Well known for being the world's busiest railway station, Shinjuku is also where the renowned Golden Gai and Piss Alley / Omoide Yokocho (思い出横丁) are located. It is a food haven with a whole variety of tastes and home to 39 of Tokyo's 500+ Michelin restaurants.
Hakuri Tabai Hanbey (薄利多売半兵ヱ) offers the ultimate Izakaya experience with their cheap prices, themed background music to go with their great retro Showa-era themed interior. However, if you are looking for something a little more unusual and in full spirit of the Japanese culture, scattered around Shinjuku are 24 hour hot food vending machines. Fun fact, Japan has over 5 million vending machines.
Ramen is another popular dish that you will find at every corner of every street in Shinjuku. One of the well known broths is Tonkotsu (pork broth) with various types of toppings for a customised dish.
Tokyo is a city of inspiration to many creatives, futuristic and dystopian film sets. It is a neon fantasy within an urban landscape that originates from the mix of the city's traditional past and modern technology.
From cluttered aisles, overpowering music and announcements to an abundance of overlapping signs and advertisements, you can find anything from snacks to washing machines in Shinjuku's Don Quijote (ドン・キホーテ). Like the hot food vending machines in the area, it is also opened for 24 hours.
Tokyo's New York Bar is a great place to hide away from all the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku. Not only does it offer breathtaking views from the 52nd floor, it is also the bar from Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film, “Lost in Translation".
From the cheap onigiris from Family Mart to Mcdonald's (pronnounced as Makudonarudo!) with some whacky additions, there are plenty of choices for food and "uniquely Tokyo" things to do.
Want a familiar taste but with an exotic twist? The local Mcdonald's menu offers up to 35 different items that are unique only to Japan. Some whacky examples are terriyaki burgers, shrimp filet-o, black squid ink burger, mega tamago burger and more.
Aside from the food, there are two distinctive and quirky tourist locations in the heart of Shinjuku. Located in Kabukicho, the Godzilla head can be found at the top of the Shijunku Toho Building. Word is, the statue is approximately about the same size as the actual monster. To take a look up close, head to the 8th-floor 'Godzilla Terrace' inside the Hotel Gracery. Funny enough, within walking distance outside the Samurai Museum is where King Kong hangs above the entrance.