Translated by Hanni T.
Getting to Shinjuku From Shibuya, Ueno, Tokyo, Asakusa and Airports
Written by MATCHA
Wondering how you should get to Shinjuku? This article explains several ways to get to Shinjuku from popular areas in Tokyo. Learn how to reach Shinjuku from Narita and Haneda airports, Ueno, Shibuya, Ueno, and Asakusa.
How to Get to Shinjuku from Major Tokyo Stations
Shinjuku, the most populated district and its most accessible Shinjuku Station represent the modern aspects of Japan. Many routes include this station but it is so easy to get lost due to its numerous exits. Once you decide your destination, it is wise to check the map in advance to plan out which exit to take.
Shinjuku Central West Exit has an abundance of skyscrapers, with one of them being the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building where you can enjoy the panoramic view from its famous observation deck. Plenty of mega electronics shops are available here.
Shinjuku South Exit is a newly developed and is comparatively cleaner than other areas. A refined and sophisticated shopping zone can be found here.
Shinjuku East Exit or Central East Exit is known for the giant screen outside Studio Alta. Countless restaurants and department stores can be found here; everywhere you look, there will always be people and signboards.
Picture from Sleepless Kabuki Cho! (Shinjuku)
Moving towards to the inner side of Shinjuku East exit, you will see the biggest red-light district in Asia, Kabukicho. It feels as if a certain movie scene was shot here.
Shinjuku can show you many different aspects when using different exits, and tourists find this place irresistible. In this article, we introduce some ways to reach Shinjuku from main stations. We also provide taxi fares as comparison; though they are generally more expensive, they can help you out in a pinch.
The following passes and tickets are convenient and will save yen on travel in and around Shinjuku and Tokyo: Tokyo Subway Ticket (24, 48, and 72-hour passes available), Japan Rail Pass, Suica IC Card Reservation
1. From Haneda Airport to Shinjuku
The international terminal has opened and overseas flights have been steadily increasing lately in Haneda Airport. There are many ways to go to Shinjuku but we suggest using the limousine bus, which guarantees a seat and delivers you straight to your destination. The train and monorail are also viable transportation options.
Boarding Point: No. 5 bus stop for terminals 1 and 2. No.3 bus stop for the International Terminal located on the first floor.
Destination: No. 23 bus stop in Shinjuku West
Travel Time: Around 35 - 60 minutes
Fare: Adults 1,250 yen
Note: Purchase tickets from the ticket machine in the arrival lobby before boarding. Reservations cannot be made for buses departing from the airport.
Route: Keikyu Airport line (Keikyu Kamata-bound), JR Yamanote line (Shibuya or Shinjuku-bound)
Boarding Point: Haneda Airport domestic or international terminal (Keikyu)
Transfer Station: Shinagawa Station
Fare: 601 yen
Note: Transfer at Shinagawa station for JR Yamanote outer circle line (Requires around 40 minutes).
Route: Tokyo Monorail (Hamamatsucho-bound), JR Yamanote (Shinagawa or Shibuya-bound)
Boarding Point: Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal or International Terminal
Transfer Station: Hamamatsucho Station
Fare: 700 yen
Note: Transfer at Hamamatsucho Station for JR Yamanote outer circle line (Shinagawa or Shibuya-bound, requires about 50 minutes). Travel time is longer than taking the Keikyu line, but you can see Tokyo's skyline on the monorail.
2. Narita Airport to Shinjuku
Narita Airport is the most well-known airport in Japan, with traveling time a little longer to reach the city compared to Haneda Airport, as it is located in Chiba Prefecture––outside of Tokyo. Your options are the Narita Express, limousine bus, and train.
Boarding Point: Airport Terminal 2 Station or Narita Airport Station
Destination: Shinjuku Station
Travel Time: Around 90 minutes
Fare: 3,250 yen
Note: Only assigned seats are available on Narita Express so please purchase tickets before boarding.
Boarding Point: Terminals at Narita airport
Destination: Shinjuku Station West Exit
Travel Time: Around 75 - 115 minutes
Fare: 1,200 yen
Note: Purchase limousine bus tickets at the arrival lobby before boarding. Bus stops are No.2 and 11 for Terminal 1, bus stops No.6 and 16 for Terminal 2, and bus stop No.4 for Terminal 3. The bus stop number might change so please check upon ticket purchase.
Route: Keisei Narita Skyliner, JR Yamanote line (Ikebukuro or Shinjuku-bound)
Boarding Point: Narita Airport Station
Transfer Station: Nippori Station
Fare: 2,720 yen (Skyliner, takes you directly to Nippori Station)
Note: Total traveling time to Shinjuku is roughly 70 minutes including transferring at Nippori Station. There is a normal Keisei train that goes to Nippori Station, but it requires more transfers and takes longer. The Skyliner is highly recommended.
3. From Shibuya to Shinjuku
The Shibuya district is right next to Shinjuku, so it only takes about 6 minutes on the JR Yamanote line without the fuss of transferring.
Route: JR Yamanote line (Shinjuku or Ikebukuro bound)
Boarding Point: Shibuya Station
Destination: Shinjuku Station
Fare: 160 yen
Travel Time: Around 20 minutes
Fare: Around 1600 yen