Odaiba

Travel - September 18th, 2009
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An artificial island in Tokyo bay, Odaiba features parks, shopping malls, and museums, as well as the stunning Kenzo Tange-designed Fuji TV headquarters. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo for somewhere more spacious and relaxing, Odaiba makes for a tranquil yet entertainment-filled destination. Eco-conscious visitors can walk from Shibaura across the Rainbow Bridge in about thirty minutes. For the best view on the return trip, especially at night, take the Yurikamome elevated train across the Rainbow Bridge to Shimbashi, and see the city twinkle.

Toyota Mega Web

This great visitor center is much more than a souped-up dealership. It’s the largest Toyota showroom in the world, featuring classic cars and all-new eco models, such as the new hybrid FFCHV, capable of traveling from Tokyo to Osaka without being refuelled. Take a photo next to a Formula One car, and discover how the hybrid concept works with display engines from popular Prius models. The futuristic concept vehicles are great to see, and visitors can even take a ride in a self-driving electric car for just ¥200. A highlight of the experience are the free shows in the cinema, offering a driver’s eye view of the Fuji Speedway racetrack people with motion sickness are advised to avoid this, as the seats move in sync with the racing.

Aomi 1-chome, Koto-ku
Tel: 03-3599-0808
www.megaweb.gr.jp/English/


Miraikan

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One of Tokyo’s best museums, Miraikan is also called the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, and features hands-on exhibits charting the creation and development of robots, computers, and space technology. Learn about everything from Japan’s space program to medical breakthroughs, see Honda’s famed, human-like Azimo robot, and learn how technology could help future generations look after the planet. Miraikan is a very popular choice for families, and the interactive exhibits are fun for adults, too.

2-41 Aomi, Koto-ku
Tel: 03-3570-9151
www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en

Shiokaze Park

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The giant Gundam statue may have gone by now, but this waterside park is still worth a visit. Families and couples can enjoy picnics and barbecues, fishermen cast their lines, and sketch artists busily capture the view of the cityscape. Look out for the replica of the Statue of Liberty, perfect for photo opportunities with Tokyo Tower and the city’s skyscrapers in the background.

1-2 Higashi Yashio, Shinagawa-ku
Tel:03-5500-2455