2 Shinjuku, the center of Tokyo! Learn about Japan's trends in department store basements and while shopping

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Courses

Departure time

Departs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Duration of 
the tour

About 2.5 hours

Cost 0 yen

In this route, you will explore Shinjuku, one of the greatest commercial avenues in Japan, where eating and drinking establishments, department stores, and theaters stand side by side.
In the South Exit area, you will drop by trendy spots as you experience the hustle and bustle of the crowded businesses and shopping streets. In the East Exit area, you will visit the first basement level of Isetan Department Store, which is famous for its gourmet food stalls. You can have first hand experience of the Japanese gastronomic culture that focuses on food directly delivered from the producing areas all over the world. Also visit Hanazono Shrine where the deity of prosperous business and development of art and culture is worshiped and the lively Kabuka-cho.

Route

Tokyo Tourist Information Center Busta Shinjuku → Shinjuku Southern Terrace → Takashimaya Times Square (observation space) → Shopping district in the East Exit area → Food sales on the first basement level of the Isetan Department Store (department store basement experience) → Hanazono Shrine → Kabuki-cho (see the Toho Shinjuku Building Godzilla head) → Shinjuku Station (end)

  • Takashimaya
    Times Square
    (observation space)

  • Food sales on the first basement level of the Isetan Department Store
    (department store basement experience)
  • Hanazono Shrine
  • Kabuki-cho
    (see the Toho Shinjuku Building Godzilla head)

Regarding Guide Services

  • This guide service is provided by volunteers, and transportation is mainly by public transport or walking.
  • The participants for the guide service should be up to 5 people.
  • It will be accompanied by 2 tour guides.
  • Participants are required to pay the costs for an accompanying tour guide.
  • The fees shown here are for one participant. The price changes depending on the number of participants. We will notify you of the actual fee by email.
  • The fee for guide services should be paid with Japanese Yen.
  • Among the participants, there must be at least one person over 20 years old.
  • Some facilities may be closed depending on the day of the week. We ask for your understanding.
  • The time and date of departure changes depending on the course, so please check the details for each course.

* The fee is the amount required for transport and attraction admission fees. (Including the fees for two guides). It also includes the amount required for the guides to return to Shinjuku after the guidance finishes. The guidance itself is free of charge.

Regarding bookings

  1. To apply for a tour, click the “Apply here” button.
  2. We require you to inform us of your first and second preference for course and time/date. Please understand that we may be unable to offer guidance on your preferred date depending on volunteer schedules.
  3. Bookings are required from one month to three days prior to your preferred guidance date.
  4. After submitting your booking, we will send a response within a week. For bookings made from one week to three days before, we will respond the day before your preferred date at the latest. Be sure to include your contact details in Japan.
  5. To cancel a booking, please contact us at least one day prior.

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