The Shinjuku area is a place full of energy with a large terminal the size of Tokyo Station. It is changing dramatically by the day, with skyscrapers around the West Exit of the station, department stores near the East Exit, and new developments appearing near the New South Exit. Here, we introduce the top three ways to enjoy Shinjuku at night, including high-level entertainment shows, old-school dive bars, and places to have dinner with fabulous views.
＜1＞ Full of Entertainment Spots with First Rate Performances!
Shinjuku is an entertainment battleground with many theaters run by major show biz production companies. It is also full of appealing spots such as established show pubs and amusement cafes.
Lumine the Yoshimoto has the largest capacity among permanent theaters run in Tokyo by Yoshimoto. There are performances twice a day on weekdays and three times a day on weekends and holidays. With great comedy shows with an amazing lineup, the theater is engulfed with laughter every day. Special live performances are held in the evenings as well.
Leading Yoshimoto entertainers such as the comedian duo Nakagawaje as well as Hanamaru & Daikichi Hakata take the stage every day.
Nazotomo Cafe Shinjuku, which consists of ten small rooms, where you can experience riddle-solving and escape games, and a cafe, is an amusement facility that is the talk of the town. The play fee is 1,080 JPY per person per game and the contents change every 90 days. The cafe is open to the public.
＜2＞ Drink All Night in the Restaurants & Bars Districts All Over Town
From established literary bars and Omoide Yokocho, which retains the Showa era atmosphere, to the latest event spaces, Shinjuku's drinking spots are varied and appealing. Enjoy your drinks amidst the hustle and bustle to experience the true pleasures of Shinjuku.
Motsuyaki Utchan is a popular grilled offals shop in Omoide Yokocho that has a welcoming atmosphere even for first-timers. It serves more than 20 different types of offals, including rare ones, but the popular items run out quickly so be sure to visit early.
The content of the Five Kushi Skewers Set (870 JPY), which is a good deal, is basically left up to the chef. At the back to the left is the popular Macaroni Salad (290 JPY). Be sure to get the Simmered Beef Offals (490 JPY), which is a super popular standard dish that is sure to run out.
Donzoko, a well-known bar beloved by famous people of culture, is a bar that has changed little since it opened in 1951 (26th year of Showa) and retains strong flavors of the Showa era. The shochu-based Donzoko Cocktail (650 JPY) and the homemade food are popular, and the calm environment of the bar is a great backdrop to a night in Shinjuku.
The Homemade Thickly-Sliced Rolled Char Siu Pork Belly (950 JPY) is voluminous. The menu is varied, and includes Mixed Pizza (1,300 JPY) and Sangria (650 JPY).
＜3＞ Restaurants High Up in Skyscrapers with Fabulous Views of the City
Shinjuku, with its many skyscrapers, is also full of restaurants with fabulous night views. The restaurant floors in skyscrapers in the area around the West Exit are worth paying attention to. This place on the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a hidden gem!
Good View TOKYO on the 45th floor of Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No. 1 has a fabulous view of Tokyo at night from all its seats. There are live jazz piano performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Creative continental cuisine, which mixes Japanese flavors into Western-style cooking, including the Steak Japonais of Japanese Black Beef (2,980 JPY), can be enjoyed in the spacious bar.
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 05.31.2017]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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