|East entrance of Shinjuku Station|
(See other stations in Tokyo)
Odakyu Electric Railway
Chūō Main Line
Odakyu Odawara Line
Keiō New Line
Toei Shinjuku Line
Toei Ōedo Line
|Major bus terminal(s) attached to the station|
Serving as the main connecting hub for rail traffic between central Tokyo and its western suburbs on inter-city rail, commuter rail, and metro lines, the station was used by an average of 3.64 million people per day in 2007, making it, by far, the world's busiest transport hub (and registered as such with Guinness World Records). The station has 36 platforms. Including an underground arcade, there are well over 200 exits.
- 1 Lines
- 2 Station facilities
- 3 Passenger statistics
- 4 History
- 5 Adjacent stations
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Shinjuku is served by the following railway systems:
- JR East:
The station is centered around facilities servicing the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) lines. These consist of 7 ground level island platforms (14 tracks) on a north-south axis, connected by two overhead and two underground concourses. Most JR services here are urban and suburban mass transit lines, although JR's long-distance express services to Kōfu and Matsumoto on the Chūō Main Line, Narita Express to Narita Airport, and joint operations with Tobu Railway to Nikkō and Kinugawa Onsen also use this station. The JR section alone handles an average of 1.5 million passengers a day.
|1||■Saikyō Line, Rinkai Line||for Shibuya, Ōsaki, and Shin-Kiba
returning for Ikebukuro, Ōmiya, and Kawagoe
(Through service for the Tōkaidō Main Line)
|for Yokohama, Ōfuna, Fujisawa, Chigasaki, Hiratsuka, Kōzu, and Odawara|
(Through service for the Yokosuka Line)
|for Yokohama, Ōfuna, Kamakura, and Zushi (some from platform 2)|
|2||■Saikyō Line, Rinkai Line||for Shibuya, Ōsaki, Shin-Kiba
returning for Ikebukuro, Ōmiya, and Kawagoe
|3||■Saikyō Line||for Ikebukuro, Ōmiya, and Kawagoe|
|4||■Saikyō Line||for Ikebukuro, Ōmiya, and Kawagoe|
(Through service for the Takasaki Line)
|for Ōmiya, Kumagaya, and Takasaki|
(Through service for the Utsunomiya Line)
|for Ōmiya, Oyama, and Utsunomiya|
|5/6||■Ltd. Express Narita Express||for Narita Airport|
|■Ltd. Express Nikkō/Kinugawa
(through service for Tōbu Nikkō Line)
|for Tōbu Nikkō and Kinugawa-onsen|
|■Ltd. Express Akagi||for Takasaki and Maebashi|
|■Rapid Moonlight Echigo||for Niigata|
|■Ltd. Express Odoriko||for Atami, Ito, and Izukyu Shimoda|
|■Home Liner Odawara||for Odawara|
|7/8||■Chūō Line (Rapid)||for Ochanomizu, and Tokyo|
|■Ltd. Express Shinjuku Wakashio / Shinjuku Sazanami||for Chiba, Awa-Kamogawa, and Tateyama|
|■Home Liner Chiba||for Chiba|
|■Ōme Liner||for Tokyo|
|■Ltd. Express Azusa / Kaiji||for Tokyo and Chiba|
|9/10||■Chūō Line (Limited Express) Azusa / Kaiji||for Kōfu and Matsumoto|
|■Chūō Liner / Ōme Liner||for Takao and Ōme|
|11||■Chūō Line (Rapid)||for Nakano, Tachikawa, Hachiōji, and Takao (weekday rush-hours)|
|12||■Chūō Line (Rapid)||for Nakano, Tachikawa, Hachiōji, and Takao|
|13||■Chūō-Sōbu Line||for Suidobashi, Akihabara, and Chiba|
|14||■Yamanote Line (counter-clockwise)||for Harajuku, Shibuya, and Shinagawa|
|15||■Yamanote Line (clockwise)||for Ikebukuro, Tabata, Nippori, and Ueno|
|16||■Chūō-Sōbu Line||for Higashi-Nakano, Nakano, and Mitaka|
The terminus for the private Odakyu Odawara Line is parallel to the JR platforms on the west side, and handles an average of 490,000 passengers daily. This is a major commuter route stretching southwest through the suburbs and out towards the coastal city of Odawara and the mountains of Hakone. The ten platforms are built on two levels beneath the Odakyu department store; three express service tracks (six platforms) on the ground level and two tracks (four platforms) on the level below. Each track has platforms on both sides in order to completely separate boarding and alighting passengers.
|1||■||Not in use|
|2, 3||■Ltd. Express. "Romancecar"||for Odawara, Hakone-Yumoto, Fujisawa, Karakida and Gotemba|
|4, 5||■Rapid Express||for Shin-Yurigaoka, Machida, Ebina, Hon-Atsugi, Shin-Matsuda, Odawara, Chūō-Rinkan, Yamato, Shōnandai and Fujisawa|
|■Express||for Noborito, Shin-Yurigaoka, Machida, Ebina, Hon-Atsugi, Shin-Matsuda, Odawara, Chūō-Rinkan, Yamato, Shōnandai, Fujisawa and Katase-Enoshima|
|8, 9||■Section Semi-Express, Local||for Shin-Yurigaoka, Sagami-Ono, and Hon-Atsugi|
The Keiō Line concourse is located to the west of the Odakyu line concourse, two floors below ground level under Keio department store. It consists of three platforms stretching north to south. Approximately 720,000 passengers use this section daily, which makes it the busiest amongst the non-JR Group railways of Japan. This suburban commuter line links Shinjuku to Hachiōji city to the west.
|1||■Local||for Meidaimae, Chōfu, Keio Tama Center, Hashimoto, Keio Hachiōji, and Takaosanguchi|
|2||■Express, Semi Express, Rapid||for Meidaimae, Chōfu, Keio Tama Center, Hashimoto, Keio Hachiōji, and Takaosanguchi|
|3||■Special Express, Semi-Special Express, Express, Semi Express, Rapid||for Meidaimae, Chōfu, Keio Tama Center, Hashimoto, Keio Hachiōji, and Takaosanguchi|
The shared facilities for the Toei Shinjuku subway line and the Keiō New Line consist of two platforms stretching east-west five floors beneath the Kōshū Kaidō avenue to the southwest of the JR section. The concourse is managed by Keio Corporation but is in a separate location to the main Keio platforms. Further south (and deeper underground) are the two north-to-south Toei Ōedo subway line platforms.
Toei Shinjuku Line & Keio New Line
|4||■Keio New Line||for Hatsudai, Hatagaya, Meidaimae, Chōfu, and Hashimoto|
|5||○Toei Shinjuku Line||for Ichigaya, Kudanshita, Jimbocho, Ōjima, and Moto-Yawata|
Toei Ōedo Line
|6||○Toei Ōedo Line||for Roppongi and Daimon|
|7||○Toei Ōedo Line||for Tochōmae and Hikarigaoka|
|1||○Marunouchi Line||for Nakano-sakaue, Ogikubo, and Hōnanchō|
|2||○Marunouchi Line||for Akasaka-mitsuke, Ginza, Ōtemachi, and Ikebukuro|
Many department stores and shopping malls are built directly into the station. These include
- Lumine Est - above JR's east exit
- Odakyu department store - above the Odakyu line concourse
- Odakyu Mylord - above the southern end of Odakyu line concourse
- Lumine 1 shopping mall - above the Keio Line concourse
- Lumine 2 shopping mall - above JR's south and Lumine exits
- Keio Department store - above the Keio Line concourse
- Keio Mall - underground mall to the southwest of the Keio Line concourse
- Odakyu Ace - underground malls beneath the bus terminal by the west exit.
In addition to the above, the Metro Promenade, which is an underground mall owned by Tokyo Metro, extends eastwards from the station beneath Shinjuku-dori avenue, all the way to the adjacent Shinjuku-sanchōme station with 60 exits along the way. The Metro Promenade in turn connects to Shinjuku Subnade, another underground shopping mall, which leads onto Seibu Railway's Seibu-Shinjuku station.
Shinjuku Station is connected by underground passageways and shopping malls to:
- Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
- Seibu Shinjuku Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line)
- Shinjuku-nishiguchi Station (Toei Ōedo Line)
- Shinjuku-sanchōme Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, and Toei Shinjuku Line)
- Tochōmae Station (Toei Ōedo Line)
Nearby non-connected stations (within 500 meters of an underground passageway or station) include:
- Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station
- Yoyogi station
- Higashi-Shinjuku Station
- Okubo Station
- Shin-Okubo Station
- Minami-Shinjuku Station
There is a bus terminal at the west exit servicing both local and long-distance buses, and a JR Highway Bus terminal at the New South Gates.
The figures below are the official number of passengers entering and exiting each day released by each train operator.
|JR East||742,833||2012||||Boarding passengers only. Busiest station in Japan.|
|Odakyu||483,150||2012||[dead link]||The busiest Odakyu station|
|Keio||714,949||2012||||The busiest Japanese private (i.e. non-JR) railway station|
|Tokyo Metro||220,154||2012||[dead link]||The 5th busiest Tokyo Metro station|
|Toei||Shinjuku Line||262,688||2008||135,366 entries and 132,111 exits||The busiest Toei subway station|
|Ōedo Line||130,800||2008||63,682 entries and 66,446 exits |
The passenger figures (boarding passengers only) for the JR East (formerly JNR) station in previous years are as shown below.
|Fiscal year||Daily average|
Shinjuku Station opened in 1885 as a stop on Japan Railway's Akabane-Shinagawa line (now part of the Yamanote Line). Shinjuku was still a quiet community at the time and the station was not heavily trafficked at first. The opening of the Chūō Line (1889), Keiō Line (1915) and Odakyū Line (1923) led to increasing traffic through the station. Subway service began in 1959.
The station was a major site for student protests in 1968 and 1969, the height of civil unrest in postwar Japan. On October 21, 1968, 290,000 marchers participated in International Anti-War Day taking over Shinjuku station and forcing trains to stop. In May and June, 1969, members of the antiwar group Beheiren carrying guitars and calling themselves "folk guerrillas" led weekly singalongs in the underground plaza outside the west exit of the station, attracting crowds of thousands. Participants described it as a "liberated zone" and a "community of encounter." In July, riot police cleared the plaza with tear gas and changed signs in the station to read "West Exit Concourse" instead of "West Exit Plaza." The incident represented a significant defeat for public activism in Tokyo.
There have been plans at various points in history to connect Shinjuku into the Shinkansen network, and the 1973 Shinkansen Basic Plan, still in force, specifies that the station should be the southern terminus of the Jōetsu Shinkansen line to Niigata. While construction of the Ōmiya-Shinjuku link never started and the Jōetsu line presently terminates in Tokyo Station, the right of way, including an area underneath the station, remains reserved.
On May 5, 1995, the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult attempted a chemical terrorist attack by setting off a cyanide gas device in a toilet in the underground concourse, barely a month after the gas attack on the Tokyo subway which killed 12 and injured thousands. This time the attack was thwarted by staff who extinguished the burning device.
Keiō Shinjuku Station
When the Keio Line extended to Shinjuku in 1915, its terminal was located several blocks east of the government railway (presently JR) station. The terminal was first named Shinjuku-Oiwake Station (新宿追分駅?) and was on the street near the Isetan department store. In 1927, the station was moved from the street to a newly built terminal adjacent to the original station. The station building housed a department store. The station name was changed to Yotsuya-Shinjuku Station (四谷新宿駅?) in 1930 and again to Keiō Shinjuku Station (京王新宿駅?) in 1937.
The tracks from the terminal were on the Kōshū Kaidō highway, which crosses the Yamanote Line and the Chūō Line in front of the south entrance of Shinjuku Station by a bridge. The Keiō Line had a station for the access to Shinjuku Station, named Teishajō-mae Station (停車場前駅?) and renamed in 1937 Shōsen Shinjuku Ekimae Station (省線新宿駅前駅?).
In July 1945, the terminal of the Keiō Line was relocated to the present location, though on the ground level, on the west side of Shinjuku Station. Keiō Shinjuku Station and Shōsen Shinjuku Ekimae Station were closed. This was because the trains faced difficulty in climbing up the slopes of the bridge over the governmental railway after one of the nearby transformer substations was destroyed by an air raid. The site of Keiō Shinjuku Station near Shinjuku-Sanchōme subway station is now occupied by two buildings owned by Keiō: Keiō Shinjuku Sanchōme Building and Keiō Shinjuku Oiwake Building.
|Yotsuya||Commuter Special Rapid||Kokubunji|
|Yotsuya||Chūō Special Rapid
Ōme Special Rapid
|Odakyu Odawara Line|
|Keiō New Line|
|Through to Toei Shinjuku Line||Local
|Toei Shinjuku Line (S 01)|
|Through to Keiō New Line||Express||Ichigaya (S 04)|
|Through to Keiō New Line||Local||Shinjuku-sanchōme (S 02)|
|Toei Ōedo Line (E 27)|
|Yoyogi (E 26)||-||Tochōmae (E 28)|
|Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M 08)|
|Nishi-Shinjuku (M 07)||-||Shinjuku-sanchōme (M 09)|
- ^ Only Chūō Special Rapid starting at Shinjuku
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- 日本国有鉄道停車場一覧 [JNR Station Directory]. Japan: Japanese National Railways. 1985. p. 480. ISBN 4-533-00503-9.
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- "各駅の乗車人員 (2010年度)" [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2010)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
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- Konaka Yotaro, "Shinjuku: Community of Encounter," Japan Quarterly, 38 no.3 (1991), 301-310.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Shinjuku Station.|
- JR map of Shinjuku Station (English)
- map of Odakyu Shinjuku Station (English)
- map of Keio Line Shinjuku Station (Japanese)
- map of Keiō New Line Shinjuku Station (Japanese)
- map of Toei Subway Shinjuku Station (Japanese)
- map of Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station (Japanese)