Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tokyo Bay's Odaiba

Do you know what they call the bridge on the left?
We were inside the train, heading to one of Tokyo's most interesting tourist spots and highly popular shopping and entertainment district - Odaiba.
Daiba literally means "fort", which refers to the artificial man-made islands in the Tokyo Bay. These islands were constructed in the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) for defensive purposes against attacks from the sea. The islands underwent some dramatic redevelopment and expansion during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area.
They call it the Rainbow Bridge.
Mich thinks that the name is funny lol.
We took the Yurikamome (don't you think the name is cute haha) Rapid Transit Line from Shinbashi Station and got down at Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station.
Besides spring, I guess autumn is the best time to travel around Japan because it is neither too hot nor cold. The weather is just perfect for an outdoor outing. The fact that Odaiba is located just by the sea allowed us to enjoy the cooling sea breeze on a Saturday evening. I actually wanted to visit this place since like forever, but never got the chance to do it. I almost went there before I went back to Malaysia in early August this year, since there was a 1:1 scale Gundam statue on display in Odaiba. I am not an avid fan of Japanese anime or Gundam at all, but I just wanted to make those Gundam fanatics who didn't have the chance to go there to feel jealous haha.
God knows my evil intention; that is why I didn't make it there in the end haha. WinD suggested to me to go there when we were planning our trip around Tokyo, and I agreed almost immediately.
Fuji Television studios with a distinctive building designed by Kenzo Tange. Visitors can go up there but we gave this one a skip this time.
Taking a photo with the Fuji TV studio in the background. On-walking pedestrians there were smiling at us when we set up our camera using our bags as tripod haha.
How the place look like when the sun decided to get some rest. Aqua City shopping centre is on the left by the way.
It was a long-weekend holiday and it wasn't a surprise to see the place was crowded with couples, families and groups of friends. Also not forgetting the photography enthusiasts who were busy setting up their camera before the sun sets to capture their best possible shot of the Rainbow Bridge.
The sights of chartered yakatabune, or Japanese traditional roofed pleasure boat in the sea complete the breathtaking sight of the night view of Tokyo from the island. Yakatabune are one of the most popular and best-kept entertainment secrets in Japan. Yakata means roof and bune means boat, so its name describes exactly what it looks like - a boat with a roof. These narrow boats usually carry 20 to 100 passengers and are especially built for pleasure cruising down Japan's rivers.
Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower in the far background.
Just skip this picture haha.
Asked an ang moh to take this picture for us. Luckily he knows how to take proper picture haha.

A replica of the Statue of Liberty.
Our next destination was the Daikanransha, a 115-metre (377 feet) Ferris wheel which was the world's tallest Ferris wheel at its time of construction. Completed in 1999, it is almost twice as big as Eye On Malaysia which stands only at 60 meters tall.
WinD is a big fan of Ferris wheel; he gets really excited like a small kid whenever he sees a Ferris wheel. On our way there, he walked so fast, almost as fast as running speed and I had no choice but to keep up with his pace. I knew he couldn't wait to hop into one of those gondolas.
Daikanransha in Pallete Town.

Took a picture from afar first before walking there.
Like no other better place to take a picture haha!
The entrance to Palette Town.
Daikanransha is one of the main attractions in Pallete Town, a shopping and entertainment complex which also consists of Venus Fort, a Venice-themed shopping mall; Sun Walk; Mega Web, exhibition hall of car maker Toyota; Zepp Tokyo, one of Tokyo's largest performance halls and nightclubs; and Tokyo Leisure Land, a 24 hour video gaming, karaoke, and bowling centre.
There are two types of gondolas which we can choose from, the fully-transparent or the partially-transparent one. Both are priced at 900 yen (RM 30) for a fifteen-minute ride (one round).
Colourful gondolas of Daikanransha.
It is written there - "Tokyo Leisure Land".
The ticket for the ride.
We got a green #10 gondola.
View from the highest point of the Ferris wheel.
It is almost like going up to a tower and enjoying the night view of one of the biggest city in the world.
For someone who has acrophobia (afraid of heights), being lifted so high up the sky certainly wasn't the most comfortable experience, I would say. That is why I didn't look down, not even once throughout the whole ride haha.
We decided to call it a day a bit early because we need to catch the last bus back to his place. On our way back to the nearest station, we saw trucks and vans from Fuji TV parked inside a parking lot.
That is a very familiar pink sign, isn't it?
Posing at the platform of Tokyo Teleport Station, while waiting for the train =.=||

We stopped halfway to grab our simple dinner - 鶏ゆずうどん (toriyuzu udon).

That sums up our first day going around Tokyo. The following day, WinD had his part-time job, while I went to the Embassy of Malaysia to be expossed to H1N1 haha wtf.


Candlelyn said...

takyo night view はきいれですね...nice trip!

calvin said...

@ candlelyn:
yea, it is. glad you like it :)

KOKahKOK said...

wahhhh.... tallman! luckily i never stand and take pic with u .. or else i gonna be like tall n short... :) jk

nice nite view leh...

kh said...

you're so tall and yet fear of heights... its the same as how you look down on me la ...hahaha

kh said...

you're so tall and yet fear of heights... its the same as how you look down on me la ...hahaha

calvin said...

@ kokahkok:
i will make sure we take such picture one day =P
it would be so much nicer if i have a dslr >.<

calvin said...

@ kh:
yeah, i am that tall that every time i look down on the ground, i will feel worried and scared haha!
look down on you on what? you fear for calm water? haha xD

Anonymous said...


=chuan guan= said...


is it da cost of living there same as where u stayed?

Kae Vin said...

the photo the angmoh took for you, looks like father and son. lol~

why didn't go to the 1:1 scale gundam thing?

mg said...

i love ferries wheel tooo.. i'd choose d transparent gondola! so nice tokyo!!!! T3T

calvin said...

@ wind:

calvin said...

@ =chuan guan=:
you mean the place i am currently staying, nagaoka? nope, it is slightly more expensive in tokyo, of course.

calvin said...

@ kae vin:
that day you guys said we look like partners, now we look like father and son. i think my blog has improved your imagination skills tremendously haha xD

the gundam thing was no longer there =\

calvin said...

@ michelleg:
hey, lets try eye on malacca one day, want? =P

KOKahKOK said...

Calvin, i will make sure I sit on chair and take pic with you :)

mg said...
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calvin said...

@ kokahkok:
that will still make you look shorter than me xD