Japan Train Stations: Shinagawa Station Tokyo
Shinagawa Station 品川駅
Shinagawa Station is located in Shinagawa, in the south of central Tokyo in the Minato ward of the Japanese capital and is the first major rail station on the Tokaido Shinkansen south of Tokyo Station. Shinagawa Station was Japan's first railway station to be completed on the line from Shimbashi to Yokohama built in the 1870's.
Shinagawa Station is a major rail intersection in Tokyo. Shinagawa connects with the JR Yamanote Line, the Tokaido Shinkansen, the Keikyu Main Line to Kawasaki, Yokohama (17 minutes) and Uraga, the Keikyu Airport Line to Haneda Airport (14 minutes), the Keihin Tohoku Line to Ueno Station and Omiya (47 minutes), the Yokosuka Line with trains to Chiba and Narita Airport, Kamakura, Yokosuka and the Narita Express rapid service to Tokyo's main international airport (67 minutes).
The Narita Express train to Narita International Airport runs via Tokyo Station and Shinagawa Station with departures from Shinjuku Station, Yokohama and Omiya.
Shinagawa Station was first opened in 1872 on the route of Japan's first railway from Shimbashi to Yokohama and was connected to the Yamanote Line in 1885.
Shinagawa Station, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Shinagawa Station area, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Shinagawa Station is a highway bus terminus for buses to various destinations in the Kanto region including Yokohama and the Tokyo Limousine Bus to Narita Airport as well as overnight buses to Osaka, Sendai, Hagi, Yonago and other towns.
There are bus stops at both the west Takanawa exit and the east Konan exit. Local Tokyo bus services are mainly Toei and buses with buses to Gotanda, Shinjuku, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Immigration Office (5-5-30, Konan, Minato-ku,Tokyo; Tel: 03 5796 7111). To get to the Tokyo Immigration Office in Shinagawa take a Toei Bus from the East Exit of Shinagawa Station. Take a Shinagawa Futo Junkan or Tokyo Nyukoku Kanrikyoku Orikaeshi bus and get off at Tokyo Nyukoku Kanrikyoku-mae. Alternatively, it is a 15-minute walk from Tennozu Isle Station (天王洲アイル駅) on the Tokyo Monorail and Rinkai Line.
Shinagawa Station district, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Takanawa Exit of Shinagawa Station
Shinagawa Station and its surroundings have been developed over the last decade. The station concourse is sleek and modern and contains a number of upmarket stores including the atr department store and Godiva chocolates. Food fans enjoy the row of ramen restaurants at Shinatatsu Ramen and the donburi at Shinatatsu Donburi.
Exiting the Konan exit is the waterfront of Tokyo Harbor about 1km away, Shio-no Park, Konan Park and the Takahamaungazoi Green Space as well as Tokyo University of Marine Sciences & Technology.
In the Edo Period of Japanese history, Shinagawa was the first post town on the Tokaido Highway between Nihonbashi in Edo and Kyoto. Not that much remains from this time as the area became absorbed into Tokyo city though the area around Ebara Shrine and the Former Tokaido Street running south from Kita Shinagawa Station are evocative of times gone by. The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Hara Bijutsukan) was once a private mansion done in art deco style and has a lovely garden. The eclectic art collection includes works by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Maruyama Okyo and Yayoi Kusama. The Hara Museum is close to the Myanmar Embassy, one of nine Tokyo embassies in Shinagawa ward.
Shinagawa Station interior, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
The Shinagawa Station area is also home to several excellent hotels, most notably the huge Prince Hotel, and the 900+ room Hotel Pacific Tokyo both accessible from the Takanawa exit of the station. Other of the many hotels in Shinagawa are the Takanawa Tobu Hotel, The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, the 4-star Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa and the budget Toyoko Inn Shinagawa Eki Takanawa-guchi Hotel.
On the Konan side of Shinagawa Station the lavish 5-star Strings By Intercontinental is recommended. Near Meiji Gakuin University and Tokai University the 4-star Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo has impressive facilities and is popular with visiting academics.
Altogether there are over 6,000 hotel rooms in the Shinagawa area.
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