Nightlife in Shinjuku


©Tony Clarke


in Shinjuku


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building has been a landmark of west Shinjuku since it was built in 1990. The building has two towers and is 243 metres tall. Both towers have free observation decks on the 45th floor where visitors can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. On a clear day, you can see the beautiful Mt Fuji. But the highlight here is the night view. The north observation deck is open till 10:30 pm, and is a popular spot for viewing the spectacular Tokyo city lights.



Kabukicho is the area that never goes to sleep. The neon lights and the crowds of people are the icons of the night life here. The area covers over 3,000 entertainment facilities, including restaurants, izakaya pubs, karaoke bars, movie theatres and night clubs, making it the largest entertainment district in Japan.



Golden Gai is an area with more than 200 small bars in six narrow alleys. Most bars here are only big enough to seat five to eight customers. The area used to be a site of prostitution in the 50s. Now, it has survived as a place where you can experience a unique Japanese bar culture.



Omoide Yokocho, literally “memory lane”, is a street area packed with small Japanese-style pubs. The area is not designed for tourists, so visitors can see what locals eat and drink in normal Tokyo life. It’s a good place to mingle with locals and share a glass or two in a nostalgic atmosphere.