When you Google "shinjuku station", one of the top search results is a webpage titled "Shinjuku Station Map — Finding Your Way".
Those who have been there will know why.
World's Busiest Train Station
For comparison, Singapore's largest MRT station — Dhoby Ghaut — has seven exits.
With so many exits and platforms, getting lost in Shinjuku Station is an ordinary affair, especially for tourists.
Billion dollar makeover
Luckily for everyone, that's about to change.
As Time Out reported, the famous Shinjuku Station is getting a 72.8 billion yen (S$755 million) renovation covering 10.1 ha, which will see improvements to the station's layout.
According to Time Out, one such improvement is a footpath for people to go between the east and west side of the station without having to go through ticket gantries.
Japan Today reported that renovation works began in July 2021 on the plazas outside the east and west entrances and exits, to make the area more spacious and alleviate congestion outside the station.
Expected completion by 2046
The days of getting lost at Shinjuku Station are not over anytime soon though.
The renovation works will only be completed by 2046, while the east and west exits are slated to be partially complete by 2035, reported Time Out.
In a comment on Reddit, one user quipped about the lengthy amount of time needed for the construction works.
With these things in mind, if you are visiting Tokyo soon, here is a map to help you find your way around the station:
Top image by Maeda Akihiko and Chris_07 via Wikimedia Commons