Travel Destinations and Photo Spots
Daiba was the name given initially to a collection of 6 fortress islands that were constructed to defend Tokyo. The word “Daiba” means “Battery,” and remnants of the original fortifications from the batteries can be seen in the park of Odaiba.
The Tokyo bay area was rapidly expanded in the 20th century and the decision was made to regenerate the area and use the land for commercial and residential purposes.
The area was renamed Odaiba and it has since become a major tourist attraction in Tokyo. I am going to give you a brief outline of my experience here and what you can expect to see if you decide to visit the Island yourself.
One great reason to go to Odaiba is to escape from the city and visit one of the few places where you can access the seawater and the beach. The majority of public water access near the sea is blocked by commercial uses such as harbours and docks etc.
As you can see above there is a flat beach area that tourists are free to roam and relax while enjoying the weather. The Japanese people enjoy swimming in this area and performing sports such as windsurfing etc in the summertime.
The island is home to many different shopping malls, the malls are very large and have a great range of shops if you are seeking some retail therapy. Popular fashion brands include h&m, forever 21 and many more. Outside one of the shopping malls named ‘Diver city’ resides the large Gundam statue that I will be discussing in a future blog.
The Gundam figure isn’t the only statue on the Island that garners the attention of tourists and locals. Odaiba has its own statue of liberty that came to the Island in 1998. The statue is far smaller in comparison to the behemoth in New York City in America but the one on Tokyo bears a great resemblance to the original.
There is no shortage of restaurants, shops, and arcades to entertain you for the afternoon or even the entire day. The trip to Odaiba isn’t essential when you visit Tokyo but I would definitely rate it high on my list of places you should see while visiting.
How to get there:
The journey to Odaiba is actually a very interesting one, you will see many sights along the way but the main attraction for me was the Yurikamome train/monorail. The train is driverless and if you are lucky you can sit on the front seats to fully enjoy the fully automated experience.
The train ride provides you with great photo opportunities as you ride over the rainbow bridge on your way to the island.
The station to get off at is Daiba Station on the Yurikamome line, from there you are free to wander wherever on the island that you choose.