Great Things to Do in Shinjuku

The KCP campus is a mere five-minute walk from the Shinjuku Gyoenmae subway station (Marunouchi line), or a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku San-Chome station (Toei Shinjuku line).


The KCP campus is an ideal location to study the Japanese language and for your study abroad experience.

Shinjuku is the business, entertainment, and shopping center of Tokyo. Shinjuku Avenue is lined with tall buildings, complexes, and a feast of exotic neon light displays. There are also nearby parks where you can enjoy the lush foliage and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You get both the extreme excitement of Tokyo’s busiest spot and a serene corner near several parks all within walking distance.

Check-out some of the great things to do in Shinjuku:

Shinjuku Gyoen – In 1698, one of Japan’s major highways during that time was built in the town of Naitō-Shinjuku district.  In 1920, Naitō-Shinjuku and parts of Kabukichō and Nishi-Shinjuku became present-day Tokyo. Naitō was the daimyo of the Naitō-Shinjuku area, whose mansion once stood in what is now the public park Shinjuku Gyoen.

Samurai Museum – exhibits of samurai swords, other weapons and armor. Visitors can try on the whole traditional attire and experience what it’s like to become a Japanese warrior.

Samurai Museum, Shinjuku, Japan. | Tim Franklin Photography

Omoide Yokocho – is a maze of narrow alley ways that is near the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. It’s a striking contrast to the bright lights and modern cityscape of Shinjuku. The alleys are filled with small restaurants and traditional open barbecue food stalls that fill the air with mouth watering scents. It’s a great place to relax and unwind after a grueling day.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – The 243 meter tall government building has two towers open to the public as an observatory. It used to be the tallest building in Tokyo until the Midtown Tower in 2007. Famous Japanese landmarks  of Japan such as the Tokyo Dome, the Tokyo Skytree, Mount Fuji, Tokyo Tower, and Meiji Shrine can be seen from the observation decks.

Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku, Japan. | Trevor Dobson

Yayoi Kusama Museum – considered to be one of the most important living artists of Japan. Her contemporary works are based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of pop art, abstract expressionism, minimalism, surrealism and feminism, among other things. The museum opened in 2017 and aims to promote Kusama’s art by exhibiting her works and related materials to further develop the arts.