Shinjuku

Shinjuku is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. It houses the busiest train station in the world and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.  More well-known is the fact that Shinjuku is a large entertainment, business and shopping area. 🙂

7 years ago when I first visited Tokyo, I stayed at one of the hotels in the Shinjuku Skyscraper District, the area west of Shinjuku station. This time, I chose to stay at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, the south of Shinjuku station  where buildings aren’t as tall and closely built as the west, but I definitely enjoyed my stay here too.

After we deposited our luggages upon arrival at the hotel, we started roaming Shinjuku from Shinjuku Maynds Tower next to our hotel & then after some walking, reached this little basement eatery – Sanuki Hanamaru Udon. As the menu looked appetising and it was time for lunch, we decided to have our lunch here. Later on we realised that it is very close to our hotel, in fact turn left upon hotel exit and walk straight till we cross the traffic junction & it is next to First Kitchen. 🙂

Sanuki Hanamaru Udon eatery entrance

The eatery tables & stools are all so small and close together, I wonder how big-sized folks can sit in them comfortably.:P Anyway I ordered a delicious hot Ontama Bukkake (Special Soy Sauce Udon with boiled Onsen egg) for a mere JPY 399 (cheap based on Japan standards!) and a Yasai Tempura (JPY 139) which was neither crispy nor tasty.:(

Yasai Tempura & Onsen Egg Udon

Next to the South exit, are 2 shopping malls: Lumine 2 owned by the JR East (apparently it only held its grand opening on 19 April 2012, a few days before I went there), and Mylord which is affiliated with the Odakyu Group. Looks like the railway companies are diversifying their businesses well as I saw that these malls are always crowded? 😛

Oh a point to take note for Japanese fashion wannabes, Mylord seems to be the place for more affordable Japanese fashion compared to other shops.  At least one can find more clothing of S$100 or below.

Lumine 2 & Mylord malls next to JR Shinjuku Station South exit

Our friend working in Tokyo brought us to a nice Japanese omelette rice restaurant on level 7 of Mylord –  卵と私 (“Tamago to Watashi”, which means “Egg & I”) for our first dinner there. Prices start from about JPY 1,000 each. Both of them ordered the Seafood Omu-rice while I had the Hamburg Omu-rice (JPY 1,030 each).

My Hamburg Omu-rice

Seafood Omu-rice

Frankly, my Hamburg Omu-rice did not taste as good as I hoped it would be, as the pork smell was too strong for my liking. However the seafood Omu-rice indeed looked very delicious & both of them enjoyed it very much.

Not only does Shinjuku have numerous eating places and shopping malls mentioned above (& many more in other exits such as Takashimaya, Isetan, Keio Plaza etc), there is also Japan’s largest red-light district Kabukicho. We did not venture there but heard there are numerous red-light establishments for both sexual orientations & the men there usually look suave, Haha too bad I missed some eye-candy……

I also like the fact that there are several big drugstores in Shinjuku where they stock up on plenty of skin care, beauty and medicinal/ health products which are competitively priced compared to other places that we visited through out the trip.  Being in a major shopping area does not mean that prices will be steep afterall keke. Just to share some examples, I was able to stock up on hydrating milk & lotion, facial masks and blusher at just half price of Singapore (or less)! So if you are into Japanese beauty products you may go “crazy” at the drugstores. Lol…

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