Referring to Japan reminds me the names such as the Land of Cherry Blossoms, the Land of the Rising Sun or associated with the image of this country is the majestic Mount Fuji standing out in the sky… But Japan is also a country which very develop in science and technology, just looking at the capital of Tokyo, you will realize beyond the civilized and advanced, it is also famous for the bustle and cultural diversity. The mix of tradition and modernity makes many tourists coming to Tokyo to be overwhelmed. Visiting Tokyo you will see how Japanese people preserve and develop their culture. So, are you looking for some best neighbourhoods in Tokyo and Tokyo cool neighborhoods to playing, eating, shopping, etc..? Let’s check it out our Tokyo neighborhood guide with 7 most modern, coolest neighborhoods in Tokyo and best neighborhoods in Tokyo for tourist below to find out the answer!
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How to get to Shinjuku?
Location: Shinjuku Station – JR Yamanote
Because Shinjuku station is so large, you should take note when moving according to the following suggestions to easily find the way.
East Exit: Includes 2 ticket gates are Higashi-guchi and Chuo Higashi-guchi. These two gates will lead to places such as the famous Kabukicho playing street, Golden Gai eating street.
West Exit: Go straight through the west Nishi-guchi gate because you will not be able to exit by the gate of Chuo Nishi-guchi. From the West Exit you will see Tokyo Sky Tree observatory and Shinjuku Mosaic Street with many local brands.
South Exit: Determine where to go first and exit from the South Minami-Guchi gate. Surrounding the station will be Shinjuku Takashimaya shopping mall and bus station to Nagoya, Nagano, and Lake Kawaguchiko.
What to do?
Shinjuku is always a place to receive a huge amount of tourists. It is one of the three largest neighborhoods in Tokyo beyond Shibuya and Ikeburo. Shinjuku concentrates many high-rise buildings, skyscrapers, shopping malls and all types of entertainment, playing. Whether you visiting Tokyo for the first time or familiar with the trips to Japan, Shinjuku will surely be overwhelming you by the busiest and bustling here.
Although very big and modern, but Shinjuku still keeps its unique tradition features. I highly recommend you to visit Hanazono Jinja Shrine (Address: 5 Chome-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan / Phone: +81 3-3209-5265 / Admission: free). The place of worship and honor of art and has a long history before 1590. The God at Hanazono Shrine has protected the people, brought prosperity and developed culture and art. On the celebration Shogatsu day of Japanese people, many famous artists will also come here to worshipping and express their gratitude.
Having come to Japan and go to Tokyo to play, do not forget to enjoy 100 kinds of different processed sushi in Shinjuku at Kizunasushi restaurant (Address: 1 Chome-18-8 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan / Hours: Open 24 hours / Phone: +81 3-5287-1081). The restaurant is located right next to the West Exit of Shinjuku Station, receiving many good feedbacks from diners and appearing on Japanese TV shows. In addition to the large portions, you can also order some side dishes such as miso soup, tempura, salads, etc. Let’s come to check-in and eat well.
Hint: If you love street art then Southern of Shinjuku, around Takashimaya Shinjuku Department Store will have amateur artists performing in the evening. Linger for a bit of watching is also very interesting.
How to get to Harajuku?
Location: Harajuku Station – JR Yamanote
Getting to Harajuku is quite simple, you just need to remember the name of the following 2 exits:
Takeshita Exit: When you exit this gate you will see Takeshita Street right in front of you. The street is filled with shops of Harajuku style clothes.
Omotesando Exit: From here, walking to the east you will see Omotesando Hills mixed architecture, where many high-end domestic and foreign brands are gathered.
What to do?
Located in Shibuya district, Harajuku is a shopping paradise for passionate young people with kawaii style (cute) or gothic style that is somewhat cool and eccentric. It can be said to be a multi-style fashion catwalk and without age or gender restrictions. Harajuku gathers many unique features that no neighborhood in Tokyo has. Having come to Tokyo, you have to come here to see if there is anything interesting that makes people excited.