If you can’t imagine a city of the future, you should visit Odaiba. Although there are no self-driving cars and robots walking among people (yet), the vibe is seriously futuristic. The artificial island is very different to other parts of Tokyo and with it’s astonishing landmarks it makes a perfect destination for a day trip. That’s what we did.
If you are like me and prefer to have all shops in one place (or within a short-walk distance), then you are in heaven. Any brand, any fashion, any style – from head to feet. The most famous malls are: Tokyo Diver City, Tokyo Decks, Joypolis and Venus Fort.
There is nothing special about them – shops, restaurants, toilets… except the last one.
Japanese certainly have an idea how to make a shopping centre worth visiting. Venus Fort has been decorated with a stunning interior that re-creates an 18th-century old Italian town at twilight. It’s fucking epic.
Also known as the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. The name is pretty much self-explanatory.
The museum is a house to Ashimo robot designed and developed by Honda, which walks, talks, kicks, dances, jumps (on one leg!), runs and lot more. There is also a plushy seal, which reacts to a touch. All exhibitions are super interactive, very informative and great fun. They teach about gaining energy from natural resources, direction Japanese science is going to and generally makes you aware of how devastating humans are to our planet. It’s eye opening! I suggest you allow at least 4 hours to attend all demonstrations and exhibitions. You won’t regret it!
Fuji TV Building
The avant-garde building on the island is Fuji TV headquarters. You can’t miss that one. It’s visible as soon as you get out of the metro station.
Rainbow Bridge & Statue of Liberty
You can admire the view of the bridge and the statue altogether from the observation deck located on the only Tokyo beach. It’s very beautiful and New York City alike. You can try and trick your friends by taking a picture at a good angle!
If you recognise the name, you will surely enjoy an accompaniment of this life-sized Gundam statue. If you want to go full otaku, it’s proper name is Gundam RG 1/1 RX-78-2 Ver. GFT and it’s located at the main entrance of Diver City Tokyo.
If you are overwhelmed by the landmarks, take a hike around and appreciate surroundings. Built network of bridges to allow pedestrians cross streets, cleaners taking care of dirty pavements or a park along with the beach to wander in. All at your reach. The innovation and aestheticism come together on the Odaiba Island very well.
We haven’t visited a few of them, too. For example we skipped the Daikanransha amusement park or Tokyo Big Sight. We simply arrived to late to make it. However, I still consider today as mega interesting and I highly recommend a trip over to Odaiba to anyone visiting this corner of the World.