Shinagawa Station 品川駅

Historic magnificence!

Shinagawa station was the very first to open in Tokyo, in connection with Yokohama, to test a revolutionary new means of transportation: The train! From 1872 to 2020, the evolutions of this gigantic infrastructure punctuate the city of Tokyo, from progress to modernization.

It will not be until October 15, 1872, that the first railway line in Japan will officially begin, between Shimbashi and Yokohama with Shinagawa being on this historic line.

 

 

For this reason, on the platform of the Tokaido of Shinagawa, everyone can hear a starting melody related to this story. It is music composed in the Meiji era (1868-1912) as well as a long steam locomotive whistle that sounds charmingly and nostalgically throughout the station.

Trains Keikyû (rouge) et Keisei (bleu) en gare de Shinagawa

Keikyu (red) and Keisei (blue) trains at Shinagawa station

Jerome Laborde

Yamanote PK "0"

 

The Yamanote Line began service in 1885. At the time, Shinagawa was just a small seaside station in Tokyo Bay.

Officially, it is from Shinagawa station that each train of the Yamanote line starts. This is where the famous PK (kilometric point) "0" comes from, which can be seen at the level of the rails but above all reproduced in the large hall next to a cute mailbox representing... a train with colors of the Tokaido line, orange, and green.

Starting from point 0 in Shinagawa, the trains head for Shimbashi, Shinjuku, or Ikebukuro for a complete 34.5 km trip in 59 min.

 

La boîte aux lettres PK 0

The "PK 0" mailbox in Shinagawa Station

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In the Shinagawa station, there is a huge shopping and restaurant area, with cafes, bakeries, bento sales, and many souvenir shops in which Japanese women like to find the gift as pretty as it is original ranging from traditional to modern. There is so much everything you want, that you can stay all day in the station enjoying these festivities.

To entertain you, head to the Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa (formerly called the Epson Aqua Park), in the Prince Shinagawa Hotel, an aquarium of the future where sounds, lights, images, and live animals cohabit for a total spectacle. Next door you will also find a cinema and a bowling alley.

Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa

Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa

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