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Updated: February 13, 2023
The massive towers along Tokyo's waterfront in Shiodome are home to global companies like Panasonic and Fujitsu. Every morning, you can witness hordes of office workers rushing off the trains and darting towards these skyscrapers. Once work finishes, the same suit-clad businessmen and women stroll to the izakaya-lined streets of neighboring Shimbashi for drinks. Experience this mix of business and pleasure by heading to the Caretta Shiodome office building and shopping complex in the afternoon, with its spectacular views of the bay. Once the sun goes down, enjoy eating and drinking with locals at one of the popular izakaya in the area near Shimbashi Station.
The nearest station is Shiodome Station on the Yurikamome Monorail Line and the Toei Oedo Line, but the most accessible station is Shimbashi Station. Shimbashi Station is served by the JR Yamanote Line, the Keihin-Tohoku Line, the Tokaido Line, the Yokosuka Line, the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, the Toei Asakusa Line, and the Yurikamome Line.
From Haneda Airport: Take the airport express train on the Keikyu-Kuko Line (30 minutes to Shimbashi Station).
From Narita Airport: Take the Skyliner to Nippori Station (30 minutes), then transfer to the Keihin-Tohoku Line to Shimbashi Station (15 minutes).
From Shinjuku Station: Take the Toei Oedo Line to Shiodome Station (30 minutes).
The office towers in Shiodome are also home to shopping centers, restaurants, hotels and museums. City officials redeveloped a former freight train terminal into Shiodome Sio-Site, a complex of interconnected skyscrapers famous for the enormous and anime-inspired clock designed by none other than Hayao Miyazaki. One part of the Sio-Site is the Caretta Shiodome commercial complex, which has a range of shopping and dining options. The Sky View on the 46th and 47th floors, which is free to enter, has an amazing view overlooking Tokyo Bay. The restaurants on the 46th and 47th floors also offer fantastic views of Tokyo Tower, TOKYO SKYTREE, the Rainbow Bridge and Ginza.
After work, workers decompress with a drink and a bite to eat at the old-school izakaya in the alleyways near the station.. Enjoy eating affordable yakitori chicken skewers, Korean BBQ, and Chinese food, then mingle with locals at one of the narrow tachinomi standing bars, which provide cheap beer and small plates. Under the elevated railway tracks between Shimbashi and Yurakucho stations you’ll find Hibiya OKUROJI, a 300 meter-long area of restaurants and stores.