Shinjuku is a large district of Tokyo that is home to all kinds of great and wonderful things to see and do. You can wonder one of the many side streets that line the outside of Shinjuku station, look out over the city from the Tokyo metropolitan building, or get lost in the hundreds of passageways in Shinjuku station itself. Shinjuku offers hundreds of things to do, but which ones are the best that will not set you back a few hundred dollars? So here is a list of the top 5 places to see in Shinjuku that are free or relatively cheap.
Walk the side streets of Shinjuku like yakitori alley or Golden Gai
Both of them have a old/grunge look and feel. They are nice to visit in the day time but come alive at night.
Explore the Shinjuku station itself
Shinjuku station is the busiest station in the world with more than 3.5 million commuters traveling though it everyday. If you are willing to go exploring, you can find some really spectacular sights that let you look out over Shinjuku or in the station itself.
Walk the path of the Giants.
Shinjuku is home to the majority of the skyscrapers that reside in Tokyo. If you walk from the Sompo Japan building towards the Park Hyatt Tokyo, this path will lead you by a lot of interesting sights like the Shinjuku LOVE sculpture and the courtyard of the Tokyo Metropolitan building.
See Shinjuku from above.
You have to come and see Shinjuku from above and there is not better place to see it than the Tokyo metropolitan building. It has FREE Observatory on both the north and south tower. Take a ride up to the 43 floor for a spectacular view over the city looking out at Skytree or Mt.Fuji.
Be with nature in Shinjuku Gyoen park.
If you are tired of walking around in crowds, one place to go and relax is the magical gardens of Shinjuku gyoen park. Enjoy a bento boxes on the open grass felids or walk around in the traditional Japanese garden. Entrance to this park is only 200 yen. This fee helps to keep the park nice and clean.