Find yourself at the heart of Tokyo’s neon-lit Shinjuku district as you explore the area’s buzzing nightlife and local eats.
If not for the Oakwood logo—shining like a beacon of light amid the busy street, one might’ve easily mistaken the service apartment for a stylish coffeehouse. Blending seamlessly into Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku shares the same entrance as its ground floor café, Vito. Brick walls and sun-lit windows create an inviting space in the reception area, welcoming guests to their home away from home.
Comfort and convenience are key here, with 40 apartments ranging from studios to one-bedroom apartments. I was pleasantly surprised by the Studio Superior room in which I stayed, which was strategically designed to create a residential feel. The layout resembled a modern Japanese apartment, fully-furbished with a kitchenette—crockeries and cutlery included, as well as a washing machine that’s a plus point for long-term guests. You won’t find an onsen (Japanese hot spring) here but at least the bathroom comes with an auto-filling and reheating bathtub. Meant for tech-savvy guests, the room also has a Smart TV with Google Play and Netflix features, as well as an iPad offering useful travel content. The cherry on top of it all? Thoughtful, complimentary snacks like fruit juice, cereal, and cookies.
For a laid-back afternoon treat or brunch, there’s Vito on the ground floor, a café helmed by a local gelato brand. The premium pistachio soft gelato is a signature item here, and especially delightful in the sweltering summer. Savory dishes are available as well, including Italian-Japanese fusion pasta like the Arrabiata fried eggplant and the mentai cream. I especially enjoyed the soft and fluffy cheese toast paired with a cold brew on the side.
Its prime location in Shinjuku and the fact that the property’s a mere 5-minute walk to the Marunouchi subway line are just some reasons why Oakwood Apartments Nishi-Shinjuku is worth booking a stay. Consider exploring the skyscraper district of Shinjuku district as you savor local food, indulge in the buzzing karaoke culture in the neon-lit East Shinjuku, and admire the great views from the Tokyo Metropolitan Building. When night falls, take a stroll down Kabukicho, Japan’s former red-light district that’s now filled with countless restaurants and nightclubs. For a truly local experience, make your way to the atmospheric Golden Gai for locally-run bars and eateries. By day, don’t miss out on the Shin-Okubo Koreantown, which offers unique shops and restaurants run by Korean immigrants.
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