Discover Shinjuku Station

  • Published on : 08/02/2017
  • by : Japan Experience
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Our Guide with a Japan Rail Pass of the busiest station in the world

Shinjuku station is the busiest station in the world. Here is our guide to find your way.

JR platforms are on the first floor and aligned from platform 1 to Platform 16 in a north-south direction. Connections between the JR Yamanote, the JR Chuo, the JR Shonan-Shinjuku, the JR Saikyo lines are easy with footbridges or underground corridors. 

Special trains like the Narita Express, the Spacia to Tobu-Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen, the Super View Odoriko to Shimoda are on platforms 5 or 6.

In the Odakyu area there are 9 platforms in two floors. Romance cars to Hakone are usually leaving from platforms 2 or 3 on the upper level.

The Keio Line and Keio New line area has 5 platforms.  The two companies have also their own big department stores above the platforms.

Note that there are also three subway lines going to Shinjuku station : the Marunouchi Line, the Oedo Line and the Shinjuku Line.

JR Shinjuku

JR Shinjuku

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It's getting sometimes more complicated when you have to exit the station. It will be easier if you know the orientation in advance. Head out the West Exit to reach the Tokyo Metropolitan Governement Building, Tokyo's city hall. From the 45th floor of the tower 1, visitors can get spectaculars views. North East of the station is an area called Kabuchi-cho which has the craziest nightlife in Tokyo. Use the East Exit to visit the Shinjuku Gyoen garden. South exit gives access to big shopping complex. 

Tokyo Metropolitan, Shinjuku

Tokyo Metropolitan, Shinjuku

©Fumiaki Hayashi, pixabay

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