Shin-Ōkubo Station

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Coordinates: 35°42′04″N 139°42′01″E / 35.701063°N 139.700228°E / 35.701063; 139.700228

Shin-Ōkubo Station exterior, October 2009
Location 1 Hyakunin-chō, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Operated by JR East
Line(s) Yamanote Line
Opened 1914
Passengers (FY2011) 42,433 daily

Shin-Ōkubo Station (新大久保駅 Shin-Ōkubo-eki?) is a railway station on the Yamanote Line in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).[1] Opened on November 15, 1914, it is close to the large local Korean ethnic neighborhood. Shin-Ōkubo Station has only one exit.


Shin-Ōkubo Station is served by the circular Yamanote Line, with trains running every four minutes during the daytime off-peak.

Station layout[edit]

The station platform, October 2014

The elevated station consists of a single island platform serving two tracks. The Yamanote Freight Line tracks used by Saikyō Line and Shōnan-Shinjuku Line services lie to the east of the Yamanote Line tracks.

Platform edge doors are scheduled to be installed on the Yamanote Line platforms during fiscal 2013.[2]


1  Yamanote Line Clockwise for Ikebukuro, Tabata, and Ueno
2  Yamanote Line Anti-clockwise for Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Shinagawa

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Yamanote Line
Shinjuku - Takadanobaba

Surrounding area[edit]

Less than a kilometer north of the sprawling Shinjuku Station, Shin-Ōkubo Station is located approximately 5 minutes' walk from Shinjuku's Kabukichō district. It is also about a 3-minute walk from Ōkubo Station on the Chūō-Sōbu Line.

Near the station, Okubo-dori (Okubo street) and surrounding side streets are lined with all kinds of small shops, most of them selling Korean food and pop-culture items. Also in the vicinity are Korean-themed bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.[3]


The station opened on 15 November 1914.[1]

Passenger statistics[edit]

In fiscal 2011, the station was used by an average of 42,433 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[4]

The passenger figures for previous years are as shown below.

Fiscal year Daily average
2000 34,155[5]
2005 34,104[6]
2010 37,344[7]
2011 42,433[4]


On 26 January 2001, a 47-year-old photographer from Yokohama and a 26-year-old Korean student died at the station when they were hit by a Yamanote Line train while trying to save a drunken Japanese man who had fallen off the platform onto the tracks and also killed in the accident.[8] The Korean student's life story formed the basis for the film 26 Years Diary, released in 2007 in Japan and in 2008 in Korea.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 各駅情報(新大久保駅) [Station Information (Shin-Ōkubo Station)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  2. ^ グループ経営構想Ⅴ [Group Business Vision V] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 30 October 2012. p. 10. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Hiragana Times, "Okubo - Tokyo's Popular Korea Town", Volume #293, March 2011, pp. 34-37.
  4. ^ a b 各駅の乗車人員 (2011年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2011)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2000年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2000)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  6. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2005年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2005)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  7. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2010年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2010)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Funeral rites held for men killed in failed station rescue, The Japan Times, 30 January 2001

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