Shinjuku Apartment {փWv
Location
Yotsuya, Ushigome-Kagurazaka, Ushigome-Yanagicho,
all in Shinjuku-ku, inside of JR Yamanote line heart of the city.
Precisely Ushigome area.
It is so cool to have an address of the historical/cultural area of Shinjuku-ku.
Such a nice experience to live in the heart of the city.

Area guide:

Ninja district Yotsuya

/Ushigome-Kagurazaka
In front of Emperor's outside canal,There were 300 geishas in this area 70 years ago.
Nowadays only 30 are working. The whole town is so sophisticated,
high cultural geisha related feeling with traditional and historical atmosphere. Many good restaurants and purely Japanese shops.
If you sit in a French restaurant named Maison de Bourgogne, you will hear traditional instrument play from the Geisha Institute just in front of this French restaurant.
During the day time geisha girls go there to practice their skill
in the plain kimono then appear in the evening in silk kimono with full make-up.
You might happen to see Geisha in the behind street as they
never walk in the main street. The small paths are still the same as Edo time.
Many Frenchs are living in this area as they think it is similar to their Montmartre.
Kagurazaka is probably the most attractive spot in Tokyo to feel real Edo life.
There are 65 small slopes with traditional names in this area including Kagurazaka (saka/zaka means a slope) since Edo Era (Shogun time). Attractive date spot: Canal Cafe

Ushigome-yanagicho/Ichigaya
This area was developed with the channel 8 since long time however now without this TV station, there is Ministry of Defense, printing factory of Japanese \ & museum( entrance free of charge, they let you touch 100 million yen cash (!) but not give), colleges, very quite nice residential area.
The most famous Aikido Hombu Dojo and Shorinji Kenpo Dojo are near, walking distance.
The place where the first Western influenced drama was born is here in this area by Shoyo Tsuboushi, Toson Shimazaki, Sumako matsui.
As this area is very traditional and historical we still use 65 old area names of Edo era some like Saiku-machi, Tansu-machi, Nando-machi, Yarai-machi, Tsukudo-hachiman, etc. strongly supported by the residents while most of part of Tokyo are now using new names given by the government after the World War 2nd but not this whole area near the Emperor's outside canal
from Ichibaya to Iidabashi.

Gaien Higashi Street
Yakuoji means temple dedicated to medicine.
There is a big university hospital, around it there are numerous of old tempels for medicine because the priests knew the sicience about natural herb and mineral water, used to be almost like doctors who hielt people.
You will be amazed to see so many farmacies in this area.
It is near to Emperor's outside canal, ministry of defense, central
police army facility and Japanese Yen printing factory and the famous Aikido school Hombudojo.
Riding on the bicycle for 25 minutes straight from this house, you can reach Tokyo Tower.
Ushigome Castle ruin, Soseki Park (cat monument in it), famous literatures of Meiji Era, Soseki Natsume, Koyo Ozaki and Hakushu Kitahara used to live in this area.
Soseki (famous for the roman "I am a cat", was born 1867 in Ushigome. His family was local gverner of this area. His birth house is in Kikui-cho 1.

A traditional restaurant in Kagurazaka.
This is 1500 yen lunch set. Delicious!
Quantity is really a lot.
At the end comes a cute desert something
sweat like ice cream.
Even for lunch time all customers are
served by waitress in kimono, nowhere
else but in Kagurazaka!

The temple in Kagurazaka is so beautiful
especially wisteria season.



Yann used to live in Kagurazaka.
Click the picture to Yann's calligraphy!
 Yotsuya & Ushigome area:

All our rooms are located in the respectable area,
behind of Yasukuni Dori Street area, one of the best
residential area of Shinjuku-ku.
Actually Shinjuku station (Kabukicho, the red light district
is in front of the station) is not located in Shinjuku-ku,
but in Shibuya-ku if you see the map carefully.
All our rooms are in the middle of the best area, historical,
respectable, cultural, high class because it used to be
former Samurai residential area.
Shogun Palace and the outside canal street area are
most sophisticated and elegant area.
The value of the Japanese real estate depends how far the
distance from the Shogun (now Emperor) Palace.
See the map, the center is the Palace, then the inner
calan and the outside canal, all important and good things
are located in this area.
The reason why Shogun made the red light district area so
far (nowadays Shinjuku station area) was he didn't want to
see it in his neighborhood.
Many people might think that Shinjuku station area is the
center, however it is not true, historically the central
area was always around the Palace never Shinjuku
station area.
Nishi(West)-Shinjuku, the area of high buildings including
Tokyo metropolitan Government, is outside of JR train
circle.
It used to be a water reservoir for a long time, nobody was
living, only glass. In Showa Era before sky crapers were
built, people used to play baseball as there wasn't anything
on the weed glass.
After the World War 2nd Yotsuya/Ushigome area and
Yodobashi (nowadays called Shinjuku) area were united to
make one administral district, as Shinjuku-ku, therefore
old residents of Yotsuya area still missing the old system
not including Shinjuku station area.
 
 Shinjuku station
is
not located
in Shinjuku-ku

but in Shibuya-ku!!



Why?
A station was or is made in an empty area
not in the most crowded commercial
area.
Yotsuya, the sophisticated area in front
of the Sotobori (outside canal) street
used to be high class samurai and Ninja
(national secret security service, KGB
or CIA of Japan) residence and forteress
and Shinjuku street was developed as a commertial avenue from Yotsuya.
When Meiji government made Japan
national railway, people didn't want to
have it in the city but outside.
Most umimportant area where weed glass was growing, was choosen to build a
station called 'Shinjuku".
It was almays at the end of the civilized
area however now it seems like it is the
center of the commercial area.
We call Shinjuku "Shin-toshin"(new
central area"or "Fuku-toshin"(sub
center) because it was historically never
well respected.
That is why more come to the direction
to Yotsuya more cultural/sophisticated
and high class.
If you travel with children, stay far from
Shinjuku station.