Toyosu: An Island in Tokyo Bay

Name: Toyosu

Kind: Town/City

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°39’16.52″ N 139°47’47.47″ E

Stations: Toyosu StationYūrakuchō Line, or Yurikamomé

Worth it? A must-see.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Updated 9/12/2021

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Toyosu is small man-made island in the upper northwest part of Tokyo Bay around 35°39’24.99″ N 139°47’48.54″ E built in 1938. Today, it is most well-known for the Toyosu Fish Market – a brand new relocation of the world-famous old Tsukiji Fish Market.

The island also has several other interesting attractions.

Don’t get the new station confused with the old Tsukiji Station on the Metro Hibiya Line in the old location southeast of Ginza – not on Toyosu.

There are also a large variety of high-rise condo residences + short-term apartments on the island.

For an excellent history of the fish market, see this article.

If you have time and also want to visit nearby Obaiba, check out this post.

Access

There are several ways to Toyosu island, but the 2 quickest are on the Metro Yūrakuchō Line, or on the Yurikamome Line from Shimbashi Station. Keep in mind the Yūrakuchō Line is one of the longest in Tokyo, but it also offers a multitude of stops around the city. Toyosu Station is only 4 stops from the world famous Ginza area on the line (from Yurakucho Station/Y18). Taking Yurikamomé has the advantage that there are many other stops around the cluster of islands in Tokyo Bay, including Odaiba and at Tokyo Big Sight. In fact, Yurikamomé runs a ring around most of the islands.

Toyosu Station is smack in the middle of the island, but the fish market is actually several long blocks west towards the bay out on the long narrow western part of the island. It’s still within walking distance for most people.

If you have a little extra time, also check out Toyosu Gururi Park at the far western shore of the island – it provides epic views of Tokyo Bay + the Tokyo skyline (incuding the Rainbow Bridge). It’s one of the best kept photo secrets in Tokyo. You won’t be disappointed.

If you’re up for a long walk, you can also actually walk to the island from the Ginza area by following Rt. 473 southeast across the Sumida River, then cutting over east on Rt. 304 into Toyosu.

Area Layout

Toyosu Island. Tokyo Bay is to the left (west). There are 2 parts to the island: the smaller square area on the right (east) side, and the longer western part. The station is on the east side, and the fish market is at the far lower left (west) corner. Toyosu Gururi Park is at the extreme west side. Ginza is in the upper left corner.

Toyosu Fish Market

The island’s main attraction is the huge new Toyosu Fish Market – where a huge variety of fish are bought, sold, and processed. Tours are available and parts of the facility are open to the public.

LaLaport TOYOSU

After the fish market, the next biggest attraction on the island is LaLaport TOYOSU – a huge mall with numerous attractions. There is also a Kinokuniya Bookstore, and a Tokyu Hands in the mall. There’s loads to do at LaLaport.

Toyosu Sanchome Park

2 blocks east of LaLaport TOYOSU is Toyosu Sanchome Park – an open-air mostly concerete park used for sports + concerts.

Super VIVAHome

Just across from Toyosu Sanchome Park is Super VIVAHome – a huge home furnishings store occupying an entire block. There is also a big Yamada Denki inside.

Tokyo Gas Science Museum

In the very northeast corner of the western 1/2 of the island is the Tokyo Gas Science Museum which also has a huge outdoor park for kids. There is also a long jogging path along the shore.

Just northeast of the Gas Museum are Toyosu Park + Harumibashi (Springtime Beauty Bridge) Park.

Toyosu Roku-chome Park

In the southeast corner of the western 1/2 of the island is another small park called Toyosu Roku-chome Park.

MIFA Football Park

On the very north side of the western 1/2 of the island are 3 large public soccer fields called MIFA Football Park.

teamLab Planets TOKYO

Just south of that is a small art collective called teamLab Planets TOKYO.

Tokyo Sport Playground

One block west of teamLab Planets TOKYO is a small exercise park popular with teens called Tokyo Sport Playground, which includes basketball, dance, and a skateboard park.

Conclusion

Well that’s it for now. Toyosu has lots to offer. Even besides the fish market, the views, parks, and other attractions make it a worthwhile stop. If you’re in the area, check it out.

Enjoy!

LINKS

Toyosu – Wikipedia

Toyosu Station – Wikipedia

Toyosu Station/Y22

Yurikamome – Wikipedia

Yurikamomé

Tokyo Railway Labyrinth: “Yurikamome”

Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line – Wikipedia

Toyosu Area Guide | Tokyo Cheapo

Toyosu Guide | JapanVisitor Japan Travel Guide

Toyosu – Tokyo Travel

Toyosu Market – Wikipedia

Toyosu Fish Market Guide

Toyosu Fish Market: Full Guide Including the Tuna Auction | Tokyo Cheapo

The Difference Between Tsukiji and Toyosu Fish Markets | tsunagu Japan

LaLaport TOYOSU

ショップガイド | アーバンドック ららぽーと豊洲

LaLaport Toyosu – Japan Travel

Toyosu – 🐟 Tokyo’s New Fish Market

Tokyo Travel: Toyosu Fish Market

tsukijiichiba.com

How to Go Toyosu Market (formerly Tsukiji Fish Market)

Toyosu Market Guide – Everything You Need to Know!

15 Closest Hotels to LaLaport Toyosu Mall

Royal Parks Toyosu Monthly

Super Viva Home Center Toyosu | Tokyo Cheapo

Super Viva Home Center, Toyosu

VIVAHome

teamLab Planets TOKYO

https://tokyo-sp.com/

How to photograph Rainbow Bridge from Toyosu Gururi Park

豊洲ぐるりパーク 江東区 豊洲ふ頭内公園

Gas Science Museum Tokyo | JapanVisitor Japan Travel Guide

21 Best Museums In Tokyo To Visit

https://www.yamada-denki.jp/

Tokyo in Pics

Tokyo Metro

Tokyo Railway Labyrinth

Condominiums

豊洲の歴史

Odaiba: Seaside Playground

VIDS

Odaiba: Seaside Playground

Name: Odaiba

Kind: Island/Town

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°37’14.70″ N 139°46’49.47″ E

Stations: Daiba Station, Tokyo Teleport Station, Aomi Station, Yurikamome Line, Rinkai Line, Saikyo Line

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Don’t miss it.

Updated 4/15/2021

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Name: Odaiba is a small man-made island on the west side of Tokyo Bay. The first of many man-made islands, there’s lots to do here. The biggest attraction is Aqua City Odaiba/Fuji TV complex. After that, be sure to check out DiverCity where the life-size Mobile Suit Gundam statue is. There is also a huge convention center called the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, better known as Tokyo Big Sight where the Tokyo Motor Show + Tokyo Game Show are held every year.

There’s also a large tech museum called the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

There are a number of large parks on the island and the Museum of Maritime Science, as well a many hotels + office parks.

There’s also a near-perfect 1/4 scale Statue of Liberty at the south end of Aqua City Odaiba.

The northeast side of the island is mostly residential high-rise buildings, including the most luxurious one called The Towers Daiba.

If you’re willing to walk to the east across the short Teleport Bridge, on the 2nd island to the east there are also the Tokyo Sewearge Museum (yes, they have museums about sewers in Japan) and a large hotel with a European-styled wedding venue called Anniversaraie. Anniversaraie also has a small replica European town on the premises. Just beyond that to the east is Tokyo Big Sight (see below). At the southeast end is a large park with a jogging path called Mizunohiroba Park.

Access

To get to Odaiba take the automated Yurikamome Line from Shimbashi or Shiodomé. Yurikamome runs in a loop around all the large artificial islands in Tokyo Bay – of which Odaiba is the first. You can also get to Odaiba on the Rinkai Line directly from the Saikyo Line from Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ebisu or any of the other stops on the Saikyo Line. If you’re feeling adventurous you can walk to Odaiba across the Rainbow Bridge from the west side of Tokyo Bay in around 1.5 miles.

Heading to Odaiba on the fully automated Yurikamome Line.

Yurikamome Line coming from Shiodomé to the north. Tokyo Bay is to the right.

Area Layout

Odaiba seen from the air. Up is north. The large hotels are in the upper left (northwest) corner, the West Promenade is in the center, and Aqua City Odaiba/Fuji TV/DiverCity are above that. The Yurikamome station is also just next to the hotels. Venus Fort/Megaweb Toyota City Showcase are off the right of the West Promenade. Odaiba Marine Park is at the very north end of the frame.

Aqua City Odaiba + Odaiba Marine Park + Fuji TV

At the very north end of the island is a very nice seaside park + wood boardwalk called Odaiba Marine Park. You’ll definitely want to check it out. It has great views of Rainbow Bridge + Tokyo.

Just south of the park is one of the island’s main attractions: Aqua City Odaiba. A multiuse complex with shopping + food, it’s a must-see.

1 block south of that is Fuji TV. One of the biggest broadcasters in Japan, Fuji TV is a must see. You can even take tours + watch shows being recorded in glass-sided studios.

All 3 areas are within easy walking distance of each other.

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Inside Fuji TV studios.

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At the Fuji TV building, you can view recording of some TV shows.

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The 1/4-scale Liberty Enlightening the World statue at the west end of Aqua City Odaiba. The bridge in the background is Rainbow Bridge which leads to Tokyo. You can also walk across it.

DiverCity

DiverCity is a large multi-use complex run by Mitsui Corporation just south of Aqua City. This is where the world-famous full-scale Mobile Suit Gundam statue is. Pretty impressive. You can wander around DiverCity all day. There’s lots of food + entertainment and it’s popular with kids. There’s also a bowling alley + a skateboard park.

West Promenade + Flame of Liberty Statue

South of DiverCity is the long West Promenade which runs east. It’s well worth a stroll. There’s a huge garden in the center and along the way there’s also a huge BMW dealership + showplace. If you head to the east end of West Promenade, you’ll find AIST Tokyo Waterfront (see below). At the very west end of the promenade is a sculpture entitled Flame of Liberty.

Tokyo Big Sight

On the 2nd island to the east is a huge convention center called Tokyo Big Sight. Various expo’s are held here every year. The entire convention center floor is elevated on 4 large posts. If you want to see the Tokyo Motor Show or Tokyo Game Show every year, this is the place. Lots of other conventions are held here as well. Yurikamome has a stop here so there’s no need to walk to it.

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Tokyo Big Sight

Venus Fort + Ferris Wheel + Megaweb Toyota City Showcase

Northeast of the West Promenade is a huge shopping/entertainment complex called Venus Fort. It’s worth a stop. You can get spectacular views of the island and of Tokyo + Rainbow Bridge from the top of the large Ferris wheel there. Toyota also has a large car exhibition here called Megaweb Toyota City Showcase.

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM

Just east of Venus Fort is a huge open-air modern techno art exhibition called MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM designed by teamLab:Borderless. It’s an interesting place, if not a bit unusual. You basically wander around the inside with each room being a different whole-room immersive experience. Worth a stop.

If you walk 1 block east from the digital art museum and cross Akemi Bridge, you’ll come to another huge shopping/mixed-use complex directly across from Tokyo Big Sight Station. Tokyo Big Sight is just to the southeast. If you make this your last stop you can easily hop on Yurikamome here for a direct return to Shimbashi or Shiodomé back in the city.

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)

Also known as Miraikan, it’s not to be missed. (Mirai means “future” in Japanese) – and as a footnote was also the subtitle of an astonishing 1999 album by Japanese pop star Imai Miki.

Shiokaze Park + Museum of Maritime Science

There are loads of parks on Odaiba and all of them are good. Just to the northwest behind the hotels is Shiokaze Park (Tidal Wind Park), which offers great views of the city. Check out this and other parks over on tokyo-park.or.jp

1 block south of the park is the massive Museum of Maritime Science – a huge museum of all sorts of stuff related to ships + the sea. Definitely worth a stop and well within easy walking distance to the station. You can easily spend 1/2 a day here.

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Museum of Maritime Science

AIST Tokyo Waterfront

South of the West Promenade is a large tech museum in an institute called the AIST Tokyo Waterfront. There’s a huge globe of the earth with realtime weather patterns on it, as well as various other exhibits to see. Well worth a stop.

Aomi Minami Terminal Park + Smile Garden + Akatsuki Terminal Park

A few blocks south of the maritime museum is another long park on the shore called Aomi Minami Terminal Park – adjacent to a huge shipping yard run by Tokyo Port Terminal Corporation (which actually runs a lot of parks in the area including the impressive Tatsumi Seaside Park on another island way to the east). Directly east of Aomi Minami Terminal Park on Odaiba is another TPTC park: Aomi Green Park.

Out in front of AIST is a huge green open space called Smile Garden. In the spring the park is planted with tulips and is spectacular.

As a footnote, on the extreme southeast corner of Odaiba is yet another park run by TPTC: Akatsuki Terminal Park, but there’s not much else to do on the south end of the island as it’s mostly industrial + involved in shipping.

Daiba Park

If you’re willing to walk a bit, at the very north end of Odaiba out on a tiny sqaure island around 35°38’03.91″ N 139°46’21.31″ E is Daiba Park. The park was mainly used during World War 2 for gun batteries and you can still see the their concrete housings on the island today. There’s not much else to do here, but it’s an interesting historical footnote anyway.

Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

Just south of AIST Tokyo Waterfront is Ooedo Onsen Monogatari – a full-scale onsen (hot spring) resort where you can stay + relax. The grounds are quite extensive with gardens + other stuff to do. Just be aware that if you are a foreigner, most onsen in Japan absolutely do not allow anyone with tattoos – mainly because of the Yakuza.

Tokyo Teleport Telecom Center

Just east of the onsen around 35°37’01.29″ N 139°46’49.68″ E is a huge complex called Tokyo Telecom Center which has all kinds of displays + an observatory. You can get a great view of the island + Tokyo from here. Yurikamome has a stop here at Telecom Center Station.

TTC has its own site for more info.

Hotels

The 2 largest + best hotels on Odaiba – both at the northwest corner – are Grand Pacific Le Daiba and Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba (お台場のホテル) around 35°37’32.47″ N 139°46’16.68″ E. Both are excellent, albeit slightly expensive. The first Yurikamome station at Odaiba is right next to the hotels.

Helicopter Tour

If you’re willing to spend a whopping $300 USD, you can take a 10-minute tour over Tokyo in a helicopter which includes a flyover of Odaiba + Rainbow Bridge.

Conclusion

There’s lots to do at Odaiba so plan on at least one full day. You may want to stay past dark to do things such as a night view of Tokyo from the Ferris wheel. The place has the feel of an amusement park to it and it’s lots of fun. Definitely on anyone’s bucket list when in Tokyo.

Enjoy!

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One of the Yurikamome stations.

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A new Yurikamome station.

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Huge new high-rise apartments being completed on Odaiba.

LINKS

Daiba Station

Odaiba | The Official Tokyo Travel Guide

Tokyo Travel: Odaiba

Tokyo Teleport | Darrell in Japan

Tokyo Teleport Station Area Map

Yurikamome – Wikipedia

Yurikamome

Rinkai Line

Saikyo Line

https://www.aquacity.jp/

DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

Venus Fort

https://www.megaweb.gr.jp/lang/en/area/csc/

TOKYO BIG SIGHT – Tokyo International Exhibition Center

AIST Tokyo Waterfront

https://www.ooedoonsen.jp/

Tokyo Teleport Center

https://tokyocheapo.com/place/shiokaze-park/

VIDS

There are also quite a few live webcams around Odaiba:

ヤフオク! - 即決 廃盤 DVD 今井美樹 Imai Miki Tour 1999 未...

Mirai: Love Songs From Imai Miki

Shimbashi Superguide

Name: Shimbashi

Kind: Town

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°39’56.24″ N 139°45’28.49″ E

Station: Shimbashi Station (G-08), Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, JR Yamanote Line, JR Tōkaidō Main Line, JR Yokosuka Line, JR Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Toei Asakusa Line, Yurikamome (U-01)

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Yep.

Updated 3/30/2021

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Shimbashi is a major Tokyo area just south of Ginza/Yurakucho in eastern Tokyo. It lies directly west of the world-famous Hamarikyu Gardens, a stone’s throw from Toranomon to the west, and southeast of the Imperial Palace. Just to the east of Shimbashi Station is the eastern termius for the new fully-automated Yurikamome Line which runs in a loop out to Odaiba and many of the other artificial islands in Tokyo Bay.

For the surrounding area, see our other guides on Toranomon, Shiodomé, and Ginza.

Outside Shimbashi Station on the west side facing south. There’s lots to do here. The tall buildings on the left are Shiodomé.

Inside Shimbashi Station near the Ginza Line entrance.

Shimbashi is known for being a quasi-Shitamachi (old city) Tokyo area, but there’s plenty of newer things to do and see in the area.

One of the coolest aspects of Shimbashi is the large number of great hidden restaurants on its backstreets.

Shimbashi Station is one of the oldest in Tokyo – having been built right around the time the new current Tokyo Station was built after the 1923 earthquake. But the Former Shimbashi Station (the original one) is still around and has been restored. It sits between Shimbashi and Shiodomé to the east near the Panasonic building.

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Former Shimbashi Station. The Panasonic Building is on the right. If you happen to be in the Panasonic Bldg. also check out the very nice museum inside. The station’s original tracks have been long removed, but the frame for the railway’s overhead outdoor roof is still intact today – along with some of the original buildings, which are now over a century old.

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Yurikamome 02 – Shiodome Station. Note the traditional-style pillars on the right.

Shiodomé area. Shimbashi is just to the northwest (left) behind the green Panasonic building in the distance. This photo is facing north. If you head left where the cement truck is, you’ll eventually come to Toranomon. Heading right leads to the waterfront and Hinodé (which is interesting in its own right).

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You’ll find all kinds of cool restaurants such as this one under the station.

Access

Any of the lines mentioned above will bring you to Shimbashi. But your best bet is probably the Metro Ginza Line. Also note the Ginza Line has a direct Ginza stop also. The Ginza Line is useful because both termini on either end are easily accessible to 2 other major areas of Tokyo – Shibuya to the west and Asakusa to the northeast.

Shimbashi Station is a large brick above-ground station with an east and west side. The east side is rather small but features some old locomotive parts + plaques. There’s not much to do on the east side as it’s just a block from Shiodomé. The interesting side is the west side which is adjacent to the main area. There’s also an old historical steam locomotive in the square on the west side. You can also walk from any of the areas mentioned fairly quickly.

At first the backstreets can be confusing, but you’ll soon get used to them.

New JR station renovations are being completed as of 2021.

The Sugi Drug Exit

Aside from the main station exits, there are several other street-level exits around the area. One of the major ones is the sidewalk exit right next to a corner drug store called Sugi Drug across the street from the northeast corner of the station around 35°40’03.52″ N 139°45’31.25″ E. This exit is handy because it’s on Rt. 405 which runs east-west into Toranomon to the west. If you head just up the street north of this corner you’ll also find one of the best Korean restaurants in Tokyo on the left.

The Metro street exit right next to Sugi Drug.

Hidden Bike Park

Just across the street from Sugi Drug to the southwest around 35°40’02.94″ N 139°45’30.31″ E is a hidden bicycle locker under the train tracks. You can park your bike here for 24 hours for around 400¥ ($4) which is a great deal. When you’re ready to retrieve your bike, use the automated pay machine at the west end of the lot:

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As a footnote, if you head 1 block north of Sugi Drug (shown on the right here), you’ll be heading into Ginza if you keep going straight. If you take the crosswalk shown here, just on your left one block up is one of the best Korean restaurants in all of Tokyo: Bokuden around 35°40’06.74″ N 139°45’31.42″ E. The hidden bike park is just to the left, out of frame.

Coin Lockers

There are several cheap coin lockers around + in the station – one bank is just inside the west exit, one is deeper underground in the station near the Metro platforms, and one is outside on the southeast side under a covered walkway. All are fairly cheap + easy to use.

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A bank of lockers inside on the way to the JR and Metro platforms.

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The southwest side outdoor lockers. There is also an automated currency exchange machine straight ahead. You can pay for a locker using your Suica or other IC card at the black terminal shown on the right.

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The indoor platform map underground.

Area Layout

Shimbashi Station is center right, just west of Shiodomé. Hamarikyu Gardens is in the lower right corner, the south end of the Imperial Palace is in the upper left corner, and Toranomon is off to the left. If you go far enough north from Shimbashi Station, you will hit Ginza, and beyond that, to the north, Tokyo Station.

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The main area just outside the west exit. The retro bldg. on the left was built in the 1970’s.

LABi Shimbashi

Just across from the old locomotive outside the west exit of the station is a large Yamada Denki (Electronics) LABi. If you’re looking for a big electronics store in Shimbashi, this is it. It’s across the street from the station around 35°40’02.10″ N 139°45’26.04″ E.

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LABi Shimbashi, right. The station is just to the left out of view.

Backstreets

Shimbashi has some of the coolest backstreets in Tokyo. After dark there are endless things to do. Restaurant options are nearly unlimited. You can spend hours wandering around and not see it all. Plan on spending several hours exploring. Shimbashi isn’t a very large area of Tokyo but there is lots to do nonetheless.

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A very popular high-end shop just under the Shimbashi train tracks.

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Man In The Moon Pub

Possibly the most popular bar in all of Shimbashi is the foreigner-friendly Man In The Moon pub located just northwest of the station around 35°39’55.25″ N 139°45’22.40″ E. Be sure to check it out.

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West Into Toranomon

If you head 2 blocks south from the station, then hang a right west, you’ll come to the very cool area called Toranomon – home to the upscale Toranomon Hills complex. Check out our 2-part series on Toranomon. If you’re looking for a good reasonable capsule hotel, check out First Cabin Atagoyama on the way, around 35°39’51.57″ N 139°45’07.50″ E. It’s tucked down a quiet little side street.

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First Cabin Atagoyama

Tamiya Playmodel Factory

Also along the way if you’re into hobbies, check out the Tamiya Playmodel Factory store just on the corner around 35°39’53.12″ N 139°45’17.64″ E. Very cool.

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Toarnomon Koffee

If you’re in the mood for a cool coffee experience, check out Toarnomon Koffee in the Toranomon Hills complex on the 2nd floor at 35°39’59.73″ N 139°44’59.86″ E. Definitely worth a look.

1-23-3 Toranomon, Minato-ku,Tokyo 2F Toranomon Hills Mori Tower 105-6302 Japan

〒105-6302 東京都港区虎ノ門1-23-3 虎ノ門ヒルズ 森タワー2階

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Toarnomon Koffee is just on the right on the 2nd floor of the Torranomon Hills complex. Note the top of Tokyo Tower in the distance.

WTC + Seaside Top Observatory

If you’re willing to walk a mile south to Tokyo’s World Trade Center, you can enjoy spectacular views of Tokyo from the top floor at the Seaside Top Observatory. The WTC is located around 35°39’22.82″ N 139°45’23.91″ E and is easy to get to. If you’re willing to change trains once, you can also get right to its front door at an Onarimon Station exit.

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One of the most famous views of Tokyo is this view from the Seaside Top Observatory. Toranomon is just to the right out of frame. The tall bldg. in the distance is the HQ of the Mori Construction Company.

Conclusion

Well that’s it for now. Spend some time getting around Shimbashi and you won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy!

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Facing the station from the northeast around 3:30 PM – an early sunset in fall.

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Under the Shimbashi Station tracks built in 1938.

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On the Ginza Line platform.

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Kasumigaseki– just north of Shimbashi in late fall.

Additional Photos

On a side street near the station.

At the station’s west entrance, right.

Abandoned west entrance at night during COVID-19.

Inside the station at night.

Newly-renovated east entrance.

LINKS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinbashi

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/shimbashi/index.html

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/line_ginza/index.html

Former Shimbashi Station

http://www.oldtokyo.com/shimbashi-station-kasumori-c-1910-1923/

Hamarikyu Gardens (浜離宮恩賜庭園|公園へ行こう)

Shiodomé Superguide

Toranomon Superguide Part 1

Ginza Superguide

Tokyo Station City

Yurikamomé

https://www.yurikamome.co.jp/en/

Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art: Up Close and Personal

https://www.tamiya-plamodelfactory.co.jp/

http://www.japan-trip.jp/area/ginza/world-trade-center-building-seaside-top-observatory.html

VIDS

Shiodomé Superguide

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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

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shimbashi Station, looking back south towards Shiodome.

Yurikamome

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.

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

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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).

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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.

Walking

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.

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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.

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Scooters are still quite popular in the area.

LINKS

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/destinations/central-tokyo/shiodome-and-shimbashi/index.html

https://trulytokyo.com/shimbashi-shiodome-hamamatsucho-and-shinagawa/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiodome

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3030.html

https://www.caretta.jp/foreign/index

https://www.yurikamome.co.jp/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yurikamome

https://www.tokyogaijins.com/maps/takeshiba.php

https://sumai.panasonic.jp/sr/tokyo/

Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art

https://www.the-royalpark.jp/the/tokyoshiodome/en/access/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1066451-d14008829-Reviews-Hayao_Miyazaki_s_Nippon_Television_Giant_Clock-Minato_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Ka.html

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1066443-d1604472-Reviews-Mitsubishi_Ichigokan_Museum-Chiyoda_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1066451-d11621549-Reviews-Takeshiba_Pier-Minato_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

https://www.tokyogaijins.com/maps/takeshiba.php

https://tokyocheapo.com/entertainment/panasonic-shiodome-museum-of-art/

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Takeshiba+Pier&t=ffab&ia=web

http://www.bigsight.jp/english/

https://www.apahotel.com/en/hotel/shutoken/shinbashi-onarimon/

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/spot/740/index.html

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/spot/1618/index.html

https://officee.jp/en/catalog/New+Pier+Takeshiba+South+Tower/35343/

Ciao Tratorria

Royal Park Hotel Shiodome

VIDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0t1vsic128