8 Things to Do in Shinjuku: The Samurai Museum, Shinjuku Gyoen & More

01.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT


Shinjuku is a bustling tourist destination popular for its diverse shopping opportunities, locations for first-hand cultural experience, restaurants and more. It’s a convenient place absolutely packed with sightseers during their free time. Today we will show you a list of 8 hot spots you must visit when going to Shinjuku.


Rental Kimono Shop – “VASARA”



The newly opened “Shinjuku Ekimae Shop” is located inside Nihon Ryoko Shinjuku Branch Europe Plaza which is located near Shinjuku Station. Shinjuku is close to sightseeing locations such as Tokyo Dome and various event spots and is a good place to hold wedding parties and after-parties. Baggage services and basic hair set services are also available for free and kimonos can be rented from ¥2,900.

Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/69916




VASARA Shinjuku Ekimae Shop

Address: 4F of Ichishima Building, 3-36-5 Shinjuku, Tokyo (inside Nihon Ryoko Shinjuku Branch Europe Plaza)

Open: 11:00-19:00 (last orders at 18:00)

Access: 2-minutes on foot from the Central East Exit / South East Exit of Shinjuku Station /3-minutes on foot from Shinjuku Sanchome Station

Shop Website: https://vasara-h.co.jp/shop/shinjuku02.html

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VASARAKIMONO/

Online reservations can be made via https://vasara-h.co.jp/reserve/plan.html?f_922de=79c19

Please call the VASARA call center regarding reservations on 03-5577-5882

5882 <reservation time: 9:00 to 19:00 (seven days a week)





This shopping mall opened in April 2016 at Shinjuku Station’s south exit. It’s also connected to the Expressway Bus Terminal. The mall is lined with an array of fashion boutiques, food shops and restaurants as well as the latest stores including a newly launched café and more. The stylishly modern interior makes it fun even for window shopping. There’s also a vegetable garden on the roof where you can enjoy lush greenery in the concrete jungle.





Address: 4-1-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Contact: 03-3352-1120

Website: https://www.newoman.jp


Samurai Museum


The “Samurai Museum” is an 8-minute walk on foot from JR Shinjuku Station’s east exit. The museum is stocked with real samurai swords and armour, and visitors can witness sword battles and more to deepen their understanding of the Japanese samurai. You can even try on helmets and battle surcoats to take a photo in. Staff offer detailed explanations of the items on display, making it a very popular spot for foreigners.




Samurai Museum

Address: 2-25-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Open: 10:30-21:00 (last entry 20:30)

Contact: 03-6457-6411

Website: http://www.samuraimuseum.jp





Kabukicho is an entertainment district in Shinjuku that has become a huge attraction to tourists for its restaurants, izakaya, nightclubs and more. It has been dubbed “The Sleepless Town” as its streets become most active at nighttime. Kabukicho is famed as a red-light district, packed with karaoke chains, host clubs and hostess clubs. It’s also known for its many individual gay bars.





Address: 1-Chome Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Website: http://www.kabukicho.or.jp




Omoide Yokocho


Omoide Yokocho (“Memory Lane”), also known as “Yakitori Alley” and quite amusingly “Piss Alley,” is a collection of bars, yakitori stalls and eateries located at Shinjuku Station’s west exit. The shops are lined up and separated by a single door, a remnant of the Showa spirit. Omoide Yokocho is becoming a popular sightseeing spot for overseas visitors.




Omoide Yokocho

Address: 1-1-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Website: http://shinjuku-omoide.com




Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is free to enter and has many tourists racing to the top to catch an unbroken view of Shinjuku from its 202m high observation deck. From there, visitors can steal a panoramic gaze at Tokyo, with the spectacular sight changing form depending on where you stand. There’s also souvenir shops and restaurants inside so you can enjoy a bit of shopping while seeing Tokyo from above.




Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Address: 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Website: http://www.yokoso.metro.tokyo.jp




Shinjuku Gyoen

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Located just 5-minutes by foot from Shinjuku Station is Tokyo’s green oasis. Shinjuku Gyoen offers respite in the hustle and bustle of the big city, lavish with gorgeous foliage and an ever-changing sight through the four seasons. It continues to charm locals and tourists with its green grace, and when spring arrives, the park is met by over 1,300 cherry blossom trees, making it a yearned for location for picnic get-togethers.




Shinjuku Gyoen

11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Open: 9:00-16:00

Telephone: 03(3341)1461

Website: http://fng.or.jp/shinjuku/





Tokyo Mystery Circus opened on December 19th this year in Kabukicho, Shinjuku as the world’s first and Japan’s biggest theme park themed around the concept of “mystery”. You will unite a team of 3 and infiltrate the enemy’s hide-out within 30 minutes. You can enjoy a truly thrilling experience in the game “THE SECRET AGENT Saisyu Heiki wo Hakaiseyo (destroy the lethal weapon)”. The game can be played several times and is extremely fun completing the clear rank with the other players. They also have games in English, so don’t be shy!

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/75218





Address: APM Building, 1-27-5, Kabukicho, Shinjukuku, Tokyo, 160-0021

Business hours: <Weekdays> 11:30 to 23:00

<Saturday, Sunday, Holidays> 9:30 to 23:00

*Business hours based on schedule until January 8th.

*yelo CAFÉ – Last Orders – 22:30

No fixed holidays

Access 2 minutes on foot from Seibu Shinjuku Station / 7 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku East Exit

Official Homepage: https://mysterycircus.jp


We hope you enjoyed our pick for 8 must-see locations in Shinjuku and proves useful during your trip.