Tokyo/ShinagawaTokyo, and is also a major railway station in south-central Tokyo. Historically, parts of this ward were known as Shimazuyama. Many feudal lords (daimyo) maintained estates in this area during the Tokugawa Shogunate. This area is the birthplace and former home of Sony.
Today, Shinagawa is a central train hub for Tokyo, possibly second only to Tokyo Station itself in the number of trains you can catch here. It is also a center of "European" style businesses and tourism, so you will see more English than Japanese on signs, and more Italian and American restaurants than Japanese ones.
Although Shinagawa is a ward of Tokyo, Shinagawa Station is actually in the ward of Minato: Shinagawa Ward is located to the southwest of Shinagawa Station, in the area surrounding Gotanda and Osaki on the Yamanote Line, surrounding Ōimachi on the Keihin-Tohoku Line.
Shinagawa is not a particular destination – rather a waystation, particularly when traveling to or from western Tokyo, or a place to live or stay, due to the excellent transport connections. However, it has a large number of services, and a few tourist attractions. It is a good place to stay, or to stop for a meal or drink at the start or end of a journey, but otherwise there’s little reason to come here.
The two sides of Shinagawa Station are quite different: the west or "Takanawa" side is mainly residential, with the exception of a sizeable hotel zoning immediately around the station. The east side or "Konan" side ranges from commercial to industrial, although many new modern residential apartments have been developed near the station and along its many water canals. Because of the many railway lines passing through, it is difficult to get from one side of the station to the other without walking through the station itself, so be sure to exit the station on the correct side for your destination.
Shinagawa Station is served by Japan Railways (JR) and Keikyu Railway. JR runs trains to Shinagawa on the Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, Yokosuka, and Tokaido lines. Most Narita Expresses from Narita Airport travel directly to Shinagawa (75 min, ¥3,110). Shinagawa Station is also served by the Tokaido Shinkansen, making this a convenient jumping-off point for trips to Kyoto, Osaka and other cities along the line.
On the Yamanote line, Ōsaki and Gotanda stations are also in the area.
On the Keihin-Tōhoku line, Tokyu Ōimachi line and Rinkai line, Ōimachi stations are also in the area.
Keikyu Railways trains run south to Haneda Airport, Yokohama and points beyond. Keikyu also has through service with the Asakusa subway line and operates trains going as far north as Narita, making this a cheap, but much slower, alternative to the Narita Express. The trip between Shinagawa and Haneda Airport takes as little as 17 minutes and costs ¥400.
By busSeveral hotels in Shinagawa, as well as Shinagawa Station, are connected to Narita Airport via the "Airport Limousine" bus (85 min, ¥3,000)
- JR Bus Tohoku(Japanese Website)
- Hankyu Bus(Japanese Website)
- Mie Kotsu(Japanese Website)
phone: +81 3-3445-0651address: 4-7-25 KitashinagawaThis small museum hosts a variety of interesting exhibitions in a 1930s house which is a great example of modern architecture in pre-war Japan. There is a very nice indoor/outdoor cafe.
phone: +81 3-3762-3433address: 3-2-1 Katsushima
phone: +81 3-3440-1111address: Minato-ku, Takanawa 4-10-30Aquarium with dolphin and seal shows and hundreds of species of fish. There is also a carousel ride.
phone: +81 3-3441-5556address: Minato-ku, Takanawa 4-7-1This modern church rebuilt on a historic site is handicapped-accessible and has Sunday Mass in English on the fourth Sunday of each month at 1PM.
phone: +81 3-3763-2151address: 2-1-2 Katsushima Shinagawa
Coffee Roast Saiphone: +81 3-3449-7007address: Takanawa 1-21-3Roasts beans while you wait, usually with a wonderful free cup of coffee.
phone: +81 3-3449-7007address: 1-6-5 ŌsakiA shop of the brand behind the famous Hello Kitty.
BudgetYou don't even have to leave the station to treat yourself to a wide range of affordable restaurants. Inside the ticket barrier you can find:
AndersenIf you are making an early departure for Kamakura or points south pick up sandwiches to go
phone: +81 3-3444-8910A small food court and take out restaurants featuring a couple of dozen food stands and bakery or sweet shops on the first level. This is also a very comfortably air-conditioned place to wait for a train connection. There are three full-service restaurants on the upper level. A few examples include:
Kongariyaphone: +81 3-5421-0431Select from a wide range of onigiri with interesting fillings like squid and kimchee, miso or shoyu grilled riceballs, or even ones wrapped in Indian naan and baked.
Paulphone: +81 3-3440-5021Sandwiches on real baguettes.
Near the West or Takanawa Exit
YoshinoyaFast food chain with Japanese style food.
Near the East or Konan Exit adjacent to the Shinkansen ticket gates
Ushio Sushi Barphone: +81 3-6717-0934Cheap sushi by the piece or in sets. There is a bilingual menu and instruction sheet to help you with ordering and payment. There is also a quick take-out window to grab something for the road.
Komahachi Meguro Sanma CenterIzakaya serving sanma in all shapes, try at least the shioyaki and the sushi. Adventurous eaters might try the sanma rice crackers that include the head.
phone: +81 3 5475 7020address: Takanawa 3-26-20Collection of 7 ramen noodle restaurants and 5 donburi rice bowl restaurants under the roadway, some with lines at lunchtime and some without.
Atre New York StyleA collection of restaurants grouped around a Queen Isetan grocery. Dean & Deluca, on the second floor, has a take-out sandwich and coffee bar which is convenient for supplies to get you through a long Shinkansen ride. The fourth floor has the Lounge Foodium restaurant complex including Grand Central Oyster Bar.
Devi Corneraddress: 3-24-21 TakanawaExcellent Indian cuisine.
Beer RestaurantThis is a good, authentic yakatori joint quite popular with Japanese commuters. They also have horse sashimi, which is available occasionally but not very common.
Royal HostPopular "family restaurant" chain with surprisingly good coffee but little else that stands out.
address: 高輪4-10-26, Minato, JapanTsubame is famous for its "hamburg" dish. Contrary to belief, lunch special only costs ¥1150 - a bargain for the excellent quality of food. The "hamburg" dish comes piping hot covered completely in an aluminum foil.
Tikka & BiryaniHas excellent Indian Mughal Biryani.
KuraThis is an excellent Japan-Korean barbeque, with seafood and vegetarian options. Several waitstaff speak impeccable English.
Virgin CafeThis cafe always seems very smoky, but is an easy place to stop for light food and imported beers on tap such as Kilkenny and Guinness.
Art CafeExcellent coffee, this somewhat smoky cafe is full of American and European business visitors and Japanese having espresso and a curry bun, or even a "bagette" (Japanese hot dog).
StarbucksOf course, Americans who are feeling homesick can always get a latte at Starbucks inside the JR station.
82 Ale HouseVery convincing Victorian style British pub. Largish drinks menu which includes single malt wiskeys, real ale and Guinness on tap for ¥900 a pint.
phone: +81 3-6712-9440address: 1-22-16 Kita-Shinagawa Shinagawa-kuSmall, friendly guesthouse "for backpackers" in a very 'local' feeling location.
Toyoko Inn Minami-ShinagawaAn alternative Toyoko Inn, five minutes south of Shinagawa by Keikyu local train. Availability is generally better here than the other Toyoko Inn, and the hotel is directly connected to the Keikyu line.
Toyoko Inn ShinagawaA bit cheaper than the rest, and it can sell out quickly.
Keikyu EX Inn Shinagawa-EkimaeFormerly known as the Meridien Pacific, but since renovated and converted to a Keikyu EX Inn.
Takanawa KeikyuA more economical alternative to the more expensive high-service hotels, while still being good for business travelers who need the room primarily for sleeping and internet.
Grand Prince Hotel TakanawaThough priced similarly per-night to other hotels in the area, rooms are available at an incredible discount if staying more than 3 nights through the week.
phone: +81 3 5488-3939address: 品川区北品川4-7-36 Shinagawa-ku, Kita Shinagawa 4-7-36This high end hotel is in the deluxe Gotenyama Hills complex.
The Strings HotelA top-notch hotel near Shinagawa Station which is worth visiting for a drink or a meal to get the view of the bay and Rainbow Bridge. Part of the Intercontinental chain.
Shinigawa Prince Executive Tower`s North and South Annex2nd floor wireless hot-spot. Must purchase a ¥500 card at the front desk, which will give you one day access. Must have your own computer. Power plugs along the window side. No eating or drinking allowed at the tables.