Tokyo - Odaiba Island
5.21.15 - 5.21.15 80 °F
Today we ventured to Odaiba Island - on the other side of Tokyo from where we were staying, not far from Tokyo Disneyland. My traveling companion has never visited there during his time living in Japan. Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, 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. The island has some remarkable architecture.
Our first stop was the Tokyo Big Site - Japan's largest exhibition-oriented convention center. It's a remarkable building!
We then wandered down a lovely promenade to our next stop - the Toyota Showroom, featuring current and concept vehicles in the Toyota inventory. (We decided to skip the Ferris wheel!)
We then headed for our final stop - Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation . Although not that robust in comparison the Smithsonian level of museums, it did spark the interest of the many Japanese high school students that were visiting.
It was then back on two trains to our hotel, where we watched a beautiful sunset from our 25th floor hotel room.