Shinagawa District

Somewhere between its eastern reaches and its western hills, Shinagawa District blends business-savvy lifestyles and quiet family dinners.

Travelers once passed through Shinagawa District on their way to and from Tokyo’s business center. Now, Shinagawa District itself is a business center. Corporate headquarters and contemporary condominiums grace the waterfront along its eastside while tidy gardens and snakelike streets weave through its residential west. Together, the two parts of this Tokyo Bay-side neighborhood complete one Shinagawa District.

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On the Map

Shinagawa District is bordered by Ebisu/Daikanyama, Odaiba, Meguro District, Shibuya District, Minato District, Koto District, and Ota District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Haneda Airport: 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour & 5 minutes by car or 1 hour & 40 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 35 minutes by public transit
Ueno Station: 30 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 40 minutes by public transit

East Shinagawa District: Big Business and Sleek Buildings

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Eastern Shinagawa District's corporate mindset counters western Shinagawa District's intimate residential attitudes.

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What began as the city's southern outpost for travelers during the Edo period has since transformed into a bustling center that no longer feels far away from Tokyo's core.

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While its accessibility makes it a convenient center for big business and international corporations, Shinagawa District's west side is decidedly residential.

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As offices begin to shut their doors for the day (which can be quite late at night), Shinagawa District's business side settles down quickly.

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Workers leave east Shinagawa District's soaring towers and make their way to the thresholds of their homes in west Shinagawa District.

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The neighborhood is a very residential area not too far from the city center but still far enough to be quiet and to have a nice view."

West Shinagawa District: Quiet Residential Attitude

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West Shinagawa District shares a border with posh Meguro District and ever-restless Shibuya District.

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Leisurely unlike Shibuya and more modest than Meguro, Shinagawa District's atmosphere quickly quiets down where east meets west.

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Residential attitudes permeate the area's sleepy, sinewy streets.

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Where there were once factories, there are now condominiums.

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Where there are condominiums, there are families and commuters.

Shinagawa Station: A Tokyo Transit Hub

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Shinagawa Station serves as one of Tokyo's main train stations.

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The station is a center of "western" inspired businesses and tourism, and its signage reflects its internationality.

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Their Japanese descriptions are accompanied by English, Chinese, and Korean translations.

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Shinagawa Station is full service.

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Florists, fast food stalls, bars, lounges, and shoe shines await weary travelers, hungry travelers, and travelers looking to spruce up.

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...from the Oimachi JR you can get to all the major Tokyo attractions with ease. The neighborhood is very safe and there are plenty of stores, eateries and groceries nearby."

Alethea

Visited in 2013

International Fare In Shinagawa District

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Shinagawa District shows its international and corporate flair on every corner.

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The area surrounding the train station is especially notable for its global brand names and foreign influences.

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Local gourmet markets contrast cafe conglomerates.

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International flavors commingle with traditional tastes.

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[Shinagawa District is] in the southern part of Tokyo metropolitan, the best place if you have a plan to go to both the centre of Tokyo and Yokohama."

Along the Water In Shinagawa District

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Opportunities to live along a canal are sparse in Tokyo.

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Inhabitants who make their homes along the water and gravitate toward modern amusements and multinational tastes are becoming known as "canalists."

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In Tokyo, the word "canalist" is beginning to sink in.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Raymond is a Travel, Lifestyle and Portrait photographer originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Growing up, his family lived in many places including Hokkaido, Japan. Influenced by his father, he took his first photography class at age fourteen. Later Raymond moved to New York and assisted the legendary photographer Steven Klein. Raymond splits his time between New York and Tokyo. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Travel + Leisure and many others. Over the span of his career he has shot thirty four countries.

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Masaru studied Photography at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. He has 25 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. After spending many years abroad, he has begun to focus on his own country of Japan. He established Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo in 2013, a curated membership gallery making multi-photographic activities possible. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, and many others.

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