While I was in Tokyo for Golden Week I thought I’d take some pictures to show you guys how to get to the Taito Station in Shinjuku for purikura.
This place is one of the test locations so you often get machines here a few months before they are released nationwide. Sometimes that means they have glitches or things that need improved but it’s still fun to try! You can tell the location test machines because they have a sign above them that says ロケテスト中 like this photo from before Essence was released…
First you need to get yourself to Shinjuku station. You can either use the JR and take the east exit. Or the metro and take exit B-13.
JR Shinjuku East Exit:
There are two ways you can go but both end up in roughly the same place. First I’ll show you the three ways to get to the right street and at the end I’ll show you the way from there to avoid repeating myself!
From the ticket gates ahead of you you’ll see an overhead sign. The up arrow is for Kabukicho
Go up the stairs on your left, it says Kabukicho above the stairs too.
Exit to the street.
You’ll see studio ALTA across from you. Turn to the left.
The path curves around, follow it until you get to the big road and the signal.
West Passage way:
As you leave the ticket gate you’ll see the overhead sign for the West passage
This takes you through Lumie Est, you can see the Samantha Vega shop in the picture go past that, keeping it on your right.
From there you can see an overhead sign for ALTA and Kabuki-cho. Go up the stairs.
This brings you out to the general meeting/smoking area. Hosts tend to gather here before work too.
Go left around the trees And you’ll see ALTA opposite you. Cross the street where all the people are.
The colourful sign is a fruit shop go towards it and down that street. You can now skip to the last section in this post.
Leave from exit B-13.
You’ll see the basement entrance to ALTA in front of you, turn left and go up the stairs.
When you get to the street you’ll see the JR station in front of you, turn right here.
Walk a little way until you get to the first street where you can turn right. There’s a fruit shop on the corner. (It’s closed in the picture!)
Now you can skip to the next section!
From the fruit shop:
All the ways end up at the fruit shop and from here it’s really simple! Go straight down the street.
Soon, on your left, you’ll see Okadaya. This is a great shop for make-up, lashes, wigs, stage make-up, fabrics and crafts. Love it!
Keep going past the ABC-mart.
And you’ll see/hear Taito Station on your right. Purikura is on the 5th floor and there’s an elevator inside. In the picture you can also see the Donki (Don Quiote) across the street. And down that street is Kabuki-cho.
Here’s the Google Map.
And I also made a video of the way from the JR station using the Kabuki-cho way, in case that helps or if you just want to see the sights and sounds of Japan!