Today’s stroll Kitashinagawa
Kitashinagawa, the starting point, was the location of Shinagawa-juku, the first inn on the former Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido, and in recent years it has been developed with cobblestone streets and roadside trees. We started from this shopping street. We will pass through the historic Shinagawa Shrine, a quiet residential area, and the bustling alleyways of Gotanda, and reach Gotanda Station in about 3 kilometers.
As the train only stops at each station, there is no crowd and it is quiet.
Shinbaba Station Shopping Street
The shopping street is only about 400 meters long, with a few old buildings here and there.
For some reason, this short shopping street is lined with only Chinese restaurants.
Shinagawa Shrine is on the other side of Route 1.
Shinagawa Shrine was founded by Minamoto no Yoritomo in 1187, at the end of the Heian period (794-1185), and since Tokugawa Ieyasu prayed for victory during the Battle of Sekigahara, the shrine has received the patronage of successive Tokugawa shoguns.
The shrine is one of the ten shrines in Tokyo. The torii gate is characterized by its twin dragons coiling around it and 53 steep stone steps.
Shinagawa Fuji Mound
Fuji worship spread among the people of Edo. In Tokyo, there are small mounds of Mt. Fuji all over the city, and they are said to offer the same benefits as climbing Mt.
From the top of the 15-meter-high mound, one of the largest in Tokyo, you can just see the Keihin Express train. The area below this is the old Tokaido highway, which used to be the coastline.
Around Shinagawa Shrine now
Around Shinagawa Shrine in the Edo period
Reference: Oedo Konjaku Meguri
Ana Inari Shrine
This is a popular power spot for money luck.
If you go down Gotenyama Street opposite National Route 1, you will see Shinagawa Women’s School on your left and Gotenyama Garden across the bridge with the JR tracks below.
Gotenyama has been depicted in Ukiyoe woodblock prints since the Edo period (1603-1868), and also appears in Hokusai Katsushika’s “36 Views of Mount Fuji”.
The Gotenyama Garden, now part of the Tokyo Marriott Hotel, is a vast area of 2,000 square meters where wedding ceremonies are photographed and neighbors enjoy walking or jogging.
Going down the slope of Sony-dori toward Gotanda.
The road from Gotanda Station to the Shin-Yatsuyama-bashi intersection used to be called “Sony-dori” (Sony Street) because it used to be the headquarters of Sony Corporation.
It is now a bustling area with high-rise offices and tower apartments, but once you turn off the street, you will find a quiet residential area.
Yuuraku-dori (Yuraku Street) around the east exit of Gotanda Station is suspicious in the daytime, but you can stop by a lively izakaya.
The JR Yamanote Line, Toei Asakusa Line, and Tokyu Ikegami Line serve the area.
B.Shin Baba Station Shopping Street website
C.Shinagawa Shrine website
Total 3.2km（Transportation within the facility is not included.）