Odaiba Walk

 
The Rainbow Bridge looking back at Tokyo from Aqua City, Odaiba.

The Rainbow Bridge looking back at Tokyo from Aqua City, Odaiba.

I went for a short walk on Christmas Day to Odaiba. It was pretty busy and I didn’t take the camera out much, but here are a few snaps I took along the way.

Venus Fort has changed itself into Tokyo's first outlet shopping mall. With the easy train access it should be a popular destination for shoppers.

Venus Fort has changed itself into Tokyo's first outlet shopping mall. With the easy train access it should be a popular destination for shoppers.

Venus Fort looks busy today. Must be the sales at the new outlet stores that are attracting the crowds.

Venus Fort looks busy today. Must be the sales at the new outlet stores that are attracting the crowds.

The rear view of the Fuji Television building. Almost became the LiveDoor Fuji TV building when Horie-san tried to buy the company a few years ago. What do you think of Internet companies trying to buy media outlets? The AOL / TimeWarner deal didn't seem to go so well. Do you think Google or Facebook could buy a large TV station? What might they gain by doing so?

Couples and families out taking in the view of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge.

Couples and families out taking in the view of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge.

A boat makes its way peacefully through the water approaching the terminal at Odaiba.

A boat makes its way peacefully through the water approaching the terminal at Odaiba.

Odaiba has its own mini Statue of Liberty. I think this was donated by France, after originally loaning Tokyo one of the originals. Can't remember the full story on this.

Odaiba has its own mini Statue of Liberty. I think this was donated by France, after originally loaning Tokyo one of the originals. Can't remember the full story on this.

Two of the apartment buildings built back when Odaiba was set to be host a World Expo. A change of Tokyo local government canceled the Expo and the Odaiba area has slowly been trying to build up clientele ever since.

Two of the apartment buildings built back when Odaiba was set to be host a World Expo. A change of Tokyo local government canceled the Expo and the Odaiba area has slowly been trying to build up clientele ever since.

Joypolis game center and fun park, one of the big attractions at Odaiba.

Joypolis game center and fun park, one of the big attractions at Odaiba.

Solar Bear sheds a tear for the environment.

Solar Bear sheds a tear for the environment.

Street theater and show time. Fun for all.

Street theater and show time. Fun for all.

10 thoughts on “Odaiba Walk”

  1. lithiumangel says:

    Odaiba is an interesting place; from the moment you enter the driver-less yurikamone line (with some impressive backdrops of Tokyo’s skyline along the route) to the feeling of not being in Tokyo while your observing the city from the decks. Especially at night when the colorfully lit boats where you can dine on sit adrift on the river. Just as the locals do; it’s the perfect place for a night out even for the people staying in Tokyo for a short while. I loved Joypolis; it was quite fun ! With many games or activities to play in pairs.
    Last time i got around they had this “24” (the TV show) themed thing going on tough I didn’t participate haha.

    I especially love the view some of the higher located restaurants in the decks offer at night.
    Tough it’s kind of too cold now to casually sit on the terrace sections with a view 🙁

    There’s also residential buildings for people to live in on Odaiba; I can imagine tough those appartments are really expensive for the novelty of living on a man-made island mostly for recreational purposes !
    I have a funny picture taken at Odaiba that I wanted to upload but I can’t find it .. basically it’s infront of those heart shaped lights (with the view of tokyo/rainbow bridge in the backdrop of it) and a guy I met who was wearing a Mexican wrestling mask for some funny poses. oh well 🙂

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Nice. Thanks for your great write up of the memories you have. Odaiba is a great place to escape the main Tokyo city isn’t it. I particularly like having lunch there on a week day and looking back at the office buildings thinking of all the people rushing around inside. 🙂

  2. whipcracker says:

    RT @tweetmeme Odaiba Walk, Japan shopping | Shibuya246 http://bit.ly/8ilKlk Even though I’ve never been there, I actually do feel I’ve been. With the help of Shibuyas great photos and writngs and the comment from people like Lithiumangel it gives me the satisfaction of being able to be a part of all this. I feel like I could literally reach through the computer screen and be right in the middle of everything that’s going on over there.
    Wasn’t the solar bear brought out about the same time as the Tokyo 2016 olympic campaign, or am I wrong? I remember your post on the subject but not on the time frame.
    Here is a link to the Statue of Liberty in Odaiba http://tinyurl.com/yjzutct

    1. shibuya246 says:

      I agree. Lithiumangel gave a great write up. Thank you. It is nice to have lots of people participating in the comments to take the topic further than the original article. Wonderful. 🙂 The Solar Bear was there for a while before the Olympic campaign I think, but there could be some connection on the timeline. The Solar Bear is not getting quite involved in merchandising and whilst not anywhere near as popular as Rilakkuma is doing quite well.

  3. Neksus says:

    Lovely place, I like Odaiba. Rainbow bridge is already in my speech 🙂

    Yellow and orange colors are always “full” in your pics, is that because of the lenses? Comparing here with the airport ones.

    Or there is something you can get only with “the touch and feel” of the light (i.e. just experience/right time and place)?
    In fact that photo came out superb, I love the contrast between the two sides of the street.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Thanks. I like the warm colors. I like to point the camera towards the light or sun (not directly) and try to draw some of the color from it into the photo. Too much and it can be a negative thing, but to warm the photo up, light is cool. I have tried this at night as well with shop lights in the background etc., but not had as much success. I find car headlights can be useful to add some color to the photos when taking people in the foreground.

      The plane pictures were not done on purpose that way, but it added some nice warmth to what would have been a plain picture.

      I might upload more of the snaps I take rather than just the pictures I liked. Even some of the pictures that turned out less than perfect can also tell a story. 🙂

  4. HELLOSHEENA says:

    I love the Solar Bears and very interesting about the Statue of Liberty! I thought we were the only ones with it. lol

    1. shibuya246 says:

      The Solar Bear character is very cool ^^.

  5. darenothope says:

    Your photos are really great. I’ve only been to Odaiba once and it was so much fun and so pretty. Spent lots of time in the Fuji TV building buying FujiTv merchandise. XD

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Thanks. Fuji TV is a great place to visit and pick up heaps of merchansing. Nice. I am just checking out your flickr account too. 🙂

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