Shimbashi Station Tokyo 新橋駅

  • Published on : 12/01/2014
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Shimbashi Station East Exit, at present, Tokyo

Shimbashi Station East Exit, Tokyo (present day)

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Shimbashi Station: read a guide to Shimbashi Station in Tokyo an historic station close to Shiodome and Hamamatsucho.

History of Shimbashi Station

In 1872, the first railway line, linking the Japanese capital to Yokohama, was put into service. This link, called the Tokaidô line, transports passengers from the port city to Tokyo in 35 min. Its terminus in the capital was then a brand new station; that of Shimbashi Teishajo.

Designed by an American architect, the latter was inaugurated in October 1872 in the presence of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912); the latter even took part in the maiden voyage.


The original Shimbashi station

In 1909, Karasumori station, connected to the Yamanote line, opened its doors near that Shimbashi Teishajo.

In 1914, the extension of the Tokaidô line to the brand new station in Tokyo completely changed the network of surrounding stations. Shimbashi Station was converted into freight station and renamed Shiodome Station.

Karasumori Station was then renamed Shimbashi Station. Unfortunately, the Kanto earthquake of September 1, 1923, destroyed Shimbashi station. A new station was quickly erected, albeit more modest than it was before. 

Original Shimbashi Print

Shimbashi Station during the Taisho era (1912-1926)

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