Shinagawa City (Shinagawa-ku) Guide for Tokyo Expats

Shinagawa City Overview

Shinagawa City has many faces. Whether you’re in the northern, eastern, western or southern parts of Shinagawa City, there are areas that are filled with historical and traditional Japanese architecture, as well as areas that are very modern with many high rise buildings.

The eastern part of the city faces the Tokyo Bay and has developed into a modern waterfront area. High-rise office buildings, high-rise condominiums, and commercial facilities form a line from the area around the Konan exit of Shinagawa station towards the expansive area of Tennozu Isle.

The northern part of the city includes the areas around the JR Meguro, Gotanda and Osaki stations. Each of the areas surrounding the aforementioned stations is home to old high-class residential neighborhoods. The area around Meguro station is currently undergoing large-scale commercial redevelopment. The area around Gotanda station is a commercial and business area. Near Osaki Station, the recently redeveloped commercial areas of Gate City and ThinkPark, have attracted the interest of major companies. Close to Osaki station is a high-class residential area known as Gotenyama, located atop a hilly landscape. On the hilltop area in the northern part of the city are many foreign embassies.

The southern and western parts of the city are mature and quiet residential areas suitable for families. This area is a little way from central Tokyo but has many facilities such as schools, supermarkets, hospitals, and parks that make everyday life convenient for its residences.

Rental Apartments & Houses in Shinagawa City

Shinagawa City Living Guide

Once you’ve made plans to move to Shinagawa City, you will need to get your resident registration at the Shinagawa City Office. You will have register within 14 days of the date you begin your residency in Shinagawa City.

Please read the Shinagawa City’s Disaster Preparedness Measures and a list of Shinagawa City disaster prevention maps for the event of a disaster.

Garbage collection varies slightly depending on the area. Guidance on garbage collection in Shinagawa City is here.

Shinagawa-ku International Friendship Association (SIFA) provides various international exchange opportunities for its foreign and Japanese residents through Japanese language classes and Japanese cultural events.

Shinagawa City Residential Areas