I have been to Odaiba twice. My husband took me there for the first time in one of those unplanned, spur of the moment decisions to go sightseeing when he got home from work. So obviously, we arrived there early in the evening and most of the attractions such as the museums wereÂ closing. We weren`t able to cover much but still I had fun. Why wouldn`t I? I`m with the love of my life. My second trip wasÂ with Kikit and Ate Ces, who were around town for a quick visit in Tokyo. It was during my second trip where I was able to see most of the sights. But before I babble on, let me tell you more about this place.
Odaiba is Japan`s Aqua City. Why? Its history dates back into the 1860`s when these man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo were constructed to protect the city against attacks from the sea. It was then redeveloped into a futuristic business district in the 1980s and became one of Tokyo`s most interesting tourist spots in the second half of the 1990s. Today, Odaiba is a highly popular shopping and entertainment district.
FUJI TV Building
This building houses Fuji Television, one of Japan`s private, nationwide TV stations. Exhibits on popular TV programs can be found here. Also, there is a futuristic observatory deck which can be accessed for the amount of JPY500, and a souvenir shop where one can buy Fuji TV souvenir goods.
Replica of the Statue of Liberty
This is one of the major attractions of Odaiba. But why Lady Liberty? Hmmm.. I forgot to ask. :)
Also known as Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, this museum housesÂ Â exhibits about environmental issues, robots (starring Asimo among others), information technology, biology and space exploration.Â The famous real-time clock, called the GeoCosmosÂ is also housed in this museum.
This is a shopping and entertainment complex that has everything from a large pet shop to children`s clothes. Also famous is the giant ferris wheel, 115 meters high and offers a spectacular view of Tokyo Bay day in and day out.