Shinjuku Quick Facts
JR Shinjuku station is the busiest train station in the world
There are 6 major train stations in Shinjuku
Shinjuku's Kabukicho is the largest red light district in Asia
Shinjuku is Tokyo's biggest business district
Shinjuku is home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings including the massive Tokyo city hall complex
Shinjuku Park (Gyoen) is 58.3 hectares
Shinjuku Ni-chome is Tokyo's best known gay district
Home to numerous colleges and universities including the prestigious Waseda university
Home to numerous high rise hotels including the Park Hyatt Tokyo (the hotel from the movie Lost in Translation)
Home to Kagurazaka — one of Japan's few remaining Geisha districts
Home to at least 12 large department stores and countless electronics shops
Locals divide Shinjuku according to the exits of the JR station: Shinjuku East, West and South
Shinjuku WestShinjuku West is a massive business district. It has major hotels, office buildings, Tokyo city hall and numerous schools. Every Monday morning, hundreds of thousands of office workers and students flock to this area. Like most business districts, it's quiet on weekends.
Shinjuku SouthShinjuku is popular with office ladies — there's plenty of shopping and fine dinning. It's a good place to go to experience the tame side of Shinjuku.
Shinjuku EastThis is the fun side of Shinjuku — the salary man's playground.
Shinjuku East is a massive entertainment district. It has loads of restaurants, karaoke, bars and electronics shops. It's also the location of Kabukicho (the massive red light district). Kabukicho is arguably the most dangerous neighborhood in Tokyo.
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