So I was trying to get from the Shinagawa shinkansen train station to Shinjuku, so this will be a bit about what you can expect if you were to do the same thing.
In general, once you’re at Shinagawa station it’s pretty simple to get to Shinjuku by train.
Basically, just follow the signs!
You’ll be looking for the JR line, and specifically, the JR Yamanote line. This will be the green line.
Both Shinagawa and Shinjuku are on the Yamanote line so you can find a direct train to Shinjuku.
If you’re traveling with a JR pass, you can get to Shinjuku for free.
If you don’t have a JR pass, be sure you get an IC card the first chance you get when you’re in Japan so you don’t have to deal with buying individual train tickets!
In general, Google Maps can be a reliable way to figure out how to get around Tokyo.
So once you get to Shinagawa station, you can look at Google Maps again if you forget which line you should take to get to Shinjuku.
You don’t really need to be all that concerned about the specific train timings for Shinagawa to Shinjuku, as they are frequent enough.
A train is likely to come soon after you arrive on the platform.
Here’s a bit of what the journey from Shinagawa to Shinjuku might be like!
Arrive at Shinagawa shinkansen station
Look for the signs to transfer to the regular JR train!
When you’re in the shinkansen area, you’ll look for general JR signs.
Then once you’re in the JR area, you’ll look for the green line!
Wait for the train on the JR Yamanote line!
And you’ll be able to easily tell which side of the platform you’ll want to wait on.
Shinjuku is one of the main stations, so there will be a sign with Shinjuku on it.
This is the same train you’d take to go to Shibuya.
Take the train to Shinjuku!
It will be a 15-20 minute train ride.
Arrive at Shinjuku station!
HAPPY SHINAGAWA TO SHINJUKU TRAIN RIDE!
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