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Shimbashi Station

East side of JR Shimbashi Station West Exit
Location Minato, Tokyo
Operated by
Opened 1909
Previous names Karasumori (until 1914)
Passengers (JR East, FY2013) 254,945 daily

Shimbashi Station (新橋駅 Shinbashi-eki) is a major interchange railway station in Tokyo's Minato Ward, located centrally and a 10-minute walk from the Ginza shopping district, directly south of Tokyo station.


  • Station layout 1
    • JR East 1.1
      • Surface platforms 1.1.1
      • Underground platform 1.1.2
    • Tokyo Metro 1.2
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei) 1.3
    • Yurikamome 1.4
  • Adjacent stations 2
  • History 3
  • Passenger statistics 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Station layout

Keihin-Tohoku Line train at Shimbashi Station

JR East

The JR East station consists of three surface platforms serving the Tōkaidō, Yamanote, and Keihin-Tōhoku lines, and an underground platform serving the Yokosuka Line.

Surface platforms

1  Tōkaidō Main Line for Fujisawa, Hiratsuka, Odawara, and Atami
2  Tōkaidō Main Line (Ueno-Tokyo Line) for Tokyo, Ueno, Ōmiya, Utsunomiya (via Utsunomiya Line), Takasaki (via Takasaki Line), and Mito (via Joban Line)
3  Keihin-Tōhoku Line for Shinagawa, Yokohama, and Ofuna
4  Yamanote Line for Shinagawa, Shibuya, and Shinjuku
5  Yamanote Line for Tokyo, Ueno, and Ikebukuro
6  Keihin-Tōhoku Line for Tokyo, Ueno, and Ōmiya

Underground platform

1  Yokosuka Line for Yokohama, Ofuna, and Kurihama
2  Yokosuka Line for Tokyo, Funabashi, and Chiba

Tokyo Metro

Tokyo Metro operates in an underground station with two side platforms serving the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.

1  Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for Akasaka-Mitsuke and Shibuya
2  Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for Ginza, Ueno, and Asakusa

Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei)

Toei operates in an underground station with two side platforms serving the Toei Asakusa Line.

1  Toei Asakusa Line for Sengakuji and Nishi-Magome
Keikyu Main Line for Haneda Airport and Misakiguchi
2  Toei Asakusa Line for Nihombashi, Oshiage
Keisei Main Line for Narita Airport, Shibayama Chiyoda
Hokuso Line for Imba-Nihon-Idai


Yurikamome Shimbashi Station entrance

The terminus for the Yurikamome is an elevated station next to the JR station.

1/2  Yurikamome for Daiba, Ariake, and Toyosu

Adjacent stations

« Service »
Tokaido Main Line
Tokyo   Commuter Rapid   Shinagawa
Tokyo   Rapid Acty   Shinagawa
Tokyo   Local   Shinagawa
Tōkaidō Line-(via Ueno-Tokyo Line)-Joban Line
Tokyo   -   Shinagawa
Yamanote Line
Yūrakuchō - Hamamatsuchō
Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Rapid: no stop
Yūrakuchō   Local   Hamamatsuchō
Yokosuka Line
Tokyo   Local   Shinagawa
Toei Asakusa Line (A-10)
Daimon (A-09)   Airport Limited Express   Nihombashi (A-13)
Daimon (A-09) - Higashi-Ginza (A-11)
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-08)
Toranomon (G-07) - Ginza (G-09)
Yurikamome (U-01)
Terminus - Shiodome (U-02)


Shinbashi Station, early 20th century

Shimbashi is the original terminus of Japan's first stretch of railway, the Tōkaidō Main Line, and is one of Japan's oldest stations (the oldest station being Shinagawa, a few kilometres down the line). The original Shimbashi Station, opened on October 10, 1872, was built some way to the east of the modern-day structure and was known as Shimbashi Teishajō (新橋停車場).

The present-day structure opened on 16 December 1909 as Karasumori Station (烏森駅) on the Yamanote Line.[1] With the extension of the Tōkaidō Main Line along its modern-day route to the new terminus at Tokyo Station in 1914, the original station was demolished to make way for a goods yard, Shiodome Station (汐留駅), and Karasumori Station was renamed Shimbashi Station.

Japan's first subway line, operated by the Tokyo Underground Railroad Company, was extended to Shimbashi in 1934. In January 1939, the Tokyo Rapid Railway Company built a second subway station at Shimbashi for its line from Shibuya. After several months, the lines were merged to allow through service, and the TRR station was closed. In 1941 the two companies merged forming today's Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. The Ginza Line operated from a single platform until 1980, when a second parallel platform was opened to relieve congestion.

The Toei Asakusa Line began service to Shimbashi in 1968, and the elevated Yurikamome station opened in 1995.

Shiodome Station closed in 1986. The site was declared a national monument in 1996 and the area was archeologically investigated while being redeveloped as a commercial district ("Shiosite") with a number of large office blocks. In 2003 a reconstruction of the original Shimbashi Station building and part of the platforms was completed. It currently houses a railway history exhibit and a restaurant.

Passenger statistics

In fiscal 2013, the JR East station was used by an average of 254,945 passengers daily (boarding passengers only), making it the seventh busiest station operated by JR East.[2]

The JR East passenger figures for previous years are as shown below.

Fiscal year Daily average
2000 230,393[3]
2005 236,116[4]
2010 244,916[5]
2011 243,890[6]
2012 250,682[7]
2013 254,945[2]

See also


  1. ^ 日本国有鉄道停車場一覧 [JNR Station Directory]. Japan: Japanese National Railways. 1985. p. 19.  
  2. ^ a b 各駅の乗車人員 (2013年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2013)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  3. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2000年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2000)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  4. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2005年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2005)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  5. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2010年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2010)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  6. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2011年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2011)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  7. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2012年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2012)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 

External links

  • Shimbashi Station information (JR East) (Japanese)
  • Shimbashi Station information (Tokyo Metro) (Japanese)
  • Shimbashi Station information (Toei) (Japanese)
  • Shimbashi Station information (Yurikamome)
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