When you think about Japan, you might think about Mt. Fuji, Geisha, Sushi, … and the Shinkansen bullet train! Speaking of the Shinkansen, there are only two stations where this bullet train stops in Tokyo. That’s Tokyo Station and Shinagawa Station. Every station where the bullet train stops is fun to explore. This time I would like to introduce Shinagawa Station and some relaxing spots around it!
Shinagawa Station – a small universe in itself
In Japan, you can’t enter a station without a ticket. Sometimes, that can be really unpractical. But there is a good side to this system, too. As long as you are riding on a JR train, you can get off at Shinagawa Station and go shopping without leaving the station!
Since many people use Shinagawa Station to travel with the Shinkansen, shops are selling delicious food and lunch boxes (“obento” or “bento“) that you can eat on the train – well, or outside, or at your hotel. The number of different obento types seems to be endless. Since the station is a travel hub, they also sell lunch boxes with specialties from other regions of Japan (like beef or crab etc.).
In addition, there are many shops selling cakes and cookies as souvenirs and gifts, so those stands are also worth a look.
In addition to all the little food stands and shops, there is an actual mall inside the station, called “Ecute”. Here, you can buy Japanese cosmetics, books, and fashion etc. You’ll be surprised about the big variety!
Let’s explore the area!
After passing the ticket gates at the “Central Exit” of the station, turn right. A loooooong walkway lined with TV screens will lead you to the “Konan Exit”. Welcome to high-tech Japan!
Turn right again, and you’ll see the skyscraper district of Shinagawa’s Konan area. This is where big companies like Microsoft Japan have their headquarter.
But, right in between the skyscrapers…there is a forest!
Walk above or through the forest, turn to the left and after another 4 minutes of walking, you’ll reach a canal which is connected to Tokyo Bay. Just follow the salty breeze!
So, what’s there to see? Well, actually not much! …But that’s a good thing. There is almost nothing. So there are not many people either. You can spend stroll along the canal, and at sunset, you’ll see the water surface turning golden reflecting the evening sun. Restaurant ships (Yakatabune) pass slowly by. How relaxing!
Nearby, just on the other side of the bridge (seen on the picture below) there is a place called “Tennozu Isle” where the monorail also stops, there is a nice beer restaurant (seen on the picture above).
I don’t know why, but there is also an old ship right in front of huge apartment buildings.
My friends and I had a rest and relaxing time at Konan area. It is a plain area with not much going on, but as I said: that can be just what you need in this mega city! For me, this is one of my personal highlights in Tokyo!
Walking Route Information:
JR Shinagawa Station Konan Exit
→ Office area with a forest
2-chome, Konan Minato-ku, Tokyo
→ Rakuzu Bridge
11-1, Konan Minato-ku, Tokyo
→ Canal 4-chome Konan Minato-ku, Tokyo