Odaiba in Tokyo is a happening place with a lot going on. It was quite a change from the more laid back and serene atmosphere that we had been used to, but I liked it.
Here's a bit of info that I found online about Odaiba:
Odaiba (お台場) is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands (daiba literally means "fort"), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea.
More than a century later, the small islands were joined into larger islands by massive landfills, and Tokyo began a spectacular development project aimed to turn the islands into a futuristic residential and business district during the extravagant 1980s. But development was critically slowed after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s, leaving Odaiba nearly vacant.
It was not until the second half of the 1990s, when several hotels, shopping malls and the Yurikamome elevated train line were opened, that Odaiba developed into one of Tokyo's most popular tourist attractions and date spots with a wide selection of shopping, dining and leisure options.
Despite the initial setbacks, several lavish development projects did materialize, including some of Tokyo's boldest architectural creations, such as the Fuji TV Building, Telecom Center and Tokyo Big Sight. Modern city planning furthermore provides Odaiba with plenty of green space and a pleasant division of motorized and pedestrian traffic using elevated walkways and the like.
Here's our room.
This was the view from our room.
After settling in we only rested for a little while and then we were off to check out the area.
Here's the very cool elevated walkway above all the traffic below.
This is Diver City, one of the shopping complexes.
I think some kind of auto thing was happening on the ground level.
This is the Fuji TV Building. Later in the evening the building put on a light show for us.
We went to Aqua City because I knew that there was a Daiso in the complex and a Supermarket which actually turned out to be not so Super. I also wanted to check out the Lawson's there for more of Da Bomb Eyeliner.
We had dinner here at the food court.
We picked Kimukatsu because the tonkatsu pictures looked good.
This is Sweetie's Kimu Katsu Curry.
My Kimu Oyako Donburi.
Robotic information girl.
We sat to rest our feet for a bit and watched the light show from the Fuji TV Building. Imagine . . . it's the lights in the rooms of the building that are changing color. Cooooool!!!
Here's more that Sweetie took with her iPhone. Watch for the poser guy at the end.