Shimbashi Station Tokyo

Japan Train Stations: Shimbashi Station Tokyo

Shimbashi Station 新橋駅

Shimbashi Station (Shinbashi) is in the Shimbashi district of south, central Tokyo in Minato ward directly south of Tokyo Station. Shimbashi Station is close to both the shopping mecca that is Ginza and the gleaming skyscrapers of Shiodome. The Shimbashi district itself, around the station is typically where company workers eat, shop and drink.

Shimbashi Station East Exit, Tokyo.
Shimbashi Station Tokyo in the Taisho Period

Shimbashi Station Connections

Shimbashi Station is a major rail intersection in Tokyo connecting with the circular JR Yamanote Line (2 stops from Tokyo Station), the Tokaido Line for trains to Fujisawa, Hiratsuka, Odawara and Atami, the Yokosuka Line for Yokohama and down to Kamakura and Yokosuka, and the Keihin-Tohoku Line for trains to Shinagawa, Yokohama Station, and Ofuna.

Shimbashi Station also has two Tokyo subway lines: the Toei Asakusa Line, and the Ginza Line for access to Asakusa in the east or Shibuya in the west.

Just outside JR Shimbashi Station, on the east side, is the terminus for the Yurikamome Line that goes across Rainbow Bridge to Toyosu Station in Koto-ku via Odaiba.

Shimbashi Station East Exit, Tokyo.
Shimbashi Station East Exit, at present, Tokyo
Shimbashi Station East Exit, Tokyo.
JR Shimbashi Station East Exit, Tokyo - with the covered entranceway to Shimbashi Subway Station for the Asakusa Line

History of Shimbashi Station

The original Shimbashi Station, located a bit to the east in Shiodome, was the terminus of Japan's first railway line that ran from Shimbashi via Shinagawa to Yokohama and opened in 1872.

In 2003, Old Shimabashi Station, a modern reconstruction of the original 19th century Shimbashi Station, was opened as a museum to commemorate Japan's first railway and includes interesting exhibits from those times and a piece of the original track made in Darlington, UK. Parts of the original station are visible through a glass floor in the museum.

The station that opened in 1909 at the present location was named Karasumori Station but renamed Shimbashi Station in 1914. The Tokyo subway arrived at Shimbashi in 1934 and the Yurikamome Line was opened in 1995.

Shinbashi Station, Yurikamome Line.
Shimbashi Station, Yurikamome Line - on the east side of JR Shinbashi Station
Shimbashi Station East Exit, Tokyo.
Shimbashi Station East Exit, Tokyo.

Shimbashi Station Tokyo and part of the original railway line and platform at Old Shimbashi Station

Shimbashi Station Environs

The East Exit of Shimbashi Station leads to Shiodome with its gleaming skyscrapers, chic cafes, ritzy restaurants and modern museums. The west, or Karasumori, exit is an altogether different experience with neighborhood bars and izakaya crowded under the railway arches. The underground passageways of Shimbashi Station are also a warren of small cafes, restaurants and bars - some of them old-style tachinomiya or stand-up bars. Something of the traditional, boisterous atmosphere of old Tokyo remains here.

Hotels in Shiodome close to Shimbashi Station include the Park Hotel, the Conrad Tokyo, the Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Italia-gai, the Dai-Ichi Hotel Tokyo north of the station, the Hotel Villa Fontaine Shiodome and the APA Shinbashi Onarimon.

Shimbashi Station 5-chome, Tokyo.
Shimbashi 5-chome, Tokyo

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