Takanawa Gateway Station opened its doors to the public March 14, becoming the latest addition to Tokyo’s Yamanote and Keihin Tohoku lines and marking a major milestone in a decadeslong project to transform a large part of the Shinagawa district into a global transportation and business hub.
The new station, located in Minato Ward between Shinagawa and Tamachi, is the 47th station to open on the Keihin Tohoku Line and the 30th on the Yamanote Line. East Japan Railway Co. initially expects 23,000 daily passengers, with that figure growing to 123,000 by 2024. It is the first station to be added to the heavily used Yamanote loop since Nishi-Nippori in 1971.
“It’s a beautiful station with its big windows and modern roofing,” said stationmaster Taka Nakamura. “As the development of Shinagawa continues, from these windows people will be able to see the city changing.”
The station’s sleek cedar walls and enormous glass panels were designed by famed architect Kengo Kuma, who is said to have been inspired by origami in creating the concept for the building’s overall structure. With robots providing cleaning, surveillance and travel guidance, as well as an automated convenience store where items are scanned by cameras instead of clerks, it’s a markedly modern addition to Tokyo’s intricate public transit system.
Takanawa Gateway Station represents the latest benchmark in the Shinagawa Redevelopment Project, a yearslong endeavor by JR East to create a global hub by enhancing transportation and spearheading new construction in the neighborhood. (The Japan Times)