Aa: Shinjuku-area


Tokyo tourist information centre at Tokyo metropolitan government in Tokyo Japan

This is an information centre for tourists.


They provide information about tourism.


I belong to the office as a volunteer guide.

Staff are very friendly and supportive, so I recommend you stop by the centre.

This centre is at the 1st floor of the main building of Tokyo metropolitan government building.

There are other two Tokyo tourist information centers.

One is at the second floor of Haneda airport International terminal.

The other is at Keisei Ueno station, in front of the ticket gate.

Tokyo Tourist Information Centers


Kumade at Tokyo metropolitan government in Tokyo Japan


This is a Kumade.

Kumade is a rake that can gather up a large amount of fallen leaves.

Kazari Kumade is an ornament. It is often handmade by traditional craftsmen.

Kazari Kumade is believed to gather up fortune, wealth, business success and family


You can obtain Kazari Kumade at Torinoichi, which are held in various places

including Asakusa in November.

Torinoichi are regarded as seasonal festivals announcing the arrival of winter.

You can see this Kazari Kumade at the second floor of

Tokyo metropolitan government building.


The view from Tokyo metropolitan government building at Shinjuku in Tokyo Japan

You can see the wide area of Tokyo from the 45th floor of

Tokyo metropolitan government building.

This prospect hall is about 202 meter from the ground.


↑The prominent building at the center of the photo is Shinjuku  Park Tower.

Park Hyatt Tokyo is in the building.

Sofia Coppola's movie "Lost in translation" was filmed in the luxury hotel.

The building was designed by Kenzo Tange who designed Tokyo metropolitan

government building.



↑The green area at the right side of this photo is Meiji Shrine.

↓There are horribly many buildings.


You can go to the hall by the elevator from the ground floor of the main building.

The hall opens from 9:30 a.m. to 23:00 p.m.


Tokyo metropolitan government building at Shinjuku in Tokyo Japan

This is the Tokyo metropolitan government building.


It is 243 metre tall.

It is three underground stories and 48 stories above the ground.

It was completed in 1991.


↓This space is called "the Tokyo citizens' square".


This place is  in front of the building entrance.

Map and information


Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower at Shinjuku in Tokyo Japan


There are many skyscrapers in Shinjuku area.

Above all, this building very stands out because of the shape.

This is called "Mode Gakuen Cocoon tower".

A company who runs schools owns the building.

It is  home to three educational institutions.

Tokyo Mode Gakuen (fashion vocational school),

HAL Tokyo (special technology and design college),

and Shuto Ikō (medical college).


It was completed in 2008.

The height is about 204 metre.

It is the second tallest educational building in the world.

The building's cocoon shape symbolizes a building that nurtures the students inside.


1-7-3 Nishi-Shinjuku Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan


Shinjuku eye at Shinjuku station in Tokyo Japan

This is an objet in Shinjuku station.


It's a huge eye on the wall of the Subaru building.

People often wait friends in front of the objet, because you can find the big eye easily.


Shinjuku station is one of the most crowded and complicated stations in Japan.

Therefore when you see people at the station, it's important to choose the place

where you can easily find people who need to see.

Shinjuku eye

Basement 1, the west exit of Shinjuku station



Kagurazaka in Tokyo Japan # Japanese tempura restaurant "Tenko"

This is a tempura restaurant "Tenko".


The restaurant has been serving delicious tempura since 1977.

If you want to take dinner at this restaurant, you need to book.

The cost of dinner is at least 20,000 yen ( about 200 U.S. dollars).

However,  you can enjoy nice lunch more reasonable!

The cheapest lunch menu is "Tendon".

"Tendon" is a dish that several tempuras are on rice.

The price of Tendon is 2500 yen ( about 25 U.S. dollars).

There are other lunch menus too.

Map: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=3-1+Kagurazaka+Shinjuku+Tokyo&ie=UTF-8

Address: 3-1 Kagurazaka Shinjyuku-ward Tokyo Japan

tel: 81-3-3269-1414

website in Japanese : http://kagurazaka-tenko.com/info.html


Kagurazaka in Tokyo Japan # Japanese restaurant "SEKI"

There are many sophisticated restaurants in Kagurazaka.


This is a Japanese restaurant "世喜 seki".

If you want to enjoy expensive full course dinner,

you need to make reservation beforehand.

However, if you would like to enjoy more casual dinner at this restaurant,

you don't need to book.

Their casual dinner course is 3000 yen, about 30 U.S. dollars.

It doesn't include drink fee.

I think that the potion sizes are not so big,

but you can enjoy the atmosphere of a classic Japanese restaurant.

Map: http://diddlefinger.com/m/tokyoto/tokyo/384455

4-2 Kagurazaka Shinjuku-ward Tokyo Japan

tel: 81-3-3260-1637

website in Japanese : http://tokyo-calendar.com/restaurants/779


Kagurazaka in Tokyo Japan # Japanese hotel WAKANA

This is a traditional Japanese style hotel "和可菜 wakana".


This hotel is famous as "the inn for writers", because a lot of famous novelists and

sript writers, such as Yoji Yamada who is the author and director

of a very popular Japanese movie "Otoko wa Tsurai yo "

stayed and worked here.


I have heard that many foreign travelers stay in this inn these days.

This hotel has a facebook page.



If you stay at this inn, I think you can enjoy old good atmosphere of Tokyo.

The cost is about 100 U. S. dollars per person per night.

To be continued.


Kagurazaka in Tokyo Japan # restaurant "YUKIMOTO"

The Kagurazaka area has a rich history.

The area used to be flourished with craftsmen,  full of samurai's residences.

In addition, it was a popular shrine and temple district in Edo era between 1603-1868.


In Meiji era between 1868-1911,

it was one of the greatest entertainment districts in Tokyo.

There were many Japanese restaurants and geishas.

Even today, some of old restaurants can be seen in the narrow lanes.

If you are lucky, you are able to see geishas in the streets.


↑This Japanese restaurant "幸本 Yukimoto" is very high class.

You can enjoy fine sophisticated Japanese dishes.

Moreover, you can enjoy Geisha's dance and music  at this restaurant, if you want.

However, you know, it's very very expensive.

The cheapest dinner at the restaurant is about 10,000yen. ( about U.S. $100)

You also need to pay service fee, drink fee and Geisha's fee.

I have heard that you need to prepare at least 400 U.S. dollars per person,

if you want to invite Geisha to your dinner.

Therefore I recommend you to ask staff about the cost when you book.


Here is the website of  "幸本 Yukimoto".

Unfortunately they don't have staff who can speak English.

Therefore someone who can speak Japanese should call the restaurant

to book your dinner and I recommend you to go the restaurant with someone

who help you to communicate to staff.




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