ODAIBA お台場 (the magical land of Narnia in Tokyo)

When sweet innocent Lucy climbed into the stuffy wardrobe of the eccentric Professor Kirke, she discovered a whole new world of magical creatures, an initial horrid place of “always Winter, but never Christmas”, a ruthless white witch with her enticing promise of never ending Turkish delight, a comical Jackdaw that made the first joke of the world, a group of dumb Duffers that hilariously echoed the views of others, a gloomy but stalwart Marsh-Wiggle, and a wise and compassionate great lion Aslan that conquered the evil ruler.

Odaiba is the magical land of Narnia in Tokyo.

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Started off as several artificial fort islands built by massive landfills, the place was subsequently transformed into a platform for marine cannon battery constructed during the Tokugawa shogunate era as defence against the threatening black steel ships of United States. Today, Odaiba is a futuristic residential, entertainment and business districts full of wonders and surprises.

Remember in the story of the “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, how the three children Lucy, Edmund and Eustace were being unexpectedly swallowed up by a common-looking, long neglected wall painting of sea and found themselves physically landed in the ocean of the magical land of Narnia?

Odaiba is the place where you can find yourself immersing in the mind boggling two-dimensional world of tricky illusion and visual arts at one second, and relishing the spectacular seaside view of New York at the very next. Under the same roof of Palette Town, you can embrace the romantic purple Italian sky at one moment, and get transported to the sweet pink land of Hello Kitty at the very next. Perhaps even C. S. Lewis could not fathom how a giant robotic creature can fit into a fantasy realm of Narnia, but Odaiba thinks otherwise and made the impossible happens.

Oh, the irresistible magical land of so much fun!

(1) Trick Art Museum迷宫馆

Location:         4th Floor of Decks Tokyo Beach

Access:            400 metres/ 5 minutes walk from Odaiba Keihinkoen Station (Yurikamome line)

Time:              11 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Ticket:             900 yen

(Decks Tokyo Beach)

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(2) Statue of Liberty

Location:       Right in front of Fuji TV Building and beside Aqua City.

Intro:              45 metres tall, ¼ the size of New York City statue

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(3) Rainbow Bridge

Intro:              Connecting Odaiba to the rest of Tokyo, 798m long, 2 deckers, shines with green, red & white lights at night with solar energy stored in the day

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(4) Aquacity Odaiba

Access:           Next to Decks Tokyo Beach/ or by metro Odaiba Station (Yurikamome line)

Time:              11.00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Intro:              Shopping mall, with Daiso (the largest franchise of 105 yen shops in Japan) and the one and only Coco-Cola themed store in Tokyo

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(5) Fuji Television

Access:            Right in front of Aquacity Odaiba.

Intro:              Headquarters of Fuji television, marvellous steel and glass building

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(6) Life sized Gundam

Location:        Right in front of the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

Access:            500 metres/ 6 minutes walk from Aquacity Odaiba

Intro:              New shopping complex opened in April 2012. Life sized Gundam statue in front of building.

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(7) History Garage & Toyota Mega Web

Intro:              A museum exhibiting classic cars from past decades & a showroom showing off the latest models of hybrid and electric cars, car accessories and technologies of Toyota

Access:            850 metres / 10 minutes walk from DiverCity Tokyo; or by metro- Aomi Station (Yurikamome Line)

Location:        Inside Palette Town

Ticket:            Free admission

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(8) Venus Fort

Intro:              A shopping mall with style of 18th century Italian City, featuring over a hundred shops, fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants on 3 floors.

Access:            850 metres / 10 minutes walk from DiverCity Tokyo; or by metro- Aomi Station (Yurikamome Line)

Location:        Inside Palette Town

Time:              11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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(9) Kawaii Paradise

Intro:              A mini indoor Hello Kitty theme park

Access:            850 metres / 10 minutes walk from DiverCity Tokyo; or by metro- Aomi Station (Yurikamome Line)

Location:        Inside Palette Town, ground floor (“family floor”) next to an arcade

Ticket:            Free admission

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(10) Sky Wheel

Intro:              A Ferris wheel that rotates for 16 minutes for one sky-ward, 115 metres tall, one of the world’s largest

Time:              10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ticket:            900 yen

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4 thoughts on “ODAIBA お台場 (the magical land of Narnia in Tokyo)

  1. Great pictures! I wanted to go to the Trick Art Museum when we were at Odaiba but we ran out of time. And the Toyota place was being renovated and the whole building was empty! Loved Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise, I spent so much yen trying to win a Halloween Hello Kitty toy from one of those games!

      • Thank you so much for your kind comment. I am really enjoying your blog as well! You’ve been to so many great places in and around Tokyo and reading your posts brings back wonderful memories of my time there.

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