Tokyo – Odaiba island

We went for a two day Tokyo trip on April 7, 2012, by bus. It took about 4.30 hours of travel from Tajimi to Shinjuku station. On the way, we saw the Mount Fuji, a lot of cherry blossoms etc. Our first destination in Tokyo was the Odaiba island.

From Shimbashi station, we bought a one day pass (800 yen). From there, it took about 15 minutes to Daiba Station of Odaiba by Yurikamome line. Yurikamome has special automated, elevated train with rubber tires. It takes us to all the attractions of the Odaiba island. We can use the one-day pass for bus, train, as well as boats within the island.
At the park of Odaiba, there were many groups of people doing Hanami. It is a Japanese culture of picnicking under bloomed cherry trees. It seems so interesting for me as I am seeing it for the first time. After finishing our meal there, we walked forward to the attractions of Odaiba.

Walking along the beach of Odaiba, we reached near a replica of the statue of Liberty. I am not clear if it is just an attraction or if there is some story behind it here.

Opposite to the statue is the Fuji TV building – the headquarters of Fuji Television, one of Japan’s private, nationwide TV stations. Some exhibits on popular TV programs are conducted here at scheduled times. Visitors can buy Fuji TV souvenir goods from there. The building’s observatory deck situated in a spherical part of the building could also be accessed.

Aquacity,  a shopping mall with various stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex is another attraction of this island.  Nice views of the Rainbow Bridge could be enjoyed from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and surroundings. The small park areas of the island had tulips and other seasonal flowers.

 

A giant Gundam statue was found in front of a building under construction. It is some shopping complex that will be opening in April only. Visitors were taking photos of the statue even though it was obstructed by a fence in front of it.

After that, we decided to have a ship ride. During our ride, we went to the upper deck of the ship, which provided an overall view of the buildings and structures of the Odaiba island. The boat crossed the beautiful rainbow bridge and many other attractions of the island.

By Yurikamome, we accessed the Toyota Mega Web which is a giant Toyota showroom that exhibits all of Toyota’s latest models, car accessories, and technologies.

A Ferris wheel, 115-meter tall offers nice views of Tokyo Bay and Odaiba. Each cabin can accommodate six persons and a complete revolution takes about 15 minutes.

While it turned dark, we decided to leave Odaiba. The beauty of the island lit with colourful lights all around was awesome. The Ferris wheel, the rainbow bridge and every part of the island glowed in different colours. It was quite a nice experience to see the island during the night time. Everything seems more beautiful than during the daytime.

We reached the Kamata station and walked towards the Toyoko Inn where we have reserved our rooms for our stay.