ODAIBA is built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay..It's a popular dating spot.
The Yurikamome Monorail
runs between Shimbashi Station and Ariake.For the price of the cheapest ticket, it's possible to go all the way to Ariake, sit on the train and then come back again.
there are some great views of the city when riding the monorail...Look out for
the Nakajin Capsule Apartment Building,
the Fuji Television Building,
the Pallette Town Ferris wheel and
Tokyo Big Sight Conference Centre.
The Fuji Television Building Its lit by lasers at night, this is the head office of Fuji Television and its the landmark of Odaiba. It's fully earthquake proof and took 3 years to build.....
The ball on top of the building weighs 1200 tons.. With a diameter of 32 meters it was first constructed on the roof of the smaller building, then in 1995, using a special technique it was raised into position.
Inside there are 10 studios. Tickets for a studio tour are available from the booth at the top of the escalator. The same ticket also gains you access to the inside of the ball.
Adults 500 yen, children 300 yen ...
.............but here is a little tip...you can go as high as 24th floor for FREE..
First, ride the escalator and get to the 7 floor. There you will find 2 elevators. Do not follow the crowd. Most of the visitors will walk toward the voices calling "To see the sphere viewing place and TV studio, please purchase entrance ticket here!" The left side elevator will take you to the 25th floor, and cost 500 yen. BUT if you take the Right side elevator you will be on the 24th floor, and no fees is needed. Views from 24th floor is just as nice:-).
10:00 am to 8:00pm daily
WORLD LARGEST FERRIS WHEEL
The world's biggest Ferris wheel is 115 meters high and you'll find it in Pallette Town. It turns everyday from 10:00am to 10:00 pm, one 16 minute revolution costs 900 yen/person but group of 6 people can ride it for 3000 yen
Take a walk across this gleaming elegant suspension bridge that soars across Tokyo Bay. The bridge is a spectacular way to see the city, and on clear day you can see for miles in all directions.
It is possible to cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot. The walk across takes about 30 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area.
Basically the bridge is light up with color if you access at night time.
Towards the last few days of our spring trip to Tokyo, it was raining really hard.
The experience going around Odaiba near Tokyo Harbour was still fun with the added bonus of trickles of rain massaging our tired feet and bodies after a day's walking around the bay!
Shopping is a mix of visual, physical and mental experience as you go through each boutique/shop at PALETTE TOWN (with the awesome giant FERRIS WHEEL) and Seaside Mall. The buildings are huge as always anywhere around Tokyo so don't worry as you cannot cover all of it! Aside from Palette Town there is the Odaiba Marine Park
Stick to what your family likes or need. For example, I dropped off my boys (including hubby of course) at the SEGA amusement centre and told them I would meet them after an hour also to see if they need more money (I take care of the money, LOL!).
As for me, I worked my way to the front of the building at SEASIDE MALL and started there. However, just the first shop, HONEYS caught my eye for the latest fashion and the sign SPRING SALE! That did it for me and after a few minutes, I was at the fitting room (you have to remove your shoes) trying a few items.
A few jackets, a skirt and a bag after, I moved on to the second shop, PRIMARY PATTERNS and ended with another two coats cum cardigan/hoodie type of clothing. Around AU$200 poorer I decided to just window shop from then on. That's less than an hour to go but from a distance I saw my boys and they were complaining about SEGA begin a rip-off! So all those 2000 yen for nothing they said! At least I have my clothes as souvenirs, they had small silver blue cards that read SEGA and nothing more,LOL!
The WEB is there which has TOYOTA showroom another gigantic exhibition of TOYOTA's products and lines. I shall post more on this in another page.
The TOYOTA MEGA WEB is a gigantic car showroom featuring cars of the past as well as the future.
It's divided into zones. In "Toyota City Showcase" it's your chance to test drive various prototype models - you can book a test drive on the Tokyo Mega web site.
Inside the "History Garage" you'll find vehicles from the 1950's to 1970's, while "Future World" emphasises technology for road safety.
You can probably kill an hour or two here..
Admission is FREE
but each attraction has a small cover charge between ¥200-¥800
Open: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.
The Tokyo Bay area was the result of landfill activities around the river. The man-made island of Rinkai Fukutoshin (served by the Rinkai monorail line which loops around the island), better known as Odaiba, is home to Tokyo's architectural innovations.
There are a number of interesting tourists attractions here. Among them is the futuristic Fuji TV building (near Daiba station), Museum of Marine Science (opens daily from 10 am to 5pm) and the large grey Telecom Centre, and the Museum of the Future (opens daily from 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Tuesdays)-which showcases Japan's hi-tech achievements.
There is also a beautiful pedestrian Rainbow Bridge (illuminated at night it is very pretty) from which you can see the Statue of Liberty, a large Ferris Wheel (said to be the largest in the world), which is located in Pallette Town, which has shopping, cinemas and amusements for the whole family. (The mall at Pallette town is written up under my shopping tips). The main Toyota car showroom is also located within this mall.
For those who have more time, instead of taking the monorail or JR line, you could also do a river cruise here.
From the outside it looks more like an aircraft hangar . But once you walk in, this is actually a mall morphed from a faux-18th century Italian village. Complete with marble fountains, cobbled streets and a dreamily tinted roof ..The design is by the same architects who did the mall at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas...
Designer boutiques include DKNY and Jean Paul Gaultier on the first floor, and there are 140 other shops targeted to women in their 20s and 30s. On the second floor are restaurants, cafes and bars.
Open Mon-Thu 11am-10pm,
Sat, Sun and public holidays 11am-5am.
No joke ... its really there .
Interested to see this statue in Tokyo, touristy thing to do, i supposed. Arrived late in the evening and there a slight drizzle. Thankfully, I had a tripod and umbrella and manage to grab this shot.
To find it, alight at Daiba station (on the Yurikamome line) and walk towards Aqua City (shopping complex) in the direction of Tokyo Bay. Should be easy to spot.
Fuji Television Network was founded on November 18, 1957, and started broadcasting on March 1, 1959. The building was designed by Japanese Architect, Kenzo Tange. It's fully earthquake proof and took three years to build. The building is known for its unusual architecture (see photo). I am not sure but I heard that the episode of Iron Chef was done at the network.
Odaiba is one of the many artificial islands found in the Tokyo Bay. In the beginning of the 90s it was for business settlement only and it became a pure wasteland until it was opened for other branches as well. Since then hotels, shopping malls and other entertainment settled there.
Striking is the adventorous architecture of Fuji TV, the convention center Toyko Big Sight and the biggest ferris wheel in Tokyo and probably Japan.
Othe rpoints of interest are the Maritime Museum inside a reconstroction of a ship, the many shopping malls including Venus Fort that represents shopping in Venice, and the indoor theme park Joypolis by Sega.
The meaning of Odaiba comes from a series of six islands fortress. It was constructed in 1853 by the Tokugawa Shogunate for the city's protection against attacks from the sea. Commodore Matthew Perry's Black Ships were the primary threat which had arrived in the same year.
Odaiba is a modern city on artificial islands in Tokyo Bay. It became one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Tokyo. It’s a popular shopping centre and entertainment district. The buildings at Odaiba city have futuristic architecture like the Fuji TV building, Telecom Centre. There are museums, theme parks to visits, public parks to relax or just take photos of Statue of Liberty or Rainbow Bridge or both. Even go and visit the largest Ferries Wheels in the world. If you hungry there are many restaurants to eat from or just spent your money and go shopping at Aqua City (Kim did). We only saw small glimpse of Odaiba city big picture, believe me the area is huge.
The bronze Statue of Liberty in Odaiba is a replica dedicated from French government in 2000 after the original French Statue of Liberty was displayed 1998-1999. The Statue of Liberty was the most popular figure for tourist including us to take a few photos.
The Japanese-style Hot Spring themepark is designed around Edo period culture and history as it's dominant motif. In addition to the 20+ different types of indoor and outdoor baths and pools (including open-air, footbaths, sandbaths, steambaths, etc.), Oedo Onsen Monogatari boasts an Edo-style street with period style businesses -- restaurants, spas, and many other stores and services. Stroll and shop, and immerse yourself in a bygone era. You can rental of Yukata (light robe), towels and all facilities, which is included admission.
Open from 11:00am to 8:00am
Admission: Adults 2,827 yen; Child(4-12yrs) 1,575 yen: Extra charge after 2:00am 1,575yen
Night admission (18:00-)1,987 yen;
Morning admission (from 5-9 am) 1,567 yen
22 Tokyo Bay Area
Odaiba is a reclaimed land area where shopping and entertainment and exhibition facilities are developed recently.
The rainbow bridge, Fuji TV Headquarters, Palette Town, Aqua City are some of the highlights of this area. We were amazed by the beach, the statue of Liberty and the beautiful sunset.
Palette Town is a big shopping mall with boutiques, restaurants and you can find a giant ferris wheel.
Fuji TV Headquarter has an interesting building with a globe shaped observatory.
The rainbow bridge is a suspended bridge which connect Odaiba and Shibaura. It is 918 meters long and there is a foot path where you can walk along to enjoy the beautiful view.
The whole of Odaiba area is built on landfill, risen from the foam of the sea waves. I suppose that's why they have decided to use the name Venus Fort and build the insides of the mall to resemble old Italian town to match the name. But, for me, stumbling inside Italy in Tokyo felt rather unexpected and therefore funny, just like walking in the middle of a theatre stage setting. So, unfortunately, I failed to get the point of the decor at this shopping center. Anyway, here you can buy designer clothes, bags, jewelry and such like. Expensive stuff.
The Museum of Maritime Science is shaped like a full sized ocean liner. The tour director mention to us if you like looking at a Japanese historical model boats the museum is the place to visit. He also mentioned the information is in Japanese but there are some basics English descriptions.
We didn’t end up visiting the museum but if you are interested of visiting and would like to find more information www.funenokagakukan.or.jp or google the Museum of Maritime Science.