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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Garden
“Shinjuku Gyoen is a very famous park! The view is beautiful and many tourists visit. There are beautiful gardens and ponds, and the cherry blossom season (April) is highly recommended!”
  • 369 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The highest tower in Japan! There is a great observatory and shopping floor.”
  • 291 locals recommend
Landmark
“Bearing a significant resemblance to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, this bright orange tall radio tower was built in 1958 to symbolize the country's recovery after the destruction of World War Two. Rising up to 333 meters, Tokyo Tower used to be the tallest tower in Japan until the completion of Tokyo Skytree in 2012. You can choose to take the elevator or walk up 600 steps to the main deck, located 150 meters above the ground. If you are lucky, on sunny days you can even catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji rising in the distance. If you are not afraid of heights, try standing on the glass floor sections and look directly down to the ground—almost 145 meters under your feet. ”
  • 179 locals recommend
Theme Restaurant
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“It's a mechanical show restaurant with Japanese dancers! It's a seemingly crazy shop, but it's all about the details. Tension goes up abnormally because it is in the middle of the genre town. Maybe this kind of blown-out sensibility will play a role in Japan! 機械仕掛けのショーと思いきや、日本人ダンサーによるエンターテイメントレストラン!一見クレイジーな店内だが、細部にまでこだわり抜かれています!様々なお店のある歌舞伎町のど真ん中にあり、テンションも異常に上がるかも!”
  • 204 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Sensoji is perhaps the most famous and photographed of Tokyo's temples. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in the capital, and the five-story pagoda, trails of incense and vast eaves will take you back to a Tokyo of time gone by. The approach to Sensoji, known as Nakamise Dori, is lined with about a hundred shops selling crafts, souvenirs and plenty of sweet and savory snacks. Throughout the year you can come across seasonal events held on the temple grounds. Some of the most popular include Asakusa-jinja Shrine’s Sanja Festival collaboration event in May, the hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) market in July and the photogenic hagoita decorative paddle market in December.”
  • 244 locals recommend
Park
“Yoyogi Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo. In spring, thousands of people visit the park to enjoy the cherry blossom during hanami. Access: Nippori stn(JR Yamanote line)--Harajuku stn.”
  • 237 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park based on the films produced by Walt Disney. It was opened in 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside of the United States. Modeled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Donburi Restaurant
“Tsukiji Market is Japan's Food town, where one can encounter all kinds of Japanese traditional foods! If you want to eat sushi, I recommend to go Tsukiji!!”
  • 210 locals recommend
Shrine
“Meiji Shrine, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. Getting There By Train: Tokyo Yamanote Line - Harajuku Station Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line – Meiji Jingu Mae Station Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line – Meiji Jingu Mae Station Fee: Meiji Shrine is free. Treasure House and Inner Garden costs 500 yen each. Hours: From sunrise to sunset. For New Years eve, it specially opens for all night for Hatsumode. Treasure House and Inner Garden is open 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.”
  • 226 locals recommend
City Hall
“Golden Gai is a few minutes walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station, between the Shinjuku City Office and the Hanazono Shrine.[5] Its architectural importance is that it provides a view into the relatively recent past of Tokyo, when large parts of the city resembled present-day Golden Gai, particularly in terms of the extremely narrow lanes and the tiny two-story buildings. Nowadays, most of the surrounding area has been redeveloped: The street plans have been changed to create much wider roads and larger building plots, and most of the buildings themselves are now much larger high- or medium- rise developments. This has left Golden Gai as one of a decreasing number of examples of the nature of Tokyo before Japan’s “economic miracle”, that took place in the latter half of the 20th century. 今人気の東京都新宿区の飲食店街です。およそ2000坪ほどの狭い区画に低層の木造長屋が連なっており、200軒以上の小さな飲食店が密集していいるので、飲み歩きにもできます!以前は文壇バーなど個性豊かな店も多く、常連客として作家、編集者、映画監督、俳優といった文化人が多く集まることで知られていました。このような背景から、東京におけるサブカルチャーやアングラ芸術の発信地のひとつとなっています。”
  • 143 locals recommend
Café
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“If you like Totoro, jiji, Porco Rosso, or Ghibli anime, you should definitely go to the Ghibli Museum! You can enjoy the world of Ghibli! Please be aware that reservations are required to enter the Ghibli Museum. If you necessary, I can buy a ticket for you!”
  • 98 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“ Kabukichō (歌舞伎町) is an entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Kabukichō is the location of many host and hostess clubs, love hotels, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, and is often called the "Sleepless Town" (眠らない街). Shinjuku Golden Gai, famous for the plethora of small bars, is part of Kabukicho. Travelers have christened the area an “adult playground”, with many deeming it a safe environment for all ages despite the nature of the attractions. The Kabukicho Red Light District which can be reached from the east exit of the teeming Shinjuku Station”
  • 174 locals recommend
Department Store
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“Actually this is a department store building,but there is a good roof top garden here. If you want to take a break with green in heart of Shinjuku,it would be nice. Also,there is a beer garden in Summer.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Park
“There are many kind of museums in this park! Also,there is a zoo and shrine in the park. The park is a famous cherry blossom park in Hanami season!”
  • 139 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The building, located just across the street from Shibuya Station, opened in April 1979. The architect was Minoru Takeyama. Tokyu, the building's operator, designed the building as a "Fashion Community" containing small retail stores targeting the early-30s female consumer. Tokyu intended the store to compete with Seibu Department Stores, which was making inroads into the Shibuya area. 開業当初は20代後半から30代の女性に人気でしたが、現在では店内のほとんどが10代後半から20代前半の女性の支持を集めるショッピング施設!「マルキュー」の略称で呼ばれ親しまれ、渋谷のランドマーク!”
  • 143 locals recommend
Boutique
“Roppongi Hills is one of Japan's largest integrated property. Shopping malls,restaurants, cafes,movie theater,museum,a major TV studio,observatory and Mori Garden. Access: NishiNippori stn(Chiyoda line)--Hibiya stn(Hibiya line)--Roppongi stn”
  • 137 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Theme Restaurant
“It's a mechanical show restaurant with Japanese dancers! It's a seemingly crazy shop, but it's all about the details. Tension goes up abnormally because it is in the middle of the genre town. Maybe this kind of blown-out sensibility will play a role in Japan! 機械仕掛けのショーと思いきや、日本人ダンサーによるエンターテイメントレストラン!一見クレイジーな店内だが、細部にまでこだわり抜かれています!様々なお店のある歌舞伎町のど真ん中にあり、テンションも異常に上がるかも!”
  • 204 locals recommend
City Hall
“Golden Gai is a few minutes walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station, between the Shinjuku City Office and the Hanazono Shrine.[5] Its architectural importance is that it provides a view into the relatively recent past of Tokyo, when large parts of the city resembled present-day Golden Gai, particularly in terms of the extremely narrow lanes and the tiny two-story buildings. Nowadays, most of the surrounding area has been redeveloped: The street plans have been changed to create much wider roads and larger building plots, and most of the buildings themselves are now much larger high- or medium- rise developments. This has left Golden Gai as one of a decreasing number of examples of the nature of Tokyo before Japan’s “economic miracle”, that took place in the latter half of the 20th century. 今人気の東京都新宿区の飲食店街です。およそ2000坪ほどの狭い区画に低層の木造長屋が連なっており、200軒以上の小さな飲食店が密集していいるので、飲み歩きにもできます!以前は文壇バーなど個性豊かな店も多く、常連客として作家、編集者、映画監督、俳優といった文化人が多く集まることで知られていました。このような背景から、東京におけるサブカルチャーやアングラ芸術の発信地のひとつとなっています。”
  • 143 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
“Ichiran is a chain, but it is arguably the best one in Japan so it is worth mentioning here. The secret to its success is perhaps the spicy powder and the flour-based noodles made by Ichiran itself. And the deep flavor of their soups is just irresistible. Going there is a fun experience not just for the ramen, but how you order it. Buy your ticket from the vending machine, then fill out an extensive order form about how you want your ramen. It's the most customizable ramen there is. You can choose the level of spiciness, the amount of garlic, the intensity of the dashi seasoning stock and much more! Forms are in English and Japanese.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
“This Ramen restaurant is always crowded . the taste of Ramen is really good. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Department Store
“Keio department store stocks a wide range of Japanese cosmetic brands. Directly connected to Shinjuku Station. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Udon Restaurant
“When it comes to MODERN Udon noodles restaurant,it's theTsurutontan つるとんたん". It's in night life areas such as Shinjuku,Roppongi and Shibuya. Open until late at night!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“とても有名な豚骨ラーメン屋さんです。 This is a must-eat Ramen. Its a chain so you can find other area too. You might have to wait in a queue but its worth it. It will be your favorite one for sure ! ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
“This shop's specialty is Shio Ramen, a type of ramen that has a basic, lightly salted taste. You will easily eat up this your bowl of this amazing ramen. This is the best option for those who don't like ramen that are too oily and heavy. The "toripaitan ramen" (made of chicken broth) is also worth a try here. The nearest station is the Toei Oedo Line Shinjuku Station (D3 Exit).”
  • 34 locals recommend

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