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My favorite building is Cocooned in Shinjuku

What is my favorite building in Tokyo?  Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower gets my vote.  It is not far from JR Shinjuku Station.  Actually, it is across the road.  You can find it nestled among the other skyscrapers.  It is fantastic for architectural photography.

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower at sunset

In Shinjuku, it is very much one-of-a-kind.  Mode Gakuen is a school.  It contains three: Tokyo Mode Gakuen (for fashion), HAL Tokyo (a technology and design college), and Shuto Ikō (a medical college).  At fifty stories high, it must be one of the biggest schools in the world.

Tokyo futuristic skyscraper

And the skyscraper is unique in Shinjuku.  Nothing near it is similar in appearance.  Well, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is close. I have to admit that. But, most of the others in the area are from an earlier generation.  Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is very different.


The tower lives up to its name.  White aluminum bands crisscross it.  It looks like a huge creature weaved a gigantic cocoon.  Maybe a monster like Mothra rests inside? She has visited Tokyo in several Godzilla movies, I believe.

Nishi-Shinjuku skyscrapers

The skyscraper looks incredible when clouds are above it.  Well, as long as they are cirrus or cumulonimbus.  Sunset is also great.  You will be in for some magic if you can get both together.  Try observing it from the windows of the Odakyu Department Store.

latticework of Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

I’m still waiting for the perfect day to photograph the building.  But getting the right conditions is hard.  I have many places to go for articles, and I can’t devote myself to this one project.  It will get done one day, though.  And I often walk through the area to keep an eye on things.

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Nishi-Shinjuku

One last thing.  More buildings are going up in Shinjuku recently (i.e., May 2022).  Hopefully, we will see some more exciting architecture in the Nishi-Shinju soon.

Nishi-Shinjuku buildings

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is both modern and futuristic.  No wonder it is my favorite building in Tokyo.  Many other people love it too. 

Nishi-Shinjuku Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

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