Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Odaiba, Tokyo

Palette Town

Daikanransha Ferris Wheel (115m ~ 317ft tall)

Another shot

Taken from the ferris wheel

Another view from the ferris wheel

Sumida Boat Cruise- we sat at the top deck of this boat

Sumida River overlooking Rainbow Bridge

From the boat's deck, over looking Fuji Television building and the pier

Asahi Beer Building

cute car

Odaiba, Tokyo

Our second day trip in Tokyo- originally our itinerary was to go to Asakusa where we could see the huge Senso-ji Temple (and to shop at Nakamise shopping arcade hehehe) but I left my brochure at the hotel and we can't find the map to get to the temple. When we got off from the subway train I saw the Asahi Beer Building right across the subway train (so I took pictures hehehe) and saw the Sumida River Boat cruise...... At first we were standing at one corner and trying to figure out how to get a map but then we decided to go and check how much was the fare at the boat cruise and where the boat was leading to (since we don't know where to go now)..... but then the old man was telling us that the boat was leaving in couple of minutes. To make the story short, we didn't get to explore the Asakusa place and ended up taking the boat cruise going to Odaiba since we took the one way trip hehehe. It took us about an hour to get to Odaiba. But we had fun there!

These are the places we went in Odaiba:

- Decks shopping mall (this is where we ate lunch and my son played at the arcade); the Sega Joypolis is there too but we didn't try to get inside (each ride has fee)

- Palette Town - where we rode the Daikanransha Ferris Wheel, there is the Toyota Mega City too

**Note: It takes 16 minutes to take the ferris wheel ride.

(お台場) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area. Odaiba, along with Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, are two of the only places in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area where the seashore is accessible, and not blocked by industry and harbor areas. - Wikipedia


Joy said...

That second photo was really taken from a good angle! You simply get around, don't you? Easy to see you're enjoying your stay in Japan!

Have you started enjoying the summer yet? Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come visit again tomorrow!

Missy said...

Joy- thanks for visiting, we are trying to maximize our time left here. We are leaving Japan 1 year short from our scheduled duty tour that means this year sometime in October. Looks like summer is over here hehehe, it's been raining a lot this week. Last year we even had a short summer (about a month, I think).

bertN said...

How far is Odaiba from the mainland? It looks like a cool place to visit.

Mari said...

My that's a tall ferris wheel. I haven't been to one since I was a kid. You surely are enjoying your stay in Japan.

Love all the pictures.

Missy said...

Bert- it took us less than an hour to go there by boat so probably by train is only 20 minutes or less

Mari- I'm trying to maximize my time going some places here during the weekend since we are leaving Japan 1 year ahead of our scheduled tour