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 corner) and two Tokyo Brushstroke sculptures by Roy Lichtenstein (at the back, towards Ōme-kaidō). See the website for a complete photo directory of all the works.

The open-air courtyard, with stonework by Giulio Paolini and several reasonably priced restaurants, makes an attractive lunch or coffee stop.

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Nearby Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo attractions

1. Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

0.24 MILES

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2. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

0.28 MILES

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3. Godzilla Head

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4. Golden Gai

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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…

5. Hanazono-jinja

0.68 MILES

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…

6. Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

0.76 MILES

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…

7. NTT Intercommunication Centre

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

8. Shinjuku-gyoen

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