Posted by: Darrell | December 29, 2008

Tokyo Teleport

The Rainbow Bridge and surrounding waterfront

The Rainbow Bridge and surrounding waterfront

Well not quite but at those prices it might as well be. While the costs of getting to Odaiba are steep the attractions are plentiful and worth the trip. Odaiba is a artificial island also known as the Tokyo Waterfront. In order to get to Odaiba, you must take the Rinkai Line but be warned it will cost an arm and a leg. Upon arrival (and probably still heartbroken from parting with so much money just to get there) you will quickly be immersed in the constant barrage of commercial attractions. The biggest thing by far is the Fuji Television Tower which is an Odaiba landmark and a great place to get nice shots of the Rainbow Bridge and surrounding waterfront. The Fuji TV tower also tons of free attractions and connects to an enormous waterfront mall.

Inside the Toyota MegaWeb

Inside the Toyota MegaWeb

On the opposite end of Odaiba is MegaWeb, a Toyota heaven. Full of every make and model in the Toyota production line it also contains some rare gems like the concept Lexus LF-A supercar, the Toyota Racing F1 car and the SuperGT Toyota Supra. And for those with an international drivers license, Toyota allows you to test drive any model in their line up for nominal fee (less than the cost the Rinkai Line ticket). There are also many Toyota models that you will probably never find anywhere else except in Japan so it is a difinite must for any car enthusiast.

The Venice themed Venus Fort Mall

The Venice themed Venus Fort Mall

Across from MegaWeb is Venus Fort which is a Venice themed mall. Although the shopping is pricey (like everywhere else in Japan), the architecture and lighting inside the mall is quite nice. And interestingly enough, Toyota also owns a car museum inside the mall with a collection of some of the rarest cars in the world (from other manufacturers).

After spending the day in Odaiba we also stopped in Ginza on the way back and admired the fashions and exclusivity of the capital of Japanese fashion. Although most items were more than our nightly rate for our hotel it is still a nice place to take a stroll as sometimes the best sights in Ginza aren’t always the clothes (usually the ladies wearing the clothes and the ultra rich husbands driving the Masteratis, Ferraris and Lambos). And finally to end our day of modernism and commercialism we stopped for some pictures in Shibuya, the heart of the youth movement. Very popular with younger Japanese, Shibuya also has the biggest intersection/crosswalk in the world and cheaper (some would also say less sophisticated compared to Ginza) shopping. After spending the previous day walking around historic Tokyo, Shibuya, Ginza and Odaida really represent the modernism of the city and it almost seems as if you have really teleported into a different Tokyo…

The main intersection at Ginza with Mikimoto and Mitsukoshi department stores

The main intersection at Ginza with Mikimoto and Mitsukoshi department stores

Shibuya

Shibuya

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  1. Nice city i think there economy is stronger than our for the moment.


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