Shinjuku’s Golden Gai is one of the area’s most well-known attractions and extremely popular with visitors. This block of narrow alleys near Kabukicho is filled with tiny, two-story bars, most of them with barely room for six people. The old-fashioned bars juxtaposed with Shinjuku’s ultra modern entertainment district is part of the reason the area remains popular and has avoided redevelopment.
Kagurazaka was once Tokyo’s busiest geisha district and is still home to the odd invite only restaurant where they do business. It’s a historic district known for its cobbled lanes, winding alleyways and old, family-owned shops. In recent years, Kagurazaka has developed under a strong French influence.
Kabukicho is Shinjuku’s main entertainment district. It’s known for its large concentration of hostess and cabaret clubs, but there are also shops and boutiques, live music venues, restaurants including the Shinjuku Robot Restaurant, and even a small museum located here.
Shin-Okubo is also known at Tokyo’s Koreatown. With K-pop and Korean pop culture popular as ever among the city’s youth, Shin-Okubo has become a favorite spot for them to hang out. Pick up the latest cosmetics and fashions straight out of Korea and the largest concentration of Korean restaurants in the city.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
The center of the ward, Shinjuku district can be found just outside Shinjuku Station. It’s a popular shopping destination and is full of luxury boutiques and department stores, lifestyle and street wear shops.