Lion & Goose
Shinjuku Station is beyond enormous. It is the world’s busiest station. Every time Goose and I jumped onto a platform we’d find ourselves in a completely different, unknown part of the train station to the last. It gets harder too because the Lumine and Keio shopping complexes morph either side of the already enormous building. A good indication that you’re not actually exiting the station but entering Lumine is the sudden refreshment of climate. The shopping centre’s both have superior airconditioning to that of Shinjuku Station. They too have exits into the world but will increase confusion ten fold.
The district is made up of two sections really, west and east of the main station. Shinjuku Subway exits westerly while the JR exits mostly in an easterly direction. Sense of direction can be somewhat manageable if you can locate the Shinjuku skyscrapers. If you’re close you’ve exited to the west. If you can still see them but you think they may be a bit of a walk you’re on the east side of the station.
I enjoyed west Shinjuku more for its clearer layout and sense of controlled chaos. East is mostly just chaos with people everywhere. Tokyo has no problem making you feel small. West from the station the first 4 small blocks of city are full of delicious restaurants, bars, and entertainment spaces. Goose and I ate ramen which was delicious! After being handed our own personal english menus the waitress kindly informed us to place an order patrons go up to the machine booth at the entrance, enter your yen and punch in what you would like to order. Sometimes you may too be confused with systems like this but there are always people around to help. There are also some nice, very small bars in the area. Mind you, you should probably start getting used to small places.
The next three major city blocks that follow are quite large, consisting of Shinjuku’s main office buildings. Goose and I watched thousands of business men all in their white short sleeve shirts, no tie, black pants, and black leather bags marched their ways into their respective office buildings. Four reasons to venture this far. First, it had a place for “breakfast” called Paul Bassett. You won’t find western breakfast in Japan. You just won’t. You might, but really, you won’t. They had coffee, and the also did sweet breakfast dishes. No bacon much to my devastation. Secondly, Mōdo Gakuen Kokūn Tawā is a beautifully designedarchitectural structure that has to be photographed! Lion highly rates its Instagram worthiness. The next must visit place is Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building predominantly because it offers epic Tokyo city views at no cost. A rare treat. You also have the option of north and south tower, both really wonderful views. And to finish I rate the Park Hyatt Hotel and New York Bar as a must do if you can afford the yen. Goose and I watched the sunset from the bar. Skipping the experience is a mistake