Thursday, May 24, 2012


On May 2nd we headed to Odaiba. This is kind of an amusement and shopping area in Tokyo, that is an artificial island in Tokyo Bay. The first thing we did was take a ride on the ferris wheel. This ferris wheel was the tallest in the world when built in 1999, but later beat by the one in London. It is 377 ft tall, and has a diameter of 328 ft. We chose to take the box that is clear all the way around so we would have a complete view. We were a little disappointed because they had some sort of film on the bottom that was bubbling and pealing. So, we didn't really have a clear view looking straight down. 

Also it was a little rainy that day, so it wasn't clear, but still a great view.

In the area were some shopping malls, like Venus Fort, which is a Venice themed shopping mall. Right next to the ferris wheel is a huge game area, called Tokyo Big Sight. This thing was 4 stories of fun and is open 24/7. Everything from UFO catchers to bowling to karaoke. The bottom floor was the largest,  it was just massive with video games, photo booths and UFO catchers.

There was also Megaweb, which is Toyota's exhibition hall. They had a number of cars on display, and had some driving simulators that you could use.

Once we were done there, we went back to Tokyo Station to grab our bag from the locker and then on another long train ride. This time to visit Yukiko's brother in Tochigi.

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