Hi everyone, I’ve finally reached the post I’ve been the most excited to publish: my photos taken during our night out in Shinjuku! Following our day in Asakusa, I have to admit we were pretty tired but, the electrifying ambiance of Shinjuku was enough to keep us awake for a few extra hours! These few hours were really worth it as I got some of my nices shots during that night.

Camera configuration: Nikon D800 equipped with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 Nikon lens or 50 mm f/1.8 Nikon lens.

First stop: New York Bar on the top of the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel.

We took a taxi from our hotel to the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel to have a drink at the New York Bar situated on the top floor (52 floors up). You may recognize, from the following pictures, that it is the same bar where Bill Murray spends his nights in the movie Lost in Translation. The hotel itself is really high-end and I’d really love to stay there a few nights during our next trip to Japan; note that at rates for a basic room over 300$ per night we may just make it a single night! Nevertheless, although pricey, the bar itself is casual chic, offers an amazing view of Shinjuku and with a live jazz band playing in the background, who could ask for more?

Drink list

My beautiful wife… also love how the bokey came out on this picture…

My wife

We decided to have some cocktail drinks… this may sound easy, but we had a hard time choosing since they had a fairly esoteric list of cocktails concocted by a world champion barman/drink designer and in each drink there was at least one ingredient we didn’t know the meaning of! I finally chose a Smorgasburg and wasn’t disappointed!

Cocktails

As I already mentioned, the view from the top is spectacular!

View from the top

The live band added a really nice touch to the ambiance…

Live band

New York Bar

The top

Following our drinks, I took some last shots of the city from the top:

Shinjuku

Second stop: Omoide Yokocho

We then took another taxi to Omoide Yokocho, also known as “Memory lane” or “Piss alley” to most Japenese (due to the lack of toilets in the past). This small collection of small restaurants is one of the last places in Tokyo where you can get a feeling of what the “old Tokyo” was like. I have to say that the feeling and look of this place is exactly what I was looking for; it is a perfect example of a Blade Runner type of environment, and rumors say that Ridley Scott was inspired by such places in Tokyo. Enough said, I’ll leave the pictures speak for themselves…

On our way to Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho II

Omoide Yokocho III

Omoide Yokocho IV

Omoide Yokocho V

Definitely one of my favorites…

Omoide Yokocho VI

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Omoide Yokocho VII

Another one of my favorite pics…

The cook

Back alley

Back alley

Last stop: Supper

Having spent at least 30 minutes taking pictures, our stomachs reminded us that we hadn’t eaten yet and so we started walking towards the East. On our way there, we passed by the Kabukicho, the red light district of Tokyo. Once again this area is just packed with people.

Kabukicho I

The bokey is just right in this pic also…

Kabukicho II

We were looking for a specific restaurant which we had read great reviews about, but once again, as is often the case in Tokyo, we were unable to find it! I have to add, that we had found it a few days back with the help of a police officer, but were also unable to eat there since there were no more places left and there was a long waiting period… We finally ended up in a small (around 20 places), once again underground, restaurant to eat a well deserved ramen soup. Perfect way to end our night in Shinjuku in a very Japenese-style way!

Ramen

I hope you’ve enjoyed these pictures and if so, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

Next post, Roppongi Hills!

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1 Comment

  1. Diane, Jimmy
    November 21, 2013

    Billy,

    Great work, for a moment we were transposed in Japan.

    Reply

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