These districts, huge city three brothers, are designated as newly developed city centers to share the functions of megalopolis Tokyo and only located within a 15-minute train ride.
Shinjuku, a monstrous city in the world (①) and a never sleeping city. Go up onto the observatory of Tokyo Metropolitan Government office (②), and you can get its whole image.
It is said that 3.2 million people use the station every day. It has everything from business and commercial districts to amusement centers (③).
In contrast to its super modernity, there are old-fashioned bar streets just near Shinjuku station, which bring us back to old Japan just after World War Ⅱ(④).
And also in contrast to the worldly things, there is a calm garden (⑤⑥) or a sacred shrine (⑦). Everything is within easy reach. You can also experience Japanese things like Bushido, or samurai warrior spirit (⑧).
Shibuya is regarded as an epicenter of fashion for youth (①). Just in front of Shibuya Station is the statue of the royal dog Hachi (➁) which used to wait here for its master’s return every day even after his death. So it has become a popular meeting spot. This moving anecdote was made into a movie starring Richard Gere. And on the other side is the scramble crossing (③). Why don’t you try to cross it without bumping into others?
Another destination is Daikanyama (④) that has a cityscape with elegant atmosphere which has a one hundred years old house designated as a national important cultural property (⑤⑥). And Meguro River (⑦), one of the most famous sights of cherry blossoms is in the immediate neighborhood
Ikebukuro is another big city. The landmark ‘Sunshine 60’ with a height of 239.7 m used to be the tallest in Asia (①). On the rooftop of a tall building is a unique aquarium where penguins are swimming overhead (②).
It is an academic city. Jiyugakuen Myonichikan (③) is the school building designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The ivy-coated Morris Hall of Rikkyo University (④) is 100 years old. You may feel like a time-traveler 350 years ago when visiting Kishimojindo Temple (⑤) nearby, which is also designated as an Important Cultural Property.
At Sugamo within five minutes from Ikebukuro are Togenuki Jizo Temple and a shopping street (⑥). Legend has it that this Jizo has been tender to elderly women so this area is nicknamed “Grandmas' Harajuku”.