Must-see attractions in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

  • Shinjuku, Tokyo, Kanto region, Japan. Tiny alleys crowded with night bars and clubs at Golden Gai district.

    Golden Gai

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Golden Gai – a Shinjuku institution for over half a century – is a collection of tiny bars, often literally no bigger than a closet and seating maybe a…

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, Shinjuku

    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Tokyo's city hall – a landmark building designed by Tange Kenzō – has observatories (202m) atop both the south and north towers of Building 1 (the views…

  • Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Tokyo, Japan in the spring cherry blossom season.; Shutterstock ID 245037472; Your name (First / Last): Josh Vogel; Project no. or GL code: 56530; Network activity no. or Cost Centre: Online-Design; Product or Project: 65050/7529/Josh Vogel/LP.com Destination Galleries

    Shinjuku-gyoen

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Shinjuku-gyoen was designed as an imperial retreat (completed 1906); since opening to the public in 1951, it has become a favourite destination for…

  • Godzilla Head

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Godzilla, a portmanteau of the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira), is king of the kaijū (strange beasts) that ruled Japanese popular…

  • Myōnichikan

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Lucky are the girls who attended the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed 'School of the Free Spirit' (Jiyū Gakuen; 自由学園). Built in 1921, Myōnichikan functioned as…

  • Yayoi Kusama Museum

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Kusama Yayoi (b 1929) is one of Japan's most internationally famous contemporary artists, particularly known for her obsession with dots and pumpkins. She…

  • NTT Intercommunication Centre

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    The ICC shows challenging, conceptual works that explore the intersection between art and technology – sometimes including participatory VR installations…

  • Shinjuku I-Land

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    This otherwise ordinary office complex is home to more than a dozen public artworks, including one of Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculptures (on the southeast…

  • St Mary's Cathedral Tokyo

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Rising nearly 40m high and glistening in the sun, this stainless-steel contemporary cathedral was completed in 1955. It's the work of Japan's foremost…

  • Astro Boy Mural

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Japan's most celebrated manga artist Tezuka Osamu lived most of his life in Takadanobaba and the neighbourhood couldn't be prouder. In front of the…

  • Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    This public safety centre has a room that simulates a real earthquake and it's not for the faint of heart (literally): what you experience is a level…

  • Hanazono-jinja

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Merchants from nearby Kabukichō come to this Shintō shrine to pray for the solvency of their business ventures. Founded in the 17th century, the shrine is…

  • Chinzan-sō

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    This strolling garden was once the estate of a Meiji-era statesman and is now the grounds of a luxury hotel, though it's open to the public. The shaded…

  • Zōshigaya-reien

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    On the outskirts of Ikebukuro and opened in 1875, Zōshigaya-reien is the final resting place of many influential writers and artists of the modern era …

  • Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is at its best when it holds solo shows and retrospectives of major modern Japanese artists and movements (spanning diverse…

  • Place M

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    Run by four veteran artists (including pioneering street photographer Daido Moriyama), this gallery serves as a hub for the city's photography scene…

  • Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

    Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

    This Nishi-Shinjuku landmark building (completed in 2008) is a 50-storey webbed tower designed by Tange Associates. Easily identifiable among the blockier…