Fun Things To Do in Odaiba
Nothing beats visiting Odaiba on a hot summer day. Odaiba features many great places like Venus Fort, Sega Joypolis, Rainbow Bridge, Fuji TV, Gundam Robot and the famous Odaiba ferris wheel.
The most amazing thing was definitely the Venus Fort. A full shopping experience modeled after the shopping area at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas which is quite a coincedence since I was there a few months earlier.
Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo.
It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area.
Odaiba, along with Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, are two of the only places in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area where the seashore is accessible, and not blocked by industry and harbor areas.
The name Odaiba comes from a series of six island fortresses constructed in 1853 by Egawa Hidetatsu for the Tokugawa shogunate in order to protect Edo from attack by sea, the primary threat being Commodore Matthew Perry's Black Ships which had arrived in the same year.
Every 30 minutes, an artificial sun sets over the faux-cobbled streets of the Venus Fort shopping mall. The designers of this spectacular cathedral of retail were charged with the unenviable task of capturing the ambience of old Venice in a new shopping centre on an artificial island, and the result is a surreal one.