Tokyo’s World Trade Center

Name: World Trade Center

Kind: Skyscraper

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°39’23.93″ N 139°45’25.72″ E

Stations: Daimon Station, Toei Asakusa Line (A09), or Toei Oedo Line (E20), Hamamatsucho Station.

Address: 2-4-1, Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-6140

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? For the observation deck + restaurants.

Updated 4/13/2021


The Tokyo World Trade Center was completed in 1970, 2 years before the former US World Trade Center. It offers an observation deck, offices, a conference center, and underground shops + restaurants. It also has a large wedding venue. For a year or so it was the tallest building in Tokyo in the early 1970’s. In the basement is also a station for the Tokyo Monorail.


To get to World Trade Center, take Toei Asakusa Line (A09), or Toei Oedo Line (E20), and exit Daimon Station to the street. You can also walk or bike fairly quickly from Tokyo Tower to the north, or Hamamatsucho to the west (it’s actually in south Hamamatsucho). It’s also close to Shimbashi to the northeast. Also just to the southeast a few blocks is Shiodomé. The Toei Ōedo Line has over 40 stops and is huge.

Also note that the eastern terminus of the Toei Asakusa Line is in Oshiagé, where Tokyo Sky Tree is.


A place to park your bike is out front.


Heading north to Tokyo Tower. This street is actually an interesting stroll. Lots of restaurants + shops along the way.

Area Layout

Facing north. WTC is the tall bldg. on the left with the white top. Shiodomé is at the top, and Takeshiba Pier is to the right. Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens is in the center.

Observation Deck

The observation deck is on the top floor. Admission is 600¥ ($6 roughly) as of this writing. It has 360-degree panorama windows and a decidedly 1970’s decor. This is the must-see attraction at the WTC, so don’t miss it.

The famous western view of Tokyo from WTC’s observation deck.


Looking down at the street from the observation deck.


If you look to the north from the observation deck, you can see Tokyo Sky Tree in the distance.

In The Basement


In the basement of WTC are shops, restaurants, a huge parking garage, and some art exhibits. There is also a rail station for the Tokyo Monorail.


Tokyo Monorail station.

Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens (Old Shibarikyu Gardens)

Just to the south of WTC is a nice small Japanese garden called Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens. Since it’s so close, it’s worth a stop – especially in the spring or fall. There’s a large pond with walking trails, so stop in and have a look.

Takeshiba Pier

Just to the east on Tokyo Bay is Takeshiba Pier. It’s only 2 blocks past the gardens, and well worth the walk for the view. There’s also stuff to do at the pier, and restaurants, so check it out. There’s also a station in Takeshiba on the Yurikamome Line. So if you’re coming from Shimbashi or Odaiba, that may be faster than the subway. The waterfront affords great nighttime views of Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba.

Planned Demolition

In 2014 the building was purchased and is scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a new complex. So if you want to see it, best hurry before it’s gone.


Well that’s it. Enjoy World Trade Center. It’s a quick + easy stop and you can spend a few minutes or a few hours wandering around. The 360 degree view of Tokyo is not to be missed.



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Shiodomé Superguide


Name: Shiodomé

Kind: City/Town

Location: 35°39’33.98″ N 139°45’29.15″ E

Stations: Yurikamome Shiodome, Shimbashi

Free WiFi: Spotty, but good.

Worth It? Yep.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑

Updated: 2/2/21


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Just south of Shimbashi Station is an area known as Shiodomé (pronounced ‘shee-o-dome-eh‘). There’s lots to do around this area. We’ll cover each sub-area below.

As a footnote, Tokyo Tower is not too far to the northwest several blocks.

To get here, take the JR Yamanote Line or the Ginza Metro Line to Shimbashi Station. Go under the tracks and southeast a few blocks. The main complex consists of the tall green Panasonic bldg., Shiodome City Center, Caretta Shiodome, and Nippon TV Tower. Further to the east of this area is the world-famous Hamarikyu Gardens and Takeshiba Pier, on the Tokyo Bay Waterfront.

Shiodome City Center


Looking east into Shiodome.

Just behind the station to the southeast is Shiodome City Center. This complex contains various office bldgs, the Nippon TV Tower, Panasonic Tower, and a variety of underground and open-air malls.


What would Japan be without giant rubber ducks?

Nippon TV Tower/Media Tower

Nippon TV Tower is the largest of these buildings. It contains mostly offices, but also a large underground and open-air shopping mall. Definitely worth a look.

Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli Clock

Outside on the east side of the tower is a giant working steampunk clock designed by famed anime designer Hayao Miyazaki whose 2003 film Spirited Away won many awards and accolades. To get to it, walk up the pedestrian walkway stairs, and head towards the east side of the building. It’s right outside on the east face. The clock alarms every hour on the hour and is worth a look to watch. There are also some street-level shops + cafes on the level below the clock.

The clock is shown in the photo on the left above, and in a larger photo below.


If you continue across the street on the walkway to the east, and go back down to street-level in the photo shown on the right above, you’ll come to the Don Quijote Ginza store – one of the biggest Don Quijotes in Japan. Don Quijote is billed as an “Amusement Discount Shop” and has just about everything from food to household items, to luggage, to clothes. Oddly, for some reason this Don Quijote has a quite a good selection of cheap bikes for sale right out front on the sidewalk. The GM Hummer bike shown on the right is a mere $250 USD.

There is also the Park Hotel Tokyo here:


As a footnote, if you head just north of the Don Quijote, you’ll come into Ginza. On the right is one of the biggest and most upscale Family Marts in Japan. There is also the Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza here, which at $150/night is quite excellent. Might be worth a night or two’s stay just to experience the hotel.


Nakagin Capsule Tower

Just to the south of the Don Quijote is the world-famous Nakagin Capsule Tower – Japan’s first capsule hotel. The bldg. is now being turned into a condo development. It’s worth the short walk to check out the architecture.


Panasonic Living Showroom

At the base of the Panasonic bldg., there is the Panasonic Living Showroom – which displays all kinds of products made by Panasonic for house construction, as well as entire house models and lots of brochures and info on their products. Worth a walk through. Admission is free.


Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art

On the 4th floor of the Panasonic Bldg. is the Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art with various kinds of art, paintings, design resources, and works by Georges Rouault.

Caretta Shiodome

Right across the street to the south of City Center is Caretta Shiodome – a massive mixed use shopping mall and entertainment complex. There are various floors with restaurants, shops, food stores, and theaters. One of the more interesting spots here is a lighting display outside in the courtyard right in front of the entrance. Seasonal lighting is usually displayed with great effect, especially at Christmas. There is also a nice observatory here. Definitely worth a stroll. See some of the videos at the end of this page.


Someone has even appropriated legendary Hong Kong actor Sammo Hung’s name for this restaurant in Shiodome.

Former Shimbashi Station Building

Just to the east of the large building in Shiodome is the Former Shimbashi Station Building. This was the original train station in Shimbashi which dates back to 1899. No photos are allowed inside the bldg, but you can walk around the outside and still see the original track coverings from the original line, shown on the right in the photo below. In 1938 the current Shimbashi Station was built after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 which damaged the original line. The original building has been preserved in excellent shape and is worth a look. Just to the northeast of this a few blocks is the current Shimbashi Station.


There is an amazing old photo of the 1899 station over on the Wikipedia page about Shiodome. The Japanese back then never could have imagined the city which would grow up around the station today.


Shimbashi Station, looking back south towards Shiodome.


In between the main Shiodome area and Caretta Shiodome is the Yurikamome train line. There’s a station in between the two elevated right in the middle of the street. Yurikamome is a fully automated train system in a loop that runs across south Tokyo and all of the man-made Odaiba islands out in Tokyo Bay. There are many stops on the line including Shiodome, Odaiba where Diver City, Tokyo Big Sight, and Joyopolis are located. The train also has huge open front and rear windows so you can enjoy the view. The train crosses Tokyo Rainbow Bridge so you can get a beautiful view of the bay on your way out. Definitely worth a ride.

To get to Yurikamome, enter the elevated station from one of the stairways on the street between City Center and Caretta Shiodome, and head up to Shiodome Station. Your Suica card or other prepaid IC card will work fine at the turnstyles.

Note that Shiodome Station is only the 2nd stop on the Yurikamome Line – the first is Shimbashi to the north – the line’s northern terminus.


The elevated Shiodome Station – 2nd stop on the Yurikamome Line.


The elevated Shiodome Station – as seen from street view across the street. Note that there are no street-level crosswalks in Shiodome – everything is elevated for all pedestrians.

Entrance to Shiodomé Station.

Yurikamome Line – The line starts in the north at Shimbashi (upper right), and circles around Odaiba, and ends @ Toyosu (middle right). From Shimbashi in central Tokyo, the 1st 5 stations are an easy day trip. Hinode – the 4th stop – is also very nice with waterfront views. There is also a maritime museum and Tokyo Big Site along the way.

Yurikamome approaching Shiodome Station. The train has large visible front and rear windows.

Yurikamome‘s Shimbashi station street entrance.

Hamarikyu Gardens

Just to south of Shiodome is Hamarikyu Gardens – probably the most famous gardens in Japan. The entrance fee is $6 but it’s worth it. The gardens and pond inside are spectacular with great views of Shiodome. To get here, cross the pedestrian overpass to the east, walk down to street level, then head south a few blocks. As the road winds right, cross at the intersection for the entrance to the gardens. You can’t miss it. John Daub has a video on the gardens (see vid at the end).


Quitting time at an office bldg. across from the entrance to Hamarikyu Gardens. The entrance is just across the street at the light. There is also a nice long jogging path on the north side of the gardens.

Takeshiba Pier

The real gem of Shiodome is the area to the east on the Tokyo Waterfront: Takeshiba Pier. Lots of shops and things to do, or just sit at the waterfront and enjoy the view of the bay. To get here, walk the jogger’s path south on the west side of the Hamarikyu Gardens, loop around and cross to the left (east) into the pier area. Very nice.

Tokyo Drew has a nice little walkthrough:

Kyu-Shiba-Rikyu Gardens

Just to the northwest of Takeshiba Pier is Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens. This is a smaller garden but it has some great views of Shiodome and is well worth a walk through. It’s just a block away, so hit it on the way out.

Italian Area

Around 35°39’42.86″ N 139°45’26.88″ E in Shiodomé is a nice little Italian-themed area with European-style buildings, lots of Italian eateries, and more office bldgs. Well worth a look just a short hike to the south of the main Shiodomé area.


You can also wander around the backstreets of Shidome – although there’s not as much to do at street level – not as many shops and attractions as other parts of Tokyo. For a more interesting street-level view, you might want to try Shimbashi just to the north, or Ginza, just to the northeast. Shidome does have a bit of an odd quasi-futuristic sanitary feel to it, but it’s still interesting nonetheless.


Toranomon to the North

If you head north from Shiodome, and pass Shimbashi – and keep going – you will shortly come to a nice area known as Toranomon – whose main feature is the Toranomon Hills complex. But there is a lot more to do in Toranomon – and it’s well worth short walk or bike ride from Shiodome.

Toranomon area just a short walk north from Shiodome – you can see the large Shiodome complex + Panasonic Bldg. in the distance.


Scooters are still quite popular in the area.


Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art

Ciao Tratorria

Royal Park Hotel Shiodome