The contrasts of Tokyo life – Day 4: The colorful Shinjuku neighborhood

Shinjuku is an office and entertainment district located in southwest Tokyo around Shinjuku station. This is one of Tokyo's busiest neighborhoods. It's always crowded, day and night. Here you'll get to know Tokyo's tallest skyscrapers and experience the nightlife on the neighborhood's main dynamic street, Kabuki Tho. At the end of the evening, you'll find the chicest restaurant and bar at the Hyatt Hotel with live music, dress code and magnificent panoramic views.
The contrasts of Tokyo life

Trip duration: 6 days

Viktoria Afanaseva


Coffee Shops

The cafe is located near the center of Gindza, near the main fish market. This is where visitors choose their coffee: lattes, cappuccinos and espressos of the highest quality, carefully and elegantly prepared. Style - a very unusual color of modern and traditional Japanese and Western. The cafe's open since 8:00 a.m. On the weekends, 10:00 a.m.

Shinjuku Chuo Park (新宿中央公園)


Shinjuku chuo park is the central and largest city park in Tokyo, which is located in the Shinjuku district near Tokyo City Hall. It is located between skyscrapers and business centers. There is a temple of Kumano Jinja in the park. It's a real oasis in the middle of a big city. The park is full of trees, birds and butterflies. There's a flea market here on the weekends.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁)

Government Buildings

The Japanese government building is worth an early visit when the building's observation deck offers a great view of the sunny Fujiyahama. Entrance to the grounds is free. Afterwards, don't forget to look at the rest of the complex.

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (モード学園コクーンタワー)

Trade Schools

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is a 50-storey building in the Nishi Shinjuku business district. There are 3 educational institutions in Skyscraper: 1) professional school of fashion; 2) College of Information Technology and Design; 3) Medical college. The tower is on the list of twenty skyscrapers in Tokyo, its height is 204 meters. The cocoon tower is built in the style of deconstructivism, which is characterized by visual complexity, unexpected dynamic forms and originality among other buildings. It is sharply distinguished by sharp angular lines.

Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑)


After seeing the skyscrapers, it's time to see the most beautiful and exquisite park in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. It has an imperial Japanese garden with Meiji tea houses, lawns for games and recreation, a greenhouse, a French rose garden and a platanic alley. The most beautiful landscapes are here in spring and autumn, when romantic cherry blossoms and passionate maple. The entrance is 150 yen for adults, 50 yen for children. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Gyoza no Fukuho (餃子の福包)

Dumpling Restaurants, Chinese Restaurants

After a nice walk in the park, go to this little restaurant. Here you can taste fried gobos and cucumber with miso sauce, and ghazals fried with garlic are a landmark dish. It works from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 11:00 to 23:00 p.m. on weekends.

Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art (東郷青児記念 損保ジャパン日本興亜美術館)

Art Museums

On the 42nd floor of the Sompo Japan Nipponko skyscraper there is an art museum dedicated to the works of Japanese artist Seiji Togo. His paintings of romantic beauties are known all over the world. The artist studied in France, and when he returned to Tokyo, he began collecting Western impressionists: Gauguin, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Today the museum hosts exhibitions of artists from different countries, as well as young Japanese talents.

Kabukicho Red Norengai (歌舞伎町レッドのれん街)

Food Courts

We are moving to the largest red light district in the capital city - Kabuki-to. It is a large street of all kinds of entertainment, from rock bars to nightclubs. There are also a lot of Japanese restaurants, souvenir shops and many other things that can be liked. It's best to visit this place in the evening, when it's really starting to bubble up. The Kabuki Theo Quarter is full of secrets that create an atmosphere of something forbidden and mysterious, so be sure to explore this place from all corners of it.

侍 Samurai Museum

History Museums

The museum displays samurai clothing and other exhibits (weapons, maps, paintings). The museum isn't very big, but it's entertaining. The tour is conducted in English, there is an opportunity to take pictures in the clothes of samurai and geisha (which is already included in the entrance fee). The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

New York Bar (ニューヨークバー)

Hotel Bars, Cocktail Bars

On the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel is the New York Bar. That's where the movie "Translation Difficulties" was shot. Bill Murray's hero listened to the beautiful singer and dreamed of love during a business trip to Tokyo. Excellent choice of drinks, exquisite interior, chic panoramic view of the city. After sunset, live music is playing here. Be prepared for the fact that this luxury restaurant, and spend money here will have to be decent, there is a dress code.