Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Shopping in Shinjuku 💼 Enjoy Some of Shinjuku's Best Stores and Restaurants at Super Department Store Seibu Shinjuku PePe

Tokyo's Largest Downtown Area Shinjuku
Shopping Information
 Tokyo's largest downtown area Shinjuku.
This is the center of Tokyo's transportation, and it is an area where various facilities are densely packed, including offices, commercial facilities, 
restaurants, and even houses.

 Shinjuku also has a lot of great entertainment districts like Kabukicho.
Its nightlife scene is full of splendid neon signs illuminating
giving Shinjuku a whole new light. 

Shinjuku Shopping
Seibu Shinjuku PePe
This time we are going to talk about a large shopping facility in Shinjuku, 
Seibu Shinjuku Pepe.
We have actually written about Seibu Shinjuku Pepe before,
but this time we are going to mention some of the latest stores
with current trends that you can find here in Japan.
Along with other "things to do in Shinjuku" information.

In past articles, JAPANKURU mostly introduced stores for useful daily life items, such as a 100 yen shop, and a yummy dessert and sweets stores. 
If that is something you are interested in,
you can see read more about it through the links below.

💼Seibu Shinjuku PePe (西武新宿ぺぺ)
1-30-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Access: The 2nd floor of Seibu Shinjuku PePe is linked to Seibu-Shinjuku Station
‣2min walk from Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station on Oedo subway
‣5min walk from Shinjuku Station, JR East Exit 


Where is Seibu Shinjuku Pepe Located?

Seibu Shinjuku Station
Seibu Shinjuku Pepe is located on the left side of the entrance to Kabukicho.
If you do where that is, the shopping complex is directly connected to
Prince Hotel and Seibu Shinjuku Station. 

Visiting Popular Tourist Spot Kawagoe
from Seibu Shinjuku Station
Seibu Shinjuku Station mainly consists of a railroad connecting 
Saitama Prefecture's main station Kawagoe and Tokyo.
There are many people who commute to Tokyo from Saitama,
but this line is also known for those who visit the old Edo town Kawagoe.

Kawagoe is a place where you can get to from Tokyo in an hour
and is a splendid sightseeing spot where you can feel Japan's Edo period.
There are plenty of places to attract travelers, 
such as stores dressing you up in kimonos, Hikawa Shrine (氷川神社), 
and walking in front of the monument time bell tower "Toki no Kane".


What Kind of Stores Are There?
Seibu Shinjuku PePe

Made in Japan Socks

靴下屋 (Kutsushita-ya)
Japan is famous for its decorative and colorful socks.
They are also made for Japan's practicality of comfort and design.

When we went to the store there were lots of cute, classy designs
 but also some interesting socks that we've never seen before.
Especially a new design of socks made for sandals/flipflops 
covering only where the band rubs against.
A perfect example of only in Japan!

Kutsushita-ya (靴下屋)

Eyewear Store

Zoff is an eyeglasses brand boasting a reputation of
being known by everyone in Japan.

The Seibu Shinjuku Pepe Zoff store has about 1,000 different kinds of frames,
and it is possible to get your new glasses on the same day of purchase.

Shinjuku's Largest Musical Instrument
Specialty Store

Shimamura Music (島村楽器)
Seibu Shinjuku Pepe has a musical instrument store called Shimamura Music.
As a musical instruments specialty store, 
it is one of the largest in the Shinjuku area,
 mainly to be divided into guitar, classical, and digital sections.

We wondered if going to a musical instrument store 
while traveling in Japan was actually a thing.
However, once we took a look around 

there were actually a lot of foreign tourists visiting the shop. 
Once we got more information, it maked sense to why it is so popular. 

There are three main reasons, one, the store is tax-free. 
Two, Japanese made instruments are worldwide famous, and
lastly because of the wide range of sheet music.

If you are majoring in music-related fields or music is a hobby of yours, 
please try visiting this store even once.

Shimamura Music (島村楽器)


From a Little Dessert to Meals!
Shinjuku Pepe Gourmet Information

Soft and Sweet Bread

Komeda Kinsei Yawaraka Shiro-Coppe
From sweet desserts to meals, 
Seibu Shinjuku Pepe also has various gourmet shops.

For example, 
there is a yummy super soft bread sandwich type of shop on the 2nd floor.
We say sandwich, but it's called "koppepan" (コッペパン).

They basically take bread similar to a hot dog bun,
and make both savory and sweet bread snacks out of them.

And Japanese people LOVE it
and for many it takes them back to when they were younger.

The most popular item from the menu is said to be a mixture of 
sweet red beans and whipped cream.
The simple combination of the Japanese sweet red beans, whipped cream, 
and a thin spread of butter with the super soft bread is surprisingly addictive.
- Ogura Whip (小倉ホイップ)
-280 yen

Since it is near the ticket gate of Seibu Line, 
you can eat it on the train while you are on your way to Kawagoe.

Komeda Kinsei Yawaraka Shiro-Coppe (やわらかシロコッペ)
Official homepage link

Cute Mini Crepes
Wrapped Crepe Korot
When it comes to hand foods, crepes in Japan cannot be left out.
Wrapped Crepe Korot sell a unique type of crepe that we have never seen before.

The main concept of crepes is eating them right then and there,
but here they sell the fresh crepes wrapped in a cute mini size.
Making it so you can eat even once you get back to your hotel room later that day.

Wrapped Crepe Korot

Daily Fresh Tapioca Milk Tea

Pearl Lady
Boba tea, tapioca milk tea, bubble tea, regardless of what you call it
it is a yummy drink that people all around the world know and love.
Lately there has been a big boba tea boom in Japan
which is why we wanted to mention the shop, Pearl Lady.
Boba tea originated in Taiwan,
and here also you can try it in all kinds of flavors.

Pearl Lady is said to have made the first factory Japan
and they also only use Japanese made ingredients. 

With that in mind we recommend putting off a cup of coffee once 
and try Tapioca milk tea.

Pearl Lady


Steak, Sushi, and more!
Restaurants and Cafes
Apart from the shops we introduced above, 
there are about 9 restaurants and cafes at Seibu Shinjuku Pepe.
Since there are plenty of restaurants in Shinjuku, 
do you need to go to any of these places here? 
Restaurant information at Seibu Shinjuku Pepe 
is very important and useful information.

The reason is that everywhere in Shinjuku is crowded.
Because it is such a crowded area that means restaurants will be as well
making it difficult to get into a place to eat unless you make a reservation.

However, we noticed the restaurants at Seibu Shinjuku Pepe are really calm 
with a nice atmosphere allowing you to enjoy your meal.

Things to Do after Shopping in Shinjuku
Shinjuku Entertainment
After a day of shopping at Seibu Shinjuku Pepe 
the sun had suddenly started going down.
Around this time, Shinjuku is one of the largest entertainment districts in Tokyo 
with facilities such as bars lined up one after the other.
But what is great about Shinjuku is that you do not have to leave Shinjuku
even if you don't drink.
There are plenty of activities and things to do in Shinjuku
that is great to do that are not bars or clubs.

C)BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Inc.
VR ZONE SHINJUKU is a VR entertainment facility that opened in July 2017.
This place was a very hot topic in Japan before it even opened. 
Despite its name, you can do so much more than watching VR images.

C)BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Inc.
VR ZONE SHINJUKU takes things to the next level by including 
attractions and games that include VR. 
Things like Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix VR, 
and a bike that flies through the sky "Hanchari" are always super popular.

1-29-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
⏰10am~10pm (Final entry at 9pm)
-No holidays
Age: 7 years old and over
(Those under the age of 13 need consent from parents)
(Depending on the activity, please check HP for details)
🎫Example of ticket fee: 1 day admission ticket fee + 4 course: 4,400 yen / admission fee: 800 yen

It is hard to talk about Shinjuku without mentioning Robot Restaurant.
Robot Restaurant is within Shinjuku's old red light district Kabukicho and 

it is not an exaggeration to say that it is a massive representative 
of Japan's entertainment.

Although it is said that the total production cost took only 10 billion yen, 
you can see a flashy, powerful robot show 
that goes beyond and above that budget.

Since this big flashy show is such a MUST VISIT spot in Tokyo for so many,
we felt it was worth mentioning.
If you do go, be sure to print off the 2000 yen coupon below!

Inspire is a facility where you can play escape games, 
which has only recently started popping up here in Japan.
Here you become a spy and 
clear all a number of missions giving from headquarters.
Instructions are available in English, Chinese, and Japanese
so there should be no worries about language barriers. 

More than anything, since it is open until 5am the next day, 
it makes the perfect all-nighter nightlife entertainment.

More information below⇩


Elegant and Serene Shopping in Shinjuku
Seibu Shinjuku PePe
A lot of times when you look up Shinjuku, the following word is "shopping".
But often when you try to shop,
the busy areas can sometimes be a bit too much
and difficult to take your time to look around.
Which is why we like and recommend Seibu Shinjuku Pepe.

If you plan to travel to Tokyo this fall and want to go shopping,
we would like this shopping mall that has practically everything!

💼Seibu Shinjuku PePe (西武新宿ぺぺ)
1-30-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Access: The 2nd floor of Seibu Shinjuku PePe is linked to Seibu-Shinjuku Station
‣2min walk from Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station on Oedo subway
‣5min walk from Shinjuku Station, JR East Exit 

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