A huge terminal bringing together the boarding areas for expressway buses and taxis
At Shinjuku Station, which has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the 3.3 million commuters which pass through the station every day, the nation’s largest bus terminal, Busta Shinjuku, was opened on April 4th 2016 at the south entrance of the station. Officially known as Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal, this is a transportation hub which brings together boarding areas for expressway buses and taxis. 118 bus companies use the terminal with as many as 1625 rides coming in and out every day using 15 expressway bus stops. This is Japan’s largest bus terminal with routes servicing the metropolitan Tokyo area and 39 other prefectures except for Hokkaido and southern Kyushu.
Customer service in many languages
Once you get out of JR Shinjuku Station via the south exit gates, take the escalators to the bus boarding area on the 4th floor which is convenient since it is shielded from precipitation. The 4th floor has the Expressway Bus Terminal consisting of the expressway bus boarding area, ticket facilities and a waiting area while the 3rd floor has the Tokyo Tourism Information Center and a taxi pick-up area. At the Tokyo Tourism Information Center, there are plenty of services offered including delivery and baggage storage, tourist guidance provided in English, Chinese and Korean, and foreign currency exchange services. In addition, free Wi-Fi, coin lockers, multifunction toilets, nursing rooms and other facilities are also provided. There are no stores but there are vending machines selling drinks.
NEWoMan with its many popular shops
Also within JR Shinjuku Miraina Tower which is connected to Busta Shinjuku, there is the 6-floor shopping mall NEWoMan with its many notably popular shops. There, you can find dining facilities such as a bakery and café organized by chef Joel Robuchon and Blue Bottle Coffee from Oakland, California, beauty care stores including Sabon Gourmet selling the body care brand Sabon, and fashion stores such as Isabel Marant, emmi and Maison Kitsune.