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Tokyo trip #3: Shinjuku

JapanPosted by Totoro42Blue Thu, August 14, 2008 22:48:16
A revisit to Shinjuku is definitely in order this time. Should visit the Gyoen Garden again, this time for the autumn colours, and check out the Tokyo Government Buildings area and the view from the twin office buildings seen in the background in the picture below.

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When walking towards the Shinjuku station from Gyoen Garden, one can see the two towers, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, which are among the tallest in Tokyo, and their observation decks require a visit, the southern one should have the best view as far as I remember. Close to them is the Shinjuku Central Garden also noted as a worthwhile visit.

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Above is a picture of the Takashimaya department store also known as Times Square. You can see the top of the clock tower behind it. We had lunch in the Times Square last spring. I am quite confident that it was something made out of fish that I ate. Would be nice to check out the a couple of conventional department stores to see where locals do some of their shopping, instead of only going for the places that cater to otaku and gadget geeks.

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The Flags department store, the train station is just to the left of it. JPop singer Yui's new album was out on April 4th last year, but we were there in march so I had to buy her previous album and also got her new, at that time, single Che.r.ry. A very cute young woman with a very soft and recognizable voice.

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The clock tower, its actually the Docomo Tower or NTT DoCoMo Tower, but with the prominent clock it has been renamed to the clock tower in my mind, as seen from Gyoen garden that we visited before noon last spring, on the day after arrival.

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A view of Shinjuku from Tokyo Tower. Shinjuku is in the back just to the right of the tall building in the center. No zoom to speak of on my camera so this was the best I could do at that time.

Additional places to check out in Shinjuku are museums, as well as the Omoide Yokocho area, outside the north-west exit of the station. Previously a black market area that should have retained some of its 'old' looks with narrow alleys and small stalls. An area that is probably going to disappear in the next couple of years due to city development.

Shinjuku's location on Google Earth is here.

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