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Monday, April 04, 2016

Busta Shinjuku opens

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Busta Shinjuku opened today - a brand new highway bus and taxi station across from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station that was completed after ten years of construction. "Busta" is short for "Bus & Taxicab Terminal."

Busta Shinjuku. Tokyo
Busta Shinjuku

Busta Shinjuku's main feature, reflected in its name, is the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal that occupies the fourth floor and most of the third floor.

4th floor Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal, Busta Shinjuku, Tokyo
4th floor Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal, Busta Shinjuku
The open-air fourth floor is mostly taken up by twelve bus stops, but at one end is the (indoor) Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal ticket office and waiting room: a large, modern space with automatic ticket machines, a long, manned service counter, and lots of seating for passengers awaiting their bus.

Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal ticket office and waiting room, in Busta Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal ticket office and waiting room, in Busta Shinjuku.

Taxi stand, Busta Shinjuku, Tokyo
Taxi stand, third floor, Busta Shinjuku
The third floor also has only one bus area: for the Shinjuku WE Bus, but also has a large taxi stand.

The Tokyo Tourist Information Center is also on the third floor. This large information center has iPads arrayed for visitors to freely use and find multilingual information about Japan on. There are fluent English speakers in attendance.

Inside the Tourist Information Center at Busta Shinjuku, Tokyo
Inside the Tourist Information Center, Busta Shinjuku

An entrance of the Tourist Information Center, Busta Shinjuku, Tokyo
An entrance of the Tourist Information Center, Busta Shinjuku
 Busta Shinjuku incorporates three station entrances/exits for Shinjuku Station: the JR Shinjuku Miraina Tower Gate, the New South Gate, and the Koshu-kaido Gate.

Koshu-kaido Gate, Shinjuku Station, in Busta Shinjuku, Tokyo
Koshu-kaido Gate, Shinjuku Station, in Busta Shinjuku
Adjoining Busta Shinjuku is the 7-floor NEWoMen shopping complex, accessible from inside Busta Shinjuku. NEWoMen is everything that Shinjuku shopping is usually identified with: fashion stores, beauty boutiques, lifestyle goods, cafes and restaurants, and grocers, confectioners and delicatessens.

A fashion store in NeWoMan, Busta Shinjuku, Tokyo
Inside NEWoMen shopping building, adjoining Busta Shinjuku
On the far side of the Shinjuku Busta from Shinjuku South Exit is pedestrian access to the huge cluster of South Exit shopping establishments: Lumine 1 and 2, Shinjuku Flags, Shinjuku Southern Terrace and Takashimaya Times Square with its huge clock tower.

Takashimaya Times Square and the platforms and lines of Shinjuku Station, from Busta Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Takashimaya Times Square and the platforms and lines of Shinjuku Station, from Busta Shinjuku.
Trainspotters will also be excited by the fact that the very stylish terrace affording the above access goes right over the southern end of the platforms and tracks of Shinjuku Station, making for a great vantage spot on the railway comings and goings below.

Shinjuku Busta has made as big an entrance onto the Shinjuku transport and Shinjuku shopping scene as its name implies, making this Tokyo's busiest and most vibrant area all the more accessible and glamorous.

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