Discover Shinjuku Station
Our Guide with a Japan Rail Pass
Shinjuku station is the busiest station in the world. Here is our guide to find your way.
the busiest station in the world
First there are three companies going through the station : JR East, Keio and Odakyu.
For example if you want to take the Yamanote Line you will have to go in the JR part of the station. If you want to go to Hakone or Enoshima, you will have to follow the Odakyu signs. To reach the Mt Takao it will be the Keio Lines.
In the Odakyu area there are 9 platforms in two floors. Romance cars to Hakone are usually leaving from platforms 2 or 3 on the upper level.
The Keio Line and Keio New line area has 5 platforms.
The two companies have also their own big department stores above the platforms.
Note that there are also three subway lines going to Shinjuku station : the Marunouchi Line, the Oedo Line and the Shinjuku Line.
It's getting sometimes more complicated when you have to exit the station. It will be easier if you know the orientation in advance. Head out the West Exit to reach the Tokyo Metropolitan Governement Building, Tokyo's city hall. From the 45th floor of the tower 1, visitors can get spectaculars views. North East of the station is an area called Kabuchi-cho which has the craziest nightlife in Tokyo. Use the East Exit to visit the Shinjuku Gyoen garden. South exit gives access to big shopping complex.
To exchange your Japan Rail Pass, you can go the JR East Travel Service just outside on the right of the New South Gate or the information center at the East Gate.
Tourist information center :The Tokyo Tourism Information Center is in the same building as the Highway Bus Terminal. The easiest way to find it is to go through the New South Gate or to go to the South Exit and cross the road.