Shinjuku: 14 Best Things to Do in 2019

From Kabukicho to Samurai Museum, Best Things to Do in Shinjuku, Tokyo 2019

The bustling street with neon lights in Shinjuku

Shinjuku is best known for its nightlife as it’s the biggest red light district in Tokyo. From Samurai Museum to the Izakaya alley, here are best things to do in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 2019!

1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo. The twin building have observation decks with panoramic city views and it’s FREE entrance!

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2. Kabukicho

The iconic Kabukicho Gate at night

The biggest red light district in Tokyo where hundreds of restaurants, bars, night clubs and other red light establishments are located.

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3. Shinjuku Gyoen

A peaceful park in the heart of the city. It’s a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing.

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4. Samurai Museum

Samurai museum is not only to learn about Samurai history but also to experience to be Samurai by learning swordsmanship or wearing costumes.

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5. Golden Gai

Tiny yet atmospheric nightlife alley in Kabukicho area. There are over 200 small bars and eateries are squeezed and most of them have only seats for a few customers.

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6. Omoide Yokocho

The retro and nostalgic, Omoide Yokocho alley in Shinjuku

Narrow and rustic alley packed with small Izakaya pubs, where you can enjoy nostalgic atmosphere, Japanese pub food and drink like locals.

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7. Izakaya Hopping

Bar hopping at Shinjuku's Izakaya alley

Photo by Magical Trip

To enjoy the nightlife in Shinjuku, joining a bar hopping tour is the best idea. Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tour in Shinjuku by Magical Trip offers the best bar hopping experience for international tourists. The local guide will take you to hidden local Izakaya and bars which may be hard to enter for visitors. You can enjoy drinking with authentic Japanese bar foods and chatting with locals! Please check the link below for more details!

8. Robot Restaurant

The shop front of the famous Robot Restaurant

Arguably, the craziest restaurant in the world. The Robot Restaurant is a 10-billion-worth restaurant where an eccentric entertaining show of robots and dancers in neon lights is held everyday.

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9. Ramen

Shinjuku is known as Tokyo’s most strict Ramen districts and countless Ramen restaurants gather in this area.

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10. VR Shinjuku

VR is currently the hottest entertainment facility in the world! Shinjuku VR is Tokyo’s biggest VR amusement spot where over 15 attractions can be experienced!

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11. Yayoi Kusama Museum

The queen of pop art, Yayoi Kusama’s very own museum has opened in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 2017.

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12. Sneaker Hunting

The collection of cool kicks at a sneaker store in Shinjuku

Sneakers are popular items to shop in Tokyo among foreigners, and Shinjuku is one of best spots to hunt for the most trendy and cool kicks.

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Shinjuku Bus Terminal “BUSTA” is a newly renovated bus terminal next JR Shinjuku station which connects hundreds of locations all over Japan by long distance coaches.

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14. Shin Okubo

Quick train ride or 15 mins walk from Shinjuku Station, Shin Okubo is the neighbour of Shinjuku which is trending among young generation thank to the current K-Pop boom. Shin Okubo is the largest Korean town in Tokyo where hundreds of Korean restaurants and shops gather.

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