Shinjuku is a large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. It’s teeming with cafés, restaurants and Izakayas.
Shinjuku Station is the world’s busiest railway station, used by over three million passengers every day.
Kabukichō is an entertainment and red-light district on the Northeast side of Shinjuku Station. It reportedly has a large Yakuza presence and many bars have a reputation of adding extortionate hidden charges to customer’s bills. Some establishments will only accept Japanese customers.
Golden Gai is an area in Kabukichō containing around 200 bars, mainly for Japanese customers only.
Ohi Racecourse Flea Market
Morning in Shinagawa
I got up early and caught a train into Shinagawa.
Shinjuku and Kabukichou
I got a coffee and spent some time watching people go by. I caught a train to Shinjuku which arrived at about 10:00. I spent a couple of hours there. I went to Kabukichou and took a few photos.
On my way back, I also took some photos near the station.
I got to Shinagawa at about 12:00 and spent just over an hour there. I had a look around the station and the general area and too a few photos.
To get to Yokohama, I caught a train to Minatomirai Station.
I got there just after 14:00 and walked to Grand Mall Park Round Square where we watched some street performers. There were 3 sets of performers that day. There was between 100-200 people in the audience. At the end of each performance the performers asked for a donation of 1000 Yen.
After the performances, I took a walk through Yamashita Park to Yokohama Chinatown.
Chukagai (Yokohama’s Chinatown) is the largest Chinatown in Japan. We had a look around and had some street food.
I looked around some more and that caught a subway train to Yokohama Station. From Yokohama I caught a train to Shinagawa where I bought a personalised IC card and make some preparation for my trip to the airport the next day. I used a ticket machine to print out some information about the Narita Express and then asked someone at the information counter which track the train leaves from.
I returned to Kita-Shinagawa and packed my suitcase ready for my flights home in the morning.
Manchester to Osaka
Arriving in Japan
Kobe and Osaka
Osaka to Tokyo
Shibuya & Halloween Photos
Whistle Stop Tour
Narita to Manchester