【EVENT】First Anniversary Celebration: Stamp Rally

THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku is a lifestyle hotel that focuses on local connections, emerging art and culture, and people.

We are turning one year old this August (although the hotel building itself is actually 40 years old - THE KNOT renovated the Shinjuku New City Hotel, the building’s first tenant) and we want to celebrate with the community. As part of this, we are offering everybody the chance to get to know our local area that we love so much, by doing a stamp rally.

In Japan, stamp rallies are very popular and are as simple as they sound. You pick up a stamp card, visit the five shops listed there, receive one stamp per shop, then trade the card in for a gift at back at the hotel. While some of the places don’t have English, relish in the charm and use your best Japanese and gesturing - they are all very welcoming of foreign guests.

There will be five places to go all within a maximum 2km radius of the hotel. We hope that you discover some neat places on your own while hopping between the spots we have chosen. Noting this, we don’t suggest any particular route or order, you are free to explore as you see fit.

The stamp rally will run for three weeks, from Thursday 8 August to Thursday 29 August. You can collect your stamps in one day or three weeks, just make sure to redeem your card on or before Friday 30 August 6:00pm.

【Terms and Conditions】
•To participate, simply pick up a stamp card from The Knot or one of the five participating shops anytime from Thursday 8 August. No need to sign up, no participation fee, and no obligation to finish.
•There is no need to buy anything at the food/drink places, but we chose these places as they have great and thoughtful fare so we do suggest you do of course!
•One card per person, one prize per completed card.
•On Thursday 29 August there will be a party at the hotel. You are very welcome to attend, but on this night stamp cards will not be able to be redeemed.

You are free to wander in any order you please. When you have all five stamps, return to THE KNOT to redeem your prize.

【Participating Shops】
Dango no yayoi
10am - sellout, closed Sunday
5-24-9 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
Tel: 03-3375-3568

This little dango (rice based Japanese sweets, ball-shaped and grilled) shop is 20 years old. Run by a local husband and wife team, they have been operating out of their house now for seven years. They have one item, dango, which are all made from specialty rice (currently, from Niigata prefecture).
Intercommunication Center:
11h - 18h, closed Monday
Tokyo Opera City Tower 4F, 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1404 Japan
Tel: 0120-144-199

By facilitating a dialogue between science, technology, and artistic culture ICC hopes to become a centre for network and information exchange, connecting artists and scientists worldwide. We love ICC for the work they do at promoting otherwise little-known aspects or our lives.
8h - 18h, closed Monday
2-6-1 Honmachi, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0071

Owner and barista, Shimoji-san, runs this cute and poky coffee stand, but the coffee is anything but cute. He is very serious about his coffee, and his bean roasting process is done right inside the shop. Expect lattes, drip coffee, and all the usual culprits (chai also available for non-caffeine drinkers). 
11h - 17h (closed Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday)
NB:also closed form Sat 8/10 to Sun8/18 (talk to staff at the Bike Rentals +City Guide about what to do if you need to redeem in that time).
4 -14-4 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023
Tel: 03-3373-0034

For 30 years, Toshin has been providing Nishi-Shinjuku locals with their fruit and vegetables. Originally in a different nearby location, they moved several years ago to attract more on-foot traffic. A great selection of cheap produce - “normal” fare as well as more unusual Japanese super seasonal items.
commune Press
weekdays 14h - 20h / weekends 12h - 18h
closed Thursday +1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 22nd, 29th
1-18-7 Nishihara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0066
Instagram: commune Press

An independent press company that publishes predominantly local and emerging artists. They offer a broad array of ever changing art and culture material, including exhibitions. Their founding mission is “to introduce great and promising artists to as many people as possible all around the world.”