10 Facts About Shinjuku


Since the end of the Second World War, Shinjuku has been a major secondary center of Tokyo, rivaling to the original city center in Marunouchi and Ginza.

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Shinjuku is commonly used to refer to the entire area surrounding Shinjuku Station.

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Shinjuku is surrounded by Chiyoda to the east; Bunkyo and Toshima to the north; Nakano to the west, and Shibuya and Minato to the south.

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Current city of Shinjuku grew out of several separate towns and villages, which have retained some distinctions despite growing together as part of the Tokyo metropolis.

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Naturally, most of Shinjuku is occupied by the Yodobashi Plateau, the most elevated portion of which extends through most of the Shinjuku Station area.

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In 1698, Naito-Shinjuku had developed as a new station on the Koshu Kaido, one of the major highways of that era.

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Shinjuku began to develop into its current form after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, since the seismically stable area largely escaped the devastation.

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Northeastern Shinjuku has an active publishing industry and is home to the publishers Shinchosha and Futabasha.

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Technically, Shinjuku is therefore the prefectural capital of Tokyo; but according to a statement by the governor's office, Tokyo can usually be considered the capital of Tokyo for geographical purposes.

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Shinjuku operates several public libraries, including the Central Library, the Yotsuya Library, the Tsurumaki Library, Tsunohazu Library, the Nishi-Ochiai Library, the Toyama Library, the Kita-Shinjuku Library, the Okubo Library, and the Nakamachi Library.

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