(Norsk versjon: Reisebrev fra Tokyo, Odaiba og Tokyo Bay, dag 8)
Even History-buffs like us might occasionally look to the future, and that is how we decided to spend our last day in Tokyo, at Odaiba. After a late and tasty breakfast, mind you.
Odaiba is a large, artificial island in the east end of Tokyo Bay. The island was built in the 1850s as a part of the city defence, and was drastically expanded late in the 1900s and highly developed as commercial, residential and recreational areas.
When you tour Tokyo and see old temples and modern shopping centers, it is easy to forget that this diverse city actually is a seaport. Out on the island it is kind of hard to see it as a part of Tokyo, as it struck us as quite “un-Tokyoish”.
For you whom are travelling with children, make sure you take the Yurikamome Line out to Odaiba – a fully automated transit line. The whole trip takes place above ground and as there is no driver, the kids absolutely love to sit at the very front! From Shimbashi station you will travel between sky scrapers, before crossing Tokyo Bay via the Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba. You have to buy separate tickets for the Yurikamome Line, as they cannot be combined with day fare tickets on the TOEI or Metro. Tickets are easy to buy at the self-service kiosks at the stations.
The vid below – that I shot when we returned from Odaiba to the city – shows parts of the trip. First part is from Odaiba towards Tokyo, then as we come off the Tokyo Bridge on the mainland side, and you can see that the Line makes a 270 degree turn.
On Odaiba there’s a small beach and also a promenade along the shore. The temperature was all right, and us being rough and tough Vikings would have loved to go for a swim, despite the cloudy and rainy weather, but had failed to bring swimwear. However, my camera works best out of the sea, so a lot of pictures were shot instead.
Did you think that New York has the only Statue of Liberty? (You can read about our visit to the original Statue of Liberty here ) There are actually quite many of them around the world. Even the small town of Ålgård in Norway has one. A small one, but still…
A Statue of Liberty was erected on Odaiba from April 1998 to May 1999 as part of «the French year in Japan». Due to its popularity, a permanent statue was erected on the same spot in 2000.
Also on Odaiba, you find Miraikan, National Museum of emerging science & innovation. In other words – yet another El Dorado for the Nerds! This is a very interesting museum, recommended for kids as there are many interactive exhibitions. You can spend so many hours here that it’s not even funny. There are cafes and restaurants, so you can fuel up on the ol’ java and have a cake while you rest your weary legs.
The glorious globe, Geo-Cosmos, is showing near real-time weather-patterns of the world.
This was our last day in Tokyo. An adventurous vacation in an interesting city. There will be one last entry in this series where I give some last tips and a few considerations to take if you are visiting this fab city. So stay tuned!