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"Where the neon lights are pretty..." Top 5 Page for this destination Shinjuku by bpacker

Shinjuku Travel Guide: 116 reviews and 336 photos

Shinjuku, filming site for Lost in Translation

....Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?.......
......The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go.....

( Petula Clark, Downtown )

Ok, so Shinjuku isn't really downtown Tokyo, but I can't help thinking of this song when I was there. Shinjuku is the place where people never sleeps. Even when this picture was taken at about 8pm, the busy Tokyoites still thronged the streets. You can literally feel the electric atmosphere, the buzz, just by walking around that place .

The pretty neon lights also captivated the Oscar -winning Ms Coppola. "Lost in translation" was filmed almost entirely in Shinjuku Park Hyatt Hotel and there are some scenes where you'll see Bill Murray sprinting down the streets of Shinjuku with Scarlett Johanssan.

Well, other than the neon lights, there's also other pockets of life in Shinjuku. There's a pretty park, smack right in the centre of Shinjuku, that's really worth checking out, especially during Spring.

Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Somehow in the midst of the city, there lies a spot of greenery and vermillion in the city park. Check out the lovely red maple leaves in the dead of winter. For a haiku on this,click here

Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Within the park, lies a mini temple. Funny to find tradition in the midst of modernization. These are prayer tablets found by the temple

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:plenty to do at night, great food and shopping
  • Cons:expensive accomodation
  • In a nutshell:The city that never sleeps
  • Last visit to Shinjuku: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Mr.Sparkle's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2008 at 6:00 AM

    pretty solid shinjuku page! nice pictures too.

  • tiffatron's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    you have lots of great tips, reviews and pics...and ur style of writing is so inspiring and positive! i am heading to japan in september and staying in shinjuku. thanks for the help!

  • i-s-a's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2006 at 9:00 PM

    I would have loved to visit Japan someday...that is, if my budget concious self permits me LOL. Nice Shinjuko page.

  • Rabbityama's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2006 at 9:16 PM

    Great Shinjuku tips and pictures!

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2006 at 7:34 PM

    great nite photography!

  • umashanker's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2005 at 1:49 AM

    wow!what a great page ;start with hustle-bustle & glitter of Shinjuku And Ends with the tranquililty of Maples Leaves with hiaku poem!

  • Dec 15, 2005 at 11:05 AM

    Hi Glen! Very nice page. I also don't understand the meaning of "Pachinko". I didn't see Bill Murray in Shinuku but actually saw the movie (actually only parts of it) in the plane on my way to Tokyo. Regards.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2005 at 9:18 AM

    Shinjuku is a lively, crowded and interesting place indeed ! Too bad I did not have enough time when I was there but will go back for more if I visit Japan again next time :)

  • CliffClaven's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2005 at 12:39 AM

    Old Cliffie used to work next to the Hotel Washington!

  • deeper_blue's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2004 at 3:30 PM

    Great tips, btw if you really want to find Dracula , you better look for Bran and Brasov!


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