Shinagawa Area Guide

Shinagawa is part international business hub, part upscale shopping/dining district, and part quiet residential neighborhood. There really is a difference in overall atmosphere depending on what area of Shinagawa you visit. Near the station you'll find many offices and even company headquarters, along the waterfront is redeveloped commercial/residential area that is known for its beautiful views of Tokyo Bay, and inland just a little bit you'll find pockets of calm neighborhoods that are within commuting distance to many business districts in Tokyo.

Details

Highlights
-- Large station with multiple train and subway lines.
-- Home to a large assortment of company headquarters and offices of global companies.
-- Redevelopment areas along the waterfront add beautiful, modern scenery.
-- Many highly recommended restaurants and cafes throughout the area.
-- Home to one of Tokyo's aquariums: Maxell Aqua Park.
-- Shinagawa Immigration Bureau is a quick bus ride from Shinagawa Station.

Contents

Location


Shinagawa has a bit of a split-personality. There is Shinagawa Station and the business district surrounding it, but that’s all technically located in the southern part of Minato Ward. In this article we are going to go over elements of both Shinagawa Station and Shinagawa Ward.

The Shinagawa business/commercial district is home to many company headquarters such as Sony, Rakuten, Lawson, Sega, and Japan Airlines. With so many large offices in the area, there is a lot of traffic around Shinagawa Station. In addition, Shinagawa is the location of one of the Immigration Bureau offices in Tokyo (the other is located near Tachikawa).

Some of the business and commercial atmosphere near the station blends into the surrounding area, but a large portion of this neighborhood is residential. You’ll find quite a few parks near the waterfront, helping give Shinagawa’s residential side a high degree of livability.

Shinagawa blends busy commercial areas with livable residential spaces like Higashi Shinagawa Kaijo Park, shown here! Photo: koji_h via Wikimedia Commons

Key Stats

Average Rent in Shinagawa

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥113,600/month ($1,030)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥181,900/month ($1,650)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥279,300/month ($2,540)

Apartments For Rent in Shinagawa

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
JR East Yamanote
JR East  Keihin-Tohoku
JR East  Tokaido
JR East  Yokosuka
JR East  Joban
Keikyu  Keikyu Main Line
JR Central  Tokaido Shinkansen

Accessibility

Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Yamanote, direct 22 min
Shibuya Yamanote, direct 14 min
Tokyo Yamanote, direct 14 min
Roppongi Yamanote (Ebisu), transfer to Hibiya 26 min
Kichijoji Yamanote (Shibuya), transfer to Keio Inokashira 34 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Tokaido, direct 16 min

Orientation Around the Station

Shinagawa Station is quite large, but really only has two exits. Photo: Steven Tan via Flickr

The Shinagawa JR Station is massive and intimidating, but there are only two exits.

  • The Takanawa Exit (West Exit) will take you away from Tokyo Bay. Use this exit to get to the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Shinagawa Prince Hotel, Wing Takanawa West (shopping mall), and Maxell Aqua Park (aquarium).
  • If you take the Konan Exit (East Exit), you’ll exit facing Tokyo Bay. Those heading to the Immigration Bureau can head to bus stop 8 here and catch a bus to the building.

A look outside the Konan Exit (east) of Shinagawa Station. There are bus stops on the ground level of this exit. Photo: Steven Tan via Flickr

Corporate Headquarters

Shinagawa’s business district is home to many notable companies, both Japanese and international. In addition to the headquarters mentioned earlier, there are also offices for companies such as Adobe, Philips, and Microsoft in the area. The presence of these global companies near Shinagawa station gives the area a more international atmosphere compared to business districts like Shimbashi.

Maxell Aqua Park

One staple feature of Shinagawa is the Maxell Aqua Park aquarium, where you can find a variety of exhibits highlighting marine animals. The stars of the aquarium are the dolphins headlining the shows at the stadium. The intricately choreographed performances are exciting and fun to watch!

Tennozu Isle

Tennozu Isle has been redeveloped into a modern, stylish waterfront area. There are apartments and a shopping center located on this island where you can get great views of Tokyo Bay as well! Photo: Guilhem Vellut via Flickr

An island just east of Shinagawa, Tennozu Isle was originally developed as a fort in the Edo period to protect against any seaborne invasions. After the Meiji Restoration and industrialization of Japan, the area became the site for various warehouses and factories. The first modern redevelopment projects on the island were completed around 1992. Today, Tennozu Isle is a destination for arts and culture with a beautiful view of Tokyo Bay. The scenery is used fairly regularly as the setting for movies and TV shows.

The waterfront area is scenic and a popular location for shooting TV shows and movies! Photo: sinkdd via Flickr

Upcoming Transportation Developments

Shinagawa Station was chosen as the future terminal station for the Chuo Shinkansen maglev line. This high-speed railway will initially connect Tokyo and Nagoya (with plans to continue the track to Osaka) once finished in 2027. With a maximum speed of 505 km/h (314 mph), the train ride is estimated to take 40 minutes from Tokyo to Nagoya (as of 2019, the current shinkansen route takes approximately 100 minutes).

Another transportation related update coming to the area near Shinagawa is the addition of the Takanawa Gateway Station. This will occur in Minato Ward, but it will have an affect on those residing close to Shinagawa Station. The Takanawa Gateway Station will be located on the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Lines, between existing Shinagawa Station and Tamachi Station. The station is scheduled to be completed in 2020, with surrounding luxury apartments, restaurants, and facilities to be completed by 2024.

Shinagawa Shotengai

You’ll find a local slice of life near Shinagawa Station that contrasts with the global business and commercial side. The Musashi Koyama Shotengai (shopping arcade) is the longest shopping arcade in Tokyo. Next to it is Togoshi Ginza, the second longest shopping arcade in Tokyo! It can be relaxing to wander through one of these shopping arcades while keeping an eye out for any bargain deals!

Shopping arcades are a fixture of urban living in Japan. A lot of the stores that call these stretches of road home are family businesses which have weathered the storm of time and have become embedded in the fabric of the community. You’ll find grocers, kimono stores, and sweets shops mixed in with more modern establishments like cellphone stores and pachinko parlors.

Eating

Shinagawa has a reputable dining scene, thanks to all the redevelopment projects in the area. If you check out the commercial complexes around Shinagawa you can find restaurants like Table 9 Tokyo that offer a nice view of Tokyo and Tokyo Bay. Another fan favorite is T.Y. Harbor on Tennozu Isle. This is a fancy restaurant on the waterfront where you can get craft beer brewed right in Shinagawa! Or if you’re in the mood for more rustic Japanese soul-food, take a trip away from the bay to Tonkatsu Mitake near Oimachi for some authentic homestyle tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet)! And lastly, you can stop by  Kyojin Stew House for Irish food. Who would’ve thought that Shinagawa would be a place where you can find authentic Irish lamb stew and colcannon!

Livability

Life in Shinagawa runs the gamut from commercial districts to calm residential neighborhoods. The neighborhoods themselves vary from the redeveloped, modern apartment complexes around Tennozu Isle and Shinagawa Station to the unassuming, quiet streets of Nishi-Oi and Musashi Koyama. With over five train lines going through Shinagawa Station, this is also a major hub, which means it rates very high for accessibility.

Shinagawa is also the first stop on the Tokaido shinkansen (bullet train) line from Tokyo Station to Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka. The Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama trains run on this line.

Shinagawa enjoys a very convenient location between Tokyo, Yokohama and other major stops in Kanagawa prefecture . It’s even close to Haneda Airport, so frequent flyers might want to pay extra attention to the area. Useful Info at a Glance

Supermarkets

Nearby Supermarkets Hours Address
Keikyu Store 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM 3 Chome-26-26 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0074
LIFE Extra Higashi-Gotanda Shop 9:30 AM – 1:00 AM 2 Chome-19-6 Higashigotanda, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 141-0022
OK Aomonoyokocho 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM 3 Chome-4-1 Minamishinagawa, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-0004
SEIYU Oimachi 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM 5 Chome-18-1 Higashioi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-0011
Ito Yokado 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM 1 Chome-3-6 Ōi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-0014

*This is just a selection of supermarkets in the area.

Gyms

Nearby Gyms Hours Address
Gold’s Gym 24 hrs

(Closed from 11:00 PM Sun. to 5:00 AM Mon.)

〒140-0011 Tokyo, Shinagawa City, Higashioi, 5 Chome−2−1 4F おおい元気館
Anytime Fitness Minami-Shinagawa 24 hrs 〒140-0004 Tokyo, Shinagawa City, Minamishinagawa, 2 Chome−2−7 南品川Jビル B1
Sports Club NAS Osaki Mon.: Closed

Tue. – Fri.: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Sat.: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Sun.: 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM

2 Chome-1-3 Osaki, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 141-0032
JOYFIT24 24 hrs 〒140-0002 Tokyo, Shinagawa City, Higashishinagawa, 3 Chome−28−22 NTT品川ビル事務所棟1F

*These are just examples of gyms available in the area.

Universities

Nearby Universities Information
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Shinagawa Campus Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Shinagawa Campus Home Page
Rissho University Shinagawa Campus Rissho University Shinagawa Campus
Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology
Seisen University Seisen University Home Page
Hoshiyakka University Hoshiyakka University
Showa University Showa University Home Page

Ward Office, Police, Library

Nearby Community Center/City Hall/Police Station Hours Address
Shinagawa City Hall Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

2 Chome-1-36 Hiromachi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-8715
Shinagawa Police Station Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

3 Chome-14-32 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-0002
Shinagawa Kuritsu Shinagawa Library Mon. – Sat.: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sun.: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

2 Chome-32-3 Kitashinagawa, 品川区 Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-0001
Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau Mon. – Fri.: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

5 Chome-5-30 Konan, Minato City, Tokyo 108-8255

Hospitals

Nearby Hospitals Address
JCHO Tokyo Takanawa Hospital 3 Chome-10-11 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo 108-8606
Tokyo-Shinagawa Hospital 6 Chome-3-22 Higashioi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-8522

*These are examples of clinics in the area.

Parks

Family-Friendly Features

Nearby Family Friendly Features Address
Minami-Shinagawa Children’s Center 4 Chome-5-28 Minamishinagawa, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-0004
Municipal Koseki Children Center 5 Chome-8-15 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 141-0001
Mitsugi Children Center 2 Chome-6-13 Nishishinagawa, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 141-0033
Shinagawa-ku Jidou (Children) Center Oi 4 Chome-11-34 Ōi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-0014

Shopping Malls


Shinagawa Apartments

Apartments for rent near Shinagawa Station:

When looking for apartments around Shinagawa, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the differences in the neighborhoods in the area. For instance, you’ll find new and modern high-rise apartment complexes around Tennozu Isle and Shinagawa Station. But if you check near Shimbaba and Nishi-Oi you might find more affordable housing in low-rise apartments. On Real Estate Japan we have listings for apartments near Nishi-Oi Station for as low as ¥60,000 per month.

Apartments For Rent in Shinagawa

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