Shinjuku Apartment {փWv
Location
Okubo, Akebonobashi, Yotsuya-sanchome, Iidabashi,
Ushigome-Kagurazaka, Nakai, Shinjuku-gyoen, Ushigome-Yanagicho,
all in Shinjuku-ku, heart of the city.
It is so cool to have an address of Shinjuku-ku.
Such a nice experience to live in the heart of the city.

Area guide:
/Ushigome-Kagurazaka/Iidabashi
In front of Emperor's outside canal,There were 300 geishas in this area.
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.
Many Frenchs are living this area as they think it is similar to their Montmartre.
Probably the most attractive spot in Tokyo to feel real Edo life.
There are 65 slopes with name in this area including Kagurazaka (saka(zaka) means a slope) since Edo Era (Shogun time).

Akebonobashi/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 Dojo center and Shorinji Kenpo Dojo are near, .
Akebonobashi and Ushigome-Yanagicho 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.

/Ushigome-Yanagicho/Ichigaya
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 center.
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.

Okubo (Kita-Shinjuku)
This is the most ethnic area of Tokyo.
Many ethnic restaurants of reasonable price and small shops are located around Okubo and Shin-Okubo station.
Price is lower than sophisticated area like Shinjuku-Gyoen.
It is almost walking distance to Shinjuku West gate and Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Shinjuku-Gyoen click!
The apartment is in front of Shinjuku Imperial Garden.
One of the most elegant garden park in Tokyo and this street is the most sophisticated one in Tokyo.
Sunday branch, reading books in the park.
When the funeral ceremony of our last Emperor Hirohito was held in it, Charles & Diana, President Buttoh, etc. participated it.
At the end of the park there is a library where you can borrow books, CD and video for free with your foreign registration card or drivers license.

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!
Eat well but cheap!

Click the picture to Yann's calligraphy!