Japan: Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku  

So this post chronicles our very last night and very last morning in Japan! I still have one or two posts (like the Ryokan from Hakone!) but this is the last full day I will be posting. I actually left some days out, like Harajuku (it was raining, we had no money left and frankly I was an eensy bit disappointed) and the Ghibli Museum which was the greatest experience of my life, but it was also raining, and photos are not allowed. (The idea is to see the place with your eyes not through a lens, which I think is such a sweet sentiment.)

So, Odaiba. Like the last few places I blogged, it was a 'free-day' where we chose somewhere we fancied the sound of. We headed to Odaiba lured by the name of their metro stop (Tokyo Teleport StationFor real.) and the Rainbow bridge, which supposedly lit up in, yup, a rainbow which we felt would be a great photo op.

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku

It turned out to be a great decision. Odaiba is a man-made island, which I somehow didn't realise until I got there, saw the sea and the rest of japan across the water from me, connected by a bridge. I guess that is why it's called a teleport station. I certainly didn't notice any actual teleportation happening.

The island is basically a massive shopping complex. Being a man-made island I guess they just got to decide where everything goes, and you can tell, too. The pedestrian areas are all a level above ground, everywhere is on like, stilts. The roads twist below, which I think is a great idea.

There is a particular bridge/walkway that takes you to the edge of the island, looking over the sea, back at Rainbow Bridge. Perfectly composed with exposed walkways for the ultimate photo op. genius.

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku

To begin with, we explored the huge shopping malls and checked out the Giant Gundam Statue. We headed to a food court and finally got a taste of Japanese fried rice, and I had my first taste of Melon Soda. (I am obsessed now but you cannot find it over here!) then we spent the rest of time browsing American Town, yup, that's a replica Statue of Liberty, hanging out with puppies for sale, and watching darkness fall over mainland Tokyo.

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku

 

I can't say we saw the whole of the island, so I can't speak for much of the area beyond the more commercial-y areas near the tube stop. Still, we stayed late, watched the boats twinkle in the darkness, and then headed back to pack!

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku

 

Shinjuku 

The next day we didn't have to leave for the station until late, so we took the opportunity to finally get to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office building. Everywhere recommends you go here rather than pay for Tokyo Tower, because it's just as impressive. I didn't go up Tokyo Tower, but I have to say that the observation deck was high. I certainly didn't feel like I missed out, and it was free. It was a great sight and so worth it. Definitely do it if you're in Shinjuku. I've leave you with the photos, let me know what you think! (And if you want to see more of my trip, check out the Japan tag.

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku

Annie Pancake // Odaiba and The View Over Shinjuku