Odaiba: Tokyo

by Mitchell on October 16, 2011

Odaiba is a man made island in the centre (ish) of Tokyo.
It consists of buildings, sandy beaches, Joypolis (a giant sega amusement park), the much smaller sister of the Statue of Liberty, and a mini Eiffel Tower. At least thats what I encountered the first time I went there.

You can get to Odaiba by taking a sky train which is a nice change from the usual trains which run underground.
These trains have no drivers and you can sit at the front with a big window in front of you. It’s kind of like a roller coaster ride.

There are a few stops on Odaiba but the main one is the one by Joypolis.
There’s a park and some sandy beaches on the water side and you can see all sorts of tour boats (which light up in shades of neon at night) along the water. Apparently you can go on one of them for a dinner cruise. Across the road from the beach is a giant shopping/eating/playing complex. It’s got a bunch of neat little shops and places to eat. It also has a big amusement park which I have yet to explore.

If you walk a bit further you’ll find the mini Statue of Liberty.

If your visiting Tokyo, I’d highly recommend checking out Odaiba Island in the afternoon or early evening. On the weekdays there are mainly couples there going for dinner but apparently it gets quite manic on the weekends.

Mitchell

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