I can’t wait to go to KCP in Japan. What are Shinjuku and Tokyo like?

Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world, with a population of over 12 million people. As the political and economic center of Japan, Tokyo is a convergence of corporate headquarters, government institutions, research facilities, and universities. Tokyo’s cultural opportunities abound: students can enjoy performing arts, fashion, design, and the largest collection of Asian art in Japan. KCP provides frequent opportunities for students to engage in Japan’s culture by visiting museums, palaces, theaters, and corporations, and by attending numerous other enriching events.

Tokyo is divided into three main parts: the 23-ku (the urban core); the Tama (the western part of the metropolis with farms, mountains, and suburbs); and the islands surrounding Tokyo. Major modes of transport are the electric railroads, the subway, and the bus.

The streets are packed with people day and night. Even though the city is centuries old, a first impression is shaped by skyscrapers, concrete, and neon lights.

What makes Tokyo so exciting to visit is that amidst its modern setting, the traditional Japanese culture still thrives. Tokyo is also the center for academic achievement in Japan.

Shinjuku: Tokyo’s Central Ward

KCP is in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. The school is only a five-minute walk from the Shinjuku Gyonmae subway stop and a ten-minute stroll from the Sanchome stop.

Sometimes called Tokyo’s second center, Shinjuku is a big commercial, entertainment, and business center situated atop the world’s most populated, busiest railway station. Shinjuku Station serves a huge number of commuters daily. Shinjuku has shopping centers, grocery stores, and other service facilities for students.

Shinjuku Gyoen

One of the metro’s best cherry blossom viewing areas, Shinjuku Gyoen is only a stone’s throw away from KCP. You can take a stroll in this nearby park and appreciate nature amidst the surrounding buildings and busy streets. It was created as a private garden for the Imperial Family in 1903, and opened to the public 46 years later. The entrance fee is ¥200; it’s especially beautiful in spring’s cherry blossom (sakura) season.

YOTSUYA CIVIC CENTER

The public library on the 7th floor is a great spot for quiet study or reading Japanese books. 87 Naitou-chou, Shinjuku.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (Tocho)

The Tocho is popular for its 243-meter tall twin skyscrapers containing the assembly hall and offices of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It also features observatories on the 45th floor of each tower. Don’t miss the splendid view from the South Tower.

See these maps of Japan, Tokyo, and the KCP neighborhood.