Shinjuku (day time)
Shinjuku, on the western edge, at roughly '9 o'clock',
of the Yamanote Line, is truly a city unto itself. First and foremost,
Shinjuku means shopping, eating, and partying. Shinjuku has several huge
department stores, music stores, electronics stores, and hundreds and
hundreds of bars and restaurants catering to every taste imaginable.
Shinjuku is divided into Higashi (east) and Nishi (west) Shinjuku by the
train lines that run through Shinjuku Station. Nishi Shinjuku in particular
exudes wealth and power with its towering skyscrapers.
One of the most eyecatching is Kenzo Tange's inspired citadel, the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government Buildings, or 'Tocho', daily home to 13,000 Tokyo
bureaucrats. Shinjuku is the city of modernism and congestion.
The Asakusa district has many business hotels and budget hostels popular
with foreign backpackers.