Content Roundup: A Shinjuku Summer

One of many sets of samurai armor on display at the Samurai Museum. Click the image to read  The Samurai Museum: An Exclusive Shinjuku Experience Nearly 700 Years in the Making

One of many sets of samurai armor on display at the Samurai Museum. Click the image to read The Samurai Museum: An Exclusive Shinjuku Experience Nearly 700 Years in the Making

As summer fades into fall, let’s take a look back on some recent highlights from my work with Tadaima Japan. Despite record-breaking temperatures, there was still plenty to see and do in Shinjuku. Read on to learn more (click on the headings to view the full article).

The Akasaka Palace: Tokyo’s Hidden National Treasure

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“On one fateful ride in 2013, I took a wrong turn and came across a truly awe-inspiring sight: a splendid European-style palace in the middle of a perfectly manicured lawn that seemed to go on forever.”

3 Shinjuku Museums to Visit on a Rainy Day

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“Be it a brief squall or a torrential downpour, bouts of rain are a fact of life when traveling in Tokyo. Therefore, it’s best to have backup plans in the event that the weather goes south during your trip.

Visiting museums is an excellent rainy day activity, and Tokyo has no shortage of them. In this article, I’ll highlight three museums within walking distance of Arakicho, Shinjuku. Keep this information handy, just in case Mother Nature literally decides to rain on your parade.”

Explore Shinjuku Chuo Park and Its Secret History

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”This year marks the 50th anniversary of Shinjuku Chuo (Central) Park, a lush greenspace surrounded by the office towers and luxury apartment high-rises of Nishi-shinjuku. So, there’s no better time than the present to explore this park and discover its little known role in the development of Japan’s photography industry.”

3 Free Ways to Get a Bird’s-Eye View of Shinjuku and Beyond

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“Even as a long-term Tokyo resident, gazing across the endless metropolis from a perch high above the ground never gets old. When it comes to partaking in this pastime for free, there’s no better place than Nishi-shinjuku.”


The 17th Annual Shinjuku Eisa Festival: Experience the Spirit of Okinawa in Shinjuku

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“Every year, on the last Saturday of July, the streets of Shinjuku are transformed by the sights, sounds, and spirit of Okinawa. The Shinjuku Eisa Festival, a celebration of traditional Okinawan dancing, attracts over one million visitors annually and is a true spectacle to behold.”

Explore Japan’s Living History in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

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“To explore these gardens is to travel back to the late 16th century, when the Tokugawa shogunate was in the midst of launching its 260-year rule over a united Japan—what history would reveal to be Japan’s final feudal government.”

The Samurai Museum: An Exclusive Shinjuku Experience Nearly 700 Years in the Making

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“Often romanticized in cinema, video games, and comics, it’s difficult to separate fact and fiction when it comes to legendary samurai warriors. If you are looking to take on the monumental task of doing so, the Samurai Museum, located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is a great place to start.”