Shinbashi (also Romanized as Shimbashi) (新橋) is a district of central Tokyo which is a significant business center and commercial area, although not quite as busy as Shinjuku or Shibuya to the west.
Shinbashi is directly adjacent to Shiodome, and within a slightly longer walking distance of Ginza and Tsukiji.
Shimbashi Station is on the JR Yamanote, Keihin-Tōhoku, Yokosuka, and Tokaido Lines. It is also a connection point to the Toei Asakusa subway line for Haneda Airport (Keikyu through trains, ¥610, 30 min.), plus the Ginza subway line and the Yurikamome line to Odaiba. The multitude of lines makes it easy to reach from Narita Airport via the Keisei Skyliner and Yamanote lines (Yamanote line, change at Nippori, ¥2,080, 75 min.), Keisei limited express and Asakusa lines (Toei Asakusa line, change at Aoto, ¥1,100, 90 min.) or Narita Express and Yokosuka lines (change at Tokyo, ¥2,910, 75 min.).
Nearby Hamamatsucho station connects directly to Haneda Airport (¥470) via the Tokyo Monorail.
- Sake Plaza, 1-1-21 Nishi-Shinbashi (10 min from Shimbashi station), ☎ 03-3519-2091, . M-F 10AM-6PM, closed weekends and holidays. This four-story complex run by the Central Brewers' Union sells anything and everything related to sake, including cups, glasses, books, hydrometers and, of course, the nectar itself. ¥315/515 gets you a taste of 3/5 sakes that change daily.
The area around Shinbashi and Yurakucho is, thanks to its hordes of office workers, full of lunchtime bargains. You can easily get a filling teishoku lunch for under ¥700.
- The Shinbashi area has outlets of most major fast food chains:
- Tenya (てんや). Shinbashi 2-15-12 (JR Shimbashi, Karasumori exit). An outlet of everybody's favorite fast-food tempura chain, with tempura bowls starting from ¥500.
- Yoshinoya, the Japanese fast-food chain has several (at least two) restaurants close to the station, and Matsuya also has two restaurants near Shinbashi; get a bowl of rice and meat for ¥300-500. Very crowded at lunch-time (around 1pm).
- The New Shinbashi Building, the triangular (and certainly not new-looking) building on the west side of JR Shimbashi station, has a multitude of dark, smoky, cramped izakayas in its basement levels. Not recommended if you don't like the smell of broiled fish.
- Shabu-raku-tei (しゃぶ楽亭), (Shinbashi 3-5-11, 4 min from JR station). In the evening it's a medium-priced shabu-shabu joint, but you can get a huge lunch for only ¥1000 -- knocked down to a ridiculously low ¥800 on Mondays.
- Don Blanco, Shimbashi 3-18-7, 3F (2 min southwest of JR station), ☎ +81 03-5401-2066, . Tucked away among Korean hostess bars, a cozy joint with some of the most authentic Mexican food you're likely to find in Japan -- the owner makes regular trips to Mexico. Excellent selection of tequilas, home-made tortillas, and lucha libre wrestling masks for guests.
- Ishii (いし井), 2-15-10 Shinbashi Minato-ku Tokyo (4 min east of Shinbashi station), ☎ +81 03-3593-0141, . A sake lovers paradise. Hidden in a small alley in Shinbashi, Ishii is a small izakaya that features the very finest selection of sake, fresh seasonal fish and an eclectic/creative list of dishes (try the corn tempura!). The owner speaks limited English but is still incredibly welcoming. Ask him for sake and food recommendations and you will not be disappointed.
- Daigo (醍醐), 2-3-1 Atago (nearest station Onarimon), ☎ +81 03-3431-0811, . The name means "essence of milk", a reference to the Buddha's highest teachings, and this restaurant aims for the highest standards of shōjin-ryori (精進料理), the purely vegetarian version of Japan's refined kaiseki cuisine. Located within the grounds of the Seishōji temple, all meals here are elaborate, ten-course affairs served in private rooms with a view of the lovely temple garden. With dinner courses priced at ¥15,000-19,000 per person (plus drinks, tax and service), the experience doesn't come cheap, but it just might be worth it for an unforgettable occasion — and this is still only a third of what Ginza's kaiseki joints charge. Reservations obligatory.
A large number of drinking establishments, some distinctly dodged, can be found around JR Shinbashi station.
- Kagaya, Hanasada Building B1F, 2-15-12 Shinbashi, ☎ +81 3-3591-2347, . 6pm-late. Famously loopy bar run by performance artist Mark Kagaya. Expect no menu, staff in frog costumes and the unexpected.
- Check In Shinbashi, 2-15-17 Shinbashi (3 min from JR Shimbashi Karasumori exit), ☎ +81 03-3501-5100, . Cramped but quite tolerable and fully-equipped rooms. Free LAN in every room. Singles from ¥7500, doubles from ¥10000 (weekend rates, weekdays are slightly higher).
- Tokyu Stay Shinbashi, 6-20-1 Shinbashi, ☎ +81 03-54011109 (fax: +81 03-5401-1107), . Part of the Tokyu Stay chain, these hotels are popular with business travelers. The small kitchenettes, washer/dryers, and free LAN access in all rooms makes these good value. Singles start at ¥9,450, doubles at ¥17,850 per night. Slight discounts are offered for extended stays.
- Shiba Park Hotel, 1-5-10 Shiba-koen (8 min from JR Hamamatsucho Station, 4 min from Daimon Station, 2 min from Onarimon Station), ☎ +81 03-3433-4141, .
- Shinbashi Atagoyama Tokyu Inn, 1-6-6, Atago (7 min from Toranomon station, 7 min from Kamiyacho station, 7 min from Onarimon station), ☎ +81 03-3431-0109, .
- Designer Park Hotel, Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, ☎ +81 03-6252-1111 ([email protected], fax: +81 03-6252-1001), . (47.37854477,8.52059215)
Shinbashi is right next to the Shiodome high-rise area, and a short taxi ride (or moderate walk) away from Tsukiji, where you can enjoy some of the best sushi in Tokyo.
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