Tokyo is a large city with countless of places worth visiting. Today I will introduce one of them: a tiny man made island called Odaiba in Tokyo Bay.
Odaiba is known as one of the most popular date spots in Tokyo and is also popular as a tourist spot. There are many large shopping malls, seaside parks, leisure centers and many rather photographic buildings.
One of the most photographic spots in Odaiba is definitely the Statue of Liberty. Yes, you read right: there’s a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Tokyo, on this man made island. However, apparently it’s a copy of the Statue of Liberty replica located in Paris so I don’t know how much it actually resembles America’s Statue of Liberty. Nevertheless, I’m not going to show you the picture of this statue today – I’ll leave the fun of seeing the statue to your trip to Odaiba!
Aside from the replica of the Statue of Liberty, Odaiba is also known for VenusFort, a shopping center with a roof that changes according to the time and the weather – yes, exactly like in Harry Potter! Now you understand why I’m keen to this place. The floor with this fantastic roof is inspired of European renaissance and is a very interesting place to visit. It has that feeling of an amusement park or a resort – it’s like you are not in the same country you were a minute ago, before entering the building.
Other shopping centers like Aqua City and Diver City are more like ordinary shopping centers. However, they are still fun: Aqua City has a very nice food theme park where you can have a taste of different ramen flavors all over Japan and Diver City, on the other hand, is simply a great place for shopping – especially if you are an expat living in Japan and can’t find clothes from Japanese shops. For a tourist, Diver City might not offer that much, especially now that the large Gundam statue front of it will apparently be removed. For those visiting Odaiba as a tourist, I would rather recommend Decks Tokyo Beach – a very interesting shopping center full of surprises.
On personal note, I’m not really sure what I love about Odaiba the most. Something about that place just draws me to go there over and over again. Maybe it’s the futuristic vibe of the place, maybe the beautiful sea scenery. Also, what I really like about Odaiba is that it’s pretty empty on weekdays which makes shopping easy & fast. And the best thing: you usually never have to line up to enter Starbucks here and you even get to enjoy the beautiful sea scenery while drinking your frappuccino (or coffee, I guess not everyone is just drinking frappuccinos all the time like me).
Odaiba also has one the best night views of the town – and there are plenty of places to choose for admiring it! You can ride a 115 meter tall ferris wheel, enter one of those expensive restaurants above the shopping levels in Aqua City shopping mall or just sit on a bench (or even a rock, a very special experience in the centre of Tokyo) near the beach and look at the illuminated Rainbow Bridge and the lights of the city of Tokyo.
Bonus point: If you ever decide to follow my advice and go to Odaiba, I really recommend using Yurikamome train for transport. The view from it is spectacular – especially if you’re riding right at the very front of the train.