Tamachi Station 田町駅
Gate to Tokyo Bay
The station is located in Minato Ward, in southeastern Tokyo in the Tamachi district. On the Yamanote line, it provides easy access to the renowned Rainbow Bridge and Sengaku-ji temple.
The station and its neighborhood
Tamachi is the name given to the grouping of the districts of Shiba, Shibaura, and Mita. The name, which means "field town", probably comes from the presence of rice fields not far away during the Meiji era (1868-1912).
The area where the station is today has only existed for a little over 100 years. Indeed, until the area was finally filled in in the early 1900s to expand the land, it was only a portion of Tokyo Bay. The station was opened a few years after the completion of this Tokyo expansion work.
Inaugurated on December 16, 1909, as the 16th station of the Yamanote Line, the station remains relatively anonymous. It is only served by two lines, managed by JR East:
- The Yamanote line that loops through Tokyo,
- The Keihin-Tôhoku line which connects the cities of Saitama, Kawaguchi, Tokyo, Kawasaki and Yokohama .
It is located on the Yamanote line, between Hamamatsucho station and Shinagawa station. Mita station is very close, only 5 min walk. It is served by the Asakusa line (connecting Nishi-Magome station to Oshiage station) and the Mita line (connecting Meguro station to Nishi-Takashimadaira station).
The Tamachi district is mainly residential and student. You will thus find there the University of Keio and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. To the east of the resort, the artificial islands and their canals offer a very pleasant setting for strolling away from the crowds.
Sengaku-ji Temple is a short walk from the station. The temple is famous for its cemetery, where the famous "47 Ronin ", the "masterless samurai", rests.
The story tells the epic of a group of samurai left without a master after he was condemned to the ritual suicide of Seppuku and who remained faithful to him. They will then seek to avenge him and, once this mission is completed, they will in turn commit Seppuku.
This true story has become popular in Japanese culture as a supreme example of loyalty, sacrifice, persistence, and honor, values very important in Japanese culture. Their caption encourages people to follow these values in their daily lives.
Many people visit this temple to pay homage to the 47 Ronin and burn incense as offerings.
- Address: 2-11-1 Takanawa, Minato, 108-0074 Tokyo
Crossing the scenic canals east of Tamachi Station, the monumental Rainbow Bridge can be reached on foot in just 15 min.
The bridge not only accommodates cars and trains, but it is also a pedestrian bridge with paths on each side. You will have a spectacular view of Tokyo Bay and the surrounding city.
The northern trail will give you views of Tokyo Tower, SkyTree, Roppongi, and Toranomon skyscrapers, as well as the Shiodome and Toyosu areas.
The southern path offers views of Odaiba and its adjacent islands, as well as the Shinagawa area.
The crossing takes about thirty minutes and therefore takes you to the artificial island of Odaiba. You can enjoy beaches and shopping centers for an ideal day of relaxation!
- Address: Rainbow Promenade Shibaura Side, 3-33 Kaigan, Minato, 105-0022 Tokyo
Discover the Yamanote, Tokyo's iconic subway line:
- Tokyo station
- Nippori Station
- Uguisudani station
- Ueno Station
- Okachimachi Station
- Akihabara Station
- Kanda Station
- Yurakuchō Station
- Shimbashi Station
- Hamamatsucho Station
- Tamachi Station
- Ebisu Station
- Shibuya Station
- Harajuku Station
- Yoyogi Station
- Shinjuku Station
- Shin-Okubo Station
- Takadanobaba station
- Ikebukuro Station
- Otsuka Station
- Komagome Station
- Tabata station