"SHINJUKU STATION" Shinjuku Tip by Adeline_Foo

Shinjuku, Tokyo: 55 reviews and 102 photos


In the days of the shogunate, Shinjuku was still a day's march from the capital, Edo (now Tokyo). Weary travellers coming from the west would stop at its inns to bath and rest, dine and visit one of the many houses of pleasure. With the coming of the railways, Shinjuku became a major junction. As late as 1970, Shinjuku was known mainly for its station, red-light district and sewage farm. When investors looked for alternatives to central Tokyo, Shinjuku had an important advantage: it seemed to survive earthquakes better than other areas. The first highrise was the KEIO PLAZA HOTEL.
Subway lines and JR railway lines meet at Shinjuku, plus the private lines feeding customers to their own department stores right above the station. The famous people-pushers operate as many bodies as they can into each carriage, giving them a final shove to let the doors close and then bowing as the train pulls out. It's worth experiencing - ONCE!! You will never wants to do it again! You can walk more than a kilometre underground (much more if you are lost like me!!!)

Address: Shinjuku-ku
Directions: JR / Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway SHINJUKU
Website: http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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