Japan Travel Guide
Tokyo Shinjuku Area
Hanazono Shinto Shrine, Shinjuku
This shrine was important as the general guardian shrine for Shinjuku from even before the start of the Edo Shogunate under Tokugawa Ieyasu (1603).It is thought that the shrine was established by bringing a deity from the Yoshino mountains in the Yamato Province before 1590, when Tokugawa Ieyasu received the Musashi province.The shrine was called Inari from the Edo period, but as the name Inari is most often used to refer to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, on January 25th 1916, a Shinto priest named Torii, a representative of shrine parishioners named Sakata, and thirteen others petitioned the governor of Tokyo prefecture to change the name of the shrine.Permission to change the name was granted on February 26th 1916, and the shrine became the Hanazono Inari Shrine.In 1965, the shrine finally became known as the Hanazono Shinto Shrine when the deity from the subordinate Ootori Shrine was enshrined there at the time of the rebuilding of the Ootori Shrine.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
In 1906, Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed as a garden for the Imperial Household on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, a daimyo(feudal lord) of the Shinshu Takato Clan of the Edo era.It became a national garden open to the public in May 1949, and it has remained so to this day.Combining the style of a traditional Japanese garden with the styles of a French formal garden and an English landscape garden, Shinjuku Gyoen is an expansive green oasis in the middle of Shinjuku.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices - View of Mount Fuji
Another attraction nearby in Shinjuku is Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office - comprised of three main buildings, Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No.1 (48 stories, 3 basement levels), Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No.2 (34 stories, 3 basement levels), and the Metropolitan Assembly Building.On a clear day, you can see Mt. Fuji from the viewing platform on the 45th floor of Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No.1.
The Metropolitan view is mentioned as a POI in guides
Ask Bell captain for fees of that viewing floor. and how to get there, distance, time, etc. No point going if weather cloudy .. Mt Fuji view is only thing.
Samurai museum - samuraimuseum.jp
This features costumes that can be worn by visitors, regular sword battles & more. Tickets are Y1800 - but seems to need a couple of hours
Samurai Museum is located in the KABUKICHO district of Shinjuku, which is one of the urban areas in Tokyo. However, once you arrive at the museum, you will be amazed by the traditional atmosphere it provides. It displays various kinds of authentic artifacts such as Samurai armor, helmets and weapons. The mission for the museum is to share true Samurai spirits with you so that you can have a better understanding of Samurai , including how they fought, who they were, what they believed. The museum offers an English guided tour that runs frequently for you to learn rich Samurai history at a deeper level. Many interesting facts about Samurai are covered in this tour.In addition, it has a photo booth where you are allowed to take pictures wearing Samurai outfits or Kimono. Also, the museum offers a special sword show at 2,3,4 and 5 pm everyday for you to watch two trained actors doing a sword fighting performance. The Museum shop is also worth visiting to buy cool gifts such as Katana.