Shinjuku Station

Japan Train Stations: Shinjuku Station 新宿駅

South side of Shinjuku Station.
Shinjuku Station South Exit

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 Station began in 1885 and the first subway connected to it in 1959.

Shinjuku Station Area Map

Shinjuku Station

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 (if you count the nearby Seibu Shinjuku Line) serve Shinjuku Station.

Japan Rail (JR) Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station.

Five JR lines converge on Shinjuku Station.

Shinjuku Station Subway Lines

There are three Shinjuku subway stations (station code in parentheses):

Underground passages also link Shinjuku Station to the following six Tokyo subway stations nearby:

Narita Express

The Narita Express train to Narita International Airport via Tokyo Station departs from Shinjuku Station.

Odakyu Shinjuku Station

Odakyu Shinjuku Station is on the south-west side of Shinjuku Station, under the Odakyu Department Store.

Keio Shinjuku Station

Seibu Shinjuku Station

North of the main Shinjuku Station complex is the separate Seibu-Shinjuku Station with trains to Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture via Takadanobaba and Tokorozawa.

South Exit of Shinjuku Station, Tokyo.
Commuters at the South Exit of Shinjuku Station
West side of Shinjuku Station, Tokyo.
West side of Shinjuku Station
Shinjuku Station.
Shinjuku Station
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.
Shinjuku Station
Street outside Shinjuku Station, Tokyo.
Busta Shinjuku taxi and bus terminal (and NEWoMaN shopping center)

Highway Buses From Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station is an important highway bus terminus for buses to various destinations in the Kanto region and throughout Japan. Most buses leave from Busta Shinjuku bus and taxi terminal across from the south exit of Shinjuku Station, but a few buses leave from the west exit bus stops as well.

Among the many buses that leave from Shinjuku are buses to Takayama, Toyohashi, Nagano, Matsumoto, Hakuba, Kofu, Sendai, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Kobe.

Read more about highway buses from Shinjuku Station.

Rush hour at Shinjuku Station, Tokyo.
Rush hour at Shinjuku Station is a hectic affair

Around Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku shopping offers the most consumer choice of anywhere in 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 vicinity 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).

West of Shinjuku Station is Tocho (the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building) and the surrounding cluster of skyscrapers including the Shinjuku NS Building, KDDI Building, Shinjuku Sumitomo Building, the Sompo Building, and the Nomura building. These include several hotels, most notably the Keio Plaza Hotel, and the Shinjuku Washington Hotel. Shinjuku Chuo Koen Park is in West Shinjuku.

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.

To the east of Shinjuku Station is Tenryuji Temple, Shinjuku Gyoen Park and north of the park, the gay quarters of Shinjuku Nichome.

Tocho, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Tocho Building, Shinjuku
Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Skyscrapers Shinjuku Station area

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