Currently at Shinjuku Station, there's no easy way to cross over or under the station and its many train lines, which means there's no simple way to get from one side of the train station to the other. Unless you want to pay for a train ticket to go through the inner workings of the station, getting from the east side of Shinjuku Station to the west (or vice versa) means a detour north or south, to go all the way around the enormous building complex. As illustrated in blue on the map above, however, the east-west pedestrian deck will provide a new, convenient route right over the station, making it much easier to get from one side to the other.
And when, exactly, will we all get to make use of these exciting renovations? The government page says that they hope to complete the first stage of renovations in 2035, giving people some amount of access to the plazas and the bridge over the station, and they're aiming to complete the project in 2046, although the official construction period seems to end in 2047. Yes, that means that these renovations are intended to stretch for the next 26 years. And with the help of Japanese bureaucracy, who knows how long the project might last? But no matter how long it takes, we can't help it, the Japankuru team is excited to see how the renovations at Shinjuku Station turn out! Be sure to stick around for our article on the final results in 2047!?
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