Tokyo

Shinjuku Commercial and Administrative Centre

Shinjuku is a major commercial and administrative centre, an estimated 3.64 million passengers pass through the railway station each day, which makes it the busiest station in the world. It houses interchanges to three subway lines and three privately owned commuter lines, as well as several JR lines.

West of Shinjuku Station, historically known as Yodobashi, is home to Tokyo’s largest concentration of skyscrapers. Several of the tallest buildings in Tokyo are located in this area, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, KDDI Building and Park Tower.

At night it comes alive especially to the east of the station at Kabukicho which is known as the “sleepless town.”

There is an amazing choice of restaurants and bars, particularly in Kabukicho which is known as Tokyo’s red light area. If you want to enjoy the real atmosphere at night visit “Memory Lane” commonly known as “Piss Ally,” or just sit down at one of the side-walk eateries as you see in the photo below. Memory Lane consists of two alleys on the left of the railway line as you walk under the overpass from the eastern side.


Here is my photo blog on Kabukicho.

I sometimes stay at the Toyoko Inn at Kabukicho, an excellent budget hotel.


Review by David Herd – www.fivestarvagabond.com