Shinagawa to Shinjuku train. from shinkansen to JR yamanote line to shinjuku, shibuya. Getting around Tokyo by train. Backpacking Tokyo Japan travel blog

 

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.

I was headed to Shinjuku to catch a bus to Mt Fuji 5th station. From there, I started climbing Mt Fuji.

 

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!

And if you’re not yet sure if you want to get a JR pass for your first trip to Japan, see tips to figure out if the JR pass is worth it.

 

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.

 

 

Now…

Here’s a bit of what the journey from Shinagawa to Shinjuku might be like!

 

 

Arrive at Shinagawa shinkansen station

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: How to get to shinjuku from shinagawa shinkansen bullet train station. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: How to get to shinjuku from shinagawa shinkansen bullet train station. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Shinagawa station. Getting around Tokyo by train. How to get to shinjuku from shinagawa shinkansen bullet train station. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

 

 

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!

 

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train. How to get to shinjuku JR transfer. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train. How to get to shinjuku JR transfer. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train. How to get to shinjuku JR transfer. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train. How to get to shinjuku JR transfer. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train. How to get to shinjuku JR transfer. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

 

 

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.

 

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train. Yamanote line. JR train timings to Shinjuku with JR pass. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train to Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro. Yamanote line. JR train timings to Shinjuku with JR pass. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train to Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro. Yamanote line. JR train timings to Shinjuku with JR pass. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

 

 

Take the train to Shinjuku!

It will be a 15-20 minute train ride.

 

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train to Shinjuku train station on JR Yamanote line. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train to Shinjuku train station on JR Yamanote line. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

 

 

Arrive at Shinjuku station!

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train. JR shinjuku train station near JR office and shinjuku bus terminal. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

 

Shinagawa to Shinjuku: Getting around Tokyo by train. shinjuku train station near shinjuku bus terminal. Backpacking Tokyo Japan

 

HAPPY SHINAGAWA TO SHINJUKU TRAIN RIDE!

 

Climbing Mt Fuji as a 2-day hike

 



More quick tips for planning your trip to Japan

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The super fast train in Japan
In general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it. But here's how to calculate it to be sure.

See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.

NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!
I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)

There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.

You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)

I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!

The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.

So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.

Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.

If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!

Natural disasters in Japan
Unfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.

My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.

See how much insurance costs for your trip.

Best travel guides for Japan
If you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.

For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.

See more of the best books for Japan trip planning.

Create your Japan itinerary


That's it for now!