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Tokyo tourism and Odaiba: backwater to fashion, architecture and ultra modernity

Tokyo tourism and Odaiba: backwater to fashion, architecture and ultra modernity

Sarah Deschamps and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

In Tokyo several places really stand out for being unique in style and this certainly applies to Odaiba. If this is your first visit to Tokyo then Odaiba is a must because of the stunning architecture on show. Also, if you travel by New Transit Yurikamome by connecting at Shimbashi Train Station, then your first view of Odaiba and the entire area will always stay with you because this ultra-modern transport system highlights the creativity of buzzing Tokyo. Therefore, in the modern period Odaiba is clearly on the tourist map and a must place to escape the madding crowds of buzzing Shinjuku, Shibuya, and many other high octane areas like Ikebukuro.

However, not so long ago this part of Tokyo was rundown and the future looked bleak. This is difficult to imagine given the trendy boutiques on show in several elegant shopping malls and the beach which is a welcome escape. Also, at night the stunning Rainbow Bridge is a treat in itself and the same applies to watching boats passing by with people enjoying life.

Yet in the early 1990s this scene was difficult to predict because the bubble economy meant that new hope for Odaiba seemed distant. Indeed the history of Odaiba is fascinating by itself because this part of Tokyo was constructed in 1851 to keep America and others at bay. However, the winds of change meant that this dream couldn’t be maintained because Western encroachment was spilling all over Asia.

It is somewhat ironic today that you have a Statue of Liberty based in Odaiba with its French roots. This iconic image for Americans and people all over the world is a little out of place in Japan and the same applies to the history of this district which was built to keep international trade at bay.

The next major push to alter Odaiba was a public park which was refurbished in 1928 and the remnants of this venture remains today with further modernizations. However, the real momentum for Odaiba was based on the success of the Expo ’85 which was held in Tsukuba. Therefore, with the economy being in full swing in this period and the success of Tsukuba, major plans were made to turn Odaiba into a futuristic city.

This applied to designing places for exclusive living, modern architecture, important business structures, and other relevant areas. Yet after the bubble economy much of the new planning appeared like one big disaster because by the middle of the 1990s you had many vacant lots, a minor population which couldn’t maintain Odaiba and other areas were still a wasteland.  Therefore, development was very uneven and far from being a showcase it was a remnant of over-spending and grand ideas which seemed out of place.

However, in 1996 fresh thinking emerged which laid the foundation for a buzzing Odaiba and this applies to allowing entertainment districts and commercial ventures. Within a short time trendy shopping malls were entering the scene along with hotels and large companies which would alter the landscape. This can be seen today by the iconic Fuji TV building which was a trendsetter and even today it is a famous landmark. Also, new transportation links opened up the area and the attractiveness of the seaside became a winner which would be connected with the park, trendy shopping malls, new entertainment ventures and other important factors.

In an earlier article about Odaiba by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that “Odaiba is a major tourist area in Tokyo and the beauty of this place is that you feel that you are visiting a different Tokyo because of the beach, walkways, Statue of Liberty, and the colorful boats which light up the see at night.  Therefore, while Odaiba is full of life during the day it is also true that the atmosphere changes at night because of the stunning views of Rainbow Bridge at night.” 

“Odaiba is also a great place for romance because at night you will see many romantic couples walking hand in hand and you will often see people smooching near the beach area or on the beach.”

“The development of Fuji TV Building, Tokyo Big Sight, Telecom Center, and other futuristic buildings, all helped to create a new Odaiba.  Each new lavish development complimented Odaiba and by the end of the 1990s it was clear that tourism would begin to take off.”

  

In the Odaiba of 2012 you have many lovely boutiques to visit in Decks Tokyo Beach and Aquacity Odaiba. The boutiques are a mixture of Japanese fashion and international fashion and clearly many Tokyoites love to visit these fashionable malls. Also, in Aquacity Odaiba you have a major cinema complex and the wooden decks outside provide stunning views of Rainbow Bridge from various different angles.

Another great place to find elegant boutiques is Venus Fort which is designed like an eighteenth century South European town. The boutiques and restaurants in Venus Fort mix well with the stylish architecture. Therefore, the fashion aspect of Odaiba can’t be ignored and you have many conventions for cosplay and other trendy aspects of Japanese culture.

Tourists are also spoilt for choice because you have many tourist attractions and this notably applies to Telecom Center Area; Odaiba Seaside Park; Daikanransha Ferris Wheel; Museum of Maritime Science; National Museum of Emerging Science; Ariake Colosseum; Palette Town; Leisureland; Toyota Mega Web; Oedo Onsen Monogatari; Panasonic Center; Zepp Tokyo; and Tokyo Big Sight is a huge exhibition and convention center and the architecture is extremely bold.

In 2012 you have more grand designs in the pipeline and clearly Odaiba will continue to flourish. The beach is a welcome place to relax and Rainbow Bridge at night is truly beautiful.  Therefore, if you are new to Tokyo then Odaiba is a must place to visit because you will witness an ultra-modern area which is fused together with modern tourist concepts.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3008.html

http://www.aquacity.jp/en/shop/fashion01_2.html

http://www.venusfort.co.jp/multi/index_e.html 

leejay@moderntokyotimes.com

http://moderntokyotimes.com

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Japan

 

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Odaiba in Tokyo: Entertainment, fashion, romance and Rainbow Bridge

Odaiba in Tokyo: Entertainment, fashion, romance and Rainbow Bridge

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Odaiba is a major tourist area in Tokyo and the beauty of this place is that you feel that you are visiting a different Tokyo because of the beach, walkways, Statue of Liberty, and the colorful boats which light up the see at night.  Therefore, while Odaiba is full of life during the day it is also true that the atmosphere changes at night because of the stunning views of Rainbow Bridge at night. 

Odaiba is also a great place for romance because at night you will see many romantic couples walking hand in hand and you will often see people smooching near the beach area or on the beach.

This does not mean that singles or groups of friends can’t enjoy the atmosphere because you certainly can and I like to visit by myself and just sit down and listen to house and trance music; while enjoying the relaxing aspect of Odaiba and the amazing view at night.

The boom time for Odaiba began in the mid-1990s and since then the amount of tourists visiting keeps on growing and it certainly adds to your stay in Tokyo.  This applies to the relaxing nature of Odaiba and the modern reality of the infrastructure.

It is also awash with fashion shops, restaurants, and you have plenty of entertainment on offer.  Also, Odaiba is blessed with stunning modern architecture and new developments are ongoing and they will add to the growing strength of Odaiba.

Odaiba is a man-made island which was built in Tokyo Bay and major landfills have taken place.  At first the new designs for Odaiba did not really materialize because development was slow and patchy.  Added to this, the “bubble economy” did not help but by the middle of the 1990s it became clear that Odaiba was gradually changing for the better after several hotels and shopping malls began to appear and an elevated train line was opened.

The development of Fuji TV Building, Tokyo Big Sight, Telecom Center, and other futuristic buildings, all helped to create a new Odaiba.  Each new lavish development complimented Odaiba and by the end of the 1990s it was clear that tourism would begin to take off.

The pulling power of Fuji TV Building is based on this company being one of the biggest private television stations in Japan.  The architecture of the building also stands out and many people enjoy the observatory deck and the exhibits on show.

Decks Tokyo Beach and Aquacity Odaiba are shopping malls and you have many lovely boutique companies, restaurants, cafes, and various different types of stores to visit.  In Aquacity Odaiba you also have a major cinema complex which houses thirteen screens and the wooden decks provide stunning views of Rainbow Bridge.

Therefore, many females who love fashion will also enjoy Odaiba because you have many stylish boutiques to visit and of course you have male fashion on show. Venus Fort also adds to the fashion element of Odaiba because you have many boutiques and the ambience of the architecture is very relaxing and adds to the richness of this part of Tokyo.  

The jewel in the crown for Odaiba is Rainbow Bridge because the design is easy on the eye and looks amazing at all times.  However, the night time view is clearly the best time to feel the power of this bridge and it adds to the romantic feel of Odaiba at night. 

Major tourist attractions also apply to the Telecom Center Area; Museum of Maritime Science; National Museum of Emerging Science; Leisureland; Toyota Mega Web; Ferris Wheel; Oedo Onsen Monogatari; Panasonic Center; and Tokyo Big Sight is a huge exhibition and convention center and the architecture is extremely bold.

Overall, irrespective if you are a Tokyoite or a tourist it is abundantly clear that Odaiba is a great place to relax because you have so many options available.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3008.html

http://www.aquacity.jp/en/shop/fashion01_2.html

http://www.venusfort.co.jp/multi/index_e.html 

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Posted by on June 12, 2011 in Japan

 

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