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Encyclopedia > Shinbashi Station
JR Shinbashi Station
JR Shinbashi Station

Shinbashi Station (新橋駅; -eki) is a major interchange station in Tokyo's Minato Ward.



Shinbashi is the original terminus of Japan's first stretch of railway, the Tōkaidō Main Line, and is one of Japan's oldest stations (the oldest station being Shinagawa a few kilometres down the line).

The original Shinbashi Station, opened on October 10, 1872, was built some way to the east of the modern-day structure and was known as 新橋停車場 (Shinbashi Teishajō).

Reconstruction of the original Shinbashi Station
Reconstruction of the original Shinbashi Station

With the extension of the Tōkaidō Main Line along the modern-day route to the new terminus at Tokyo Station, the original station structure was demolished to make way for a goods yard (汐留駅, Shiodome Station). This in turn fell into disuse during the 1980s and has only recently been redeveloped as a commercial district with a number of large office blocks.

The site was declared a national monument in 1996 and the area was archeologically investigated. In 2003 a reconstruction of the original station building and part of the platforms was completed. This houses railway history exhibition and a restaurant.

Adjacent Stations

Keihin-Tōhoku Line Yūrakuchō Shinbashi Hamamatsuchō
Tōkaidō Line Tokyo Shinbashi Shinagawa
Yamanote Line Yūrakuchō Shinbashi Hamamatsuchō
Yokosuka Line Tokyo Shinbashi Shinagawa
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Toranomon Shinbashi Ginza
Toei Asakusa Line Daimon Shinbashi Higashi-Ginza
Yurikamome Shinbashi Shiodome



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