Shinagawa flourished in the Nara period (710-794) and Heian periods (794-1185) as a traffic hub and by the Edo era it saw the most traffic of any place in Japan as it was at the center of 5 major roads, and grew up as the first inn town on the Tokaido. Currently it is a major region of Tokyo with temples and shrines as well as massive industrial complexes.
From various railways Shinagawa station sees over 335,000 people per day. It is a cornerstone of travel in Tokyo and so it is quite easy to access. If you hop on a train to Yokohama you can easily have a good sightseeing experience. There are places to see such as the Epson Shinagawa Aqua Stadium inside the Shinagawa Prince Hotel. It’s an aquarium inside the hotel and you can walk through an underwater tunnel of sea lions and dolphins. Across from Shinagawa Station there is Atre Shinagawa where you can partake in shopping as well.For cultural tourists, there is the Hara Museum of Contemporary art where there are exhibits of domestic and international contemporary art. The building itself is popular as it is a European-style building incorporating 20th-century Western design, showing off the early Showa era’s architecture style. There are many old-fashioned shopping streets and temples to visit, so this is a great place to visit if you want to enjoy a bit of both old and new.
Using public transportation, take any of the Tokaido Shinkansen, the Keihin Main Line, JR Yokosuka Line, JR Tokaido Line, Keihin Tohoku Line, or JR Yamanote lines to Shinagawa station (品川駅). By car, the Hamazakibashi JCT (浜崎橋JCT) is the closest interchange.
Image Gallery: Shinagawa
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