Japan Rail (JR) East will open a new station, Takanawa Gateway Station, in the spring of 2020 (the exact opening dates are yet to be announced). It will be located on the Yamanote Loop Line, between Shinagawa and Tamachi stations. The Keihin Tohoku Line will also run through the new station.
The location of Takanawa Gateway Station is currently 120 meters east of the train tracks of the Yamanote Line. However, over the next two years, JR East will move the tracks so they connect. The station will include two island platforms (one for each line) as well as shops and restaurants which will open in 2024.
The choice of name, Takanawa Gateway, was the result of a naming competition which JR East ran for the new station. Over 13,00 names were suggested by the Japanese public before “Takanawa Gateway” was chosen.
Ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics
The new station will open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. JR East is improving its infrastructure to meet the demands of the large crowds the games bring. The development is also part of a wider plan to create a new town in Tokyo which will attract global business.
The opening of the new station is the first step, then the adjoining town will be developed and completed by 2024. After that, the next major step will be the planned opening of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen in 2027.
This project goes by the name of “Global Gateway Shinagawa” and JR East have described it as a “land readjustment project”. The area being used for the expansion used to be the JR Shinagawa Station Depot railway yard.
Takanawa Gateway Station will be the first newly built station since Saitama-Shintoshin Station which opened in 2000. The next newest station is Nishi-Nippori Station which opened in 1971.