Shinagawa ( is a
, 品川区 ) Shinagawa-ku special ward in
Japan. The Ward refers to itself as Shinagawa City in
English. The Ward is home to ten embassies.
As of 1 April 2016
2. The total area is 22.84 km 2.
, the Ward had an estimated population of 380,293 and a population density of 16,510 persons per km
Shinagawa is also commonly used to refer to the business district around
Shinagawa Station, which is not in Shinagawa Ward. This Shinagawa is in the Takanawa and Konan neighborhoods of
Minato Ward, directly north of Kita-Shinagawa.
Shinagawa Ward includes natural uplands and lowlands, as well as reclaimed land. The uplands are the eastern end of the
Musashino Terrace. They include
Shiba-Shirokanedai 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.
Districts and neighborhoods
Shinagawa Ward consists of five areas, each consisting of multiple districts and neighborhoods:
Shinagawa District, including the former
Shinagawa-juku on the
Ōsaki ( District, formerly a town of that name, stretching from
) 大崎 Ōsaki Station to
Meguro Stations. Ebara
( District, formerly a town of that name. ) 荏原 Ōi
( District, formerly a town of that name. ) 大井 Yashio ( District, consisting of reclaimed land, including Higashiyashio on
) 八潮 Odaiba.
Most of Tokyo east of the
Imperial Palace is on
reclaimed land. A large proportion of the reclamation took place during the
Edo period, when Shinagawa-juku was the first
(post town) in the "
shukuba 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō" that a traveler would reach after setting out from
Kyoto on the
Tokugawa shogunate maintained the
Suzugamori execution grounds in Shinagawa.
Following the Meiji Restoration and the
abolition of the , Shinagawa Prefecture was instituted in 1869. The prefectural administration was to be set up in the Ebara District, but in 1871 Shinagawa Prefecture was integrated into
han system Tokyo Prefecture. In 1932, during the reorganisation of the municipal boundaries of
Tokyo City following the
1923 Great Kantō earthquake, a smaller version of Shinagawa Ward was created. On March 15, 1947, this was merged with the neighboring Ebara Ward to create the present Shinagawa Ward.
The Ward's historic post-town function is retained today with several large hotels near the train station offering 6,000 rooms, the largest concentration in Tokyo.
Tōkaidō Shinkansen high-speed rail line began serving
Shinagawa Station in 2003.
Politics and government
Shinagawa is run by an assembly of 40 elected members.
Embassies in Shinagawa
Sega Sammy's main headquarters in Shinagawa
Many companies are headquartered in Shinagawa Ward.
Isuzu, a diesel engine and commercial truck manufacturer;
 JTB Corporation, a major travel agency;
 Nippon Light Metal, an aluminum and chemical products company;
 MOS Burger (in the
 Lawson (East Tower of Gate City Ohsaki in Ōsaki),
 Namco Bandai Holdings;
 Namco Bandai Games;
 Toyo Seikan, a packaging manufacturer;
 NSK Ltd., a bearing maker;
 Fuji Electric, an electrical equipment manufacturer;
 Imagica, a media post-production company;
 Nippon Chemi-Con, an electronic components manufacturer;
 Topy Industries, a machinery and automotive components company;
 Gakken, a publishing and educational services company;
 Comsys, a telecommunications construction and engineering company;
 Pola Cosmetics
all have their headquarters within Shinagawa Ward.
 Marza Animation Planet also has its headquarters in Shinagawa on the 18th floor of the NYK Tennoz Building near
Tennōzu Isle Station.
And recently, since August 2018,
 Sega Sammy, best known for its
Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and also the owner of both the
TMS Entertainment and (through TMS Entertainment) the aforementioned Marza Animation Planet, has its headquarters in Shinagawa at the Sumitomo Fudosan Osaki Garden Tower near
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.
In addition, Jalux, a subsidiary, has its head office in the I·S Building. 
One group of employees moved into the building on July 26, 2010, and one on August 2, 2010. 
On 8 July 2022, Nikon announced they have begun construction on a new headquarters adjacent to their Oi Plan.
The Nikon HQ is supposed to be completed in 2024 and its address is: 5480-1, Nishioi 1-chome, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Other companies maintain branch offices or research facilities in Shinagawa Ward.
Sony operates the Gotenyama Technology Center and the Osaki East Technology Center in Shinagawa.
Sony used to have its headquarters in Shinagawa. 
Sony moved to
 Minato, Tokyo around the end of 2006 and closed the Osaki West Technology Center in Shinagawa around 2007.
 Adobe Systems maintains its Japan headquarters on the 19th Floor of Gate City Ohsaki near
 Siemens AG has its Japan offices in Takanawa Park Tower.
 Phoenix Technologies operates its Japan office on the 8th floor of the Gotanda NN Building in
 Siemens Japan and
Philips also have offices in Shinagawa.
ExxonMobil have their Japanese headquarters in Konan,
Minato, near Shinagawa.
 Kojima Productions offices are also located in Shinagawa.
Former economic operations
A JAL subsidiary,
Japan Asia Airways, was also headquartered in the JAL Building until JAL dissolved it.
 GEOS, an English language school company, once had its headquarters in Shinagawa.
At one time
 Air Nippon had its headquarters in Shinagawa.
Site of Hamakawa Gun Battery
Shimo-Shimmei Tenso jinjya shrine inari jinja
Tokyo Health Care University
Primary and secondary education
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.
Metropolitan high schools
Private high schools
Special education schools
Tokyo Metropolitan Shinagawa Special Needs Education School
– public school for intellectually disabled children 
Meisei Gakuen – private
Municipal combined elementary and junior high schools:
Ebara Hiratsuka Gakuen (
荏原平塚学園) Hino Gakuen (
日野学園) Houyou no Mori Gakuen (
豊葉の杜学園) Ito Gakuen (
伊藤学園) Shinagawa Gakuen (
品川学園) Yashio Gakuen (
Municipal junior high schools:
Ebara No. 1 Junior High School (荏原第一中学校)
Ebara No. 5 Junior High School (
荏原第五中学校) Ebara No. 6 Junior High School (荏原第六中学校)
Fujimidai Junior High School (
冨士見台中学校) Hamakawa Junior High School (浜川中学校)
Osaki Junior High School (大崎中学校)
Suzugamori Junior High School (鈴ヶ森中学校)
Togoshidai Junior High School (
戸越台中学校) Tokai Junior High School (
Municipal elementary schools:
No. 2 Enzan Elementary School (第二延山小学校)
No. 1 Hino Elementary School (第一日野小学校)
No. 3 Hino Elementary School (
第三日野小学校) No. 4 Hino Elementary School (
第四日野小学校) Asamadai Elementary School (
浅間台小学校) Daiba Elementary School (
台場小学校) Enzan Elementary School (
延山小学校) Genjimae Elementary School (
源氏前小学校) Gotenyama Elementary School (御殿山小学校)
Hamakawa Elementary School (浜川小学校)
Hatanodai Elementary School (
旗台小学校) Hosui Elementary School (
芳水小学校) Ito Elementary School (
伊藤小学校) Jonan Elementary School (
城南小学校) Jonan No. 2 Elementary School (
城南第二小学校) Kamishinmei Elementary School (
上神明小学校) Keiyo Elementary School (
京陽小学校) Koyama Elementary School (
小山小学校) Koyamadai Elementary School (
小山台小学校) Mitsugi Elementary School (三木小学校)
Miyamae Elementary School (
宮前小学校) Nakanobu Elementary School (中延小学校)
Ohara Elementary School (大原小学校)
Oi No. 1 Elementary School (大井第一小学校)
Samehama Elementary School (鮫浜小学校)
Shimizudai Elementary School (
清水台小学校) Suzugamori Elementary School (鈴ヶ森小学校)
Tachiai Elementary School (立会小学校)
Togoshi Elementary School (
戸越小学校) Ushiroji Elementary School (後地小学校)
Yamanaka Elementary School (山中小学校)
Important railway stations
Ōimachi Station at Ōi, Shinagawa
Shinagawa Station is in fact located in neighboring
Minato but also serves the northern part of 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."
Major incidents / accidents
1863 – British Liberines burning case
1964 – Shinagawa Katsushima warehouse explosion fire
1987 – Explosion accident at the Oi thermal power plant
1995 – Death case of arrest and detention of public affairs notary public office
Shinagawa has sister-city relationships with
Auckland in New Zealand,
Geneva in Switzerland, and
Portland, Maine, in the United States.
Shinagawa has an educational exchange city
( relationship with
) 教育交流都市 Harbin in China,
and has concluded "hometown exchange agreements" (  ) with
ふるさと交流協定 Hayakawa in Yamanashi Prefecture and
Yamakita in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Notable people from Shinagawa
Shizuka Arakawa, Japanese
Nobutoshi Canna (Real Name: Nobutoshi Hayashi,
Nihongo: 林 延年, Hayashi Nobutoshi), Japanese actor,
voice actor, singer and narrator
Char (Real Name: Hisato Takenaka,
Nihongo: 竹中 尚人, Takenaka Hisato),
Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer
Osamu Dezaki, Japanese
anime director and screenwriter
Renji Ishibashi (Real Name: Renji Ishida,
Nihongo: 石田 蓮司, Ishida Renji),
Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer and arranger
Japanese actress, entertainer,
singer, and scholar
Yun Kōga (Real Name: Risa Kimura,
Nihongo: 木村 理沙, Kimura Risa), Japanese
Japanese film director, screenwriter, and producer
Taiki Matsuno (Real Name: Tatsuya Matsuno,
Nihongo: 松野 達也, Matsuno Tatsuya), Japanese actor and
Takeshi Mori, December 2, 1959, in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan), Japanese television announcer and
Keiji Nishikawa, Japanese
professional shogi player ranked 8-
Riho (Real Name Unknown),
Japanese professional wrestler and
singer and TV presenter enka
Tetsuo Suda, Japanese TV presenter and
Japanese mixed martial artist
Taeko Watanabe, Japanese
Japanese politician, member of the
House of Representatives and member of the
Liberal Democratic Party
Masamoto Yashiro, Japanese businessman
Masayoshi Takanaka (高中 正義, Takanaka Masayoshi), Japanese
Cherry blossoms at Goten-yama Hill by
Night view of Higashi-Shinagawa
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