Updated at: 2016-12-29
Located across the street from the South exit of Shinjuku Station, the newly opened Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal （新宿高速バスターミナル） or Busta Shinjuku （バスタ新宿）in Japanese, made its big debut in April 2016.
When it comes to statistics, the numbers are impressive. 118 bus companies are operating long-distance rides from this hub and more than 1600 buses per day are using this terminal, involving approximately 40,000 passengers.
The project started from the idea of combining and bringing in one place the 19 different bus stations around Shinjuku station, reducing congestion and facilitating traffic in the area. The project was completed successfully and today, Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal is an important service center, displayed on 4 levels. The 4th floor is the departure/arrival point for the buses and the 3rd floor consists of a large taxi bay.
Facilities include a waiting room, a tourist information center, delivery and baggage storage services, ticket vending machines and ticket counters and foreign exchange services. In addition to these, the bus terminal also provides travelers with a pleasant waiting and resting spot in the form of an outdoor deck located on the third floor. The green area provides the viewer with a beautiful view over Takashimaya Times Square shopping mall and NTT Docomo Yoyogi building. The only thing that seems to be missing here are all the shops that can usually be found in the big Japanese stations.