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Ever-Evolving Shinagawa

Shinagawa was once an important stopping point between Kyoto and Tokyo. These days, close to Haneda Airport, it's considered "Tokyo's front door." And it's attracting a wave of tourists with both brand-new attractions and traditional culture.

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Shinagawa Prince Hotel A hotel with a special focus on entertainment. Features a robot that delivers amenities to guest rooms, an aquarium with some 20,000 fish and other aquatic creatures and a dolphin show, plus a nightlife floor with a stylish bar and lounge.

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Pigment This traditional Japanese art supply store features a wall of 4,500 pigments which has attracted art fans from around the world. Specializes in natural pigments that are essential for Japanese painting and other high-quality items.

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Shinagawa Shrine Founded in 1187, travelers have come to pray for a safe journey at this shrine for centuries. Features a miniature replica of Mt. Fuji called a Fujizuka, a fountain said to give you luck in matters of money, and more.

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Guest House Shinagawa-shuku A backpacker-centric guesthouse located in Shinagawa-shuku, a traditional travelers' area. The guestrooms are utilitarian, but perfect for long-stay guests on a budget. Attracts many repeat visitors from around the world.

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Ippukutou A popular confectionary in Shinagawa-shuku. Features dorayaki, traditional Japanese pancakes, featuring an anko sauce that takes two days to make, and a rare green tea whose leaves can only be harvested a few days out of the year.

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Kaido Books & Coffee A book coffee in Shinagawa that provides travelers inspiration with guidebooks and magazines about regions around Japan. Over 10,000 books about culture, history and more make it easy to find inspiration for your next journey.

Further Info

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1) Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Address: 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku
2) Pigment
Address: TERRADA Harbor One Building 1F, 2-5-5 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku
3) Shinagawa Shrine
Address: 3-7-15 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku
4) Guest House Shinagawa-shuku
Address: 1-22-16 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku
5) Ippukutou
Address: 2-4-18 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku
6) Kaido Books & Coffee
Address: 2-3-7 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku

Reporter

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Thanijachinya Thananchaiyakarn

Nationality:
Thai
Occupation:
Talent/Actress
When did you first come to Japan?:
2016.
Reason for coming to Japan:
I have been an actress in Thailand for 10 years and recently moved to Tokyo for work. I have been interested in the Japanese entertainment industry since I was young as my stepdad is Japanese and I learned a lot about the culture from him over the years. I love how Japanese comedies and prank shows are able to make audiences laugh so hard all the time! Here in Tokyo, my goal is to challenge myself to become successful within the next few years. This is my birthday wish this year as I turn 26 next month! Wish me luck!
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