Shibaura area is a neighborhood you won’t find in many guidebooks. It is close to Tokyo Bay and has many hidden gems, like a park with the most beautiful view on Rainbow Bridge, cityscapes that look like something straight out of an SF movie, and not to mention the cute Shinshiba Bridge.
Rainbow Bridge up close
If you want to see the symbol of Tokyo BayーRainbow Bridgeーup close, Shibaura-Minami Futo Park is the place to go! It’s about a 20-minute walk from JR Tamachi Station, but there are many canals and interesting architecture on the way, so the walk is well worth it.
On our way to the park, we bought homemade cream puffs at Shibaura Lemon Tree to have a snack later.
As you approach Shibaura-Minami Futo Park, the scenery changes to a sci-fi movie-like setting. The Metropolitan Expressway draws a large circle and climbs to the height of the Rainbow Bridge, which to me always looks incredibleーeven after so many years in Japan.
On the way to the park, you will notice the entrance of the Rainbow Bridge Walk, where you have to go up if you want to walk on the bridge to Odaiba. Walk by, pass a baseball field and head towards the sea. there you are! How about this view?!
Shibaura-Minami Futo Park
(3-33 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Opening hours: 8: 00-21: 00
Shibaura Lemon Tree
(2-1-1, Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Cute Shin-shiba Bridge with seasonal lights
Another thing that I would like to introduce in the Shibaura area is Shinshibabashi, Shin-shiba Bridge, which is located close to the east exit of JR Tamachi when you just walk straight in the direction of the sea. Every night, this charming bridge is lit up by colorful lights.
If you descend from the main street to the promenade along the river, you will discover how romantic this spot actually is.
If you want to take pictures of the lights that light up the bridge and change depending on the occasion and the season, try to find a spot at the promenade where you can also see the reflection of the lights on the water surface.
While I was taking a picture of the bridge, a water taxi passed by. This relatively new water taxi service is actually very reasonable. Prices start at 500 yen for one short ride to the next stop. Payment is possible with a transportation ID card such as Pasmo or Suica. The small boat equipped with toilets can accommodate up to eight people, and cruise reservations are possible, too.
Shin-shiba Bridge / Shinshibabashi
(3-7-16 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo) https://goo.gl/maps/ewW2Z3X6UtQbj8AD8
TOKYO WATER TAXI
How did you like our walk at Tokyo’s waterfront around the “Shibaura Area”? If you have the time and if you want to avoid the crowded touristic spots in Tokyo, head to Tokyo’s waterfront and enjoy a walk in the sunshine and a spectacular view of Rainbow Bridge!