Shinjuku, a Tokyo Suburb in Bloom

Shinjuku, a Tokyo Suburb in Bloom, Tokyo, Japan (B)

Shinjuku, a suburb of Tokyo, is home to both the busiest railway station in the world and one of Japan’s prettiest parks, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. I loved the contrast between the two – once I had worked out which exit I needed from the huge station complex. The Southern Terrace is an open terrace lined with restaurants and famous for its decorative lights. I was there in November when the Christmas lights were on display. It was like walking through wonderland.

On my way to and from the station I would cross the Southern Terrace as its elevated position enabled me to pick out landmarks, not just my hotel, Sunroute Plaza. From the Southern Terrace a bridge crossed the road and the steps were very close to this hotel. In the forest of high-rise buildings this was the quickest way through the station and surrounding streets. It was also a good place to eat. The first evening I had dinner in Shinjuku I went to Tavern in S. The restaurant was busy and the atmosphere was inviting. I was welcomed by a waiter and taken to a seat at the bar. I felt very comfortable eating there on my own. All the staff were very efficient and friendly. I was sitting in the prime position to enjoy the fabulous mural that covered the whole back wall. The food was good too and unusual. I had a tasty four cheese pizza with honey and walnuts. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Shinjuku, a Tokyo Suburb in Bloom
Guide Location: Japan » Tokyo
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Valery Collins
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Southern Terrace
  • Sunroute Plaza
  • Tavern in S
  • Lumine
  • Takashimaya

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