Shinjuku in Photos: The Station & Skyscrapers

Shinjuku Bus Terminal

Shinjuku is a large district of Tokyo that is home to all kinds of great and wonderful things to see and do. You can look out over the district from the Tokyo Metropolitan Building, wander one of the many side streets that line Shinjuku Station, or even get lost in the numerous passageways within the station itself. But what are the top things to do that won't set you back a few hundred dollars?

In this series, professional cameraman Heath Smith provides a photo tour of his top five places to see—all of which are free, or relatively cheap!

2. Explore Shinjuku Station itself

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Shinjuku Bus Terminal, viewed from inside the station.


Shinjuku Station is the busiest station in the world with more than 3.5 million commuters traveling through it every day. If you are willing to go exploring, you can find some really spectacular sights that let you look out over the district.

Cocoon Tower (left) and L-Tower (right)
The iconic Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (center) and L-Tower (right).


The mad rush of people as they leave Shinjuku Station on the east exit.
The mad rush of people as they leave Shinjuku Station on the east exit.


Shooting from the Shinjuku west exit pedestrian bridge
Shooting from the Shinjuku west exit pedestrian bridge.


3. Walk the Path of the Giants

The Sompo Japan Building, as seen from the pedestrian bridge.
The Sompo Japan Building, as viewed from the pedestrian bridge.


Shinjuku is home to many of Tokyo's tallest and attractive skyscrapers. If you walk from the Sompo Japan Building towards the Park Hyatt Tokyo, this path will lead you by a lot of interesting sites, like the Shinjuku LOVE Sculpture, and the courtyard of the Tokyo Metropolitan Building.

The Shinjuku Mode Gakuen as seen from below
The Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower from below.


The Shinjuku "LOVE" Sign is just one of many located all around the world.
The Shinjuku "LOVE" sign is just one of many located all around the world.


The Tokyo Metropolitan Building, seen from the courtyard
The Tokyo Metropolitan Building, seen from the courtyard.


The road next to the Tokyo Metropolitan Building passes alongside most of the skyscrapers here.
The road next to the Tokyo Metropolitan Building passes alongside most of the skyscrapers here.


Lastly, don't miss this amazing view from the atrium of the Shinjuku NS Building.
Lastly, don't miss this amazing view from the atrium of the Shinjuku NS Building!

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