Hordes of visitors from Japan and abroad are roaming its streets shopping and sightseeing in Shinjuku! Even though the area has gone through several transformations, 2016 has brought some particularly big changes, especially when it comes to the New South Exit area of Shinjuku Station, featuring a new bus terminal with commercial and tourist information venues that are drawing more and more attention with each passing day.
Shinjuku Station New South Exit – A brand New Hub
On April 4, 2016, “Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal” is finally here. The terminal for the highway bus lines connecting Tokyo to various regions of Japan. The new center brings together all the terminals previously scattered around Shinjuku Station, making direct transfer from the station to them a breeze. Together with the new bus terminal, The Tokyo Tourist Information Center has also opened there.
Focusing mainly on female customers, the new shopping facility NEWoMan is replete with exquisite fashion items as well as a variety of other offers. LE PAIN de Joël Robuchon (bakery), Blue Bottle Coffee (café), TORAYA CAFÉ・AN STAND (producer of traditional Japanese confectionary), and others are worth visiting.
South Exit to East Exit
In this area, BEAMS JAPAN opened on April 28, a shop which selects a variety of goods under the theme of “Japan” from all over Japan, brought to this all-in-one location, for your convenience. WALD 9, a theater complex showing digital cinemas, will screen the latest film of ONE PIECE, “ONE PIECE FILM GOLD” from July 23 to August 5. The film is available with subtitles in English and Chinese. (For details, see p.16)
Right in the heart of Shinjuku “The city that never sleeps” – an apt name for Kabukicho, Tokyo’s top entertainment district. It has earned the right to be called a “City of the Night.”
A life-sized Godzilla peeking from Shinjuku Toho Building is a new landmark of Shinjuku. Dance shows by cute dancers and huge robots at Robot Restaurant are also an exciting experience. Another Kabukicho attraction that has been gaining in popularity since its opening 2015 autumn is the Samurai Museum. Particularly appealing to visitors from overseas, it offers lessons in the history of the samurai (warriors) and also the chance to get your picture taken in their kabuto helmets and katana swords. When you are a little tired of the bustle of the town, go to Hanazono Shrine, an oasis in the metropolis.
Shinjuku Golden Gai and Omoide Yokocho are two of Shinjuku’s drinking areas featuring an enormous number of tiny shops tightly packed next to each other. Both areas are said to have evolved from the drink and food stalls that sprang up around Shinjuku Station after the devastation of WWII, which means that they have a rich history of over 60 years.
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