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Updated by Joanna James on Jul 13, 2023
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10 Must Try Places in Shinjuku City – Interesting Locales to Explore in Shinjuku City

Shinjuku is one of Japan's most famous cities, and a commercial capital. It contains the world's busiest railway station and functions as the administrative centre for the city of Tokyo.


Yotsuya Fire Museum

For a free museum, this place is incredible, and is sure to captivate you with its imaginative approach to edutainment. The best way to explore this intriguing establishment is from the top down, start from the roof where you will find a helicopter which you can actually sit in. All the exhibits within the museum are interactive, which will provide an entertaining experience for kids as well. There's even an anime corner where folk can learn about fire safety through indulging in one of Japan's greatest exports.


Taisoji Temple

For a calm and spiritually serene location in the middle of the metropolitan madness of Shinjuku is this temple and the grounds that surround it. The temple is really popular for the large number of cats that are present around it. These felines have become completely desensitised to human company since most people who visit the temple arrive with the intent to feed the famous temple cats. So if you're into cats, be sure to bring a snack with you.


TOTO Showroom

The Japanese have a peculiar obsession with high-tech toilets. These are usually found in apartment hotels Shinjuju has to offer such as Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo. Some of these appliances can be very intriguing and the best, safest and most intriguing place to check out these appliances is the TOTO showroom in Shinjuku. In addition to cutting edge toilets, the showroom also has incredible baths that and various eco-friendly inventions that will help you in regulating water consumption.


Shinjuku Central Park

This is the go-to place when looking for green-spaces in Shinjuku, and you're also bound to experience some of the city's greatest sights. Most of the tallest buildings in the area are situated around the park so you're bound to get a great view of the city's incredibly architecture. During evening hours you could also witness the youngsters of the city displaying tricks on skateboards and BMX bikes. On every Saturday the locals organise a market which would be a great place for you to peruse through some Shinjuku handicrafts and street snacks.


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory

These are two completely free observatories with closed days that do not overlap so you're guaranteed to be able to have access to incredible views of the city during any given day. Due to it being free, there are can be many tourists during weekends, so it's best to take a visit during off-peak hours. There are many things to take in from the high-altitude views, such as the hotel that was used in the filming of the Hollywood movie 'Lost in Translation'. The observatory is open all the way till 11pm so you can even visit it after dusk to bask in the night-time beauty of this incredible city, making the Tokyo Observatory one of the best places to visit if you ever find yourself in the Shinjuku ward.