Discovering New Aspects of Attractive Shinjuku! Vol. 4


Shinjuku City (Shinjuku-ku in Japanese) is a cosmopolitan city located at the center of Tokyo, 23 cities. It has Shinjuku Station, the world’s busiest station, entertainment districts and one of the most prosperous commercial areas in Japan around the station, all of which attract visitors from all over the world. Meanwhile, simply by making a little side trip from Shinjuku Station, you can visit Shinjuku neighborhoods that have many diverse and distinctive aspects as well as experience Japan-style charms. We will introduce you to the area around Yotsuya, a town with history, where a post station called “Naito-Shinjuku,” the origin of the name Shinjuku, was established in the Edo period (1603–1867).

Access 5 min. from JR Shinjuku Sta. (get off at Yotsuya Sta. on the JR Chuo Line, rapid service) 5 min. from JR Shinjuku Sta. (get off at Shinamomachi Sta. on the JR Chuo/Sobu Line, local service)
Business hours 9:00–17:00 (admission until 16:30) It opens at 10:00 only from December 30 to January 2.
Regular holiday Open 365 days (temporary closures).

Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery

As a symbol of Meiji-jingu Gaien, Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery was established to pass the achievements of the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken down to future generations. It displays paintings that show their achievements as well as historical events and culture in Japan from the late 18th century to the early 19th century, teaching you about the Japan of that time in detail. You should also pay attention to the historical building, which was completed in 1926. The area around the museum is surrounded by abundant nature and is a good place to access Japan’s sports culture as it is home to a national stadium and a baseball stadium that serves as the home field for a professional baseball team. Among other things, the autumn view with the Icho-dori Street with its beautiful yellow gingko leaves is worth seeing.

Entrance fee: 500 yen

Suga-jinja Shrine

Said to be founded in the early 17th century, this shrine still attracts local people in the quiet residential neighborhood. “Sanju-roku Kasen-e,” drawings of 36 great waka poets, is displayed as a shrine treasure. Since the stairs of the front approach to the shrine appeared in the big-hit anime movie “Your Name,” the shrine has recently been attracting fans of the movie.

Shinmichi-dori Street

Just outside Yotsuya Station, the small alley between buildings is actually a highly-recommended place for great eating. Lined with restaurants that are popular for delicious dishes served at reasonable prices, the street is busy at night with employees after work. The restaurants serve yakitori, yakiniku, oden, and other tasty dishes which go great with alcohol. You can enjoy eating and drinking among local people.

Access and detailed information about these places are available at Shinjuku Tourist Information (at South East Gate of JR Shinjuku Station)!

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The information herein is as of September 2019
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