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

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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!

Additional Photos

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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

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