At its core, Nishi-shinjuku is ostensibly a salaryman sanctuary, a sea of skyscrapers home to the headquarters of numerous multinational corporations. Naturally, this demands an infrastructure of restaurants, convenience stores, and countless shopping venues to ensure that Japan Inc. keeps burning the midnight oil.
Almost every office tower has its own suite of restaurants that are open to the public. Sure, you could brave the crowds and rub elbows with salarymen during the week, but if you find yourself in Nishi-shinjuku on the weekend, it can feel like you have the entire district to yourself. In other parts of Tokyo, you’ll be fighting crowds and waiting in lines just to get a whiff of some ramen. In Nishi-shinjuku, however, it’s easy to quickly find and enjoy a great meal with a generous helping of personal space on the side. Speaking of food…
Few parts of Tokyo can match the culinary options that Nishi-shinjuku has to offer. From the down-home delights of Omoide Yokocho to fine dining with magnificent views of the city, Nishi-shinjuku has something for everyone.
When it comes to dinner, excess capacity once again comes into play. With so many skyscrapers, each with their own set of “sky restaurants,” you’ll be amazed how affordable a meal with a view can be.
It gets even better with lunch. At the right restaurant, about 1,000 yen is all it takes to enjoy a high quality buffet and a breathtaking view of western Tokyo, complete with Mt. Fuji looming in the distance.
A view from the top
Of course, Nishi-shinjuku is more than just a place to eat. This district is home to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (“Tocho”) which is the center of government for Tokyo’s 23 wards. Dominating the Nishi-shinjuku skyline, Tocho also happens to be one of Tokyo’s most popular sightseeing destinations.
The twin observatories of this building are a must-visit attraction, and are completely free, unlike other famous observatories found in Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, and Roppongi Hills. Additionally, you can find several smaller observatories in skyscrapers such as the Sumitomo Building and the Center Building. Each one offers a unique way to gaze across Tokyo’s vastness and capture unforgettable photos.
Hidden within Nishi-shinjuku’s towering forest of skyscrapers lies Shinjuku Central Park. While not as splendid as Shinjuku Gyoen, Shinjuku Central Park is more practical. A truly public park, it’s free to enter and contains places to engage in sports, a small running course, and stretching equipment. Not to mention, it’s a great place to chill out and enjoy a bento lunch—especially during cherry blossom season.
Located on the west side of Shinjuku Station, Nishi-shinjuku has three subway stations on two major lines. If you are staying at the Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan, just hop on the Marunouchi line for a matter of minutes and you’ll reach Nishi-shinjuku station. Better yet, you could walk or jog to this part of town via this course.
Tokyo contains a myriad of exciting activities and experiences, some more obvious than others. Most travelers know to visit Asakusa, Odaiba, Ginza, and other overtly famous locales. However, when it comes to convenience, affordability, and an amazingly futuristic cityscape, Nishi-shinjuku just can’t be beat.
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