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What you should know about Shiba

Shiba is a pleasant bay-front neighborhood of parks, theaters, and temples, with a wonderful backdrop of the iconic red-and-white Tokyo Tower—one of Tokyo's most famous landmarks. In its shadow, you'll find narrow streets and alleys with hidden shrines, Tokyo's oldest park, and its foremost Chinzei Buddhist temple. Even better, the district is home to 2 of the city's most amazing viewpoints: the top of the world-famous Tokyo Tower and the less well-known World Trade Center.

Hotels in Shiba

Accommodation in Shiba is pretty diverse, ranging from friendly guest houses to mid-sized mid-town establishments, to ultra-modern waterfront hotels. You can also find luxury hotels in Shiba, with the 4-star Intercontinental Tokyo Bay being a fine example. This large modern hotel boasts 7 restaurants, 3 bars, a health club, and some fabulous views onto Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge. The Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hamamatsucho is another highly rated hotel, offering more affordable Shiba hotel rates. Overlooking Shiba's namesake park is the stylish Shiba Park hotel, which reviewers love for its location and extremely helpful staff.

Things to see in Shiba

Tokyo Tower, the city's homage to the Eiffel Tower, looms large in Shiba. It stands a shade over 1,000 feet tall and is one of Tokyo's top sights to see and to see from. Many locals, however, reckon the best view is to be had from Seaside Top, an observation platform on the nearby World Trade Center. It provides a wonderful view out over Tokyo Bay and also back onto the Tokyo Tower itself. More subtle views can be had at Shiba's parks, and the elegantly landscaped Kyu-Shiba-Rikyu deserves particular attention. With its swaying cherry trees, sculpted lakes, and turtles, it offers a scene straight out of a silk painting. The larger Shiba Park is the oldest public park in Tokyo, and is also home to Zojoji Temple, a 400-year-old Buddhist complex with a 70-foot high wooden gate that's the most ancient in Tokyo. Lastly, Shiba forms one end of Tokyo's 'little Broadway' district, and its 2 Shiki theaters host both Broadway shows and authentic contemporary dramas.

Good for all travelers

Shiba is a Tokyo neighborhood that benefits from being both close to the big-ticket attractions of Chiyoda (central Tokyo) while having plenty to interest visitors on its own streets. It also has a good range of accommodation, with very attractive offerings for budget travelers. The business traveler will appreciate the ease of travel in Shiba, both into central Tokyo's business districts and out to its domestic airport. And with its many parks, easy shopping, and walkability, Shiba works well for families too, especially as the theme parks, beaches and museums of Odaiba Island are just a short hop over the Bay.

How to get to Shiba

Narita International Airport is the main point of entry for the Tokyo-bound, and travel to Shiba from there is relatively simple. The Skyliner offers the fastest service, reaching Hamamatsucho Station in just over an hour, after a change over at Nippori onto the JR Keihintohoku Line. Alternatively the Narita Skyaccess will take another 20 minutes, but gets you there with no changes. You alight at Daimon Station, which is also closer to many of the main hotels. As well its railway line and two metro lines (Asakusa, Oedo, and Toei Mita) there is a good local bus network, so getting around in Shiba is easy too.

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