Shinjyukyu - Tokyo Seasonal Guide



Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building has two free observation decks that offer a panoramic view of the city of Tokyo from a height of 202 meters above the ground.
You can see Tokyo Tower, Sky Tree, and other landmark buildings of Tokyo. Fuji may be seen on a fine day from December to February, and since the observatory is open until 10 p.m., you can also enjoy a beautiful night view of Shinjuku.
As of October 2023, the North Observatory is closed.

Tokyo Marathon

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is also the starting point for the Tokyo Marathon. I participated in the Tokyo Marathon in 2023. I was able to complete the race, albeit slowly. I recommend running a marathon in the middle of Tokyo.
Every year around August, there is an application process for the Tokyo Marathon.


Location 2-chōme-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo
Access Direct from Tocyo-mae Station on Toei Oed line 10 minutes walk from Shinjyuku Station on JR
Opening Hours 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Admission until 9:30 p.m.)
Holidays First and 3rd Tuesday
Admission Fee Free

Shinjyuku Gyoen National Garden

One of the most appreciated places I have guided many times is Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Surrounded by greenery in the metropolis of Shinjuku, the garden is overflowing with beauty.
One of the attractions of this garden is that it is composed of different styles of gardens, such as a European-style garden and a Japanese-style garden.
Visitors can enjoy not only cherry blossoms but also seasonal flowers. A leisurely tour will take about an hour, and a picnic with food is recommended.
Another place I recommend is Starbucks. Starbucks can be found all over the world, but it is rare to find one with a view of the beautiful Japanese garden.



Location 11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access 5 minutes from Shinjuku-Gyoenmae Station on Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line 5 minutes from Shinjuku-sancyome Station on Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line or Toei Shinjyuku Line 10 minutes. walk from South Exit of Shinjuku Station
Opening Hours
PeriodOpening HoursClosing TimeGreenhouse Opening Hours
Oct.1 to Mar.149: 00am - 4: 00pm4: 30pm9: 30am - 3: 30pm
Mar.15 to Jun.30Aug.21 to Sep.309: 00am - 5: 30pm6: 00pm9: 30am - 5: 00pm
Jul.1 to Aug.209: 00am - 6: 30pm7: 00pm9: 30am - 6: 00pm
Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, closed on the next weekday) Year-end & New-year days (Dec.29 to Jan.3)
Admission Fee General admission: 500 yen 65 years old and under Students: 250 yen Children(Junior high school students / 15 and under): Free

Sompo Museum

Did you know that there is a Japanese Van Gogh sunflower work? It is in the collection of the Sompo Museum of Art in Shinjuku, You can see it anytime. Recommended for art lovers.


Location 1 Chome-26-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023
Access 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station on JR or Keio or Odakyu or Tokyo Metro Marunouchi or Toei Oedo line 10 minutes walk from Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station on Toei Oedo line 10 minutes walk from Shinjuku Shinjuku on Keio shinsen or Toei Shinjuku line
Opening Hours
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Admission until 5:30 p.m.)
Monday Year-end & New-year days
Admission Fee Depends on the exhibition

Forest Beer Garden

One of the things I want people to experience in Tokyo in the summer is a beer garden where you can enjoy your meal outdoors, BBQ style. Among these, I recommend the Forest Beer Garden in Shinanomachi. As the name "Forest Beer Garden" suggests, the venue is surrounded by trees and is sure to relax you.
In this beer garden, you can pour your own beer from the beer server and drink freely within a limited time. The food is BBQ style dinner, which goes well with beer.
There is a baseball field nearby, and if you are lucky, you may be able to see fireworks.



Location 14-13 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0013
Access 5 minutes walk from Shinanomachi station on JR lime 5 minutes walk from Kokuritsu-Kyogijo station on Toei Oedo line 10 minutes walk from Aoyama itchome station on Tokyo Metro Ginza line
Opening Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Last order is 9:00 p.m.)
Opening Term
July to September
Price Approximately ¥5,000

Akasaka Umaya Shinjuku


Location 2 Chome-6-2 Yoyogi, Shibuya City,Tokyo 151-0053
Access 2 minutes walk from Shinjuku station
Opening Hours
<Weekday> Morning:6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Last order is 10:00 a.m.) Lunch:11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Last order is 2:30 p.m.) Dinner:5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (Last order is 10:00 p.m.) <Holiday> Morning:6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Last order is 10:00 a.m.) Lunch:11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Last order is 2:00 p.m.) Dinner:5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Last order is 9:00 p.m.)
Opening Term
July to September
Price Approximately ¥5,000

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