IS JAPAN COOL? TOKYO
1. Central area of Tokyo, where the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building is located. The general public is allowed to visit its free observation deck and cafeteria for the government staff.
2. Guinness World Records recognizes Shinjuku Station as the world’s busiest transit center, with an average 3.25-million incoming/outgoing passengers per day. 15 train lines are connected to this huge hub, with additional links to many buildings and underground malls. Even Japanese commuters wander around, confused by the station’s awesome complexity.
3. Shinjuku Station west exit leads to a district of corporate offices and electric appliance shops. Omoide Yokocho historic alley is well-known for its cocktail bars.
4. Shinjuku Station east exit is close to the neon-lit entertainment district. Kabuki-cho features adult entertainments, and Shinjuku 2-chome attracts gay/lesbian/transgender patrons.
5. Every Sunday, Shinjuku-dori becomes a pedestrian paradise (vehicle-free street). Hanazono Jinja (shrine) holds an antique fair, where bargain hunters shop for kimono and Japanese antiques.
Note: Since alcohol flows freely in this area, please watch out for intoxicated customers and avoid trouble with them.