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Streetscapes of Shinagawa, Tokyo

On the third morning of my Tokyo trip, after finishing breakfast, I geared up for the day’s exploration. Having quickly toured Shibuya and Harajuku streets on the first day and explored Asakusa and Akihabara on the second, with an evening visit to Odaiba, I felt that, despite it being just two days, I had covered quite a lot. Therefore, for the third day, I decided to take a more leisurely approach to my travels.

Opting for accommodation in the Shinagawa area, my plan was to walk slowly northward from the hotel vicinity.

“Towards Keio University Mita Campus from Shinagawa Station…”

The initial destination was the Keio University Mita Campus, a place I could easily find nearby. Descending from Shinagawa Station and crossing a pedestrian bridge, I strolled leisurely, opting to explore the surroundings on foot rather than utilizing faster means like the subway or buses. The goal wasn’t just reaching Keio University but taking the time to observe the streets.

Starting from the hotel, I walked approximately 30 minutes from Shinagawa Station towards Keio University Mita Campus.

“Route from Shinagawa Station to Keio University Mita Campus”

Enjoying Tokyo’s spring weather, I took a slow walk from Shinagawa Station towards Keio University Mita Campus. Admiring the view of the railway tracks beside the road, it truly felt like being in Japan. The streets were neat, though not extravagantly modern, displaying a well-maintained appearance that harmonized with the older structures.

Moreover, Tokyo’s streets seemed less crowded with vehicles compared to Seoul, giving a distinct impression. I pondered if this could be attributed to Tokyo’s high real estate prices and the additional cost associated with owning a car in Japan. In Japan, to purchase a car, one needs to register a parking space, and homes without private parking often necessitate renting public parking spaces, incurring additional expenses.

Walking slowly through Tokyo’s streets, I not only observed the differences but also found ample time for contemplation and reflection.

“Shinagawa Station, Tokyo, Japan”