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Exploring Shinagawa

The south-central Tokyo district of Shinagawa’s main claim to fame is its major rail station, second only to Tokyo Station itself and offering Shinkansen express and secondary fast train services to a plethora of destinations across the country. The district is also a hub for Western businesses and tourism, boasting European and American-style restaurants and a sizeable hotel zone.

Accommodation near Shinagawa

When Tokyo comes to mind, it brings with it images of luxurious skyscraper hotels with all the extras, including the price tag. Yet Tokyo offers a huge variety of places to rest your head from traditional Japanese temple lodgings in the mountains to the latest in hotel convenience in mid-city capsule hotels. For a real Japanese feel, try out a ryokan with low level furniture and plenty of Zen. Recommended accommodation include the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, New Otani Inn Tokyo and The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo.

Sightseeing near Shinagawa

Due to the nature of the district there are few notable landmarks within walking distance, but the residential area, although slightly hilly, gives a pleasant walk. Historically, the area was once home to the country residences of Tokyo’s feudal lords, and the must-see here is the Sengaku-ji temple, famous as the burial place of the ‘47 Ronin’ of Tokugawa period fame.

- Sengakuji Temple

Set slightly back from a residential street, this small, atmospheric temple holds an important place in Japanese history. The 47 Ronin (masterless samurai) having vowed to take their revenge on the slayer of their feudal lord, killed the murderer, brought his head to the temple and committed seppuku as their code demanded. The temple’s small museum holds wooden images of the ronin, their banner, original letters and the abbot’s receipt for the head of the offender.

- Epson Aqua Stadium

A favourite with family visitors, the Aqua Stadium offers an aquarium holding hundreds of fish species and gives seal and dolphin shows as well as an old-fashioned carousel ride. It’s located just past the easily recognised Price Hotel Executive Tower.

- Hara Contemporary Art Museum

One of the few remaining 1930s houses in Tokyo is home to this interesting museum with its exhibits showing everyday life in pre-WWII Japan. It’s a good place to stop off and rest your feet after a visit to the temple, as there’s a pleasant outdoor/indoor café serving good coffee and snacks.

Transportation near Shinagawa

Tokyo’s public transport network hinges on its subway lines, with trains running every two minutes to all destinations and districts. Signage both in the stations and on the trains is in English as well as Japanese, as are the route maps on the platforms, making it easy for most foreign visitors to get around. Tickets are had from machines and are priced by distance, and subway travel is one of Tokyo’s bargains. The JR line is the city’s suburban commuter rail network, and travels to and from the farthest districts as well as providing a ‘ring road’ by rail around the central districts. Buses run all over the city, but signage is in Japanese and the drivers rarely speak English. Taxi services in Tokyo are reliable, and the cabs are sparkling clean, although the metered charges are expensive, especially during rush hours.

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