Real Estate Japan Picture of the Day – Shiodome Italian Town

Italian Town at Shiodome, Tokyo. “Itaria Gai” or Italian Town is a small neighborhood in Shiodome that is designed to look like an Italian square, complete with cobblestone streets, Italian cafes and restaurants, and Italianesque architecture. Interestingly, the biggest building in Italian Town is the massive Japan Racing Association’s (JRA) off-track betting facility for Japanese horse racing, the “JRA Wins Shiodome”. Photo by Kae Lu for Real Estate Japan. Taken on March 25, 2020.


Overlooking the Hamarikyu Gardens and gleaming skyscrapers, international restaurants and a variety of showrooms and museums, Shiodome was developed on a former freight yard that was once the original site of Shimbashi Station.

The Shiodome area has an impressive number of commercial tenants, including ANA, Softbank, Nippon Express, Fujitsu and Mitsui Chemicals. It is also home to a number of media and communications companies such as Kyodo, Dentsu and Nippon Television (NTV) and the Ad Museum Tokyo (a museum exhibiting the history of Japanese advertising) and the Panasonic Living Showroom, displaying the latest in-home technology services and products.

Shiodome Station is on the Oedo Line and Yurikamome Line, the elevated monorail that takes you to Odaiba.

Shiodome is also connected to Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines, as well as the Asakusa and Ginza subway lines.