Shinagawa Ward is located in the southern part of Tokyo’s 23 wards. It is known as a ward with a history of prosperity as a lodging area before entering Edo, the capital of Japan, by traveling northward on the Tokaido Highway.

The topography of Shinagawa Ward consists of plateaus, lowlands, and reclaimed land. The plateaus include Shiba-Shirokanedai north of the Meguro River, Meguro-dai between the Meguro River and Tachiai River, and Ebaradai south of the Tachiai River.

All of these are the terminus of the Musashino Plateau. The lowlands extend into the Shinagawa and Oi areas and along the river. The bay area, which is also adjacent to Minato Ward, is reclaimed land and has been the most developed area in recent years.

The bay area, known as the south side of the port, is experiencing a rush of construction of high-rise office buildings and commercial facilities, and thanks to large-scale redevelopment, major companies headquartered outside of Tokyo are relocating their Tokyo branch offices and headquarters organizations one after another, leading to an increasing level of activity.

Shinagawa Ward also has a daytime and nighttime population difference, although not to the same extent as neighboring Minato, Chuo, and Chiyoda wards. However, in the case of Shinagawa-ku, which has many lots that function as residential areas, the population difference is settled at about 1.464 times the population difference between day and night.

In addition, although not as much as in Ota Ward, which is adjacent to Minato Ward on the other side of the city, Shinagawa Ward is also characterized by its lush greenery and relatively well-developed parks and other facilities, thanks to its efforts to plan for greening of the area.

Representative parks include Higashi-Shinagawa Marine Park, Minatogaoka-futo Park, Oi-futo Central Seaside Park, Shiokaze Park, Shinagawa Kumin Park, Rinshinomori Park, Higashi-Yatsuyama Park, and Shinagawa Central Park.

Higashi-Shinagawa Marine Park

This is a municipal park located on the south side of Tennozu Isle, a redevelopment area in Shinagawa Ward, across from the canal. The park is covered with grass and has a roller slide in the shape of a whale, as well as a fountain and some water flow during the summer season, so visitors can play in the water for a while.

Minatogaoka Pier Park

Located in a corner of Oi Wharf, just across the Oi Chuo Overpass in Shinagawa Ward, this park features a small, artificially created hill. It features a walking path through a wooded area surrounded by trees and a fountain plaza, and is characterized by a landscape overflowing with greenery, and airplanes arriving and departing from Haneda can sometimes be seen up close.

Oi Futo Central Seaside Park

This is a marine park managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Port and Harbor located in Shinagawa and Ota wards. It is located along the Keihin Canal near Oi Wharf, just over the canal from the Oi Racecourse. The park consists of two blocks across the road: the “Sports Forest,” which is mainly for sports facilities, and the “Nagisa Forest,” where visitors can enjoy greenery and the waterfront.


Shiokaze Park

This is the largest metropolitan park in the Rinkai subcenter, covering an area of approximately 15 hectares. It is located along the seashore leading southwest from Odaiba Seaside Park. The park is open in three directions, with the Rainbow Bridge to the north, Shinagawa and Oi Piers to the west, and Tokyo Bay to the south, so the view is great and liberating from any angle.

Shinagawa Kumin Park

This is one of the largest comprehensive parks in Shinagawa Ward, created by reclaiming the former Katsushima Canal. The theme of the park is “Flowers, Plazas, and Water Greenery,” and there are five plazas on the site: Cherry Blossom Plaza, Sports Plaza, Fountain Plaza, Play Plaza, and Tidal Plaza.

Rintsunomori Park

This metropolitan park straddles Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku and Oyamadai, Shinagawa-ku. Originally used as a “forestry experiment station,” the park is full of trees, and is said to be a forest belt spreading in the center of the city. There are many rare trees from Japan and abroad, including an endangered tree called the Hanagakashi, so there are many things to see and do.

Higashi Yatsuyama Park

Higashi-Yatsuyama Park straddles Shinagawa and Minato wards of Tokyo and is famous for its cherry blossoms and as a location for TV dramas. The park has combination playground equipment, health playground equipment, a multi-purpose exercise area, and basketball goals.

Shinagawa Central Park

Shinagawa Central Park is located just west of Shinagawa Ward Office. The park has sports facilities, including an artificial turf multipurpose field with a full-scale, beautiful 200-meter track, tennis courts also on artificial turf, and a basketball court for 3-on-3. All of these facilities require a fee, but they are well maintained and provide a pleasant place to play sports.

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