Five fascinating spots in Nishi-Shinjuku

Five fascinating spots in Nishi-Shinjuku

Updated at:2023/04/19

We will introduce the historic rediscovery route in Nishi-Shinjuku (western Shinjuku), which starts from Shinjuku Juniso Kumano Shrine.



Shinjuku Juniso Kumano Shrine

Kumano Shrine is a historic shrine, known as the "Guardian Shrine of Shinjuku". In the Muromachi period (1394-1428), Mr. Kuro Suzuki, called Nakano-choja, enshrined the Junisho (deity of twelve locations) in his hometown, Kumano Miyama of Kishu. Many cultural assets preserve the history of Nishi-Shinjuku in the grounds and halls of the shrine, and it is also known for the beauty of cherry blossoms in spring and ginkgo trees in fall.

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Mitouan Shinagawa

Mitouan Shinagawa Restaurant is located in the area of "Juniso," where there was a pond and a waterfall, and it was a popular scenic spot. The old-fashioned wooden construction of the restaurant is impressive. As it's written in the name, Mitouan, they are committed to taste and pottery. Handmade Western-style food, especially stew dish, and coffee can be enjoyed with different potteries which the previous owner of the restaurant collected from foreign countries.

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Tajimaya Coffee Shop, Main Store

Tajimaya Coffee shop is originally started from the cafe "Eden," Jun Kissa (a coffee shop that doesn't serve alcohol), which opened in 1964 (Showa 39), the year of the first Tokyo Olympics, and served coffee for more than 50 years at Nishi Shinjuku. You can enjoy coffee that has been carefully roasted fresh beans in a wooden warmth classical store. Enjoy with a special dessert that mixes the Japanese and Western styles.

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Shinjuku Central Park

Shinjuku Central Park is the biggest public park in Tokyo. It was established as a park in 1968 (Showa 43) where there was a Yodashi water treatment field. In the lush garden, there are "water park," "grass area," and "Fujimi-dai" where the trace of the original location remains. It is a relaxing place for surrounding neighbors, office workers, and tourists.

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Keio Plaza Hotel

Keio Plaza Hotel was established in 1971 (Showa 46) at Nishi Shinjuku as the first high-rise hotel in Japan. At that time, it was 170 meters tall and the highest building in Japan. All 1,454 guest rooms in the main building and South Building offer variety-rich room types. A variety of dining options such as "Super Buffet <Glass Court>" which is a buffet with more than 70 types on the second floor of the main building is popular.

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