Shinagawa Tokyo Japan | Along the Yamanote Line

Horyuiji Five-storied Pagoda
Horyuiji Five-storied Pagoda Model

Hello my wonderful Traveller to Japan

Tokyo’s maze of public transport is difficult to navigate. My advice is to look at the poison green line of Yamanote. It covers major tourist attractions and you do not need a wifi to check where you are going. If you use an App, I recommend the “Japan Travel App” but Google is fine as well.

The Yamanote line circle is going clockwise and anti-clockwise through Tokyo. It is easy to remember to get around. I review every station on this line. Today’s Station review is Shinagawa. A very large and up to date Station with a orwellian feel to it with it’s neon DEI signs showing a projected future on Japan which does not exists at the moment. The english speaking quaking loudspeaker voice can’t be more annoying. I do not like this station. On the West side seems to be only construction and on the East side a wide pedestrian bridge seems to go endless into high noon direction with an artificial green park between superstructures.

My research shows at least 12 worthy tourist destinations in Shinagawa but hold on, it’s a good 4 hour stroll. My usual steps per day is 20,000 but this looks like a good 30,000 to 40,000 steps maybe less. I turn South East to see the What Museum and the Exhibition “Sense of Structure” which is from the 26. of April until 25. August 2024. I saw a photo of a model of Horyuji Five storied Pagoda from 700 AD and it made me excited about the exhibition. You do not need to be an architect or engineer, it is amazing. For example this pagoda, which you can find in Nara, is said to have never collapsed during an earthquake, and various speculation circulating why its earthquake resistance. For me, seeing the drawing of the construction, it make’s kind of sense. 

Todaiji Shosoin Repository, Shoso Model

I want to show you one more building, the Todaiji Shosoin Repository, Shoso, built 756 in Nara. This model is first of all, wonderful and the description explains the construction method using intercrossed stacked legs. A sketch explains it brilliantly. 

So, if you are interested in Japanese wood structures, this is where you should go. 

Just beside the What Museum is the Ink Tokyo Shop, a shop for artists & painters, not a tourist spot but great to photograph. Same is with the What Cafe, I wanted to eat lunch but there were only standing tables. The exhibition was great and interesting.

On my why to the What Museum I got a great surprise, the brewery at the canal reminded me on Singapore’s Boat and Clarke Quay and good memories gave me the impression this is the place to go at night. I might be wrong. 

Like everywhere in Tokyo or Japan, there are numerous shines. I visited Ebara Shrine, the Dragon God Shrine of Shingawa and it is believed many Samurais like Genji, Tokugawa and Uesugi worshipped this shrine. It’s a small shrine, just beside a canal and a bright red bridge. This shrine is good for fortune, academic success, business prosperity, traffic safety, recovery from illness, family safety and love. 

My next sightseeing spot could be the Aquarium or the Suzugamori Execution side but it takes a full 45 minute to get there. I decided to go to the Shinagawa Shrine. 

Shinagawa Shrine

Shinagawa Shrine is one of the 10 shrines forming a ring around the Imperial Palace, appointed by the Emperor Meiji as symbols of a new era called the  “Tokyo Jissha Shrines”. This shrine is located on a little hill in Shinagawa and I love the dragon or lion figurine beside the gates. This shrine has lots of festivals, worth checking out. I put one video in the link section.


Shinagawa walking:

What Museum:

Ebara Jinga:  

Shinagawa Shrine:


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