soba, yet not as hip and trendy as ramen. But ... Read more


€ € € €Sushi

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By night Sushiiwase (すし岩瀬) is a ¥15,000 a meal sushi restaurant, but the secret here is the lunch menu. In Japan, the best sushi is not necessarily made with the freshest seafood. High end sushi ... Read more

Sushi Zanmai

Good ValueSushi

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Sushi Zanmai (すしざんまい 東新宿店) is a chain of sushi restaurants made famous by its jolly owner who insists on buying every record-sized tuna caught in Japan. Despite being a chain, it still keeps quite a ... Read more


€ €Tempura

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Tsunahachi (天ぷら新宿つな八 総本店) is a tempura restaurant that has been making tempura for almost 100 years. It's a bit of a Tokyo institution and both Japanese and local tourists come to try the authentic tempura. ... Read more

Yakitori Alley

€ €CasualYakitori

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Yakitori alley is a narrow lane lined with small yakitori restaurants. It used to be very local, but is becoming increasingly touristy. By all means have a look through, and if you see something you ... Read more



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Zekkouchouteppen (絶好調てっぺん 新宿) is a robatayaki restaurant, basically a Japanese BBQ restaurant. Unlike a yakitori which specialises in chicken, almost anything can be grilled in a robatayaki. Zekkouchouteppen is a place to come after work ... Read more

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Best Bars in Shinjuku

New York Bar

€ € € €TouristyViews

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Want to see the bar where Bill Murray spent his nights during 'Lost in Translation'? Want to order a whiskey and say 'Suntory time!'? Want to see Tokyo from the sky? Want to have a ... Read more

Golden Gai

Open Late

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Golden Gai is a small area of bars just north of Shinjuku station. Despite being small there must be 30-40 bars in the area, but each is tiny and tend to be owner-run bars with ... Read more


€ € €CocktailsSpeakeasy

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Iguru (イーグル). Venturing down into Iguru's multi level basement bar is a step back to a time of polished wood, velvet, and waistcoat wearing bartenders. Be ironic and order an Old Fashioned. Read more

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Best Cafes in Shinjuku

Kino Chaya

Ice Cream

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Kino Chaya (紀伊茶屋) is a little green tea ice cream shop on the ground floor. A nice refreshing Japanese treat on a hot day. Read more

Paul Bassett

€ €

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Paul Bassett (新宿). Finding a good coffee in Tokyo can be hard. Paul Bassett is an Australian based coffee roaster. Don't let the surroundings fool you, it may look like a bad chain but the ... Read more

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What to See and Do in Shinjuku

Robot Restaurant

Robot Restaurant

Light, sound and costume extravaganza

Shinjuku Gyoen National Park

Shinjuku Gyoen National Park

Take a stroll through the park