The beautiful photo of Nishi-Shinjuku above is courtesy of Tsutomu Kuriyama from the
is the largest and busiest station in the world. It handles in the
range of 1 to 2million people every day, going in and out of it's ticket
gates. It is also an area of total contrasts. I had heard
friends talk about this station even before I went to Tokyo. They all
said it was a horrible, chaotic place, that you can never escape from.
That just seemed to make me more excited to see it in person. The size
and the crowds of people, is quite exciting. It is a city that never
sleeps and is always noisy.
This page is split into west and east sides because the station is so big.
This page is the
west side and the other page is the
I talked about contrasts in Tokyo, I should have given Shinjuku Station as
an example. The West and East sides are totally different. The West
being ordered and business like, with monolithic skyscrapers and large
avenues. The East side has small crowded and cramped streets that are
unorganized and many smaller buildings focused completely on entertainment.
skyscraper in Tokyo, is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices Building.
Tokyo Metro Gov. Office is an architectural wonder. it was built in
December 1990, and opened in April 1991. The towers are 243 meters high
and the design uses super structure technology to withstand great
earthquakes and enables large office areas to be built using no supporting
another view from the base, in the building's plaza.
observation deck in tower to the right, is on the 45th floor. This is definitely
the best FREE view in Tokyo. Yes
free! Other tall buildings and one tower (Tokyo Tower) charge an arm
and a leg to use their lofty view points. Tokyo Tower - 1100yen (which
is about $14.00 Canadian, or about $10.00 American) This building however is
free of charge and just as good or better than the others. It's hours
are Tuesday to Friday 9:30 ~ 17:30, Saturdays Sundays and holidays 9:30 ~
19:30. To get there the best way is to exit the West Exit of Shinjuku
station and work your way underground as far West as possible. Rise to
street level and head west (away from the station) down any main street and
you will see the towers. Enter the building on the lowest floor and
turn to the right to get to the observatory elevator.
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Background photo by Tsutomu Kuriyama ©1999.
Main text by 3DeeArts ©1999/2000. Additional
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Introducing Tokyo ©1987 Kodansha International Ltd.