Takanawa Gateway station, scheduled to open in spring 2020, is under construction in Tokyo’s Minato Ward. (Video taken by Kenji Notsu)

No, the name of the Yamanote loop line's newest station is not "Takanawa Getaway"--it's "Takanawa Gateway."

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) on Dec. 4 announced its decision on the new stop in Minato Ward between Tamachi and Shinagawa stations.

The station, which will also be served by the Keihin-Tohoku Line, is scheduled to open in spring 2020.

Yuji Fukasawa, president of JR East, said the name, whose "gateway" part is the only one rendered into katakana on the two lines, harkens to the area's importance as a historical point of entry, as well as an international hub to be built at the site.

“The site is time-honored, as it was a thriving gateway to Edo," Fukasawa told a news conference, referring to the name Tokyo was known as during the Edo Period (1603-1867). “We think the name is suitable for the site, which is a point between past and future, as well as between Japan and the world."

It is the first station to open on the Yamanote Line since Nishi-Nippori Station, which opened in 1971.

The last station to open on the Keihin-Tohoku Line, connecting Saitama and Kanagawa prefectures via central Tokyo, was Saitama-Shintoshin Station, which opened in 2000.

JR East in June invited the public to offer suggestions for the new station's name, with about 64,000 entries and 13,000 candidate names coming in.

"Takanawa" received the most votes, 8,398, followed by “Shibaura” with 4,265 and “Shibahama" with 3,497. "Takanawa Gateway" received 36 votes, ranking 130th.

The railway operator is currently redeveloping the 13-hectare former rail yard next to the new station, aiming to create an international hub with convenient access to Haneda Airport. Takanawa Gateway Station will serve as the core of the area.