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Odaiba : Amazing Fusion of Asian and Western Cities

I have been to Odaiba several times in the past, a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay across Rainbow Bridge, but my last visit was a bit different. Maybe because during my previous visits I was preoccupied with other things or maybe my perspective of places have changed since I started my blog.

For most locals or even foreign visitors here in Tokyo, Odaiba is greatly known as the shopping haven especially for ladies. Several malls were built catering to hundreds of stores for all things one can think of – clothes, shoes, bags, gadgets, toys, even pet animals! But for me, Odaiba is a center of fusion here in Tokyo. One can find bits and pieces of different culture and environment without leaving the island.

Odaiba as a Mixture of Asian and Western Culture

1. A Taste of New York

Standing tall near the coast just a few minutes away from Odaiba Seaside Park is a replica of the Statue of Liberty. The place tends to be crowded with local and foreign tourists taking shots with the beautiful statue.

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Tokyo City skyscrapers behind Liberty

2. A Taste of Hawaii and the Tropics

A few steps away from Liberty, you will find yourself in Hawaiian spirit because of the stores and restaurants in Aqua City and the Decks. These two malls are connected by a wooden deck facing the coast as if  you are walking in a boardwalk.

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My favorite restaurant whenever I am in Odaiba (photo credit: luvtoexplore.blogspot.jp)
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Odaiba coast in front of Decks Tokyo Beach and Aqua City shopping malls (photo credit: luvtoexplore.blogspot.jp

3. A Taste of Italy

One of my favorite places in Odaiba is the Venus Fort, a shopping center just outside Teleport Station. What I love mostly is the architecture of the place which brings people back to old Venice. Outside, the building looks very common. Inside, it is like one is walking in the streets of venice. To add to the experience, the ceiling simulate the sky and it even changes from day to night.

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Inside Venus Fort

4. A Taste of History

Still inside the Venus Fort is a mecca for car lovers. The History Garage showcases restored vintage cars as old as 1920s. It also shows the evolution of not only cars made from Japan but also cars around. The interiors of the place were designed in a mixture of old European streets and American garage.

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A restored BMW Isetta 300 inside History Garage
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Admiring vintage cars inside History Garage

5. A Taste of Modern Technology

If you are not so much of a fan for vintage cars but still adores cars, just across Venus Fort is the Toyota Megaweb where you can see, explore, and practice driving different Toyota cars. They also have a special nook for car racing where people can try simulation driving.

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Practicing for a big race!
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The latest Fuel Cell Sedan powered by hydrogen

6. A Taste of Animation

Odaiba is also a haven for anime lovers. If you walk around the area, you will never miss the huge Gundam standing tall in front of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza.

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An 11-meter tall Gundam welcoming the guests of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

7.   A Taste of Interesting Architecture

Since it is a reclaimed island, Odaiba is a great example for modern urban city center equipped with fascinating architecture and infrastructure.

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The Fuji TV Building
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Enjoying the fishes inside Aqua City
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An open green space with a great view of the Telecom Center and the 115-meter tall ferris wheel
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Rainbow Bridge viewed from the decks
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Shiozake and Higashi Yashio parks provide enjoyable green space for families and friends

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