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A Guide To Shinjuku's Train Stations: Never Get Lost Again!

A Guide To Shinjuku's Train Stations: Never Get Lost Again!

Translated by Greg


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Tokyo's Shinjuku is famous for hotels, shopping and its national garden. Today we introduce four train stations in the Shinjuku district, and point out their unique features and some of the fun things to do in each one's immediate area.

Tokyo's bustling Shinjuku area is well-known as a transportation hub, so perhaps many don't think of it as a place for fun and leisure. But with department stores and fashion shops, large home appliance retailers and drugstores, first class hotels and parks where you can get close to nature, there are countless ways in which to enjoy yourself in Shinjuku.

In Shinjuku ward there are a total of six stations that have 'Shinjuku' in their name, and today we'll be featuring four* of them. Because they are convenient and widely used by visitors to Japan, we'll explain how to get to these stations and what you can find near each one.

The following passes and tickets are convenient and will save yen on travel in and around Shinjuku and the rest of Tokyo: Tokyo Subway Ticket (24, 48, and 72-hour passes available), Japan Rail Pass, Suica IC Card Reservation

*Note: The remaining two stations, Higashi Shinjuku Station and Seibu Shinjuku Station, have been excluded from this article since visitors will probably be using them on a limited basis.

1. Shinjuku Station: Best Choice for Shopping


All JR Lines, the Keio Line, Odakyu Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Subway Line, Toei Shinjuku Subway Line and the Toei Oedo Subway Line connect here. The Shinjuku Station area is filled with many shops including home appliance retailers and drugstores, and this downtown shopping district is always lively and bustling with people.


If you have your sights set on purchasing a rice cooker, a digital camera, a personal computer or any of the latest appliances and devices, JR Shinjuku Station's west exit is very convenient. When you leave the station you'll soon see a host of appliance retailers with a good selection of goods on hand, including Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera, and Yamada Denki LABI.

Shinjuku Station's south exit is also a convenient departure point for shopping in the immediate area. From daily sundries and stationery goods all the way up to nifty products that come in handy in the kitchen and around the home, Tokyu Hands has it all. This is one stop shopping for making your life more enjoyable and satisfying. On the large premises of Yuzawaya, there are handicraft supplies, art and painting supplies and everything you need to start your next homemade project. There's also the long-established department store Takashimaya, and the popular fashion buildings of LUMINE and MYLORD, which carry fashions for young women.


JR Shinjuku Station's east exit spills out onto one of Asia's largest entertainment districts, Kabukicho. There are large drugstores including Matsumoto Kiyoshi (photo above), where shoppers can find diapers and powdered milk, Japanese cosmetics and other high-quality items, all at reasonable prices. The local area also has plenty of delicious places to eat. Ramen shops, Japanese-style restaurants and eateries serving local specialties line the streets, so it's convenient to take a lunch break here during your hectic shopping day.

2. Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station: Enjoy Nature Nearby


Just five minutes on foot from exit 1 of Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station is the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Despite being in a big city, you can still enjoy the beautiful nature of each season at this popular garden. To get here, hop on board the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Subway Line at Shinjuku Station and get off at Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station.

Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station is the closest station to the garden, but for those of you who aren't quite sure how to find the Marunouchi Subway Line or for those watching their pocketbook, we'll explain how to walk to the garden from Shinjuku Station. First leave Shinjuku Station from the south exit and turn left, then go straight along the Koshu Kaido Highway and you'll arrive in about ten minutes.

3. Nishi-shinjuku Station: For Those Staying at a Hotel


A number of first class hotels, including the Keio Plaza Hotel, Park Hyatt Tokyo and the Hilton Tokyo, line up outside Nishi-shinjuku Station. If you're planning to stay in one of the many hotels in Shinjuku, Nishi-shinjuku Station has convenient access via the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Subway Line.


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building* (also known as Tokyo City Hall, photo above), the Shinjuku Nomura building, the Shinjuku Sumitomo building and the Shinjuku NS building all have observation decks where you can gaze out at Tokyo's panorama, free of charge. Many buildings in this area also have restaurant floors, so how about taking in Tokyo's spectacular night view while enjoying a delicious meal?

Read also:

The Best 5 Restaurants to Enjoy the Night View in Shinjuku
Savor a Great View and Delicious Lunch at Tokyo City Hall, Shinjuku

*Note: Tokyo City Hall (or Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building) has a north and a south observation tower, but the south tower is only open until 17:30 pm, so we recommend going to the north tower if you would like to see the night view.

4. Shinjuku-sanchome Station: For Shopping and Nostalgia


Tokyo Metro's Marunouchi Subway Line, Fukutoshin Subway Line, and the Toei Shinjuku Subway Line all connect at Shinjuku-sanchome Station. Also near the station there's an area jam-packed with eating and drinking establishments called Shinjuku Golden-gai. One reason for its popularity is its old-fashioned atmosphere, reminiscent of Japan's post war period of rapid economic growth.


In the vicinity of Shinjuku-sanchome Station, there are many stores where you can buy exactly what you're looking for. Isetan Department Store, famous for having a buyer with a discerning eye for quality products, is one of Japan's top ranked stores. Then there's the popular and innovative Bicqlo, (photo above) a co-operative joint venture between Uniqlo, Japan's first and foremost casual fashion brand, and home appliance retailer Bic Camera. Known overseas simply as MUJI, Mujirushi Ryohin carries a wide selection of household and consumer goods.

You May Also Like:

Shinjuku Complete Guide - Popular Places, Shopping And Dining
JR Shinjuku Station: A Beginner's Guide
5 Recommended Hotels Around Shinjuku Station's East Exit


Shinjuku Station
Address: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinjuku 3-chome
Hours: 04:32-01:01
Closed: In service every day
Wi-fi: Available
Other Languages: Japanese, English
Access: All JR Lines, Keio Line, Odakyu Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Subway Line, Toei Shinjuku Subway Line, Toei Oedo Subway Line.
Phone: 050-2016-1601

Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station
Address: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinjuku 1-7-2
Hours: 05:03-00:36
Closed: In service every day
Wi-fi: Available
Other Languages: Japanese, English
Access: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Subway Line
Phone: 03-3341-1320

Nishi-shinjuku Station
Access: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Nishi-Shinjuku 6-7-51
Hours: 05:13-00:32
Closed: In service every day
Wi-fi: Available
Other Languages: Japanese, English
Access: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Subway Line
Phone: 03-5389-1845

Shinjuku-sanchome Station
Address: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinjuku 3-14-1
Hours: 05:01-00:38
Closed: In service every day
Wi-fi: Available
Other Languages: Japanese, English
Access: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Subway Line, Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Subway Line, Toei Shinjuku Subway Line
Phone: 03-3352-5068

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