26–27 September 2017

Tokyo, Japan

10 things to do in Shinjuku

Intro to Shinjuku

1 - Enjoy some calm in the heart of the city...

For a spot of tranquility, step into Shinjuku Gyoen, possibly Tokyo’s most beautiful green space. The park is split into French, English and Japanese gardens, complete with teahouse for thirsty explorers.

Shinjuku Gyoen
11 Naitomachi
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo

2 - Try some Okinawan fare...

Pair your soba or set meal featuring bitter melon or rafute with a refreshing glass of Orion beer. Order your food by buying a meal ticket at the entrance.

Opening hours: 11am-12midnight daily

Yanbaru
3-22-1 Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 

3 - Have tea with cats...

Enjoy an elegant 'necone' scone, or filling lunch under the watchful eye of adorable pet cats Kaiser and Oujo – the shop's name means 'cat' in German – at this black tea specialist shop.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-10pm; Sun & hols 11.30am-7pm 

Die Katze
202 Sunmall No.7 Bldg
1-19-8 Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo

4 - Sip rare whisky while watching vintage films...

Choose from 300 varieties of Japanese whisky, many of which are no longer on the market, then sip on your evening malt while owner Atsushi Horigami treats you to an old silent comedy or vintage animation.

Opening hours: 7pm-4am / closed Sun & hols

Zoetrope

3F, 7-10-14 Nishi-Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo

5 - Sample the freshest soba...

Soba and relaxation are the keywords. Think gentle jazz in a refined space while home-made flour is churned out by the stone mill attached to an in-house water wheel. The voluminous combo sets (from ¥1,200) are extremely good value for big eaters.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11.45pm, Sun & hols 11am-11pm

Masudaya 

1F (underground)
2-38-3 Kabukicho
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 

6 - Take in a puppet show...

Tokyo's Puppet Theatre Puk (or La Pupa Klubo) has been going since 1929 and counts 80 puppeteers in its troupe, which performs in a charming theatre complete with miniature furniture and stage.

Puk Pupa Teatro
2-12-3 Yoyogi
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo

7 - Try a manga-inspired treat...

Founded in 1948, Tokiya is a Japanese confectionery store known for its Dorayaki (bean jam cakes) said to be a replica of the Dorayaki featured in Fujiko F. Fujio's Doraemon manga series.

Tokiya
Odakyu Halc 1F
1-5-1 Nishi-Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo

8 - Gaze out over Tokyo, for free...

When you're looking to get up high but don't feel like paying for the privilege, just head to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, home to two 45th-floor observation decks that are completely free.

Observatories
45F Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo

9 - Spot the shrine among the skyscrapers...

This Shinto shrine in Shinjuku was already considered ancient during the Edo Period. Hanazono has the verdant abundance of Shinjuku Gyoen, and it attracts people looking to relax and refresh themselves in a relatively quiet place downtown.

5-17-3 Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo

10 - Taste the best dumplings...

Oiwakedango has been making delicious dango (rice flour dumplings) since 1945, and will keep you coming back for more with its variety of flavours including soy glaze, seaweed, ginger, mugwort and yuzu.

Oiwakedango
Honpo 3-1-22 Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo