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Yasukuni-dori in Shinjuku

Shinjuku, Tokyo
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Shinjuku (新宿区; -ku) is one of the special wards of Tokyo,
Japan. It is a major commercial and administrative centre as
well as the location of one of Tokyo's largest public transport
interchange, Shinjuku Station. Shinjuku is home to the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government Office, Tokyo's tallest building, where
political and public administration of Tokyo takes place. Thus,
Shinjuku can be called the capital of Tokyo.
Shinjuku is a major urban-transit hub: Shinjuku Station sees an
estimated 2 million passengers a day pass through it, with
three subway lines, two private-rail commuter lines, and several
JR lines passing through it. It is also home to a heavy
concentration of department stores, movie theaters, hotels,
bars, etc.
The city of Shinjuku developed into its current form after the
Great Kanto earthquake (Kanto-daishinsai) in 1923, since the
seismically stable area largely escaped the devastation.
Consequently, West Shinjuku is one of the few areas in Tokyo
with many skyscrapers.
As of 2003, the ward has an estimated population of 297,135
and a density of 16,299.23 persons per km². The total area is
18.23 km².
Major areas of the ward include Ichigaya, Kabukicho, Okubo,
Shinanomachi, Shinjuku ni-chome and Takadanobaba. Shinjuku
Ward is home to Waseda University, the Yakult Swallows
baseball team, and a barracks of the Self-Defense Forces.
The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.
External links
Official website ( in
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