After a long day of walking through Disney, we were ready for a more relaxing day. We slept in, I worked through a huge load of pictures and updated the blog, and then we made our official plan for the day. I must say that Caleb is an amazing planner and traveler; he began researching and planning for our Tokyo adventure during our first month in Japan, and going into the beginning of last week, we knew exactly what we wanted to do each day. However, like other trips we’ve taken, we (and by “we” I mean, “he”) left some room for spontaneity and change because we weren’t sure how tired we would be towards the end of the week. We hadn’t originally planned to visit Odaiba, but it turned out to be one of our favorite parts of the trip.
Odaiba is home to four different shopping centers filled with amazing shops and stores that you would find in the States: Old Navy, Gap, and Uniqlo being just a few. DiverCity is probably the most well known shopping mall, and along with shops and a food court, has the world’s only full-size Gundam statue. You can walk underneath the statue, and of course, take lots of pictures.
Along with the shopping centers, Odaiba has:
- The Fuji Television Building with a spherical observation deck (you have to buy tickets)
- The Giant Sky Wheel Ferris Wheel
- The Takoyaki Museum
- Megaweb: a car theme park sponsored by Toyota
- Oedo Onsen Monogatari: a hot spring “theme park”
- Joyopolis Mega Game arcade
- Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
- A haunted house
- Sony ExploraScience Technology Museum
- and so much more!
We thought about going up to the observation tower in the Fuji Television building, but decided instead to go to Deck’s, which had a classic arcade and other interesting shops. The main arcade wasn’t like other arcades in Japan with lots of people smoking and flashing electronic machines, but had classic pinball machines, a bowling/ski-ball machine, and other fun nostalgic games.
As we walked through Deck’s there was also a shooting range where you shoot at moving targets, and a Lucky Box store.
At the Lucky Box store, they have bins and bins of boxes wrapped in different colored wrapping paper. The price is dependent upon which wrapping paper color you choose, but the hope is that inside will be an incredible prize, like an iPod and other electronic items. Our box was ¥300, and we opened it up to find a Crazy Shrine Maiden! It was exciting, hilarious, and something I probably won’t do ever again unless I was sure that I had struck gold.
For lunch we ate at the food court in one of the shopping centers. We chose a Yakisoba shop that almost forgot our order… and quite honestly, wasn’t as good as Caleb’s. His Yakisoba is much fresher…and cheaper.
There was also a pet store that was selling a cat for ¥615,600.
PEOPLE. This cat is over SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS. Not only is this cat SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS, but these pictures are contraband & very illegal. Shh, don’t tell Pet Plus.
I was thinking back to when we got our cat Milo while we still lived in the States – I think we paid maybe $25 for him, and we possibly spent $200 on him the entire time we owned him (Caleb will correct me on that). As cute and precious as this cat seemed to be, I can’t even fathom paying $6,000 for a cat. That’s a loan payment right there…
After we toured the shopping malls, we walked around outside because the weather had cooled down, and it turned out to be such a beautiful night. We got a great view of the Rainbow Bridge and the other shops in the area. The Rainbow Bridge was built in 1993, and connects the Shibaura Pier and the Odaiba Waterfront. There is a walkway across the bridge that is free and open to the public, but we marveled at the bridge from afar.
As we watched the sun set over Rainbow Bridge, we felt so thankful that we were given this opportunity to visit Tokyo. In reality, we are so thankful that we’re even in Japan; not everyone has the opportunity to travel and see the world like we do, and we know that we are blessed beyond measure. I think I enjoyed this trip even more because of that reason, and I made sure to remind myself of that when I wanted to complain about little insignificant things.
From Odaiba, we headed back to the apartment and stopped in Shibuya along the way. The district of Shibuya is most known for the iconic Shibuya Crossing, and is also a popular shopping and entertainment area. Shibuya Crossing is a famous intersection right in front of Shibuya Station’s Hachiko Exit, which is also where the statue of Hachiko the Dog resides. Every few minutes, the intersection floods with people crossing to different sides of the street.
We walked up to one of the higher floors of the station, and were able to look down on the massive crowd of people crossing the intersection. While this was certainly not the busiest time of day (we were there around 7:30 p.m.), there were still hundreds and hundreds of people crossing all at once. It was even crazier when we ourselves had to cross the intersection, and I felt like I was going to get lost in the sea of people.
We also stopped to take a few pictures of the Hachiko statue; a statue dedicated to a loyal dog named Hachiko. As legend has it, Hachiko’s master passed away, yet the dog still waited for him day after day in front of the station. To me, it stands for loyalty and dedication, and after living in this country for a few months, is something that I feel represents Japan extremely well. However, like most everything here in Japan there were so many people trying to take pictures with this statue. Most of the tourists there didn’t even know what it was and were only there because they saw the long line.
And so, with Hachiko, we ended Day Six. When thinking of future trips to Tokyo, Odaiba is already at the top of our list, and if our families come to visit, is a district that we know they will enjoy.
It’s been so fun sharing our adventures, and I only have two more days to write about. It was an incredible trip, but there is something nice and peaceful about being back in our small, slow-moving town. I’m sure I’ll be ready for a change of pace in another four months, but for now, I’m perfectly content typing away in my cozy living room with my essential oil diffuser bubbling away. It’s so good to be home.
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