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Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan's Sleepless City, at Night

The video featured here is titled "Cyberpunk 2018 TOKYO Shinjuku 4K." It was released by "NIPPON WANDERING TV."
Shinjuku is home to Japan's busiest train station and is also known as the "City that Never Sleeps."
At night, the city is brilliantly illuminated and the night view of Shinjuku from the skyscrapers is breathtakingly beautiful.
In this article, we'll go over the spectacular night view of Shinjuku, Tokyo, the largest entertainment district in the East!

On rainy days in particular, the neon lights reflected in the puddles on the road's surface create exotic scenery that reminds us of artwork from the cyberpunk movie "Blade Runner."
You can watch the 4K video here to enjoy all of the beauty that Shinjuku has to offer. Enjoy!

The City That Never Sleeps, Where You Can See Godzilla, the Pride of Japan! Tokyo's Kabukicho in Shinjuku and Its Neon Lights

Image of Godzilla in Kabukicho, Tokyo
Photo:Godzilla in Kabukicho, Tokyo

The symbol of Japan's All-night entertainment City is Kabukicho in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
In Kabukicho, you'll find TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku where you can see a life-sized replica of Godzilla's head, and the shop Don Quijote.
The district contains restaurants and sex-oriented shops and is crowded with tourists every day and night.
You can see this from 0:16 in the video.
The Godzilla head at TOHO Cinemas is the most Instagrammable spot in Shinjuku.
The Kabukicho area also has other facilities, such as the Shinjuku City Office and Ohkubo Hospital.
Most Japanese people have probably seen the famous neon sign of Kabukicho Ichibangai facing Ome Kaido Street at least once, as it has been featured in many TV programs and movies.
The night view of Shinjuku's Kabukicho is one of the most famous views of Shinjuku and a symbol of Japan's nightlife culture.

A Beautiful Night View of Shinjuku 3-Chome, the Most Densely Populated Restaurant District in Japan

Image of BICQLO, Tokyo, Japan
Photo:BICQLO, Tokyo, Japan

Kabukicho is a popular tourist spot among foreigners, but some people may have a scary image of it.
Though it has a cyberpunk vibe that makes it an ideal night view spot for those who like it, if you go to the JR Shinjuku Station side across the Oume Kaido Street, you will find the Shinjuku 3-chome area where you can enjoy eating and drinking in a safe and relaxed environment.
Shinjuku 3-chome is a busy shopping and entertainment district lined with Isetan Shinjuku, a long-established department store that boasts the highest sales in Japan, major electronic and home appliance retail stores, such as BICQLO and MARUI, Shinjuku Takano, and luxury brand shops.
It is said to have the largest number of restaurants in Japan, and is a popular area as a nightlife and gourmet spot where women can safely walk amongst the neon lights.

Image of Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane), Kabukicho, Tokyo
Photo:Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane), Kabukicho, Tokyo

There are many Showa retro back alleys in Shinjuku.
For example, Kabukicho Center Street (センター街, senta gai), Omoide Yokocho (思い出横丁) adjacent to JR Shinjuku Station, and Chidori-gai Street (千鳥街) in Shinjuku 2-chome have all retained the atmosphere of the postwar black market as well as the red-light district and the blue line district (where illegal prostitution occurred).
If you want to see nightscapes of bars and red lanterns that appear in Enka songs (popular Japanese ballads), then be sure to check out the back alleys of Shinjuku.
Chidori-gai Street in Shinjuku 2-chome is a great spot known only by a handful of people.

You can enjoy the scenery of the back alleys with the atmosphere of the Showa era at 2:32 in the video.

The History and Culture of the Nightscapes of Shinjuku, Tokyo

Image of a night view of Kabukicho, Tokyo
Photo:Night view of Kabukicho, Tokyo

The name "Shinjuku" (新, "New" 宿, "Inn/Lodging") comes from the fact that the town was newly established as a post town on the Koshu Kaido during the Edo period (1603-1868 AD).
The area around Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was called "Naito Shinjuku," where the residence of the Naito family, which was closely related to the Imperial family, was located.
Since the Koshu Kaido ran right beside it, a new post town was built in the Koshu Kaido area, which is where the name "Shinjuku" (新宿) came from.
In this way, Shinjuku became a busy and bustling place where many people gathered.
It is not an overstatement to say that the current prosperity of Tokyo and Shinjuku began at this time.

Summary of Shinjuku, Tokyo's Best Nightscapes

Image of Kabukicho, Tokyo
Photo:Kabukicho, Tokyo

Shinjuku Tokyo, the center of Japan's entertainment industry culture, is a popular sightseeing spot that has been the setting for many TV dramas and movies.

It is a city of chaotic attractions where various races and cultures meet, and is home to traditional Izakaya, cafes, coffee shops, and bars where you can drink while listening to all different types of music, and enjoy many different events.
Enjoy the neon lights of Shinjuku in this 4K video!


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Last Updated : Aug. 24, 2021
児玉 勇(Yu Kodama)
A writer who loves Japan and yakitori
The Beautiful Neon Glow of Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, the City That Never Sleeps! Be Intoxicated By the Mysterious Atmosphere of the Best Shopping District in the East!
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