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Shinagawa
品川
—  Special ward  —
品川区 · Shinagawa City
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Location of Shinagawa in Tokyo
Shinagawa is located in Japan
Shinagawa
Coordinates: 35°36′N 139°44′E / 35.6°N 139.733°E / 35.6; 139.733
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
Area
 - Total 22.77 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
Population
(2008)
344,461
 - Density 15,740/km2 (40,766.4/sq mi)
Website Shinagawa (Japanese)

Shinagawa (品川区 Shinagawa-ku?) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. In English, it is called Shinagawa City. The ward is home to nine embassies.

As of 2008, the ward has an estimated population of 344,461 and a density of 15740 persons per km². The total area is 22.72 km².

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Geography

Shinagawa house boats with high rise apartments in the background

Shinagawa includes natural uplands and lowlands, as well as reclaimed land. The uplands are the eastern end of the Musashino hills. They include Shiba Shiroganedai north of the Meguro River, Megurodai between the Meguro and Tachiai Rivers, and Ebaradai south of the Tachiai River.

The ward lies on Tokyo Bay. Its neighbors on land are all special wards of Tokyo: Kōtō to the east, Minato to the north, Meguro to the west, and Ōta to the south.

The ward consists of five districts:

  • the Shinagawa district, including the former Shinagawa post on the Tōkaidō
  • the Ōsaki district, formerly a town, stretching from Ōsaki Station to Gotanda and Meguro Stations
  • the Ebara district, formerly a town of that name
  • the Ōi district, previously the town
  • the Yashio district, consisting of reclaimed land

History

Most of Tokyo east of the Imperial Palace is reclaimed land. A large portion of reclamation happened during the Edo period. The ward was founded on March 15, 1947 through the administrative amalgamation of the former Ebara Ward with the former Shinagawa Ward. Both Ebara Ward and Shinagawa Ward had been created in 1932, with the outward expansion of the municipal boundaries of the Tokyo City following the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake.

In the Edo period, Shinagawa was the first post town a traveler would reach after setting out from Nihombashi on the Tōkaidō highway from Edo to Kyoto. The post-town function is retained today with several large hotels near the train station offering 6,000 hotel rooms, the largest concentration in the city. The Tokugawa shogunate maintained the Suzugamori execution grounds in Shinagawa. The Tōkaidō Shinkansen began serving Shinagawa Station from 2003, and the nearby Shinagawa Intercity office complex will be served by a new subway station in a few years' time.

Politics and government

Shinagawa is run by a city assembly of 40 elected members. The mayor as of 2007 is Takeshi Hamano, an independent. Liberal Democratic Party together with New Komeito currently forms government.

Companies based in Shinagawa

Japan Airlines headquarters in Tennōzu Isle, Shinagawa

Many companies are headquartered in Shinagawa. Isuzu, an auto manufacturer;[1] JTB Corporation, a major travel agency;[2] Namco Bandai Holdings;[3] Namco Bandai Games;[4] Banpresto;[5] Honda brand Acura; NSK Ltd., a bearing maker; [6] Imagica, a media post-production company;  and Pola Cosmetics all have their headquarters within Shinagawa Ward.[citation needed]

Japan Airlines (JAL), the head office of its subsidiary JAL Hotels, and registered offices of JAL Express and JALways are located in the Tennōzu Isle area.[7][8][9][10][11][12] Prior to its dissolution, JAL subsidiary Japan Asia Airways was also headquartered in the JAL Building.[13]

Other companies maintain branch offices or research facilities in Shinagawa. Sony operates the Gotenyama Technology Center and the Osaki East Technology Center in Shinagawa.[14] Sony used to have its headquarters in Shinagawa.[15] Sony moved to Minato, Tokyo around the end of 2006 and closed the Osaki West Technology Center in Shinagawa around 2007.[16][17] Adobe Systems maintains its Japan headquarters on the 19th Floor of Gate City Ohsaki near Ōsaki Station,[18] while Siemens AG has its Japan offices in Takanawa Park Tower.[19] Phoenix Technologies operates its Japan office on the 8th floor of the Gotanda NN Building in Gotanda.[20] Siemens Japan and Philips also have offices in Shinagawa.[citation needed]

At one time Air Nippon had its headquarters in Shinagawa.[21]

Places

Education

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Universities

Special colleges

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates two special colleges in Shinagawa:

  • Tokyo Metropolitan College of Technology [1]
  • Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology [2]

Primary and secondary

Public elementary and junior high schools are operated by the Shinagawa Ward Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

Public high schools in Shinagawa include:

  • Koyamadai High School [3]
  • Osaki High School [4]
  • Yashio High School [5]

Transportation

Important train stations

Exterior of Shinagawa Station in Minato

Shinagawa Station in neighboring Minato also serves Shinagawa, and is a stop on the high-speed Tōkaidō Shinkansen line.

Rail

Road

Shinagawa is also home to the main motor vehicle registration facility for central Tokyo (located east of Samezu Station). As a result, many license plates in Tokyo are labeled with the name "Shinagawa."

Events

The abduction of Kiyoshi Kariya by the Aum Shinrikyo cult occurred in Shinagawa. On February 28, 1995, cult members abducted Kariya, a public employee, and took him to their facility in Kamikuishiki, Yamanashi. Cult members, including Ikuo Hayashi, injected Kariya with sodium thiopental in order to discover the location of the man's sister (a former Aum member), but Kariya unexpectedly died.[22]

Sister cities

Shinagawa has sister-city relationships with Auckland in New Zealand, Geneva in Switzerland, and Portland, Maine in the United States.[23]

References

  1. ^ "Corporate Profile." Isuzu. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  2. ^ "Company Profile." JTB Corporation. Retrieved on September 16, 2009.
  3. ^ "Corporate Data." Namco Bandai Holdings. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  4. ^ "Corporate Overview." Namco Bandai Games. Retrieved on March 16, 2010.
  5. ^ "Company Outline." Banpresto. February 18, 2008. Retrieved on March 16, 2010.
  6. ^ "Corporate Data." NSK Ltd.. Retrieved on December 12, 2009.
  7. ^ "Information & Reservations." Japan Airlines. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  8. ^ "Company Profile." Japan Airlines. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  9. ^ "Company Profile." JALways. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  10. ^ "会社案内." JAL Express. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  11. ^ "Company Profile." Japan Airlines. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  12. ^ "会社概要." JAL Hotels. Retrieved on February 5, 2010. "本社 : 〒140-0002 東京都品川区東品川2-4-11 JALビル13F."
  13. ^ "会社概要." Japan Asia Airways. October 25, 2005. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  14. ^ "Access & Map." Sony. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  15. ^ "Corporate Data." Sony. September 9, 2008. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  16. ^ Suzuki, Kyoko. "Sony Considers Sale of Properties Including Former Headquarters." Bloomberg. August 3, 2006. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  17. ^ "Sony to close symbol of TV business.." Kyodo News International. February 1, 2007. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  18. ^ "Locations." Adobe Systems. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  19. ^ "About us > Locations." Siemens K.K.. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  20. ^ "Worldwide Corporate Offices." Phoenix Technologies. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  21. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. April 1-7, 1998. "All Nippon Airways" 45.
  22. ^ The Aum Supreme Truth Terrorist Organization - The Crime library
  23. ^ 国際交流事業の紹介 | 品川区 ("Introduction to International Relations | Shinagawa") Retrieved on March 10, 2009
  24. ^ "Sister Cities". Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland. Embassy of Japan. Archived from the original on 2008-12-08. http://www.webcitation.org/5cvev6xKH. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikitravel

Shinagawa (品川) is one of the 23 wards of central Tokyo, and is also a major railway station in south-central Tokyo. Historically, parts of this ward were known as Shimazuyama. Many feudal lords (daimyo) maintained estates in this area during the Tokugawa Shogunate. More recently, this area is the birthplace and former home of Sony.

Today, Shinagawa is a central train hub for Tokyo, possibly second only to Tokyo Station itself in the number of trains you can catch here. It is also a center of "European" style businesses and tourism, so you will see more English than Japanese on signs, and more Italian and American restaurants than Japanese ones.

Understand

Although Shinagawa is a ward of Tokyo, Shinagawa Station is actually in the ward of Minato: Shinagawa Ward is located to the southwest of Shinagawa Station, in the area surrounding Gotanda and Osaki on the Yamanote Line.

The two sides of Shinagawa Station are quite different: the west or "Takanawa" side is mainly residential, with the exception of the hotel zone immediately around the station, while the east or "Konan" side ranges from commercial to industrial. Because of the large number of railway lines passing through, it is difficult to get from one side of the station to the other without walking through the station itself, so be sure to exit the station on the correct side for your destination.

Get in

By train

Shinagawa Station is served by Japan Railways (JR) and Keikyu Railway. JR runs trains to Shinagawa on the Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, Yokosuka, and Tokaido lines. Most Narita Expresses from Narita Airport travel directly to Shinagawa (75 min., ¥3,110). Shinagawa Station is also served by the Tokaido Shinkansen, making this a convenient jumping-off point for trips to Kyoto, Osaka and other cities along the line.

On the Yamanote line, Ōsaki and Gotanda stations are also in the area.

Keikyu Railways trains run south to Haneda Airport (17-20 minutes, ¥400), Yokohama and points beyond. Keikyu also has through service with the Asakusa subway line and operates trains going as far north as Narita, making this a cheap, but much slower, alternative to the Narita Express.

By bus

Several hotels in Shinagawa, as well as Shinagawa Station, are connected to Narita Airport via the "Airport Limousine" bus (85 min., ¥3,000)

  • Sengaku-ji (泉岳寺), (nearest station is Sengakuji on the Toei Asakusa line). A temple most famous as the resting place of the 47 Ronin, a famous group of samurai who banded together to avenge their unfairly slain master. Having obtained the head of the offender, they brought it to this very temple and then were condemned to commit ritual suicide, like their master. The story is told in Chushingura, the best-known of all Kabuki plays. History aside, the temple isn't much to look at, but the small museum has artifacts from the event and after, including wooden statues of all the ronin, the banner that the ronin posted during their raid, original letters, and the receipt that the priests wrote out for the head.  edit
  • Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 4-7-25 Kitashinagawa (15 minutes walk from JR Shinagawa Station, near La Foret Hotel), +81 03-3445-0651 (fax: +81 03-3473-0104), [2]. Closed M; T,Th-Su 11AM-5PM, W 11AM-8PM. This small museum hosts a variety of interesting exhibitions in a 1930's house which is a great example of modern architecture in pre-war Japan. There is a very nice indoor/outdoor cafe. ¥1000, ¥700 students.  edit

Do

The central immigration office for the Tokyo area is now in Shinagawa. Exit JR Shinagawa Station on the Konan side, look to your left, and follow the signs to bus platform 8 serving Immigration.

  • Shinagawa Prince Executive Tower. An IMAX theater and a movie multiplex.  edit
  • Coffee Roast Sai, Takanawa 1-21-3 (15 min walk up from Shinagawa), +81 03-3449-7007. Roasts beans while you wait, usually with a wonderful free cup of coffee.  edit
  • Yoshinoya, (One block to right from Takanawa exit of the JR station). Fast food chain with Japanese style food.  edit
  • Atre New York Style, (Shinagawa Station Konan Exit). A collection of restaurants grouped around a Queen Isetan grocery. Dean & Deluca, on the second floor, has a take-out sandwich and coffee bar which is convenient for supplies to get you through a long Shinkansen ride. The fourth floor has the Lounge Foodium restaurant complex including Grand Central Oyster Bar.  edit
  • Devi Corner, 3-24-21 Takanawa (5 min. north of Shinagawa station). Excellent Indian cuisine.  edit
  • Franklin Ave., (next door from Ne Quittez Pas). The best and priciest burgers in town.  edit
  • Giyamantei, Takanawa 4-10-20 (In Keihin Hotel opposite Station), +81 03 3442 3160, [3]. Authentic Izakaya style restaurant with English language menu.  edit
  • Ribera Steakhouse, Higashi Gotanda (12 minutes walk from JR Shinagwa, 5 minutes walk from JR Gotanda, or 2 minutes walk from Takanawadai Station on the Asakusa line. On Sakurada-dori between Takanawadai and Gotanda Stations, next to the Red Baron motorcycle shop). T-Su 6PM-11PM, closed Mondays. Reasonably priced steaks with great character. Think C&W meets pro-wrestling. Hank Williams on cassette and photos of Andre the Giant. Look for the giant photo of Hulk Hogan tucking into a steak. Yokuzuna Akebono has been a regular here for years. ¥2,500-3000.  edit
  • Beer Restaurant, (Across the street and 1/2 block down from the East entrance of Shinagawa station). This is a good, authentic yakatori joint quite popular with Japanese commuters. They also have horse sashimi, something you're unlikely to encounter elsewhere.  edit
  • Royal Host, (First floor of the Takanawa Keikyu Hotel). Popular "family restaurant" chain with surprisingly good coffee but little else that stands out.  edit
  • Shinatatsu, Takanawa 3-26-20 (turn left from the West entrance of the JR station), +81 03 5475 7020, [4]. 11AM-10PM. Collection of noodle restaurants from the "7 Masters of Ramen".  edit
  • Tsubame (Ginza Since 1930), (across the street, next to the bus entrance of Shinagawa Prince Hotel). Tsubame is famous for its "hamburg" dish. Contrary to belief, lunch special only costs 1150 yen (about $10) - a bargain for the excellent quality of food. The "hamburg" dish comes piping hot covered completely in an aluminum foil - yummy.  edit
  • Tsukemen Tetsu, (West exit Shinagawa station, 2 minutes walk south, i.e., take a left outside the west exit). There are a cluster of quality noodle shops just south of the west exit, nestled under the roadway. Quite a variety of donburi, ramen, etc, some with lines at lunchtime and some without.  edit
  • Tikka & Biryani, (take Prince Hotel Exit of Shinagawa station, Take your Left after crossing the Road. Its about 7 minutes walk on the highways). Has excellent Indian Mughal Biryani.  edit
  • Ne Quittez Pas, +81 03-3442-2382. Closed M; Tu-Su 12-2PM and 6PM-9PM. High-end French cuisine a short walk from Gotanda Station. 10,000 yen person and up.  edit
  • Kura (Ginza Since 1930), (one block South of the East Exit of the JR station). This is an excellent Japan-Korean barbeque, with seafood and vegetarian options. Several waitstaff speak impeccable English. Cost really depends on how hungry you are; a light meal is likely to be ¥3000, but stuffing yourself could run to ¥7000.  edit

Drink

Directly across the street from JR Shinagawa Station Takanawa Exit you will find Enoteca on the second level of Shinagawa Wing. Shop for imported wines, or sample glasses in their small cafe. The Wing also has a tea shop.

  • Virgin Cafe, (Cross the elevated walkway to the left of Shinagawa Konan Exit). This cafe always seems very smoky, but is an easy place to stop for light food and imported beers on tap such as Kilkenny and Guinness. ¥1,000 for a pint.  edit
  • Art Cafe, (Across the street from the East side of the JR station, in the Prince hotel shopping center). Excellent coffee, this somewhat smoky cafe is full of American and European business visitors and Japanese having espresso and a curry bun, or even a "bagette" (Japanese hot dog).  edit
  • Starbucks, (On the second floor of JR Shinagawa Station just before the Konan Exit). Of course, Americans who are feeling homesick can always get a latte at Starbucks inside the JR station.  edit
  • 82 Ale House, (Leaving Shinagawa station via the Konan exit, go down the escalator and walk down the street directly in front. Its near the end on the right hand side). Note that last orders are at the bizarrely early time of 10:45PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Very convincing Victorian style British pub. Largish drinks menu which includes single malt wiskeys, real ale and Guinness on tap for ¥850 a pint.  edit
  • Beer Court, (Roof terrace above Enoteca). Beer Garden open from 5PM in summer season.  edit

Sleep

With the new Shinkansen service to Shinagawa, the area hotels have become much more convenient (and crowded). Rooms at the hotels near the station sell out very quickly. Try Gotanda Station, 2 stops away on the Yamanote Line, for cheaper business hotels or capsules.

  • Toyoko Inn Shinagawa, (Takanawa exit), [5]. A bit cheaper than the rest, and it can sell out quickly. Rack rates ¥6,720+.  edit
  • Minami-Shinagawa, [6]. An alternative Toyoko Inn, five minutes south of Shinagawa by Keikyu local train. Availability is generally better here than the other Toyoko Inn, and the hotel is directly connected to the Keikyu line. Rack rates ¥6,720+.  edit
  • Takanawa Keikyu, [7]. A more economical alternative to the more expensive high-service hotels, while still being good for business travelers who need the room primarily for sleeping and internet. Rack rates ¥11,900+.  edit
  • Shinagawa Prince Hotel, (near the Takanawa exit), [8]. Rack rates ¥15,500+.  edit
  • Takanawa Prince Hotel, (near the Takanawa exit), [9]. Rack rates ¥15,500+.  edit
  • New Takanawa Prince Hotel, (near the Takanawa exit), [10]. Rack rates ¥15,500+.  edit
  • Le Meridien Pacific Tokyo, (Takanawa exit), [11]. Originally known (and still prominently displayed) as the Hotel Pacific. The rooms have high speed internet and smoking rooms are available, although the quality of this hotel is significantly lower than the more expensive Le Meridien Grand Pacific Tokyo in Odaiba. Rack rates ¥18,680+.  edit
  • The Strings Hotel, (Konan exit), [12]. A top-notch hotel near Shinagawa Station which is worth visiting for a drink or a meal to get the view of the bay and Rainbow Bridge. Part of the Intercontinental chain. Rack rates ¥31,000+.  edit
  • Yahoo Cafe, Shinagawa Prince Executive Tower, 7th floor. You will need to purchase a drink. After purchasing a drink, you would need to fill out a form with your name and your address at the front desk. You will receive a USB key. This place has very good and friendly (English speaking) service and personnel, but the laptops have very small keyboards, with keys unusually close together - so it is a bit hard to type. Camera available on some of the computers. Available printing: Regular at ¥30 and Color at ¥150. Coffee/Tea/Coke are priced about ¥500.  edit
  • Shinigawa Prince Executive Tower`s North and South Annex. 2nd floor wireless hot-spot. Must purchase a ¥500 card at the front desk, which will give you one day access. Must have your own computer. Power plugs along the window side. No eating or drinking allowed at the tables.   edit
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