Japan Train Stations: Shinjuku Station Tokyo
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Shinjuku Station 新宿駅
Shinjuku Station is located in the south west of central Tokyo in the Shinjuku district of the capital.
Shinjuku is the busiest station in Tokyo (and the world) ahead of Ikebukuro Station and Shibuya Station with an estimated 3.6 million people passing through on an average weekday, many of whom are commuters from Tokyo's western suburbs, Shinjuku being the main link between the west of the metropolis and the center and east of the city.
In terms of size, Shinjuku Station is the second largest station building in the world after Nagoya Station in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.
13 train lines converge on Shinjuku.
Shinjuku Station area
Shibuya Station is the terminal station for the Keio Line (to Hachioji), the Keio New Line (to Sasazuka, in Shibuya) Odakyu Odawara Line (to Hakone), and the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
In addition to the the three Tokyo subway lines that connect to Shinjuku Station, the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Subway Line is only one stop away, in Shinjuku San-chome, and is linked to Shinjuku Station by an underground walkway.
Underground passages also link Shinjuku Station to the following Tokyo subway stations:
The Narita Express train to Narita International Airport via Tokyo Station departs from Shinjuku Station.
Shinjuku Station was first opened in 1885 with the subway connecting in 1959.
North of the main Shinjuku Station complex is the separate Seibu-Shinjuku Station with trains on the Seibu Line to Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture via Takadanobaba and Tokorozawa.
Late night Shinjuku Station in Tokyo with the homeless and the drunk dossing down for the night
Shinjuku Station is an important highway bus terminus for buses to various destinations in the Kanto region and throughout Japan. The bus terminus near the west exit services mainly Keio buses with a JR Highway bus terminus at the south exit.
Read more about highway buses from Shinjuku Station.
Rush hour at Shinjuku Station is a hectic affair
Shinjuku is the major commercial, entertainment and shopping area in Tokyo and is the biggest urban hub within the larger metropolis of Tokyo. Both Odakyu and Keio have department stores at the station as does Seibu at the Seibu-Shinjuku Station.
Among the thousands of cafes, restaurants and stores in the immediate vicinty of Shinjuku Station are the Isetan, Mitsukoshi and Marui department stores, Lumine Este, and Kinokuniya bookshop (all east exit)
HMV and Tower Records, Takashimaya Times Square, Tokyu Hands (all south exit)
Odakyu and Keio department stores, Bic Camera, and Yodobashi Camera (all west exit).
To the west of Shinjuku Station rises the dense forest of skyscrapers surrounding the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building: including the Shinjuku NS Building, KDDI Building, Shinjuku Sumitomo Building, the Sompo Building, and the Nomura building. Behind the high-rises is Shinjuku Chuo Koen Park. It is also home to several hotels, most notably the Keio Plaza Hotel, and the Shinjuku Washington Hotel.
East of Seibu-Shinjuku Station is the raucous, red-light entertainment district of Kabukicho and the cramped drinking alley of Golden Gai.
Near the Shinjuku Nishi-guchi subway station on the Oedo Line is Shomben Yokocho ("Piss Alley") another low-rise drinking street.
Tocho Building; Skyscrapers Shinjuku Station area
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