Talk:Shinjuku Station

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Adjacent stations[edit]

Background colors of "adjacent stations" table cells are mysterious for those who lived outside Tokyo. Takanoha 09:32, 31 Jan 2004 (UTC)

I've updated the table to use the standard {{service rail start}} template. The line colours are standard in articles about stations from other countries, too (see Kings Cross railway station, for example) - I don't think they're inherently mysterious (although the information they present may be a little esoteric). Cheers, Tangotango 15:40, 20 June 2006 (UTC)


Is this station a junction station? Simply south 11:19, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

What do you mean? I thought a junction station was just a station with multiple lines. Neier 13:37, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

I thought a junction meant that and also other trains can switch over from one line\route to another, depending on where it is going. 13:42, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Ahh... Shinjuku has some lines which spur to different locations (see Marunouchi Line for one example -- M04 is different than m04; but all trains would go through Shinjuku). I can't recall ever seeing a train in Japan which arrived on one line, then left on another. The closest to that might be some of the extended subway lines in Tokyo which continue on to the suburbs above ground. I don't think that a train from one line would ever go out onto another line though (train cars are often color coded by their line). But, generally, the way to find out something new or unexpected about the Japanese rail system is to write something to the contrary on a wikipedia talk page – counterexamples are quick to pop up.  :-) Neier 14:21, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
I think Shinjuku would be a junction according to this definition. For example, JR trains from the Chuo line can change onto the Saikyo line tracks (although it is not very common). There is a Narita Express train that starts out at Hachioji and changes onto the Saikyo line tracks at Shinjuku. Mattopia 18:32, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Btw i'm thinking about UK examples. e.g. Clapham Junction railway station, Crewe railway station - ... actually i'm finding it hard to come up with examples. Simply south 17:00, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

A junction is where one line meets another, either end-on or by joining it in a "Y" formation, or by crossing it at a different level (though some would exclude the last category). Basically, where a passenger is likely to transfer from one line to another. I would have thought Shinjuku is a junction from a look at the map.

Exile 14:42, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Platform changes[edit]

On April 15, some platform changes occurred. See this edit to the Japanese article, and other edits today.Fg2 03:03, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Article updated to match Japanese version and JR's July 2007 station map. SimonB NZ 10:52, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Chuo Main Line / Chuo Rapid Line[edit]

Do we really need to make this distinction?

Isn't Chuo Main Line or Chuo Line sufficient?

Paullb (talk) 07:51, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

Number of people using JR Shinjuku[edit]

The number cited (1.5M) is twice that shown in the reference. LittleBen (talk) 11:46, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

Because when counting passengers at train station you may count all transits (boarding and leaving) or just one. If you read carefully you will see that the numbers are labelled correctly. ( (talk) 06:18, 27 May 2014 (UTC)).

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How can it connect west Tokyo to central via eastern Tokyo?[edit]

The article states: "main connecting hub for rail traffic between central Tokyo and its western suburbs". 

Why would people in western Tokyo, travel all the way to east Tokyo, to get to central Tokyo? You have to pass through central Tokyo to get to east Tokyo. And there are MANY stops in between. It make no sense that one would go from west Tokyo to central Tokyo, via east Tokyo. I mean, I'm no cartographer, but that seems a terrible route. (talk) 20:54, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

I apologise, but I am having trouble understanding your point. Shinjuku Station is on the west side of Tokyo (or at least it's on the west side of the Yamanote loop). What would you like to see the sentence read to improve its clarity? Thanks, JTST4RS (talk) 21:10, 6 September 2014 (UTC)
Shinjuku is NOWHERE near west Tokyo.

The sentence makes no sense at all. There is not really a way to rearrange it. Perhaps something on the lines of Shinjuku being the convergence of Tokyo's train lines. Or just omit the sentence completely. Like I said, if you are traveling from central Tokyo to western Tokyo, you would never go through Shinjuku. Unless you are confused. Likewise, if you are traveling from western Tokyo to central Tokyo, you would never need to pass through Shinjuku. I would change it myself, but I would prefer someone who watches this article regularly, and logs-in, to do it.

FYI-The Yamanote line is in EASTERN Tokyo. -Cheers (talk) 22:57, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

I apologise for my lack of understanding. I believe the sentence is attempting to refer to Tokyo's 23 special wards as "Tokyo", which is unfortunately how I interpreted it since Shinjuku is on the west side of the special wards. I can see how the sentence is confusing, since, as you correctly point out, in terms of the Tokyo Metropolis Shinjuku and the rest of the Yamanote Line is in the east. Would the sentence "Serving as the main connecting hub for rail traffic between Tokyo's special wards and western Tokyo" be an improvement? I apologise if I am still misunderstanding, JTST4RS (talk) 23:33, 6 September 2014 (UTC)
It would certainly be an improvement. The confusion is understandable. There is some strange cultural phenomenon about placing Shinjuky in western Tokyo. I'm not sure if you live, or have lived in Tokyo. However, there is a common misconception that Shinjuku is "west Tokyo". I lived in Tokyo for 8 years. My home was 45 minutes west of Tokyo. By express train. Your revision would certainly make it more clear. Thank you for your time and cordiality. (talk) 23:54, 6 September 2014 (UTC)