The tram lines at Shinjuku Station reach out in all directions, and the huge volume of transshipments has accorded the station with the World Record for being the busiest of all train stations in the world. The Isetan Department Store, as well as many popular boutiques and large-scale electrical appliance stores are clustered in Shinjuku 3-chome. In addition to a rich variety of goods, the multi-language translation service makes people who do not understand Japanese comfortable. There are also Chuo Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and other large parks far from the madding crowd. The excellent geographical conditions make it one of the most sought after areas for people both in Japan and abroad.
At the mere mention of Waseda University, a university with a longstanding reputation in Japan and abroad, one immediately thinks of Takadanobaba. In addition to the Yamanote Line, Seibu Shinjuku Line, and Metro Tozai line, other tramlines pass through Takadanobaba with its well-developed transportation network. The area has the largest student population, many cram schools, and other educational institutions, as well as stores serving the student population, and it is close to all amenities. For foreign students living in a foreign country, they do not experience any inconvenience.
The Tokyo metropolitan government is located in Nishi-shinjuku. The participants in the Tokyo International Marathon start in front of the Tokyo metropolitan government building every year and run through the deeply impressive Nishi-Shinjuku landmark skyscrapers. In addition to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and other commercial buildings, the transportation leads to the establishment of many hotels. In addition to hospitals, schools, banks, large electrical appliance hypermarkets, large tracts of green space in Chuo Park, and perfect living facilities, the large-scale residential buildings that increased in recent years made living in Nishi-Shinjuku popular again.
Kagurazaka retains the traditional countenance of Japan. In Kagurazaka, the old Japanese-style specialty stores, new restaurants, and supermarkets with an abundance of foodstuffs stand in great numbers, and the shopping street offers a calm atmosphere. Going one step further, there are many historic Japanese ryotei and restaurants hidden in the alleys. In addition to old traditional shops offering Japanese cuisine, Kagurazaka is also the region where Frenchmen gather and live in Japan, so there are many French restaurants. There are three convenient tramlines and three stations available within this region to take you to Tokyo, Otemachi, Ginza, and Shinjuku. For people keen on the traditional Japanese ambience, Kagurazaka is a rare living environment.
The Ichigaya and Yotsuya areas have the quiet atmosphere of the old Hatamoto (Shogun officers) residences. The Ichigaya area is surrounded by Gaien Higashi-dori, Sotobori-dori, and Yasukuni-dori streets, and though situated in the city center, it continues to be a popular area for those looking for a residential area with a quiet atmosphere. Ichigaya Kagacho, Ichigaya Sadoharacho, and Ichigaya Nakanocho are all areas where the old residences of Hatamoto were located, and you can find traces of this past in the names of places and everywhere you look. The Yotsuya area located directly to the south of the Ichigaya area was the entry way to the Hatamoto residences that protected Edo and the place where the Yotsuyamitsuke was positioned as the security gate to the Edo Castle. This route is now Shinjuku-dori, which leads to the Imperial Palace. There are many educational institutions in the area, including Sophia University and Tokyo University of Science, and so it is also an area rich in culture. It is a neighborhood that is reminiscent of its history with traces found in the names of the areas.