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Shinagawa Ward Guide

Shinagawa Ward presents two very distinct but livable categories of residential neighborhoods. The waterfront properties around the business districts offer luxury apartments. In the center of the ward, you can find a more laid-back residential environment.

Shinagawa Ward is situated just south of the heart of the city and Minato WardYou’ll find a mix of commercial and residential neighborhoods in the area. You will find waterfront redevelopment projects and luxury apartment complexes near Tokyo Bay. Inland are the quiet residential neighborhoods like Oimachi and Togoshi.


Shinagawa quick facts

  • Population: 394,700 (as of January 1, 2019)
  • Area: 22.84 km²
  • Density: 17,281 (/km²)
  • Population of foreign residents: 13,042 (3.3% of total population of Shinagawa)
  • About 2.8% of the total resident foreigner population of the Tokyo 23 Wards lives in Shinagawa.

Major Train Stations

Station Train Lines
Shinagawa  JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
 JR Tokaido Main Line
 JR Yamanote Line
 JR Yokosuka Line
 Keikyu Main Line
Gotanda  JR Yamanote Line
 Toei Asakusa Line
 Tokyu Ikegami Line
Oimachi  JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
 TWR Rinkai Line
 Tokyu Oimachi Line

*Shinagawa Station technically is within Minato Ward limits.

Main residential neighborhoods

Shinagawa ranks high for

  • Waterfront parks offer beautiful views of Tokyo Bay.
  • Redevelopment projects planned in the area to boost livability and add more luxury apartments to the area.
  • High-end residential neighborhoods near Shinagawa Station.
  • Quiet, calm neighborhoods more inland.

Who lives in Shinagawa Ward?

  • Recently developed luxury apartments along Tokyo Bay are very popular with ex-pat families
  • Those who prefer the traditional Tokyo atmosphere of central Shinagawa neighborhoods like Oimachi

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Location and highlights

Located just south of the central six wards, Shinagawa Ward is bordered by Minato (central ward with many fashionable and popular neighborhoods such as Roppongi, Aoyama, and Azabu Juban), Meguro (primarily residential ward famous for the cherry blossoms blooming along the Meguro River in spring), and Ota (southernmost ward home to Haneda Airport). To the east of Shinagawa is Tokyo Bay and modern waterfront 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 north of Shinagawa Station. The new station will be located in Minato Ward, but it will have an effect on those residing close to Shinagawa Station. Takanawa Gateway Station will be located on the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Lines, in 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.

Many corporations have offices or headquarters in Shinagawa, including various global companies such as Adobe Systems, Siemens AG, and Phoenix Technologies. Shinagawa is also where you’ll find one of Tokyo’s Immigration Bureaus, so for visa renewals and other immigration procedures you’ll have to visit here (or the Tachikawa Immigration Bureau). While the area around Shinagawa Station has a business district feel, once you move away from the station you’ll find it much less crowded and much more residential. In fact, Shinagawa is home to Tokyo’s two largest shotengai (outdoor shopping arcade) which help boost the livability for residents by providing streets where you can pick up practically all your daily necessities.

Shopping centers that offer the latest in fashion and dining can be found located around Shinagawa. Sea Fort Square, Osaki New City, Remy Gotanda, and more are all located within Shinagawa. If you’re looking to window shop and grab a bite to eat you can’t go wrong with any of the shopping complexes here.

Although technically in Minato Ward, Odaiba is a very popular entertainment area that’s just across a bridge from Shinagawa. Walking through the waterfront parks while leisurely window shopping can be a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. When the weather is nice around Shiokaze Park and Odaiba Marine Park you can rent BBQ equipment and enjoy looking out at Tokyo from the bay.

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