Odaiba: An Artificial Island

Just got back from Bali! Hmm~ I still have that dead on your feet feeling, but I’d say the experience was definitely priceless.

Pardon me for I’m not gonna talk about the trip right now. (Obviously, the title 😂) Not just yet. 😉

Before I came to Japan, I already picked up something about Odaiba from one of my online Japanese students. She admirably pictured the place for me one time in our class. All I could do was imagine and appreciate the place in silence. The time came for the visualization notably turned into reality which was something I was so grateful for.

Danny and I took the train to Tokyo Bay where Odaiba is located. It was about an hour or so, not quite certain of that. I don’t know, whenever I’m on the train, car and the like, I become pretty engrossed with the journey. I tend to forget about time and my mind goes somewhere in a blink of an eye. Do you feel me? I hope so.

History says the island was made to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea. It began as a cluster of mini man-made fort islands which were created towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868).

FYI: daiba literally means “fort”

(Oh~ it’s raining cats and dogs now. ⛈ Seriously. Okay, I’ll get this done before I fall asleep.😂)

Much to my surprise, Odaiba boasted its immensity the minute I set foot in its spick-and-span doorstep. 😂 How I wish I could capture it from a bird’s eye view.

odaibaYeah, this place surely takes a lot of strolling.

At present, you can see several hotels, shopping malls, and a lot more which makes Odaiba a well-liked tourist attraction.

diver city odaiba

Here’s Gundam soaring outside DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, a large shopping mall.

the telecom center odaiba
The Telecom Center

An observation deck with admission for 500 yen.

fuji tv building odaiba
Fuji TV Building

The headquarters of Fuji Television. You can see some exhibits on popular programs, purchase Fuji TV goods at a shop and bust in the innovative looking building’s observatory deck situated in the sphere shaped part of the building. Admission is free but you have to spend 550 yen on the observation deck.

aqua city odaiba
Aqua City Odaiba

Another shopping mall that offers various stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. Located on the fifth floor is a ramen food theme park where you can try different ramen from all over Japan.

statue of liberty odaiba

I bet everybody knows what this is. I still have to research the reason why this statue is in Odaiba. 😀

rainbow bridge odaiba
Rainbow Bridge

This symmetrical two-story bridge connects Odaiba to the rest of Tokyo. It is said to be an exemplary symbol of the bay and is strikingly marvelous during its nightly illumination. I was on both feet from afar. Standing there whilst staring at such beauty felt like I was in a film. It was certainly a good spot for some introspection. There I realized that if you really love something/ someone, you have to do everything you can to protect it/ him.

decks tokyo beach
Decks Tokyo Beach

A shopping mall that presents diversified stores, diners and assorted indoor theme parks, including the Tokyo Joypolis (which I will be posting next 😉), a Legoland Discovery Center, a Madam Tussauds wax museum and a trick art museum. I just couldn’t stop myself from admiring the ambiance here. Hence, this video. Joyful was the heart to see this part of Japan where it could be crowded but not annoying. It was really good to see people enjoying the moment despite the busy days at work ahead of them and problems kept inside and personal struggles behind those lovely smiles. Here’s another short video.

And lastly, that featured photo, the most beautiful thing my eyes laid upon on that day. I guess someone will keep going back to Odaiba for sunset. 😊😊 Sunsets always have a special place in my heart.

Author: The Pinay Ajumma

1990 | Socially awkward | Chocolate lover

8 thoughts

  1. Enjoyed your blog–the writing, the pictures and videos very much. But Bali? It’s the second time I’ve heard that word in about a month, and you’re putting ideas into my head when I thought I was done traveling. Well, I’m not done writing nor reading and I’m glad I found your blog.

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