Travel Around Japan

Travel Around Japan (Day #9) : Hello, Odaiba City!

*I wrote this post in two languages. Scroll down after the English version if you want to read this post in Bahasa Indonesia .* 

I had a mixed feeling on the last day of our holiday; sad, happy, nervous, and gloomy (on the next day, we might go back to Indonesia). That day we didn’t go far, just explored Odaiba City and went back to Shibuya just to feel the busiest atmosphere there. It was nearly midday when we arrived at Odaiba.

Odaiba is a man-made island in Tokyo Bay which is connected to the center of Tokyo through Rainbow Bridge. As locals said, Rainbow Bridge would shine brightly in rainbow colors the evening. So, evening time is one of the best choice too to visit Odaiba. If you go to Tokyo in April, there will be spring illumination festival in the evening. Take a chance to visit Odaiba in spring.

What would you find in Odaiba? People often ask this question. Exploring Odaiba might just take 3 – 4 hours. Beside the famous Rainbow Bridge, don’t forget to take a picture with superhuge Gundam Robots (in front of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza) and visit the imitation of Liberty Statue (in front of The Decks and Aquacity. There is also ferris wheel, which would serve you with a breathtaking view of entire Tokyo from above. Oh, there’s Fuji TV Building too, don’t forget to take picture with the building as the background.


When I arrived at Odaiba, I went to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza first. This mall was the second mall I visited after Aeon Mall in Kyoto. I bought souvenirs and snacks for my family, closest friends, and work colleagues. I recommend you to buy souvenirs and snacks at store named The Daiba because The Daiba is the only one store in DiverCity which has specialty in Japanese souvenir and snacks. I bought 10 boxes of Tokyo Banana cake and many boxes of KitKat in various flavor. They offered price which was not too different from another stores in Central Tokyo. You could find fridge magnets, t-shirt, glass, ethnic cups, bags, and may more. The Daiba is one of duty free shops.

There are so many brands which is available in Indonesia, such as Uniqlo, Marc Jacobs, Forever 21, Fossil, Zara, Lacoste, LeSportsac, Skechers, Michael Kors, Bershka, and many more. I bought several clothes at Uniqlo which was not available yet in Indonesia. Not far from The Daiba, there is Hello Kitty store, they provided various Hello Kitty souvenirs.


Gundam lovers must be enthusiastic to watch the performance of The Giant Gundam Robots. Just go the spot at the rear of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, that’s where Gundam Robots taking place. After shopping, my husband rushed to see Gundam Robot. When we arrived at Gundam’s spot, we were still be able to take picture near Gundam Robot. I stood near Gundam’s feet and I looked so small in the picture. Suddenly, there were officers who told us to avoid Gundam Robot’s area then they made a chain burden around that area. I thought we made some mistakes. Then we understood, that was the time for Gundam’s attraction. That huge robot could move although just moved its head. No wonder, there were so many people swarmed around Gundam area.

We had lunch at the food court of DiverCity Plaza before we went to Aquacity and The Decks, another malls in Odaiba. We didn’t go there for shopping again, just did sightseeing. We really enjoyed wind blew in the back of The Decks, with the view of Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge, and tall buildings from afar. Just few steps away from The Decks – right in front the sky bridge which connected The Decks and Aquacity, the imitation of Libert Statue lay there. Liberty statue was one of interesting objects in Odaiba. For your information, Madam Tussauds which located at Aquacity could be options to visit too.

Still in Odaiba area, we crossed the street to go to Pallete Town (if you see big ferris wheel, that’s the location of Pallete Town). In that building, there was Tokyo Mega Web. My husban’s eyes were shining brightly when entering Toyota Mega Web. At that place, you could see high end car display and the process of making the cars. You can also do test drive of cars in there, but you have to pay JPY 300.

The nearest station to Odaiba City is Tokyo Teleport Station which is connected to Center Tokyo by Rinkai Line (subway). Rinkai line is not covered by JR Pass.

That was late afternoon already when we got tired from exploring Odaiba. Although each building looked very near from another building, it was kinda far and it made us tired. We went back to our hotel to put our shopping bag and take a rest for a while. When the evening came, we decided to once again to enjoy the ambience in Shibuya.
That’s all I could share about our honeymoon to Japan. It will never be forgotten. If you want to follow my itinerary, just search for “Travel Around Japan” category by clicking the Menu button. 

 

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Perasaan senang dan sedih menjadi satu di hari kesembilan liburan ke Jepang ini (besok sudah harus kembali ke Indonesia). Hari ini kami tidak pergi jauh, hanya akan berkeliling Odaiba City dan kembali merasakan ramainya Shibuya. Sudah hampir tengah hari saat kami akan pergi ke Odaiba.

Odaiba adalah sebuah pulau buatan di Teluk Tokyo yang dihubungkan dengan pusat kota Tokyo melalui Rainbow Bridge. Konon katanya Rainbow Bridge ini akan bersinar sangat indah pada saat malam hari. Apabila Anda pergi di sekitar awal April, masih ada festival cahaya atau spring illumination festival di malam hari yang akan menambah keindahan pemandangan di Odaiba.

Ada apa saja di Odaiba? Hal ini yang senantiasa ditanyakan orang. Mengeksplor Odaiba mungkin hanya membutuhkan waktu sekitar 3-4 jam saja apabila Anda bersanta-santai di sana. Hal tidak boleh dilewatkan di Odaiba – selain Rainbow Bridge – terutama adalah berfoto bersama robot Gundam raksasa dan replika Patung Liberty. Ada pula ferris wheel raksasa yang bisa memberikan pemandangan pusat Tokyo dari ketinggian. Dan jangan lupa berfoto dengan latar belakang Fuji TV Building.

Pertama kali saya mengunjungi DiverCity Tokyo Plaza (mall). Kebetulan DiverCity Tokyo Plaza ini adalah mall kedua di Jepang yang saya kunjungi setelah Aeon Mall di Kyoto. Di DiverCity Tokyo Plaza inilah saya membeli oleh-oleh berupa makanan dan suvenir. Toko rekomendasi saya sadalah The Daiba karena itu satu-satunya toko yang spesialisasinya suvenir popular khas Jepang. Saya membeli 10 kotak Tokyo Banana dan puluhan bungkus KitKat aneka rasa di toko ini. Harga yang ditawarkan tidak lebih mahal dari toko-toko biasanya. Selain itu, di sini juga terdapat beragam suvenir seperti magnet kulkas, gantungan kunci, kaus, gelas, cangkir, teko minum, topi, tas, dan banyak lagi. The Daiba ini adalah salah satu toko duty free.
Selain di The Daiba, di DiverCity ini banyak terdapat store yang sudah banyak ditemui di Indonesia. Sebut saja Uniqlo, Marc Jacobs, Forever 21, Fossil, Zara, Lacoste, LeSportsac, Skechers, Michael Kors, Bershka, dll. Saya sempat membeli beberapa potong baju di Uniqlo yang modelnya belum ada di Indonesia kala itu. Tidak jauh dari The Daiba terdapat toko Hello Kitty, lho, di sini tersedia berbagai macam pernak-pernik Hello Kitty. Sungguh surga bagi pecinta Hello Kitty.

Penyuka robot Gundam pasti tidak sabar untuk menyaksikan sendiri betapa besarnya si robot yang berada di bagian belakang DiverCity Plaza. Yup, selesai berbelanja, suami saya langsung ajak saya melihat si Robot Gundam Raksasa. Pada waktu kami datang, kami masih bisa berfoto dalam jarak dekat dengan si Gundam. Saya berdiri di dekat kaki Gundam dan terlihat sangat kecil saat difoto. Tidak berapa lama sesudahnya, ada petugas yang terlihat seperti mengusir kami dari area Gundam dan memberi rantai di sekitar robot Gundam itu. Saya pikir kami melakukan kesalahan atau apa. Ternyata waktu itu sudah saatnya atraksi robot Gundam. Robot itu ternyata bisa bergerak walau hanya kepalanya saja, diiringi musik dan suara khas Gundam. Tak heran banyak orang berkumpul di sana.

Kami menyempatkan makan siang sebentar di foodcourt DiverCity Plaza sebelum pergi ke Aquacity dan The Decks, pusat perbelanjaan lainnya di Odaiba. Namun, kami pergi ke sana bukan untuk berbelanja (lagi). Kami hanya duduk-duduk di bagian belakang The Decks sambil menikmati pemandangan Teluk Tokyo, Rainbow Bridge, dan gedung-gedung bertingkat di kejauhan.

Geser sedikit dari The Decks ada Aqaucity, tempat di mana terdapat replika Liberty Statue, tepatnya di bagian belakang Aquacity. Kita bisa berfoto dengan latar belakang replika Liberty Statue di skybridge yang menghubungkan Aquacity dengan tempat patung itu berada. Di sini salah satu atraksi di Odaiba yang dipenuhi oleh turis mancanegara. Oh iya, di Aquacity saat ini sudah ada museum lilin Madam Tussauds lho.
Cukup puas berjalan-jalan area The Decks dan Aqucity, kami beranjak ke area Pallete Town di mana terdapat ferris wheel raksasa dan Toyota Mega Web. Mata suami saya berbinar-biar saat memasuki Toyota Mega Web. Di tempat itu Anda bisa melihat display mobil-mobil tercanggih keluaran Toyota dan proses perakitan mobil Toyota Selain itu, Anda juga bisa mencoba test drive mobil di sana, tapi tidak gratis alias bayar. Yang gratis hanya biasa masuk Toyota Mega Web saja.

Stasiun terdekat untuk mengekspor tempat-tempat yang saya sebutkan tadi adalah Tokyo Teleport yang terhubung ke pusat kota Tokyo dengan Rinkai Line (subway). Rinkai Line tidak di-cover oleh JR Pass.

Hari sudah menjelang sore saat kami kelelahan menjelajahi Odaiba. Meski antara satu gedung ke gedung lain terlihat dekat, namun ternyata cukup bisa membuat kaki kami pegal-pegal. Kami pun kembali ke hotel untuk menaruh barang belanjaan kami dan beristirahat sebentar. Saat malam tiba, kami memutuskan untuk menikmati malam terakhir kami di sekitar Shibuya crossing.

That’s all I could share about our honeymoon to Japan. It will never be forgotten. If you want to follow my itinerary, just search for “Travel Around Japan” category by clicking the Menu button. 

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