|Location||Shinjuku and Shibuya wards, Tokyo|
Location within Special wards of Tokyo
Shinjuku Station (Tokyo)
Shinjuku Station (Japan)
Shinjuku Station (新宿駅, Shinjuku-eki) is a major railway station in the Shinjuku and Shibuya wards in Tokyo, Japan. In Shinjuku, it is part of the Nishi-Shinjuku and Shinjuku districts. In Shibuya, it is located in the Yoyogi and Sendagaya districts. It is the world's busiest railway station.
Serving as the main connecting hub for rail traffic between Tokyo's special wards and Western Tokyo on inter-city rail, commuter rail, and subway lines, the station was used by an average of 3.59 million people per day in 2018, making it, by far, the world's busiest station (and registered as such with Guinness World Records). The main JR station and the directly adjacent private railways have a total of 35 platforms, including an underground arcade, above ground arcade and numerous hallways with another 17 platforms (53 total) can be accessed through hallways to 5 directly connected stations without surfacing outside. The entire above/underground complex has well over 200 exits.
Shinjuku is served by the following railway systems:
|JR East station|
|Location||3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo|
Chūō Main Line
The station is centered around facilities servicing the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) lines. These consist of eight ground-level island platforms (16 tracks) on a north-south axis, connected by two overhead and two underground concourses. Most JR services here are urban and suburban mass transit lines, although many limited express services to Kōfu and Matsumoto on the Chūō Main Line and to Nikkō and Kinugawa Onsen via joint operations with the private Tōbu Railway also begin and end at this station, including Narita Express services to and from Narita International Airport. The JR section alone handles an average of 1.5 million passengers a day.
|1-2||Saikyō Line||for Shibuya, Ōsaki, and Shin-Kiba (via the Rinkai Line)|
|for Hazawa yokohama-kokudai and Ebina (via the Sōtetsu Line)|
|for Ikebukuro, Ōmiya, and Kawagoe (via the ■ Kawagoe Line)|
|Shōnan-Shinjuku Line||for Yokohama, Ōfuna, Chigasaki, Hiratsuka, Kōzu, and Odawara (via the Tōkaidō Main Line)|
|for Yokohama, Ōfuna, Kamakura, and Zushi (via the Yokosuka Line)|
|3||Saikyō Line||for Ikebukuro, Ōmiya, and Kawagoe (via the ■ Kawagoe Line)|
|4||Saikyō Line||for Ikebukuro, Ōmiya, and Kawagoe (via the ■ Kawagoe Line)|
|Shōnan-Shinjuku Line||for Ōmiya, Kumagaya, and Takasaki (via the Takasaki Line)|
|for Ōmiya, Oyama, and Utsunomiya (via the Utsunomiya Line)|
|5-6||■ Limited Express||■ Home Liner Odawara for Odawara|
|■ Kinugawa for Kinugawa-Onsen|
|■ Narita Express for Ikebukuro, Takao, and Ōmiya|
|■ Narita Express for Narita Airport|
|■ Nikkō for Tōbu Nikkō|
|■ Super View Odoriko for Atami, Itō, and Izukyū Shimoda|
|7-8||Chūō Line (Rapid)||for Ochanomizu and Tokyo|
|Ltd. Express Hachiōji / Ōme for Tokyo|
|■ Ltd. Express Azusa / Kaiji for Tokyo[Note 1] and Chiba[Note 2]|
|■ Ltd. Express Shinjuku Sazanami for Chiba and Tateyama|
|■ Ltd. Express Shinjuku Wakashio for Chiba and Awa-Kamogawa|
|9-10||Chūō Line (Rapid)||Ltd. Express Hachiōji for Hachiōji|
|Ltd. Express Ōme for Ōme|
|■ Chūō Main Line||Ltd. Express Azusa for Matsumoto and Minami-Otari|
|Ltd. Express Fuji Excursion for Kawaguchiko|
|Ltd. Express Kaiji for Kōfu and Ryūō|
|11-12||Chūō Line (Rapid)||for Nakano, Tachikawa, Hachiōji, Takao, and Ōtsuki|
|for Haijima and Ōme (via the Ōme Line)|
|for Musashi-Itsukaichi (via the Itsukaichi Line)|
|■ for Komagawa (via the ■ Hachikō Line)|
|13||Chūō-Sōbu Line||for Suidōbashi, Akihabara, and Chiba|
|14||Yamanote Line (counter-clockwise)||for Harajuku, Shibuya, and Shinagawa|
|15||Yamanote Line (clockwise)||for Ikebukuro, Tabata, Nippori, and Ueno|
|16||Chūō-Sōbu Line||for Higashi-Nakano, Nakano, and Mitaka|
|Location||1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo|
The terminus for the private Odakyu Odawara Line is parallel to the JR platforms on the west side, and handles an average of 490,000 passengers daily. This is a major commuter route stretching southwest through the suburbs and out towards the coastal city of Odawara and the mountains of Hakone. The ten platforms are built on two levels beneath the Odakyu department store; three express service tracks (six platforms) on the ground level and two tracks (four platforms) on the level below. Each track has platforms on both sides in order to completely separate boarding and alighting passengers.
Chest-high platform screen doors were added to platforms 4 and 5 in September 2012.
|1||■||Not in use|
|2, 3||■ Ltd. Express. "Romancecar"||for Odawara, Hakone-Yumoto, Fujisawa, and Gotemba|
|4, 5||■ Rapid Express||for Shin-Yurigaoka, Machida, Ebina, Hon-Atsugi, Shin-Matsuda, Odawara, Chūō-Rinkan, Yamato, Shōnandai and Fujisawa|
|■ Express||for Noborito, Shin-Yurigaoka, Machida, Ebina, Hon-Atsugi, Shin-Matsuda, Odawara, Chūō-Rinkan, Yamato, Shōnandai, Fujisawa and Katase-Enoshima|
|8, 9||■ Local||for Shin-Yurigaoka, Sagami-Ono, and Hon-Atsugi|
|Keio/Toei Subway station|
|Location||1-1-4 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo|
Keio operates two sections of Shinjuku Station, the traditional Keio Line stub terminal and a separate through station connecting the Keio New Line with the Toei Shinjuku Line. In 2019, 788,567 passengers used the Keio complex daily (Keio and Keio New Lines), which makes among the busiest amongst the non-JR Group railways of Japan.
The Keio Line concourse is located to the west of the Odakyu line concourse, two floors below ground level under Keio department store. It consists of three platforms stretching north to south. This suburban commuter line links Shinjuku to the city of Hachiōji to the west. Chest-high platform edge doors were introduced on the Keio Line platforms in March 2014. The doors are different colours for each platform. The doors on platform 2 are green.
|1||Local||for Meidaimae, Chōfu, Keio Tama Center, Hashimoto, Keio Hachiōji, and Takaosanguchi|
|2||Keio Liner, Special Express, Semi-Special Express, Express, Semi Express, Rapid, Local||for Meidaimae, Chōfu, Keio Tama Center, Hashimoto, Keio Hachiōji, and Takaosanguchi|
|3||Special Express, Semi-Special Express, Express, Semi Express, Rapid||for Meidaimae, Chōfu, Keio Tama Center, Hashimoto, Keio Hachiōji, and Takaosanguchi|
The shared facilities for the Toei Shinjuku subway line and the Keiō New Line are distinctively called Keiō New Line Shinjuku Station (新線新宿駅, Shinsen Shinjuku-eki) and consist of two platforms stretching east-west five floors beneath the Kōshū Kaidō avenue to the southwest of the JR section. The concourse is managed by Keio Corporation but is in a separate location to the main Keio platforms. Further south (and deeper underground) are the two north-to-south Toei Ōedo subway line platforms.
|4||Keio New Line||for Hatsudai, Hatagaya, Meidaimae, Chōfu, and Hashimoto|
|5||Toei Shinjuku Line||for Ichigaya, Kudanshita, Jimbocho, Ōjima, and Moto-Yawata|
|Toei Subway station|
|Location||2-1-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo|
|Connections||Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal|
Toei Oedo Line's two underground platforms stretch north-south to the south of the Toei Shinjuku Line and Keio New Line facilities. This is on the 7th basement floor of Tokyo prefectural road 414(Yotsuya-Tsunohazu Ave.).
|6||Toei Oedo Line||for Roppongi and Daimon|
|7||Toei Oedo Line||for Tochōmae and Hikarigaoka|
|Tokyo Metro station|
|Location||1st Nishiguchi Chikagai,1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo|
Tokyo Metro's two Marunouchi Line underground platforms stretch east-west to the north of the JR and Odakyu facilities, directly below the Metro Promenade underground mall.
|1||Marunouchi Line||for Nakano-sakaue, Ogikubo, and Hōnanchō|
|2||Marunouchi Line||for Akasaka-mitsuke, Ginza, Ōtemachi, and Ikebukuro|
Many department stores and shopping malls are built directly into the station. These include
In addition to the above, the Metro Promenade, which is an underground mall owned by Tokyo Metro, extends eastwards from the station beneath Shinjuku-dori avenue, all the way to the adjacent Shinjuku-sanchōme station with 60 exits along the way. The Metro Promenade in turn connects to Shinjuku Subnade, another underground shopping mall, which leads onto Seibu Railway's Seibu-Shinjuku station.
Shinjuku Station is connected by underground passageways and shopping malls to:
Nearby non-connected stations (within 500 meters of an underground passageway or station) include:
There is a bus terminal at the west exit servicing both local and long-distance buses, and a JR Highway Bus terminal at the New South Gates.
On April 4, 2016, the new bus terminal and commercial facilities nearby south exit, named Busta Shinjuku(Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal), opened for service. Considerable numbers of the coaches and the airport buses depart from this new terminal.
See also: Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal
The figures below are the official number of passengers entering and exiting (except for JR East) each day released by each train operator. The figure for JR East only includes entering passengers.
|JR East||751,018 (boarding only)||2013||||Boarding passengers only. Busiest station in Japan.|
|Odakyu||494,184||2013||||The busiest Odakyu station|
|Keio||730,849||2013||||The busiest Keio station, sum of the ridership of the Keiō New Line and Keiō Line.|
|Tokyo Metro||227,366||2013||||The 6th busiest Tokyo Metro station|
|Toei||Shinjuku Line||266,869||2013||134,185 entries and 132,684 exits||The busiest Toei subway station|
|Oedo Line||133,075||2013||64,701 entries and 68,374 exits|
The passenger figures (boarding passengers only) for the JR East (formerly JNR) station in previous years are as shown below.
|Fiscal year||Daily average|
Shinjuku Station opened in 1885 as a stop on Japan Railway's Akabane-Shinagawa line (now part of the Yamanote Line). Shinjuku was still a quiet community at the time and the station was not heavily trafficked at first. The opening of the Chūō Line (1889), Keiō Line (1915) and Odakyū Line (1923) led to increasing traffic through the station.
Japanese government urban planner Kensaburo Kondo designed a major revamp of the station in 1933, which included a large public square on the west side completed in 1941. Kondo's plan also called for extending the Tokyu Toyoko Line to a new underground terminal on the west side of the station, and constructing an east-west underground line that would be served by the Seibu Railway and the Tokyo Kosoku Railway (forerunner of Tokyo Metro), while the Keio and Odakyu lines would use above-ground terminals to the west of the JR station. These plans were suspended upon the onset of World War II but influenced the current layout of the station area. Subway service ultimately began in 1959.
The Seibu Shinjuku Line was extended from Takadanobaba Station to Seibu Shinjuku Station in 1952. Seibu Shinjuku was built as a temporary station pending a planned redevelopment of the east side of Shinjuku Station, which was to feature a large station building that would house a new Seibu terminal on its second floor. Seibu abandoned its plan to use the building due to a lack of space for trains longer than six cars; the building is now known as Lumine Est and retains some design features originally intended to accommodate the Seibu terminal (in particular, a very high ceiling on the first floor and a very low ceiling on the second floor). In the late 1980s, Seibu planned to build an underground terminal on the east side of Shinjuku, but indefinitely postponed the plan in 1995 due to costs and declining passenger growth.
On August 8, 1967, a freight train carrying jet fuel bound for the U.S. air bases at Tachikawa and Yokota collided with another freight train and caught fire on the Chūō Rapid tracks. The incident stoked ongoing political controversy in Japan regarding the Vietnam War. The station was a major site for student protests in 1968 and 1969, the height of civil unrest in postwar Japan. On October 21, 1968, 290,000 marchers participated in International Anti-War Day, taking over Shinjuku station and forcing trains to stop. In May and June 1969, members of the antiwar group Beheiren carrying guitars and calling themselves "folk guerrillas" led weekly singalongs in the underground plaza outside the west exit of the station, attracting crowds of thousands. Participants described it as a "liberated zone" and a "community of encounter." In July, riot police cleared the plaza with tear gas and changed signs in the station to read "West Exit Concourse" instead of "West Exit Plaza." The incident represented a significant defeat for public activism in Tokyo.
There have been plans at various points in history to connect Shinjuku into the Shinkansen network, and the 1973 Shinkansen Basic Plan, still in force, specifies that the station should be the southern terminus of the Jōetsu Shinkansen line to Niigata. While construction of the Ōmiya-Shinjuku link never started and the Jōetsu line presently terminates in Tokyo Station, the right of way, including an area underneath the station, remains reserved.
On May 5, 1995, the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult attempted a chemical terrorist attack by setting off a cyanide gas device in a toilet in the underground concourse, barely a month after the gas attack on the Tokyo subway which killed 13, left 6,252 people with non-fatal injuries, severely injured 50 people, and caused 984 cases of temporary vision problems. This time the attack was thwarted by staff who extinguished the burning device.
The station facilities on the Marunouchi Line were inherited by Tokyo Metro after the privatization of the Teito Rapid Transit Authority (TRTA) in 2004.
A major expansion of the JR terminal was completed in April 2016, adding a 32-story office tower, bus terminal, taxi terminal, and numerous shops and restaurants.
In 2020, the east-west free passageway was opened, shortening the time required for pedestrians to pass between the east and west exits by 10 minutes. A major redevelopment of the station and surrounding area began in July 2021 with the aim of improving pedestrian flow and making it easier and faster to cut through the east and west sides of the station. Construction is expected to continue until 2047.
When the Keio Line extended to Shinjuku in 1915, its terminal was located several blocks east of the government railway (presently JR) station. The terminal was first named Shinjuku-Oiwake Station (新宿追分駅) and was on the street near the Isetan department store. In 1927, the station was moved from the street to a newly built terminal adjacent to the original station. The station building housed a department store. The station name was changed to Yotsuya-Shinjuku Station (四谷新宿駅) in 1930 and again to Keiō Shinjuku Station (京王新宿駅) in 1937.
The tracks from the terminal were on the Kōshū Kaidō highway, which crosses the Yamanote Line and the Chūō Line in front of the south entrance of Shinjuku Station by a bridge. The Keiō Line had a station for the access to Shinjuku Station, named Teishajō-mae Station (停車場前駅) and renamed in 1937 Shōsen Shinjuku Ekimae Station (省線新宿駅前駅).
In July 1945, the terminal of the Keiō Line was relocated to the present location, though on the ground level, on the west side of Shinjuku Station. Keiō Shinjuku Station and Shōsen Shinjuku Ekimae Station were closed. This was because the trains faced difficulty in climbing up the slopes of the bridge over the governmental railway after one of the nearby transformer substations was destroyed by an air raid. The site of Keiō Shinjuku Station near Shinjuku-Sanchōme subway station is now occupied by two buildings owned by Keiō: Keiō Shinjuku Sanchōme Building and Keiō Shinjuku Oiwake Building.
The station and other parts of the Toei Ōedo Line are referenced in the Digimon Adventure franchise. Contemporary British painter Carl Randall (who spent 10 years living in Tokyo as an artist) depicted the station area in his large oil painting 'Shinjuku', exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London 2013.