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Published on 04.27.2016
Shinjuku is an amazing mix of modern city, old towns, traditional japanese and, natural parks. All within about 30 minutes walk of each other. If you head down to Shinjuku’s third district you can find the big famous three: kabukicho, golden gai and shinjuku-gyoen park. What makes these areas so special is their massive distinctions from each other. Firstly Kabukicho and Golden-gai, both are built up areas but while Kabukicho focuses on improvement to make depravity easier and easier, Golden-gai hasn't really changed much in the last 40 years. I mean if it isn’t broken dont fix it is a phrase commonly used in golden-gai and they are very good at sticking to it.
I find it quite commendable that some of the bars hidden behind the doors of golden-gai are still owned by the same bar people who opened them, there is a sense of pride in the fact that they haven’t had to close down or pick and move due to a lack of customers.
With this in a complete juxtaposition there is Hanazono Shrine sat right next to the mass of bars just quietly existing and hosting markets and festivals regularly. It is quite interesting to pass through in the night whilst you are on your way to go for a good drink.
Finally we have shinjuku-gyoen park the biggest park that you could easily not know exists, strangely enough the park itself is void of all and any outside noise, making it the perfect escape from the city life. This could be the reason why so many of the areas office workers and businessmen go here during lunch or after work in order to relax properly.
I assume if you are going or even live in Japan you will already be planning to go to Shinjuku to see the sights but please remember to check out all of these areas because it will surprise you just how different each area of Shinjuku can be.