On my very first visit to Tokyo back in 1982, I was put up in a hotel in Ginza. On each visit to the Japanese capital city since, however, I've been based across town over in the Shinjuku. The first time was not by choice -- since I was visiting with my parents and they were the ones deciding where we would be staying. But this western section of Tokyo has become one that I do prefer to stay in; this not least since it's become fairly familiar to me and there are things and places there that I do like (including a plethora of eateries and drinking places to check out).
For the most part, however, I've tended to stick to locales to the west and south of Shinjuku Station -- though a friend did once take me and our mothers to Shinjuku Ni-chome, which, in addition to being another part of the area with lots of eateries and bars, is the gay part of town! This time around, however, I decided to venture out to the eastern part of town to check out the famous Golden Gai and notorious Kabukicho on my first night back in Tokyo; albeit only after I had first had dinner in an izakaya over on the west side of Shinjuku Station and, also, really just to take in the sights and soak in the atmosphere rather than for much more feasting and drinking -- but, truly, that was fine and fun enough as is... ;b
The nicely lit path to Hanazono Jinja, which the Golden Gai abuts
can be seen from the grounds of Hanazono Jinja :D
tourist-friendly -- even touristy -- ones and those catering to locals
Kabukicho's central road is known as Godzilla Road