Where the Leading Edge andthe Traditional Coexist
Shinjuku Station is the world’s busiest station, surrounded by a bustling environment with many different faces-for example, the Shinjuku business district, the high concentration of restaurants of Kabukicho and a shopping area lined with department stores, but also the quiet environs of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There are also historic buildings, temples and shrines that can serve as your guide to tracing the history and culture in the area.
A Mix of Japanese, Western and Modern
Once referred to as “Yamanote-Ginza,” the Kagurazaka area is often associated with literati. The main street is lined with both new and long-established shops, while in the side streets you’ll find cobblestone paths and hidden restaurants and cafes. Kagurazakahasdeeptiesto France, so you will also detect French influences here.
Where Edo History and Culture Remains
Yotsuya was a post town (rest stop for travelers) in the Edo era. Even though the area is now built up with modern buildings, you will still find many historic temples and historical sites along with a number of museums, making it an ideal area to explore on foot.
A Vibrant Student Culture and a Multicultural Atmosphere
The students who breathe life into the Waseda area and the many ethnic shops around Shin-Okubo are part of what give this district an energetic feel. There was once an equestrian practice field here in the Edo era and horseback archery events are still held today, so you can explore both new and historical culture in Japan in one spot.
Slopes and Greenery Loved by the Literati
Many artists and cultural figures over the years have chosen to live here for the quiet environment and attractive scenery. Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the many slopes around Ochiai while learning about how they were named.