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Shiodome () is a recently redeveloped city district in Tokyo, which opened to the public in 2002. Its spectacular skyscrapers accommodate many offices, the headquarters of Nippon Television and a large variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, theaters, hotels and other attractions.

Shiodome was originally a tidal marshland separating the Imperial Palace from Tokyo Bay. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), the marshes were dried up and developed into residential land for feudal lords. The district's history remains reflected in the name Shiodome, which literally means "halt the tides".

In 1872, Shiodome was chosen as the site of Shimbashi Station, the Tokyo terminal of Japan's first railway line. When the railway tracks were later extended to Tokyo Station, Shimbashi Station was moved to its current location and Shiodome converted into a freight yard, which it remained into the 1980s. Today the district features modern city planning with divided motorized and pedestrian traffic on different levels, and elevated walkways and underground passages that connect most of the buildings.

Caretta Shiodome

Hours: Varies by store (typically 10:00 to 20:00)
Restaurants: Varies by restaurant (typically 11:00 to 23:00)
Closed: No closing days
Caretta Shiodome is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex, located in the elegant 51-story Dentsu Building, the headquarters of Japan's leading advertising company Dentsu. Caretta features a musical theater, a museum on advertising and a range of shops and restaurants, including the "sky restaurants" on the building's top floors.

Shiodome City Center

Hours: Varies by store (typically 10:00 to 20:00)
Restaurants: Varies by restaurant (typically 11:00 to 23:30)
Closed: No closing days
Shiodome City Center is a 42 floor office building that is headquarters to some major Japanese companies such as All Nippon Airways and Fujitsu. The building's lower floors are filled with shops and restaurants while the top two floors house elegant restaurants with beautiful views over Tokyo.

Nippon TV Tower

Hours: Varies by store (typically 10:00 to 19:00)
Restaurants: Varies by restaurant (typically 10:00 to 21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Nippon Television Tower (Nittele Tower) is the headquarters of Nippon Television, one of Japan's private, nationwide television networks, and home to programs such as the Anpanman cartoons. A NTV goods shop and an Anpanman shop are found here along with a few restaurants and cafes.

Italian Town

Italian Town is made up of a couple of city blocks on the opposite side of the train tracks from the rest of Shiodome. Vaguely resembling an Italian neighborhood, the district is home to a number of restaurants, cafes and small shops and fashion boutiques, as well as Wins Shiodome, a modern facility for off-track horse race betting.

Hama Rikyu

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: December 29 to January 1
Admission: 300 yen
Located just next to Shiodome, Hama Rikyu is one of Tokyo's most attractive landscape gardens, formerly part of a feudal lord's residence. As the garden is located alongside Tokyo Bay, its ponds are filled with sea water and change level with the tides. The garden also features former duck hunting grounds, forested areas and a teahouse.

Museums and Showrooms

Former Shimbashi Station Building

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:45)
Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Free
Shiodome was the site of the Tokyo terminal of Japan's first railway line, which was opened in 1872 between Tokyo and Yokohama. A replica of the former station building and platform stands next to the Shiodome City Center. It houses a small museum about the history of the station and Shiodome in general with English explanations.

Ad Museum Tokyo

Hours: 11:00 to 18:00
Closed: Sundays and Mondays
Admission: Free
Located at the headquarters of Dentsu, Japan's leading advertising company, the Ad Museum Tokyo has a permanent exhibit on the history of advertising in Japan dating back to the Edo Period. There are also temporary exhibits which are frequently rotated.

Panasonic Living Showroom

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Wednesdays (except public holidays), Obon and New Year
Admission: Free
Panasonic is one of Japan's leading producers not only of electronic appliances but also of home interior products such as sinks, faucets, bathtubs, toilets, counters, doors and entire kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms. The Tokyo showroom in Shiodome showcases the company's home interior products on multiple floors.

Getting there and around

Shiodome is connected to Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line and the Asakusa and Ginza Subway Lines as well as Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and the Yurikamome, an elevated train to Odaiba.

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    • karaksa hotel premier Tokyo Ginza
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      Featuring free WiFi, karaksa hotel premier Tokyo Ginza offers rooms in Tokyo, 5 km from Japan Imperial Palace. 5 km from National Diet Building, the property is also 6 km away from Chidorigafuchi. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk. The hotel boasts the lounge where guests can enjoy a selection of seasonal drinks. At the hotel, every room is fitted with a desk. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Complimentary breakfast is served daily in guestrooms. Tokyo Tower is 7 km from karaksa hotel premier Tokyo Ginza. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 24 km from the property.
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    • Park Hotel Tokyo
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      Featuring stunning views of Tokyo and a convenient location just steps from Shiodome Subway Station, Park Hotel Tokyo offers stylish accommodation with free WiFi. Rooms feature large picture windows. Each includes exclusive THANN amenities. Guests can relax with a drink from the minibar and enjoy sweeping city views. Park Hotel Tokyo is only a 10-minute walk to Hamarikyu Gardens. Shinbashi Train Station is 300 metres away, and Tsukiji Fish Market and the Ginza shopping area are both just a 5-minute taxi ride from the hotel. An in-room massage service is available to help guests unwind. Park Hotel Tokyo also offers a fully equipped business centre and concierge services. The hotel offers 6 food and beverage options, including tateru yoshino bis (French cuisine) and Hanasanshou (Japanese cuisine). A cafe, lounge and bar are also located on-site.
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    • Conrad Tokyo
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      Located in the heart of Tokyo, just a few steps away from Ginza, the world-famous shopping and entertainment district. Conrad Tokyo boasts rooms furnished with modern decor, award winning restaurants and a 29th-floor spa with beautiful city views. It ranked 1st as the most popular Japanese hotel for international travelers by TripAdvisor 2015. Shiodome Subway Station and JR Shimbashi Train Station are both located within a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre can be reached with a 25-minute monorail ride while the Imperial Palace is a 15-minute drive away. Rooms at the Conrad are among the largest in Tokyo, and feature panoramic views of Hamarikyu Gardens or Tokyo Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows. Rooms come with a minibar, a flat-screen TV with a VOD system and a DVD player. Also offers a bathroom with rain shower. Wired and wireless internet access is available at an extra charge. Guests can swim laps in the picturesque free-use indoor pool or work out to views of Tokyo in the spacious fitness centre. Mizuki Spa offers private treatment rooms and a variety of relaxing massages. Conrad Tokyo houses 5 dining options with city skyline views, including China Blue.
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    • The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
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      Conveniently situated within a 3-minute walk from Shinbashi and Shiodome stations, The Royal Park Iconic Tokyo Shiodome is modern and stylish accommodation. It provides a luxurious spa and a free-use fitness centre. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Located above the 24th floor and offering city views, the spacious guestrooms at The Royal Park Iconic Tokyo Shiodome feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge and an air purifier/humidifier. Guests can enjoy a soak in the stylish en suite bathroom. A safe and toiletries are also included. Popular Ueno and Asakusa areas are within a 15-minute subway ride from Shinbashi Station. Shiodome Station offers direct subway links to lively Shinjuku and Roppongi areas. Limousine buses to/from both Narita and Haneda airports are available at an extra charge. Shinbashi Station also provides a direct 35-minute train access to Haneda Airport. The Royal Park Iconic Tokyo Shiodome's Mandara Spa features various hot tubs for female guests, while their rejuvenating massages are available to all guests. This hotel features earthquake-absorbent structures and offers a business centre and coin launderette. International cuisines are offered at the hotelfs on-site restaurants, including restaurant Harmony. The Bar located on the 24th floor offers drinks on tap and skyline views.
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    • Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Tokyo-Shiodome
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      Offering direct access from Shiodome Subway Station and within a 10-minute walk from JR Shinbashi Train Station, Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Tokyo-Shiodome offers modern accommodations. Free WiFi is available throughout the property, and free wired internet is also available for rent. Tokyo Station is a 15-minute train ride away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a fridge and a flat-screen TV with a video-on-demand system. Toothbrush sets and nightwear are provided for all guests. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub and a hairdryer. Guests can use the free-use internet PCs and photocopying services at the business centre. Free luggage storage and laptop rentals are available at the 24-hour front desk. A trouser press can be borrowed for in-room use and a coin-launderette is on site. Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Tokyo-Shiodome is a 5-minute walk from Hamarikyu Garden and a 10-minute drive from the Imperial Palace. JR Hamamatsucho Train Station is a 10-minute walk away and Haneda International Airport is a 25-minute monorail ride from the station.
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    • Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Italia-gai
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      Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Italia-gai is an 8-minute walk from Hamamatsucho JR and Monorail Station. It offers a large public bath, a cafe and rooms with free wired internet. Free WiFi access is available throughout the entire property. Haneda International Airport is 30-minutes away via walk and monorail. Guest rooms offer both air-conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with an air purifier/humidifier. The en suite bathroom comes equipped with a bathtub and shower. Complimentary tea, mineral water, slippers and free toiletries are provided. Guests can enjoy a massage service upon request. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Coin-operated laundry machines and drink vending machines are available on site. Cafe La Marea serves buffet spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Shiodome Italia-gai Mitsui Garden Hotel is a 12-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station, which is a minute's subway ride from Ginza Subway Station. Tokyo Station is 13-minutes away via walk and train, and a 60-minute express train ride from Tokyo Station can take guests to Narita International Airport.
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