Odaiba is an reclaimed area in Tokyo Bay, and today here is the popular
area as new Tokyo waterfront subcenter.
The location is about 3 km east of JR Shinagawa station.
It is connected by Rainbow Bridge with mainland.
"Daiba" means "battery". "O" is the prefix making the word courteous.
When Japan had been closed off to the world under Edo government,
suddenly the U.S. freet to require Japan to open the country appeared
near Japan in 1853.
The government built the eight batteries in Tokyo Bay in a hurry.
But these had never used, then Japan had opened the country the next year.
In the 20th century these had been bought to the private sectors, but
most of them had been demolished or been landfilled.
Today, only the 3rd and 6th batteries are remaining as historical sites near current Odaiba area.
Odaiba area is about 3 km from east to west and 2 km from north
south in width.
Officially, "Odaiba district" is only the northwest part. The southwest part is called "Aomi district" and the east part is called "Ariake district".
Odaiba area is popular as a date spot.
We can see the view of Tokyo Bay and enjoy the night view of central Tokyo in the evening.
And there are some touring spots, entertainment complexes and shopping malls in this area.
The most popular transportation is Yurikamome. It connects between here
and Shinbashi through Rainbow Bridge.
And Rinkai Line is running underground through this area from east to west.
is a park along the northwest beach of Odaiba area.
It is an artificial beach bent at a right angle, and the total length is about 1.5 km.
The north and east part is sand beach, and the west part is rocky shore for fishing.
Near rocky shore, there is the 11-meters tall replica of "Statue of Liberty" in Paris. Because the real one had been placed here for a year in commemoration of "Annivaesary of France in Japan" in 1998.
Along the beach, "Sky Walk" is set up. It is like a sky walkway.
We can see Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, the buildings along the Tokyo waterfront area and the ship on Tokyo Bay from here.
The nearest station is "Odaiba-kaihinkoen" or "Daiba" on Yurikamome.
It is a park connecting to Odaiba
seaside park with a breakwater, and is the former 3rd battery.
The site is nearly square about 160 meters on a side, and is on the stone wall over 5 meters high.
In the site, there are the remains of batteries, ammunition depot, army barracks and so on.
From here, we can enjoy the nice view.
There is the 6th battery on Tokyo bay about 300 meters to the west of this park. (It is the forbidden spot.)
It is the museum which
shows the structure and history of ship and vessel and displays some
ship, its parts and related articles. It was opened in 1974.
It is located on southwest coast of Odaiba area, and is near "Fune-no-kagakukan" station of Yurikamome.
The building itsself has the shape of ship.
The visible articles on display are the train ferry "Yoteimaru" which had traveled between Aomori and hakodate until 1988, and the Japan's first Antarctic observation ship "Soya".
Because of getting older, it is closed at September,2011.
It is the museum
introducing the latest science and technology, and is located 0.3 km
southeast of Museum of Maritime Science. The formal name is "National
Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation". It was opened in 2001.
We can know the hot robotics technology, computer technology, biological science, space technology and global environmental protection.
Additionally we can meet the famous two-legged robot ASIMO which has been developed by Honda (a Japanese automaker).
is a big convention center and was opeened in 1996, and the formal name
is "Tokyo International Exhibition Center" (In Japanese, "Tokyo
It is located in Ariake district.
It has two big exhibition halls and a conference tower between them. The conference tower has the structure combined reversed 4 square pyramids on the top.
Many exhibithions and events are held all the year over.
Tthe following events are famous for fanatics.
Tokyo International Anime Fair / Comic Market / Dolls Party / Wonder Festival (for garage kit) /
Japan Association Modelrailroaders Convention
The nearest station is "Kokusai-tenjijo-seimen" on Yurikamome or "Kokusai-tenjijo" on Rinkai Line.
Tokyo Sky Tree