Shinjuku

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1. Don Quijote (Main Street)

 

Don Quijote

💳 Admission: - ¥

🕒 Open: 24 h

One of the busiest stores in Tokyo. Its the biggest Supermarket chain in Japan. A maze with tons of good including sex toys. Also there are moraines in the display window! You can also find it in Roppongi, Shibuya or Akihabara. This Don Quijote store is open 24/7 like most of the Don Quijote!!

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2. Kabukicho Gate

 

Kabukicho Gate

💳 Admission: - ¥

🕒 Open: All day long

Next to the Main Street you can find the Kabukicho Gate. It is the entry to the world largest red light district. Nowadays it is a famous place for tourists to see the infinitely bright lights which are all over the buildings. It's even brighter at night time than at day time. There a lot of clubs special made for women near the samurai museum.

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3. Godzilla head

 

Godzilla in town!

💳 Admission: - ¥

🕒 Open: All day long

There is a huge Godzilla Head on the Top of the Toho Cinemas. As Godzilla was in the past ruling the cinemas with several movies it for sure an icon for the Japanese people. There is a terrace to come closer to the Godzilla head. The terrace is related with the lobby of the Gracery Hotel and the cafe place of the Hotel and the access is only for the customers. Even tho they didn't stop us once.

Every hour between 12 pm and 8 pm the Godzilla head roars for a minute while smoky breath and light will come out of its mouth.

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4. Sega Store

Sega Store

💳 Admission: - ¥

🕒 Open: 10:00-01:00 (next day)

Have you already visited a Sega Store or a Taito Station? It's the stores with a bunch of crane games inside. Usually you can find the price games at the 1st to the 3rd floor. The upper floors are loaded with music games and video games. If you haven't visited one of these stores yet - it's time! Don't be afraid and spend some of your coins!

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5. Samurai Museum

 

Samurai Museum

💳 Admission: 1,900 ¥

🕒 Open: 10:30-21:00

"Honor above life" the motto of the Samurai museum. The entry fee is 1900 yen for adults and 800 for kids below 12 years. Inside you can make a photo session while carrying the Kabuto and the Jinbaori (helmet and battle coat) or see a sword performance show on the hour from 2 pm to 5 pm. Both included in the entry fee. There are also a calligraphy lesson, a sword lecture and a Samurai live music show for additional cost.

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6. Robot Restaurant

 

Robot Restaurant

💳 Admission: 7,500 + ¥

🕒 Open: ~ last show

The words customers say who just come out of this restaurant are "unbelievable" or "insane". So much craziness combined in one house is difficult to find again. It's just so much different impressions of neon lights that are melting your brain down! Definitely one of the places you'll have to visit. But be prepared. Often you have to reserve one, two days in advance to enter the restaurant what is with 8500 yen (80 dollars) or 7500 yen (online) entrance fee only not quite a bargain.

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7. Golden Gai

 

Golden Gai

💳 Admission: - ¥

🕒 Open: 18:00-04:00

Golden Gai is a place with a lot of tiny bar. Some of them not even fit more than 5 people. Notice you'll have to pay in most of this bars a table charge.

The Champion bar in the beginning of the bar district is one of the biggest and contains more than 90 % tourists. You can meet here all kind of people from normal tourists up to pilots who want to relax their evening while staying for a couple of days in Tokyo. For sure there is also Karaoke! Have you ever done Karaoke? In the beginning you might be afraid but after a couple of hours and cocktails its actually a lot of fun and definitely a lifestyle of the locals. You can find Karaoke everywhere in Japan as it's one of the main leisure activities in Japan.

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8. Tunnel

Tunnel

💳 Admission: - ¥

🕒 Open: All day long

Go here through the tunnel to come to the hidden Omoide Yokocho Street.

9. Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho

💳 Admission: - ¥

🕒 Open: All day long

This old school area between the futuristic buildings contains a wonderful hidden food street. In this narrow walking street you can find a variety of small restaurant with space for about 5 to 8 people. You can find here food like yakitori (chicken skewer), Ramen (Noodle soup) or Gyoza (dumplings). Try to get here a nice place to eat or just pass the ally. It's in any case a nice experience! Don't miss it!

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10. Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

💳 Admission: - ¥

🕒 Open: not for public

This 204-meters (669 ft) high tower is an educational facility. The second highest in the world. It can accommodate 10.000 students. Designed by Tange Associates and build from 2006 to 2008 it contains today three educational institutions. First of all the Tokyo Mode Gakuen (fashion vocational school), second the HAL Tokyo (special technology and design college) and last the Shuto Ikō (medical college). For public sightseeing reason is the entry not permitted. But it is definitely an impressive building and a picture worth it.

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11. Shinjuku West old town

Shinjuku West old town

💳 Admission: - ¥

🕒 Open: All day long

A little bit difficult to find is the old town of Shinjuku west. As a result it is less crowded with tourists although it is between Shinjuku station and the Metropolitan Government Building. It's a good place to have lunch if you might be hungry. The old town offers a lot of restaurants like sushi places, Ramen stores or Udon and Soba places. For sure it is like every place in Shinjuku bright and full with advertisement. Enjoy the flair of this small town on your way to the 5 mins away Metropolitan Government Building.

12. Metropolitan Government Building

 

Metropolitan Government Building

💳 Admission: - ¥

🕒 Open: 09:30-23:00 (last 22:30)

The Metropolitan Government building with it's two tower was designed by Kenzo Tange and was finish in 1990. It's 243 meters (797 ft) and it has in each tower an observation center in the 45th floor you can visit free of charge. Opening times are from 9:30 am to 11 pm (last entry 10:30 pm) Please note it's closed every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Visit here the south tower as there is more to see in the south than in the north of Shinjuku. In the observation deck of the south tower is also a public piano where everyone can play if you feel like. It's a wonderful idea and relaxation for your soul to listen to piano while watching out of the windows.

 

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