The quiet and peaceful atmosphere of Hatagaya is very different from the hectic nature of central Shinjuku. But with a selection of shops, convenience stores and restaurants nearby, you can be sure that your stay with us will be a pleasant one. Once you jump onto the train at Hatagaya station, a mere 3-minute ride will take you to Shinjuku, the busiest station in the world and one of Tokyo’s must-visit tourist spots.
If you would like to see Tokyo from above,
The west side of Shinjuku Station is dominated by skyscrapers. One of them is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Admission is free and it is open until 11PM (last entry at 10:30pm). At a height of 202 meters panorama of Tokyo City is all yours.
If you want to experience Tokyo's fascinating nightlife.
An entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku. Kabukicho is the location of many host and hostess bars, shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and is often referred to as the "Town that never sleeps". In the late 1940s there existed a plan to build a Kabuki theater in the area after while the district was named. Though the theater was never built the name remained and has since become a synonym for a vibrant night life.
Being the most direct route between the east and the west side of Shinjuku Station, Omoide Yokocho is usually flooded with people. You can eat Yakitori(grilled chicken on skewers - a local delicacy) and drink Sake at one of the many stalls along the way. If you want to experience Japanese After-Work-Calture at its bes best Omoide Yokocho is the place to go.
If you want to take a break from the crowd,
Covering 58 hectares, Shinjuku-Gyoen is one of Tokyo's largest parks (in the city center). It was opened to the public in 1949 after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since the beginning of the 20th century. Shinjuku Gyoen features three garden types: an English landscape with wide lawns, a traditional Japanese "Niwa" with teahouses and a symmetrically arranged, formal French garden. Besides, there are many types of vegetation as well as a greenhouse (the greenhouse is being reconstructed until 2011). Shinjuku Gyoen also has more than a dozen types of cherry trees, making the park one of Tokyo's most popular and romantic Hanami spots during late March and early April.
For shopping lovers,
Cutting edge electronics and photography equipment make this the favorite among enthusiasts and professionals alike. Despite the name "Camera", Yodobashi actually sells a lot more, ranging from household appliances and personal computers, to toys watches and even cosmetics.
Japan's premium department store devoted to high-end ladies fashion, lifestyle, jewelry and much more. Takashimaya is the No. 1 choice for domestic designer labels as well as world-famous top notch brands. Besides, DIY superstore Tokyu Hands is also located inside the building. Here you can find many fascinating gadgets not available elsewhere. Something for everyone here!
Subways in Tokyo are very convenient and you can go nearly everywhere by them, but at the same time you can easily spent thousands of Yen buying single- tickets.
The same is true for museums and exhibitions since entrance fees usually start around 1,000 yen. Is there a cheaper solution?
Of course there is one! Check out the following websites:
|Hatsudai & Opera City||
Just one stop along the Keio New Line you will find yourself in Hatsudai, the closest station to the famous Opera City Tower. Since 1997 the acclaimed New National Theatre Tokyo has been staging a wide variety of shows including such as opera, ballet, dance and dramas.
Hatagaya stn. → Keio New Line (1 min.) → Hatsudai stn.
With easy access to Tokyo and the rest of Japan, Ikebukuro is the second busiest station in world. As you might expect, the city is equally lively; packed with interesting places to eat, drink and shop, Ikebukuro has something to suit everyone.
Apart from the closely packed streets, the Sunshine Shopping Center is also very popular among foreign visitors. The sixty-floor Sunshine 60 building offers an unbeatable dining experience with panoramic views of the city from the sky restaurants and observation deck. Ikebukuro is also the stronghold of several major electronic superstores such as Bic Camera and Yamada Denki and goes neck-and-neck with the world-renowned Akihabara.
Hatagaya stn. → Keio New line (3 min.) → Shinjuku stn. →
|Shibuya, Omotesando & Harajuku||
From Shibuya’s 109 building, along Omotesando Hills to Harajuku’s Takeshita doori, this extensive area is without doubt the centre of Tokyo’s fashion and pop-culture. Next Shibuya Station you can find one of the most famous pedestrian crossings in the world, while was featured in many movies such as "Lost in Translation."
Many famous luxury brands have established their flagship stores in the glamourous Aoyama and Omotesando districts. If you prefer exquisite Japanese craftsmanship, the Oriental Bazaar is no doubt the No.1 choice. From fine porcelain to unique hand-woven articles, you name it, they've got it.
However, if you are looking for something more alternative, Harajuku is definitely the place to go. Here is where Tokyo's fashion-conscious generation gathers and the Design Festa Gallery can be found. On Sundays you can take a break from shopping to see amateur bands and dancers in nearby Yoyogi park as well.
Ikebukuro stn. → JR Yamanote Line (13 min.) → Harajuku stn.
Famous for its numerous discount electronics and computer stores, Akihabara is also the origin of "Otaku" culture - manga, anime and all the related merchandise. Whether you are looking for the latest high-tech PCs and mobile phones or memorabilia from your favourite anime, most likely you will be able to find it here.
If Shibuya is the centre for fashion, then Akihabara is the centre for electronics and Otaku culture. Don't forget to bring your passport in orders to get a refund on the sales tax!
Hatagaya stn. → Keio New line+Subway Shinjuku line (Direct service, 11 min.) → Ichigaya stn. → JR Sobu line (9 min.) → Akihabara stn.
|Tokyo Dome Cityl||
Built around the Tokyo Dome (the world's largest covered baseball stadium), Tokyo Dome City is a popular entertainment district. In this area you can find many souvenir shops and restaurants and nearby is a large spa and shopping mall complex, LaQua. LaQua also features ride attractions such as the Big-O centre-less ferris wheel and "Thunder dolphin" rollercoaster. Tokyo dome itself is home to baseball games and from time to time is also used as a concert and exhibition venue.
Hatagaya stn. → Keio New line+Subway Shinjuku line (Direct service, 11 min.) → Ichigaya stn. → Subway Namboku line (5 min.) → Korakuen stn.