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Takanawa Gateway Station

Coordinates: 35°38′11″N 139°44′29″E / 35.636389°N 139.741389°E / 35.636389; 139.741389
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Takanawa Gateway Station

Takanawa Gateway Station
General information
LocationMinato-ku, Tokyo
Coordinates35°38′11″N 139°44′29″E / 35.636389°N 139.741389°E / 35.636389; 139.741389
Operated by JR East
Line(s)Tōkaidō Main Line
Platforms2 island platforms
ConnectionsA07 Sengakuji Station
Opened14 March 2020
Preceding station Logo of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) JR East Following station
Next clockwise
Yamanote Line Tamachi
Next counter-clockwise
towards Yokohama
Keihin–Tōhoku Line
towards Ōmiya
Takanawa Gateway Station is located in Special wards of Tokyo
Takanawa Gateway Station
Takanawa Gateway Station
Location within Special wards of Tokyo
Takanawa Gateway Station is located in Tokyo Bay and Bōsō Peninsula
Takanawa Gateway Station
Takanawa Gateway Station
Takanawa Gateway Station (Tokyo Bay and Bōsō Peninsula)
Takanawa Gateway Station is located in Tokyo
Takanawa Gateway Station
Takanawa Gateway Station
Takanawa Gateway Station (Tokyo)
Takanawa Gateway Station is located in Japan
Takanawa Gateway Station
Takanawa Gateway Station
Takanawa Gateway Station (Japan)

Takanawa Gateway Station (高輪ゲートウェイ駅, Takanawa Gētowei eki) is a railway station in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. The station is operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

Inside and outside Takanawa Gateway 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.


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.[1] Above platform level, there will be an event space overlooking the platforms, with shopping and dining facilities inside the station.[2]

The station was designed by Kengo Kuma.[3]


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.[4]

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 (32 acres) 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 were moved east by 120 meters (393 ft 8 in), such that office buildings, hotels, commercial buildings and high-rise skyscrapers could be built around the area, which is scheduled to open in 2024. JR East and the Urban Renaissance Agency are cooperating in this project.[5]


On 3 June 2014, JR East announced that a new station would be built between Tamachi and Shinagawa stations, at 1.3 km (0.81 mi) south from Tamachi Station, 0.9 km (0.56 mi) north from Shinagawa Station, and about 300 meters (984 ft 3 in) southeast of Sengakuji Station.[citation needed] The station was built above the existing Tamachi Depot, with 13 hectares (32 acres) 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.[6][7]

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".[8]

On 10 February 2017, construction on the station began.[9]

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,[10] 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.[11]

The station opened on 14 March 2020, ten days before the summer Olympics were postponed to 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is believed that the shopping and dining facilities inside will not be fully completed until 2024.[8]


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.[12] 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.[13] (In the 1800s, the official southern entrance to Edo, as Tokyo was then called, was the Takanawa Great Wooden Gate directly to the west of the station.) 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.[14] According to a poll conducted by the Japanese website j-town.net, 95.8% of respondents disapproved of the name "Takanawa Gateway",[15] while a Change.org petition calling for a name change had gathered over 9,500 signatures as of 9 December 2018.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yamanote track slew completed". railwaygazette.com. DVV Media International. 20 November 2019. Archived from the original on 20 November 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  2. ^ First Images of the New Shinagawa Station (Shinagawa Shin-Eki), article by Japan Station
  3. ^ Briginshaw, David (2020-03-17). "JR East opens Takanawa Gateway station". railjournal.com. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ 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).
  13. ^ Hosozawa, Ayateru (5 December 2018). "Name of newest Yamanote stop reflects history, future hopes". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "「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.
  16. ^ "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.

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