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Near Shinjuku station, there are many small restaurants with nostalgic atmospheres. On weekdays, many businessmen who have finished a day's work have supper at this street. There are many kinds of restaurants along this street serving food like yakitori (barbecued chicken on a skewer), ramen, yakiniku (grilled slices of meat) and more. They are all inexpensive and delicious.
The busiest railway station in the world, Shinjuku Station handles some four million passengers daily. Japan Railways East, Odakyu, Keio and Seibu Shinjuku are some of the private companies operating trains in and out of out of this terminal. The station is packed with bars, restaurants, a couple of department stores, and kiosks selling everything from ties to tissues. Coin lockers are also available. The biggest thing to worry about here is the crowds, but they are generally quite orderly except on Saturday nights.
No matter when you visit, the Shinjuku district will always be crowded. Shoppers, hipsters, and people in search of a good bar all flock here, so it's no wonder that the busiest railroad station in the world, Shinjuku Station, is located here. Don't forget to visit Japan's oldest department store, the Shinjuku Mitsukoshi Alcott as well. Even if you can't find what you're looking for, you'll have a great time searching for it.
Shinjuku Golden Gai area, dotted with narrow roads and dilapidated buildings, is among the few areas that are still reminiscent of Tokyo's past. Unlike the much of Tokyo that was redeveloped, this area is like a time capsule that continues to exist in its original condition. Tiny and shabby bars are the reasons behind Golden Gai's tourist glory. Surprising and weird isn't it? Well, the distinctive architectural features of these bars amidst the commercialized and developed Shinjuku has engineered this reputation. Most bars accommodate five to six people at a time, and are for those who don't mind coming in contact with others every time they move. Local celebrities and artists flock to this area, giving Shinjuku Golden Gai a distinctive clientele. Snack on traditional Japanese food like the famous barbecue chicken-Yakitori and enjoy some drinks in the pricey bars. Also, be sure to catch up on a comedy show in the mini auditorium in this area.
This Inari shrine is located in the center of Shinjuku's commercial district. Originally the Hanazono family provided their garden as a site for this shrine. Previously located near the Isetan department store, the shrine was later moved to its present site. Hanazono is unusual in that it holds an annual "festival of the fowls" (tori no ichi), which is not typically celebrated at an Inari shrine.
An unusual cherry tree where the number of petals varies from flower to flower has reputedly been flourishing at this shrine since the latter part of the 12th century. The main hall of Konno is the oldest extant building from the Edo period in this part of Tokyo. The shrine's gods, a white tiger and a tapir, grace either side of the hall. To the left of the main hall there is a stage for Noh theater.
Daikyo-ji is an excellent example of a town which has flourished around a temple. Although the tiled and gabled main gate of the temple dates to the late 1800s, the sculpting of the Buddhist statues in the alcoves has been attributed to an 11th century master craftsman called Jocho. The gate is located in the middle of the approach road to the temple amidst many shops—many of which sell monkey charms to the faithful to prevent disasters.
Known more because it was not destroyed in the conflagration of the civil war of 1868 rather than for its supposed resemblance to Kyoto's Kiyomizudera, this Tokyo version was built by Tenkai, Kaneiji's first abbot. He had it constructed in 1631 to pay homage to Kannon (a bodhisattva) of the 1000 arms. Known for her compassion, the dolls on view here express the gratitude of couples who became fertile after praying to Kannon's image.