Walking from the Shiodome area of Tokyo just near Shimbashi Station in Shimbashi towards Hamamatsu-cho Station, Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden and the Pokemon Center brings you to Italia-gai (Italian Town), an area of the capital designed to look like Italy.
There are cobbled streets, Italian cafes and restaurants and Italianesque architecture, we even saw a left hand drive Lamborghini, but that was just coincidence, I think.
The biggest building in Italia-gai is the huge Japan Racing Association's (JRA) off-track betting betting facility for Japanese horse racing, the huge JRA Wins Shiodome, complete with colonnades and rounded arches.Inside is the Pronto Cafe and several floors of vast atria for laying bets on Japanese horse racing involving a convoluted and arcane system.
Italian bars, restaurants and cafes in Italia-gai Tokyo include Due Italian (Tel: 03 3436 5337) and 3mendo (tremendo), 2-16-4, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 105-0023 (Tel: 03 3433 0477).
The Italian Embassy is also reasonably close to this area, though still a distance, being located south of Shiba Koen.
Hotels in the Italia-gai area of Tokyo include the Mitsui Garden Hotel,the APA Hotel Shinbashi Onarimon and the Art Hotels Hamamatsu-cho.
Italian Town Tokyo is roughly equidistant from Hamamatsu-cho and Shinbashi stations, both of which are on the circular Yamanote Line.
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