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Skyline of Odaiba
Skyline of Odaiba
Dai-Roku Daiba (第六台場) or "No. 6 Battery", one of the original Edo-era battery islands, as viewed from the Rainbow Bridge. The developed area of Odaiba is in the background.
Aqua City and Fuji TV
Rainbow Bridge viewed from the Odaiba side of Tokyo Bay.
Tokyo Big Sight
Tokyo Big Sight
The Rainbow Bridge and Statue of Liberty replica from Odaiba's AquaCity shopping mall

Odaiba (お台場, 35.63° N 139.775° E) (sometimes known as Daiba and sometimes referred to as the Tokyo Teleport Town) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan. Administratively it is part of Minato, Koto and Shinagawa Wards. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x132, 77 KB)Found on a Japanese site which states they are free use public domain pictures. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x132, 77 KB)Found on a Japanese site which states they are free use public domain pictures. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 149 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 149 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Rainbow Bridge viewed from Odaiba: note the loop at the far end, which brings Rinko Road and the Yurikamome New Transit from surface level to bridge level. ... Download high resolution version (1200x1600, 260 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1200x1600, 260 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x853, 775 KB) Summary Rainbow Bridge In Tokyo Bay Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x853, 775 KB) Summary Rainbow Bridge In Tokyo Bay Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 799 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1126 × 845 pixel, file size: 283 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A view of central Tokyo from AquaCity in Odaiba I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 799 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1126 × 845 pixel, file size: 283 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A view of central Tokyo from AquaCity in Odaiba I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or... Rainbow Bridge may refer to: Rainbow Bridge National Monument in Utah. ... Liberty Enlightening the World (French: La liberté éclairant le monde), known more commonly as the Statue of Liberty (Statue de la Liberté), is a large statue that was presented to the United States by France in 1886. ... Before Mexico City, Tenochtitlan was an artificial island of 250,000 (Dr Atl) Dejima, not allowed direct contact with nearby Nagasaki Formoza (Gdynia) The World in Dubai An artificial island is an island that has been formed by human, rather than natural means. ... Tokyo Bay from space Tokyo Bay ) is a bay in the southern Kantō region of Japan. ... Tokyo Tower and Zojoji by night, Shiba Park Roppongi Hills Rainbow Bridge connecting central Tokyo to Odaiba Minato (港区 -ku) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. ... Kōtō (江東区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Shinagawa ) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. ...

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History

Odaiba was originally constructed in 1853 by the Tokugawa shogunate as a series of 6 fortresses in order to protect Tokyo from attack by sea, the primary threat being Commodore Matthew Perry's Black Ships, which had arrived in the same year. Daiba in Japanese refers to the cannon batteries placed on the islands. The Tokugawa shogunate or Tokugawa bakufu (徳川幕府) (also known as the Edo bakufu) was a feudal military dictatorship of Japan established in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu and ruled by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family until 1868. ... Fortifications (Latin fortis, strong, and facere, to make) are military constructions designed for defensive warfare. ... Tokyo ), the common English name for the Tokyo Metropolis ), is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and, unique among the prefectures, provides certain municipal services characteristic of a city. ... Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858). ... Not to be confused with Canon. ...


In 1928, the Dai-San Daiba (第三台場) or "No. 3 Battery" was refurbished and opened to the public as the Metropolitan Daiba Park, which remains open to this day.


The modern redevelopment of Odaiba started after the success of Expo '85 in Tsukuba. The Japanese economy was riding high, and Odaiba was to be a showcase as futuristic living, built at a cost of over $10 billion. T3, as it was nicknamed, was supposed to be a self-sufficient city of over 100,000 residents. The "bubble economy" burst in 1991, and by 1995 Odaiba was a virtual wasteland, underpopulated and full of vacant lots. Expo 85 was a worlds fair held in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan (Tsukuba Science City, a planned city focused on technology north of Tokyo) between March 17 and September 16, 1985. ... Tsukuba (Japanese: つくば市 Tsukuba-shi) is a planned city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. ... An economic bubble occurs when speculation in a commodity causes the price to increase, thus producing more speculation. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1996, the area was rezoned from pure business to allow also commercial and entertainment districts, and the area started coming back to life as Tokyo discovered the seaside it never had. Hotels and shopping malls opened up, several large companies including Fuji TV moved their headquarters to the island, and transportation links improved. Fuji Television Network, Inc. ...


Attractions

Today's Odaiba is a popular shopping and sightseeing destination for Tokyoites and tourists alike. Some major attractions include:

  • Fuji TV studios with a distinctive building designed by Kenzo Tange
  • Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo) connects Odaiba to the heart of Tokyo
  • Decks Tokyo Beach shopping mall, feat. Sega Joypolis and Little Hong Kong
  • Aqua City shopping center
  • Venus Fort, a Venice-themed shopping mall
  • Zepp Tokyo, one of Tokyo's largest performance hall/nightclubs
  • Palette Town Ferris Wheel (Daikanransha), height 115m, briefly the world's largest when opened in 1999
  • Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari hot springs
  • Tokyo Big Sight Tokyo International Exhibition Center
  • One of two beaches in urban Tokyo (swimming not recommended), along with Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward.
  • Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

The Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba is known for its eccentric architecture. ... Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo Kenzo Tange (丹下健三, Tange Kenzō; September 4, 1913 - March 22, 2005) was a Japanese architect, and winner of the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture. ... Rainbow Bridge viewed from Odaiba: note the loop at the far end, which brings Rinko Road and the Yurikamome New Transit from surface level to bridge level. ... Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venezsia, Latin: Venetia) is a city in northern Italy, the capital of region Veneto, and has a population of 271,251 (census estimate January 1, 2004). ... The Conference Tower The Tokyo Big Sight (東京ビッグサイト) , also called the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (東京国際展示場), is a Japanese convention center that opened in April 1996. ... Kasai Rinkai Park (葛西臨海公園 Kasai Rinkai Kōen), which officially opened on June 1st, 1989, is in Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan. ... Location of Edogawa-ku in Tokyo. ... Miraikan Miraikan is Japans National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, created by Japans Science and Technology Agency. ...

Transport

Two Shuto Expressway lines access Odaiba: Route 11 enters from central Tokyo crossing the Rainbow Bridge, while the Wangan Route enters from Shinagawa Ward through the Tokyo Port Tunnel and from the bayfront areas of Tokyo and Chiba to the east. A map of the Expressway Shuto Expressway , lit. ... Rainbow Bridge viewed from Odaiba: note the loop at the far end, which brings Rinko Road and the Yurikamome New Transit from surface level to bridge level. ... Shinagawa ) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. ...


By public transport Odaiba is accessible via the automated Yurikamome transit system from Shinbashi and Toyosu. The privately operated Rinkai Line runs between Shin-Kiba and Osaki but many trains connect directly to the stations Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. City buses provide cheaper if slower access. Ferries connect Odaiba with Asakusa running along the Sumida river and the Kasai Rinkai Park in eastern Tokyo. New Transit Yurikamome (新交通ゆりかもめ) is an automated guideway transit service operated by the Tokyo Waterfront New Transit Corporation, connecting Shinbashi to Ariake on the artificial island of Odaiba in Tokyo, Japan. ... JR Shinbashi Station Shinbashi Station (新橋駅; -eki) is a major interchange station in Tokyos Minato Ward. ... Yurikamome section of Toyosu Station, where the line ends. ... The Tokyo Waterfront Railway (東京臨海高速鉄道 Tokyo Rinkai Kosoku Tetsudo, or Rinkai Line) is a private railway in Tokyo, Japan, connecting Tokyo to the artificial islands of Aomi and Odaiba in Tokyo Bay. ... Shin-Kiba Station ) is a railway station located in Kōtō Ward, Tokyo, Japan. ... Shibuya station platform The statue of Hachiko is a famous meeting place. ... South side of Shinjuku Station at night East exit of Shinjuku Station Shinjuku Station ) is a train station located in Shinjuku and Shibuya wards in Tokyo, Japan. ... Ikebukuro Station (池袋駅 Ikebukuro-eki) is Tokyos second-busiest train station, after Shinjuku Station. ... The Pride of Burgundy, a P&O Ferries car ferry on the Dover-Calais route A ferry is a boat or a ship carrying passengers, and possibly their vehicles, on a relatively short-distance, regularly-scheduled service. ... Sensoji Temple The Kaminarimon is the outer gate of the Sensoji, Asakusas famous temple. ... The Sumida River flowing through Adachi, Tokyo The Sumida River (隅田川, Sumida-gawa) is a river which flows through Tokyo, Japan. ... Kasai Rinkai Park (葛西臨海公園 Kasai Rinkai Kōen), which officially opened on June 1st, 1989, is in Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan. ...


Odaiba in Fiction

This city is featured in the anime series Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 as the hometown of the first two groups of Chosen Children. The program featured real-life locations such as the Daikanransha ferris wheel, Rainbow Bridge,Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Big Sight, and Fuji TV. In one episode of digimon the T.V. station is entirely destroyed and the sphere in it's structure is used to destroy an enemy digimon. A fictionalized neighbor to Odaiba known as "Infinity Bank" features in the third season of the Sailor Moon manga, and a construction project with a similar history, "Marine Cathedral", makes a brief, albeit significant, appearance in the anime counterpart. It also appears in Australian author Andrew O'Connor's debut novel Tuvalu (2006). This article contains a trivia section. ... Original run April 2, 2000 – March 25, 2001 No. ... Serialized in Nakayoshi and Run Run Mixxzine and Smile Magazine Original run February 1992 – March 1997 No. ...


The location also features prominently in the anime Genshiken, in which the main characters attend Comic Market, an event held there yearly at the famous Tokyo Big Sight. Genshiken ) is a manga series by Kio Shimoku about a college otaku club and the lifestyle its members pursue which has been adapted into an anime series by director Tsutomu Mizushima. ... General Information Comiket, otherwise known as the Comic Market or CM is the worlds largest comic convention held biannually in Tokyo, Japan. ... The Conference Tower The Tokyo Big Sight (東京ビッグサイト) , also called the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (東京国際展示場), is a Japanese convention center that opened in April 1996. ...


External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
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  • Odaiba Decks
  • Odaiba Travel Guide @ Picturetokyo.com Information and Gallery

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Tokyo/Odaiba - Wikitravel (1523 words)
Odaiba (お台場) is a large artificial island in Tokyo, Japan, featuring many hypermodern and just plain strange buildings memorably described as the result of an acid-soaked pre-schooler's architecture class.
Odaiba was originally constructed in 1853 by the Tokugawa shogunate as a series of 6 fortresses in order to protect Tokyo from attack by sea, the primary threat being Commodore Matthew Perry's Black Ships, which had arrived in the same year.
The Japanese economy was riding high, and Odaiba was to be a showcase as futuristic living, built at a cost of over $10 billion.
Odaiba at AllExperts (480 words)
Odaiba (お台場) (sometimes known as Daiba) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan.
Two Shuto Expressway lines access Odaiba: Route 11 enters from central Tokyo crossing the Rainbow Bridge, while the Wangan Route enters from Shinagawa Ward through the Tokyo Port Tunnel and from the bayfront areas of Tokyo and Chiba to the east.
By public transport Odaiba is accessible via the automated Yurikamome transit system from Shinbashi as well as with the privately operated Rinkai Line running between Osaki and Shin-Kiba.
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