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Shimbashi/Shiodome area

Shimbashi/Shiodome area

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  • Starting at Shimbashi
  • Arriving at Shiodome
  • Takeshiba and Hinode Stations
  • Arriving at Shibaura-futo Station

Starting at Shimbashi

Starting at Shimbashi

This is Shimbashi Station, one of the Yurikmome’s terminals. Shimbashi was where a terminal of Japan’s first railway line was located. You see icons with traditional patterns here and there. Each Yurikamome station has its own icons.

To Shiodome Station

Let us take the Yurikamome to go to Hama Rikyu Garden! This garden is located near the next station, Shiodome. After departure, you are soon to see Shodome Sio Site, one of the largest high-rise compounds in Tokyo, developed on the former freight terminal.

In a huge area of 31 hectors are the headquarters of Nihon Television and other high-rise buildings with restaurants, shops and hotels. Each building is connect with Shimbashi Station either directly or through underground passages. Major attractions include the ‘Italian Town’, a block of Italian-themed architectures.

The train will make a sharp turn among the high-rise complex and reach Shiodome Station.

  • Starting at Shimbashi
  • Arriving at Shiodome
  • Takeshiba and Hinode Stations
  • Arriving at Shibaura-futo Station

Arriving at Shiodome

Through Shiodome Sio Site to Hama Rikyu Garden

Walking 7 to 8 minutes from the station, you will see the Otemon gate of Hama Rikyu Garden.

Hama Rikyu Garden was created by the Tokugawa family, the ruler of Japan in the Edo period, and is registered an important cultural property for its beauty and historic value. The garden, surrounded by high-rise structures, is an oasis for urbanites, with a multitude of birds flocking to its waters and greenery.

On entering the gate, you will notice a majestic pine tree on the left, a witness to history over three centuries. The garden is landscaped with a carpet of yellow canola flowers, plum and cherry blossoms and peonies in the spring. Cosmos flowers and colored maple leaves in the autumn are also breath-taking. The garden is a delight throughout the year and makes a heaven for a variety of insects.

The water for the ponds, Shioiri-no-ike, is drawn from the bay, with its scenery changing with tides. A garden with seawater ponds is rarely seen in Japan. Depending on seasons, you might be able to see some saltwater fish such as bora, sea bass, goby and eel. The teahouse on a pond islet gives you a rest and a gorgeous feel of the feudal lord.

After soaking in the laid-back feeling at Hama Rikyu Garden, take a train at Shiodome Station to head for the Rainbow Bridge walkways.

Do you know you can walk across the Rainbow Bridge?

An it is toll-free. This landmark appears frequently on films and TV programs, and it would be nice to cross the bridge from Shibaura-futo to Odaiba.

Let us take the Yurikamome again, and get off at Shibaura-futo, three stops from Shiodome.

Shiodome

Shiodome

Hama Rikyu Garden

Hama Rikyu Garden

  • Starting at Shimbashi
  • Arriving at Shiodome
  • Takeshiba and Hinode Stations
  • Arriving at Shibaura-futo Station

Takeshiba and Hinode Stations

View from Train

Two stations before Shibaura-futo – Takeshiba and Hinode – are located in the area well known for marine transport.

Now you see a monument that looks like a sail ship. This is Takeshiba Station.

Near the station is the terminal for passenger ships to and from the Izu Islands and the Ogasawara Islands. Masses of people are using these cruises. The next station is Hinode and there is a pier for the Water Bus service. Now you see the pier and a large ship floating besides. This ship is dinner cruise ship called Symphony.

You can enjoy dinner and party while cruising on Tokyo Bay.

  • Starting at Shimbashi
  • Arriving at Shiodome
  • Takeshiba and Hinode Stations
  • Arriving at Shibaura-futo Station

Arriving at Shibaura-futo Station

Rainbow Bridge Walkways

We are coming close to the Rainbow Bridge and soon to arrive at Shibaura-futo Station. Ascending from the station, we will follow signs to head for the walkways.
This is huge. The view from underneath is really imposing.

There are two walkways – the Harumi side on the north, and the Odaiba side on the south. Decide which one to take before you ride an elevator. This time, we will choose the south route that has a sweeping view of Odaiba.
The elevator takes you to the 7th floor at 52 meters above sea level.

Wow, a great view. We are already on the Rainbow Bridge.
Breathe in the refreshing sea winds, and make a stroll over the sea! Sprawling views of the sky and bay waters. Ships and buildings of various sizes are below you and look very small. The scenery would be fast moving from the car window but here it changes slowly with your walking speed. This is like soaking in a panoramic movie.

On the way, there are some verandas jutting out to the sea and providing better views.

Look, Daiba Park is over there. Seen from above, it is really square-shaped. We are close to the other end that is Odaiba Kaihin Park.

Looking up from the ground, you might have thought that the stroll would take a few hours, but it actually takes an area of 30 minutes on your own pace.

The walkways are open to the public 9:00 to 20:30 from April to October, and 10:00-17:30 from November to March. A bracing view in the morning, a stroll through the sea at sunset, and a night scenery of the waterfront buildings are all magnificent.

Enjoy different views around the Rainbow Bridge that change with time and season.

Arriving at Shibaura-futo Station

Arriving at Shibaura-futo Station

Entrance to the Rainbow Bridge Walkways

Entrance to the Rainbow Bridge Walkways

Next, let's amble through the Odaiba area!