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Special ward
Shinagawa City
Skyscrapers in Shinagawa
Skyscrapers in Shinagawa
Flag of Shinagawa
Location of Shinagawa in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Shinagawa in Tokyo Metropolis
Shinagawa is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
 • Total 22.84 km2 (8.82 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 377,005
 • Density 16,510/km2 (42,800/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Shinagawa (Japanese)

Shinagawa (品川区 Shinagawa-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. While somewhat misleadingly referred to as Shinagawa City in bureaucratic English translations (it is not a city in its own right, but a subsection of the metropolis of Tokyo), in natural English it is more commonly known simply as Shinagawa, as Shinagawa Ward or (particularly in street addresses) as Shinagawa-ku. The ward is home to nine embassies.

As of 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 377,005 and a population density of 16,510 persons per km². The total area is 22.84 km².


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Politics and government 3
  • Economy 4
    • Corporate headquarters 4.1
    • Other offices 4.2
    • Former economic operations 4.3
  • Places 5
  • Education 6
    • Universities 6.1
    • Special colleges 6.2
    • Primary and secondary 6.3
  • Transport 7
    • Important railway stations 7.1
    • Rail 7.2
    • Road 7.3
  • Events 8
  • Sister cities 9
    • Others 9.1
  • References 10
  • External links 11


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 a town
  • the Yashio district, consisting of reclaimed land, including Higashiyashio on Odaiba.


Most of Tokyo east of the Imperial Palace is reclaimed land. A large portion of reclamation happened during the Edo period. Following the Meiji Restoration and the Abolition of the han system, Shinagawa prefecture was instituted in 1869. The prefectural administration was planned to be set up in present-day Shinagawa in the Ebara district. In 1871, Shinagawa prefecture was integrated into Tokyo Prefecture.

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 Nihonbashi 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.

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.

The Embassy of Myanmar in Japan is located in Kita Shinagawa.[1]


Corporate headquarters

Japan Airlines headquarters in Tennōzu Isle, Shinagawa
Harbor in Shinagawa

Many companies are headquartered in Shinagawa. Isuzu, an auto manufacturer;[2] JTB Corporation, a major travel agency;[3] Nippon Light Metal, an aluminum and chemical products company;[4] MOS Burger (in the ThinkPark Tower, Ōsaki);[5] Lawson (East Tower of Gate City Ohsaki in Ōsaki),[6] Namco Bandai Holdings;[7] Namco Bandai Games;[8] Banpresto;[9] Rakuten,[10][11] Honda brand Acura; Toyo Seikan, a packaging manufacturer;[12] NSK Ltd., a bearing maker;[13] Fuji Electric, an electrical equipment manufacturer;[14] Imagica, a media post-production company;[15] and Pola Cosmetics[16] all have their headquarters within Shinagawa Ward. Marza Animation Planet also has its headquarters in Shinagawa.[17][18]

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.[19][20][21][22][23][24] In addition, Jalux, a subsidiary, has its head office in the I·S Building.[25] One group of employees moved into the building on July 26, 2010, and one on August 2, 2010.[26]

Other offices

Other companies maintain branch offices or research facilities in Shinagawa. Sony operates the Gotenyama Technology Center and the Osaki East Technology Center in Shinagawa.[27] Sony used to have its headquarters in Shinagawa.[28] Sony moved to Minato, Tokyo around the end of 2006 and closed the Osaki West Technology Center in Shinagawa around 2007.[29][30] Adobe Systems maintains its Japan headquarters on the 19th Floor of Gate City Ohsaki near Ōsaki Station,[31] while Siemens AG has its Japan offices in Takanawa Park Tower.[32] Phoenix Technologies operates its Japan office on the 8th floor of the Gotanda NN Building in Gotanda.[33] Siemens Japan and Philips also have offices in Shinagawa.

Microsoft and ExxonMobil have their Japanese headquarters in the in Konan, Minato, near Shinagawa.[34]

Former economic operations

Prior to its dissolution, JAL subsidiary Japan Asia Airways was also headquartered in the JAL Building.[35] GEOS, an English language school company, once had its headquarters in Shinagawa.[36] At one time Air Nippon had its headquarters in Shinagawa.[37]




Special colleges

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

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:

International schools include:


Important railway 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.



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."


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.[39]

Sister cities

Shinagawa has sister-city relationships with Auckland in New Zealand, Geneva in Switzerland, and Portland, Maine in the United States.[40]


Shinagawa has exchange city relationships with Harbin in People's Republic of China[42] and concludes "Hometown exchange agreement"(ふるさと交流協定) with Hayakawa and Yamakita towns.[43]


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  2. ^ "Corporate Profile." Isuzu. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  3. ^ "Company Profile." JTB Corporation. Retrieved on September 16, 2009.
  4. ^ "Corporate Profile." Nippon Light metal. Retrieved on March 9, 2014.
  5. ^ " Corporate Profile." MOS Burger. Retrieved on January 6, 2011. "Address of Headquarters 4F ThinkPark Tower, 2-1-1 Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-6004 JAPAN" – Address in Japanese: "〒141-6004 東京都品川区大崎2-1-1 ThinkPark Tower 4階 "
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  7. ^ "Corporate Data." Namco Bandai Holdings. Retrieved on December 8, 2008. "Head Office NamcoBandai Miraikenkyusho 4-5-15, Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-8590, Japan"
  8. ^ "Corporate Overview." Namco Bandai Games. Retrieved on March 16, 2010.
  9. ^ "Company Outline." Banpresto. February 18, 2008. Retrieved on March 16, 2010.
  10. ^ "Company Overview." Rakuten. Retrieved on February 3, 2011. ""Rakuten Tower" (Headquarters) Shinagawa Seaside Rakuten Tower, 4-12-3 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 140-0002 (MAP)."
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  16. ^ "Corporate Outline." Pola Cosmetics. Retrieved on April 6, 2014.
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  25. ^ "Corporate Profile." Jalux. Retrieved on December 6, 2011. "Head Office I·S Building, 3-32-42 Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo"
  26. ^ "Notice of Office Relocation." Jalux. Retrieved on December 6, 2011.
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  30. ^ "Sony to close symbol of TV business.." Kyodo News International. February 1, 2007. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
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  32. ^ "About us > Locations." Siemens K.K.. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  33. ^ "Worldwide Corporate Offices." Phoenix Technologies. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  34. ^ "Our Office Locations."Retrieved on March 6, 2011.
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External links

  • Shinagawa City official website (Japanese)
  • Shinagawa City official website (English)
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