Shinjuku Golden Gai is a small area of Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, famous both as an area of architectural interest and for its nightlife. It is composed of a network of six narrow alleys, connected by even narrower passageways which are just about wide enough for a single person to pass through. Over 200 tiny shanty-style bars, clubs and eateries are squeezed into this area. [Wikipedia]
5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Located right next to the vast Shinjuku Central Park, THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku is a modern boutique hotel with convenient access to nearby Shinjuku Station and Meiji Shrine. The 14-floor hotel building was revamped and reopened as THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku in August 2018. With more than 400 rooms and 7 room types, the hotel’s Western-style rooms offer top floor park views as well as a newly opened Terrace Suite. From the hotel, it is a 4-minute walk to the nearest station and a 14-minute walk to JR Shinjuku Station. The hotel’s motto was built around its location, centered around the diverse Shinjuku area where people of all backgrounds and lifestyles gather. Hence, THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku aims to be the “People’s Park” and “A Place to Gather”. Despite its proximity to Shinjuku city, the hotel offers a place for visitors to escape the hectic city atmosphere by relaxing in the tranquil Shinjuku Central Park. The large urban green space offers respite for tired travelers looking to unwind. In the park, you can also find the Shinjuku Juniso Kumano Shrine, a multi-purpose athletic park, and a small art gallery. THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku is within walking distance to Meiji Shrine (1.8km), Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (2km), the Golden Gai (2.1km), and Kabukicho (2.1km). The area’s diverse offerings allow guests to enjoy a balance of nightlife and serenity — shopping at Shinjuku, bar hopping at the Golden Gai or visiting the serene Meiji Shrine grounds. The in-house dining options include a Spanish Tapas Lounge, Bakery and Tea Stand, and Italian Grill/BBQ Restaurant. Free-wifi and English language support are provided, as well as Tokyobike rentals upon request.
NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO is conveniently located in the midst of electric town Akihabara, also known as the capital of manga and anime. In addition, this neighborhood has an abundance of tech shops, maid cafes and a variety of restaurants. With just a 6 minute walk away from Akihabara station, it provides easy access to explore other areas nearby such as Ueno and Asakusa. This hotel embodies the rich cultures of music, art and food. Nohga’s concept of music is derived from Akihabara’s local history, starting as a district of radio and wireless component merchants in the late 1920s. The artistic and luxurious space throughout the hotel is achieved by featuring art and amenities designed in collaboration with craftsmen from around Japan. As for the food menu, it’s seasonal fresh ingredients are sourced domestically. The glasses and dinnerware served are collaborations with stores in the surrounding area. All 120 non-smoking guest rooms feature an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower, in-room safety box, mini fridge, USB plugs, free Wi-Fi, a high-quality bluetooth speaker and flatscreen TV with original music and film. The lounge area and a compact 24-hour gym can be found near the reception on the second floor. Services include laundry (from 2,750JPY) and a 24-hour front desk with a check in time of 3PM and check-out time at 11AM For sightseeing you can rent a Tokyobike for the day (2,000 JPY/day) to explore the vicinity.
Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort is part of the Hankyu-Hanshin luxury hotels group. Since 1938, this luxury hotel has been opening its doors to guests who seek a comfortable stay with convenient access to central Tokyo.
PIZZERIA & BAR NOHGA is an all day dining restaurant interpreting a fusion of “Spanish Italian” cuisine and has a kitchen to table design. There is a casual bar area and restaurant where you can take a peek inside the open kitchen whilst enjoying your meal. Visit the cafe for a range of coffees and teas along with an offering of tapas snacks and seasonal desserts. The cafe also offers an assorted dessert and all-you-can-drink cafe set. Breakfast takes on the art of sharing, where a range of platters are combined with focaccia and your choice of eggs cooked your way. Coming for lunch? Choose from a selection of pizzas, pastas and salads. Each lunch menu is accompanied with homemade soup, iced tea and focaccia. Dinner time offers a range of exquisite tapas and pizzas that can also be shared. Breakfast: 07:00 - 10:00, Lunch 11:30 - 14:30, Cafe 14:30 - 18:00, Dinner: 18:00 - 23:00 with last order at 10pm.
Opened in March 2018, the Pokemon Cafe in Nihonbashi is the series' latest permanent character cafe in Tokyo. The cafe and adjacent Pokemon Center DX store were launched to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first store back in 1997. The Pokemon Cafe operates on a reservation-only basis, timeslots can only be reserved up to a month in advance. The cafe serves up Pokemon-inspired dishes and drinks, making it a must-visit for fans on their Tokyo Pokemon pilgrimage. Pokemon Cafe Nihonbashi also sells exclusive cafe-only merchandise, as well as limited random coasters and placemats that are given to customers who order specific food items. The menu changes every month or so, depending on the season and game or event the store is currently promoting.
Located right outside Meguro Station, this is a restaurant where you can eat the fish you catch yourself in one of the two tanks. Serves all kinds of Japanese food as well as fresh seafood dishes. You can see the fish being prepared in the glass-walled kitchen.
The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku’s infamous Kabuki-cho area is filled with fun, lights, lasers, and wild costumes. Although called a restaurant, the affair is more of a dinner show with in-house food options being light. Get ready for a fun-filled, wacky show as only Japan can offer at the Robot Restaurant. From the costumes to the dinosaurs, the music to the robots, visitors will be in for an unforgettable show. Even the passage into the restaurant arena is filled with distractions and the limelight atmosphere inside the joint is decorated to be a frenzied futuristic wonderland of colors and lights. The 100-person limited seating offers an intimate show of talents, robot fights, and plenty of photo opportunities.
Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest and most popular public gardens in Tokyo. Located a short walk from the popular Shinjuku neighborhood, the park is particularly renowned for its seasonal display of cherry blossoms. Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the grounds of the former residence of Lord Naito, a daimyo (feudal lord) from Shinshu Province (current day Nagano Prefecture). The site was created as an Imperial garden in 1906, but was later reopened after World War II as a national garden, for the enjoyment of all the nation’s citizens. Shinjuku Gyoen combines three very unique styles – a Japanese garden, a formal garden and a landscape garden. The Japanese garden is home to the Kyu-Goryo-tei, or Taiwan Pavilion, which was constructed for the wedding of the Emperor Showa. This section of the park also hosts a two-week chrysanthemum festival every November. The formal garden was designed in the French style and is best known for its profusion of roses in spring. The landscape garden draws inspiration from the manicured lawns of English gardens and features sweeping open spaces and glades of cherry trees. Though Shinjuku Gyoen is lovely in any season, the garden really shines in the early spring with the blooming of Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms. Over 1000 trees of a dozen different varieties dot the grounds, meaning that even visitors to Tokyo outside of the main blooming period are likely to find a few trees still in flower in the park. The profusion of trees and the wide-open spaces also make this one of the city’s best-loved spots for a hanami (flower viewing) picnic in the early spring. With a ban on the public consumption of alcohol in the park, this is a particularly popular option for family hanami outings. The Prime Minister even holds his official cherry blossom picnic on the grounds of Shinjuku Gyoen. Admission to the garden was recently raised, with adult ticket prices now at ¥500. Those who anticipate visiting the garden several times through the year can purchase an annual passport for ¥2000.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings (東京都庁舎, Tōkyō Tochō) are comprised of the North and South and house many offices relating to the local city government. The building is best known for its free observatories, one in each tower, which offer stunning panoramas of the city and the surrounding prefectures. The observation decks sit at 202 meters above the ground, giving visitors a true birds’ eye view of the Tokyo skyline. Iconic structures – such as Odaiba’s Rainbow Bridge, the Tokyo Dome, the Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower – can usually be seen. On clear days, Mt Fuji is often visible on the horizon. Panels along the walls of both observatories detail the buildings that can be seen from each direction. The North Observatory usually remains open until 11pm at night. It’s a great opportunity to see the sunset or catch the evening glow of the metropolis. On days when the North Observatory closes early, the South Observatory compensates by staying open late. The building is designed by Kenzo Tange. Each observatory boasts a café as well as a small souvenir outlet. On the 2nd floor of the building, there is also a large tourist information center that dispenses brochures and knowledge on all parts of Tokyo, as well as some of the surrounding cities and prefectures. The government buildings often host local product fairs on the observation decks to highlight regional delicacies and goods. Past fairs have featured such items as Shizuoka’s tea and seafood products, apple-themed goods from Tohoku and soba noodles from the Nagano region.