Takanawa Gateway Station

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Takanawa Gateway Station

高輪ゲートウェイ駅
Takanawa Gateway Station 200312b.jpg
Takanawa Gateway Station
LocationMinato-ku, Tokyo
Japan
Coordinates35°38′11″N 139°44′29″E / 35.636389°N 139.741389°E / 35.636389; 139.741389Coordinates: 35°38′11″N 139°44′29″E / 35.636389°N 139.741389°E / 35.636389; 139.741389
Operated byJR logo (east).svg JR East
Line(s)
Platforms2 island platforms
Tracks4
ConnectionsA07 Sengakuji Station
History
Opened14 March 2020
Services
Preceding station JR logo (east).svg JR East Following station
Shinagawa
SGWJY25
next clockwise
Yamanote Line Tamachi
JY27
next counter-clockwise
Shinagawa
SGWJK20
toward Yokohama
Keihin–Tōhoku Line
  Rapid
  Local
Tamachi
JK22
toward Ōmiya

Takanawa Gateway Station (高輪ゲートウェイ駅, Takanawa Gētowei eki) is a railway station in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. The official name of the station was announced on 4 December 2018. The station is operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

Outside and inside the station shortly after opening in 2020

The station is also accessible by the Toei Asakusa Line and the Keikyu Line via the nearby Sengakuji Station.

Naming[edit]

During the public naming campaign conducted by JR East in June 2018, the following names were suggested for the station (in alphabetical order):

  • Higashi-Sengakuji Station (東泉岳寺駅) – the station is east of Sengakuji Station
  • JR Sengakuji Station (JR泉岳寺駅) – to distinguish it from the existing station of the same name on Toei Asakusa Line
  • Kōnan Station (港南駅) – the station is located in the Kōnan district, southern Minato ward
  • Kōnan-Takanawa Station (港南高輪駅)
  • Minami-Minato/Nankō Station (南港駅)
  • Minami-Kōnan Station (南港南駅)
  • Nishi-Kōnan Station (西港南駅)
  • Nishi-Shibaura Station (西芝浦駅)
  • Olympics 2020 Station (オリンピック2020駅)
  • Shibaura Station (芝浦駅) – the Shibaura district is north of Kōnan
  • Shin-Kita-Shinagawa Station (新北品川駅) – the new station is north of Shinagawa Station
  • Shin-Shinagawa Station (新品川駅)
  • Takanawa Station (高輪駅) – the Takanawa district is located west of Kōnan
  • Takanawa Ōkido Station (高輪大木戸駅) – Takanawa Ōkido is a historical relic located next to Sengakuji Station

The results of the campaign concluded with the three top choices: Takanawa (8,398 votes), Shibaura (4,265 votes) and Shibahama (3,497 votes). However, Takanawa Gateway Station (高輪ゲートウェイ駅) was selected as the official name of the station despite receiving an exceedingly low number of votes, placing 130th overall in popularity among all submissions with 36 votes.[1] Yuji Fukasawa, president of JR East, has justified the naming with Takanawa's historical status of being a "gateway to Edo", while also serving as the site for the development of an international hub in the future.[2] This choice has spurred criticism from several members of the public, citing the decision being made with a lack of consideration to the public's wishes.[3] According to a poll conducted by the Japanese website j-town.net, 95.8% of respondents disapproved of the name "Takanawa Gateway",[4] while a Change.org petition calling for a name change had gathered over 9,500 signatures as of 9 December 2018.[5]

Lines[edit]

The station is served by the Yamanote Line, which circles around central Tokyo, and the Keihin-Tōhoku Line, which runs from Saitama through Tokyo to Yokohama. Formally, the station lies on the Tokaido Main Line. The station is within the Yamanote Line fare zone (東京山手線内), and the Tokyo Metropolitan District fare zone (東京都区内).

Station layout[edit]

Station building under construction, as seen from within a Keihin-Tōhoku Line train

The station has two island platforms, serving the two lines stopping there.[6] Above platform level, there will be an event space overlooking the platforms, with shopping and dining facilities inside the station.[7]

Platforms[edit]

Takanawa Gateway Station has 4 tracks and 2 island platforms. Each platform equipped 3 escalators, 1 24-person elevator and 1 18-person elevator to the paid area of the concourse on the second floor.[8]

1 JY Yamanote Line for Tokyo, Ueno, and Tabata
2 JY Yamanote Line for Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku
3 JK Keihin-Tōhoku Line for Tokyo, Ueno, and Ōmiya
4 JK Keihin-Tōhoku Line for Shinagawa, Kamata, Yokohama, Sakuragichō, and Ōfuna

Surrounding area[edit]

13 hectares of area in the Tamachi Depot will be repurposed and redeveloped, for an estimated cost of 500 billion Japanese yen. The Yamanote and Keihin-Tōhoku Line tracks will be moved east by 120 meters, such that office buildings, hotels, commercial buildings and high-rise skyscrapers can be built around the area, which is scheduled to open in 2024. JR East and the Urban Renaissance Agency are cooperating in this project.[9]

History[edit]

On 3 June 2014, JR East announced that a new station will be built in between Tamachi and Shinagawa stations, at 1.3 km south from Tamachi Station, 0.9 km north from Shinagawa Station, and about 300 meters southeast of Sengakuji Station.[10] The station was built above the existing Tamachi Depot, with 13 hectares of the Depot's space being repurposed and redeveloped. The station was planned to open in 2020, to meet with the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and is the newest station to be built since Nishi-Nippori Station (opened in 1971) for the Yamanote Line, and Saitama-Shintoshin Station (opened in 2000) for the Keihin-Tōhoku Line.[11][12]

On 6 September 2016, JR East announced the outline of this station and it was positioned as the core facility of Shinagawa Development Project "Global Gateway Shinagawa".[13]

On 10 February 2017, construction on the station began.[14]

From 5 to 30 June 2018, JR East publicly invited citizens to submit ideas of names for the new station, via mail or online submission. They announced that the finalized name of the station would be announced during winter 2018,[15] while on 4 December 2018, the name was announced to be "Takanawa Gateway".

The Yamanote and Keihin-Tōhoku Lines between Shinagawa and Tamachi were rerouted via the new station on 16 November 2019 during construction that suspended train service on the lines from the early morning until around 4:00 PM.[16]

The station opened on 14 March 2020, in time for the summer Olympics. However, it is believed that the shopping and dining facilities inside will not be fully completed until 2024.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 深海 (4 December 2018). "山手線の新駅の名前が130位の「高輪ゲートウェイ」(36票)に決定、公募1位の「高輪」(8398票)を破り奇跡の大逆転勝利". BUZZAP!(バザップ!) (in Japanese).
  2. ^ Hosozawa, Ayateru (5 December 2018). "Name of newest Yamanote stop reflects history, future hopes". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ "高輪ゲートウェイの場所・住所とネーミング理由!ネットの反応は?". glorydayspower.com (in Japanese). 4 December 2018.
  4. ^ "「高輪ゲートウェイ、どう思う?」調査 95.8%が「別の名前に変えて」". BIGLOBEニュース (in Japanese). 5 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  5. ^ "とうとう「撤回」署名運動、1日で3500人が... 高輪ゲートウェイ駅はなぜ嫌われてしまったのか". J-CASTニュース (in Japanese). 8 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Yamanote track slew completed". railwaygazette.com. DVV Media International. 20 November 2019. Archived from the original on 20 November 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  7. ^ First Images of the New Shinagawa Station (Shinagawa Shin-Eki), article by Japan Station
  8. ^ "Takanawa Gateway Station Overview: Trial deployment of new station service equipment and the creation of never-before-seen station stores" (PDF). East Japan Railway Company. 2019-12-03.
  9. ^ 品川新駅、20年開業へ起工式 周辺に高層ビル7棟計画”. 朝日新聞デジタル. 朝日新聞社, 'The groundbreaking ceremony of Shin-Shinagawa Station, scheduled to open in 2020; Plans for 7 high-rise buildings around the station', news article by Asahi Shimbun
  10. ^ 品川新駅#経緯 Japanese Wikipedia page on the same topic
  11. ^ 山手線新駅から読み解く品川再開発の行方”. 東洋経済新報社, 'Understanding the Shinagawa Redevelopment Project through the new Yamanote Line Station', news article by Toyo Keizai
  12. ^ 田町〜品川駅間に新駅を設置し、まちづくりを進めます (PDF)”. 東日本旅客鉄道, 'Moving forward on urban planning by establishing a new station between Tamachi and Shinagawa stations' by East Japan Railway Company
  13. ^ a b 品川開発プロジェクトにおける品川新駅(仮称)の概要について (PDF)”. 東日本旅客鉄道株式会社, 'On the outline of New Shinagawa Station (tentative name) in Shinagawa Development Project' (in Japanese), by East Japan Railway Company
  14. ^ 山手線で49年ぶり30駅目 産経ニュース 産経新聞社, 'Ground-breaking ceremony of Shin-Shinagawa Station, 30 stations on Yamanote line for the first time in 49 years', news article by Sankei Shimbun
  15. ^ 品川新駅(仮称)の駅名を募集します。 (PDF)”. 東日本旅客鉄道株式会社, 'We are collecting names for the New Shinagawa Station (Tentative name)' by East Japan Railway Company
  16. ^ "品川駅線路切換工事に伴う列車の運休について" (PDF) (Press release) (in Japanese). 東日本旅客鉄道株式会社東京支社. 2019-09-17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-09-27. Retrieved 2019-11-20.

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