3 Things to Do at Shimbashi, Tokyo’s Salarymen Capital

  • We’ve heard a lot of things about Tokyo – it’s an expensive city, the best place to shop for gadgets, has the best ramen in the world, and so on. It’s the hub of Japan’s economy, and as such, lives up to its reputation of providing most of the best accommodation, job opportunities, and entertainment sites for both local and foreign guests. And if it’s about a one-stop hangout place after work, Shimbashi (新橋), which is located south of Hibiya Park (日比谷公園) and the Imperial Palace (皇居) grounds, is the best spot to unwind.

    “Salarymen Capital” and “Office Lady Quarter”

    Given Shimbashi’s strategic location and accessibility, it’s natural that a lot of people drop by the area. The place is known as the first railway terminal in Tokyo having served the Tokyo to Yokohama Line (横浜線) from 1872 to 1914.

    As the years pass by, residents, startup entrepreneurs, and local businesses started putting up establishments to cater to the needs of people who pass the area on the way home. Most of them are, of course, office workers or salarymen.

    Today, Shimbashi is bustling with activities and people at a regular basis. From its rustic izakayas (居酒屋) to its lively bars, it’s no surprise why a lot of office workers choose the place to dine, unwind, or simply catch up with their friends. But you don’t need to be an office worker in Tokyo to experience Shimbashi’s treats. For tourists and guests, doing the following things available in the area can make your nights much more exciting!

    1. Dine and drink at Shimbashi DRY-DOCK

    This place is a prominent beer joint in Tokyo and is perfect for those who plan to enjoy the night with their friends. There are around 60 types of bottled beers to spoil your group and more kinds of tasty wine to choose from.

    To complete your food trip experience, the place serves classic food like fried chicken (best with your beer), spaghetti, and hot dogs.

    There’s a huge chance that a lot of people will be coming in at night, so to ensure you have a table, better book ahead.

    Shimbashi DRY-DOCK Website

    2. Enjoy the display at the Steam Locomotive Square

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    You see the Shinkansen (新幹線; bullet train) and all modern-day trains around Japan. Why not take a break from all things modern and enjoy the sight of an authentic C11 292 model steam train at this plaza?

    It’s located just outside JR Shimbashi Station’s Hibiya Exit (日比谷口). Many people often meet at this place so don’t be surprised to see a crowd when you take a peek.

    If you’re visiting Tokyo around the end of December, then you’re in for a treat. Gorgeous dancing lights are installed on this landmark for an added spark. Romantic, isn’t it?

    Steam Locomotive Square Website *Japanese only

    3. Learn, drink, and enjoy sake (酒) at its best at Sake Plaza

    From the name itself, the area is basically your go-to place if sake is your thing.

    The Sake Plaza is within the establishment of the Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center, which houses sake-related items like books, hydrometers, and cups. Of course, the place doesn’t disappoint its guests and allows you to try different sake variations (three to five types) per visit.

    The select variations change regularly so there is no telling what’s in it for you when you visit, which all the more makes it interesting.

    Just remember that Sake Plaza is closed on weekends and on bank holidays. So to get the best out of it, might as well plan your Shimbashi itinerary on weekdays.

    Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center Website

    We all deserve time to unwind after a full day of work. Likewise, tourists need a great place to experience Tokyo’s typical weekday treat just before the day ends. Shimbashi gives you so much to enjoy – it’s great for meeting locals and indulging in Tokyo’s best local entertainment. So before you fly out of the capital city, might as well drop by!

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