Destination guide

Bustling and blossoming Shinjuku

One of the busiest commercial centers of Japan's capital city, Shinjuku draws visitors with its historic shrines, picturesque temples and buzzing atmosphere. There's no shortage of entertainment, whether you prefer quiet strolls in city parks under the flowering cherry blossom trees that paint the town pink each spring, bicycle tours with the family to Tokyo's top attractions or amazing sunset views towards Mount Fuji from soaring observation decks on city skyscrapers. Once you find your ideal Shinjuku vacation rental, it's off to the many shops, museums and delicious restaurants waiting for you just around the corner.

Things to do

Uncovering the history of Shinjuku

After spending some time visiting the city sites and temples in Shinjuku, experience the country's culture at the Samurai Museum, where you can learn all about centuries of samurai history during the various invasions of Japan. The museum presents the traditional armor and weaponry of the warriors in chronological displays and samurai performers put on thrilling battle re-enactments. Afterwards, the whole family can get in on the fun. Try on samurai costumes and helmets, called kabutos, and snap some photos to remember the unique experience.

Activities

Discovering temples and tasty eats in Shinjuku

With so many landmarks to see in the commercial center of Tokyo, a guided city tour will help you get around to some of the most-important spots. Several companies offer walking or biking itineraries by night or day to the shrines, temples and government buildings that fill the district. Many will take you to the nearby Imperial Palace, the official residence of the Emperor of Japan. If you're interested in sampling some tasty local dishes, food tours are another popular choice and introduce you to some of the best eateries and markets to try around your Shinjuku vacation rental.

Weather

Spring awakening in Shinjuku

There's nothing like seeing the cherry blossom trees bloom in Tokyo each spring. The window to see them is narrow, typically falling between late March and mid-April, but visiting anytime during the season means perfectly-cool and sunny days in the 60s and 70s that make touring the city all the more enjoyable. Late fall brings similarly-comfortable weather and low rainfall, in addition to gorgeous fall colors in parks all around the city. Booking your Shinjuku vacation rental during spring or fall also means avoiding the peak summer season, when crowds and temperatures rise.

Natural features

Spreading out in city parks in Shinjuku

After spending some time exploring the bustling streets of Tokyo, a visit to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden offers a welcome natural respite. The park spreads out over more than 140 acres in the middle of the city and has 3 distinct garden areas designed in French, English and traditional Japanese styles, with 100s of gorgeous cherry trees that blossom each spring. Bring a picnic lunch and blanket to stretch out on one of the grassy lawns before taking a walk along winding paths that cross over large ponds. You'll also find a greenhouse filled with varieties of tropical and subtropical plants to admire.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Shinjuku

The nearest airport is in Tokyo (HND-Haneda), located 11.3 mi (18.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Tokyo (NRT-Narita Intl.), which is 38.4 mi (61.9 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Tokyo Shin-Okubo Station, Tokyo Seibu-Shinjuku Station and Tokyo Okubo Station are the main stations in the city. You can see more of Shinjuku by catching a ride on the metro at Higashi-shinjuku Station, Nishi-waseda Station or Wakamatsu-kawada Station.

Where to stay around Shinjuku?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 199 vacation rentals near Shinjuku. From 143 Condos/Apartments to 37 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Shinjuku for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Shinjuku?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Shinjuku:

  • Shibuya: 201 vacation rentals
  • Ueno: 27 vacation rentals
  • Shinagawa: 33 vacation rentals
  • Ohashi: 40 vacation rentals
  • Roppongi: 62 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Shinjuku?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Shinjuku. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tokyo Shinjuku Station: 637 vacation rentals
  • Tokyo Seibu-Shinjuku Station: 638 vacation rentals
  • Shinjuku Golden Gai: 637 vacation rentals
  • Shinjuku Isetan: 638 vacation rentals
  • Shinjuku Suehirotei: 638 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Shinjuku listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Shinjuku?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 143 Condos/Apartments in Shinjuku. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Shinjuku include:

  • Houses: 37 rentals available
  • Studios: 143 rentals available
  • Villas: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Guest houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Shinjuku?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 175 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Shinjuku. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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