"On average, more people get on and off trains everyday at Shinjuku Station than any other station in Japan. Its being in the dead center of Japan’s largest metro area obviously has something to do with its role and reputation as the main artery of Tokyo. Yet, despite the epicentral demographics, there are numerous places in Shinjuku where you can indulge in locally sourced blessings from Tokyo! In this edition of Tokyo Grown, we’re going to take a leisurely stroll around Shinjuku to see what sort of good eats there are."
There are stores selling a variety of Tokyo agricultural products, including hot and fresh roasted sweet potatoes. A shopping opportunity like this makes these agricultural products a part of people's daily lives. It has proven to be very successful and popular with consumers. It is also an effective approach for bringing people together and getting them to connect with nature.
With its eye-catching modern architecture, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a Shinjuku landmark. And, in Building No. 1, there are free observatories with magnanimous views of the city, sky and natural environment that draw streams of visitors day after day!
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|TMG Building Observatory|
|Address||2-8-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo|
|Access||About 7 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station|
|Business hours||9: 30-23: 00|
|Holiday||2nd and 4th Mondays (open when holidays occur), New Year holidays, Inspection days|
|Business hours||9: 30-17: 30 (until 23:00 if the North Observation Room is closed)|
|Holiday||First and third Tuesdays (open when holidays occur), New Year holidays, Inspection days|
|First and third Tuesdays (open when holidays occur), New Year holidays, Inspection days|
fun.ice! serves ice cream made with local agricultural products, in order to offer customers the most natural and original flavors you can get in Tokyo. You will feel utter delight with every bite. On the weekend, you can enjoy your favorite flavor with your family and then have a wonderful afternoon strolling through Yoyogi Park, which is just across the road. It will be simply marvelous.
"It is absolutely remarkable to have such a large green space in the heart of Tokyo where every inch of land comes at a premium! Yoyogi Park covers a vast area. And, with so much hustle and bustle in people's lives, a comfortable and relaxing place like this where you can stroll, picnic, chat and laugh with family and friends is invaluable. The pleasant environment is certainly a secret hideout for Tokyo residents to let their bodies and minds go! It is definitely worth visiting!"
If you like fresh seafood, this popular izakaya serves it raw, chargrilled, as sushi, any which way. The Daikaisendon they showcase for lunch is a hearty smorgasbord of 7 kinds of seafood over rice offered at a very reasonable price considering the quantity and quality you get! Another highlight is their predilection for local ingredients like the fresh seasonal vegetables they get from the Mitaka City.
Here’s another Tokyo short trip
Discovering Tokyo-Grown Produce on a Girl’s Day-Off
I spent the day taking in some farming and fishery activities, and a wonderful natural environment just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
The Shinjuku – Yoyogi area is a modern messaging center with a countless number of high-rise buildings yet, unknown to many, interspersed with pockets where the natural environment still pervades. Amidst the crossfire of people busily coming and going, there’s something beautiful about stopping for a moment and abandoning one’s feelings to the wondrous blessings and natural landscape of Tokyo.