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Discover world number ones in Tokyo!

The first world number one in Tokyo that pops into mind may be TOKYO SKYTREE, which just opened in May.
But Tokyo is packed with many more world number ones.
Let’s take a look at some of these world number ones born in Tokyo.  

World’s busiest station: Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station serves as a hub for multiple rail services—JR lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Toei Shinjuku Line and Oedo Line, Keio Line, and Odakyu Line—and holds the world record as the busiest station. The JR lines alone handle more than 730,000 passengers everyday (average in 2011), and with private railways combined the number far exceeds 2 million, all of whom pass through as many as the station’s 200 exits, making Shinjuku the world’s number one terminus.
Around the station is a myriad of office buildings, starting with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings; electric appliance retailer chains like BIC CAMERA and Yodobashi Camera; and shopping facilities including department stores. All this combined with the entertainment offered by old bar alleys like Omoide Yokocho (“memory lane”) and Golden Street; record shops in Nishi-Shinjuku; and red-light districts like Kabuki-cho make Shinjuku all the more attractive.

For information on Omoide Yokocho and Golden Street

World’s largest pendulum clock: “Yukku-Rhythm (Slow rhythm)” Grand Pendulum Clock

The “Yukku-Rhythm” Grand Pendulum Clock at Shinjuku NS Building, at the west exit of Shinjuku Station, was once listed in the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest pendulum clock. The instrument is 29.1 meters tall, the pendulum 22.5 meters long, and the face a whopping 7.2 meters in diameter.
The face has only one hand, which makes a full rotation in 24 hours. The dial is divided into 12 equal sections, each displaying a sign of the zodiac. For example, 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. is the ox, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is the rooster. 

“Yukku-Rhythm” Grand Pendulum Clock


Shinjuku NS Building, 2-4-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo


10-min. walk from JR / Keio Line / Odakyu Line / Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station South Exit or West Exit


(Weekdays 9:00–12:00 and 13:00–17:00; closed weekends and holidays)