With only one day left in Tokyo, I wanted to make it count. I had checked off most of the tourist attractions and city walks on my list so I was left with a day to do all the bits and pieces that were at the back of my mind. I grabbed my guidebook and planned my route to Odaiba.
Odaiba is an artificial island found at the end of the Rainbow Bridge. A sentence that can only be said in Asia. From a distance it looks a little industrial, sort of like the Japanese version of where you’d go to check out the B&Q sale or find out what deal week it is at Aldi.
Now, I wasn’t here for the shopping. Oh, no. I was here for the Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and I was terribly excited. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. Just as I walked in, past the huge constantly-changing LED globe, there was a live demonstration of the famous ASIMO robot. I watched it waddle and dance across the floor as it answered kids’ questions and told jokes.
The exhibits and technology on show were incredible, I was in complete awe of the lifelike robots and interactive activities. I could have spent all day in there but alas the aquarium was calling.
A couple of stops on the train took me to Tokyo Sea Life Park. The most impressive part of this aquarium is the building itself and its view.
It took me barely an hour to make my way around but there were some cool things to see inside. I really liked the tanks that you could climb above and see what goes on behind the scenes. The park has a big devotion to promoting awareness of tuna endangerment and there’s a very impressive tank that surrounds you with the fish. Plus there are loads of penguins – who doesn’t love penguins?
As I stood taking some photos of the building, across the water I spotted something that look very familiar. I quickly realised that it was Disneyland. Having heard so much about Disney Sea, a unique park to Tokyo, and with a 7am flight the next day, 10,000 yen in my pocket and nothing else left on my list to do, naturally I jumped back on the train and made my way towards the magic castle.
As you’ve heard by now, I’m not the biggest fan of rides and with the temperature dropping to 2’c and queues of up to 45 minutes, I spent the bulk of my time exploring the huge park on foot, watching the shows and taking in the scenes around me. I’ve only been to Disneyland in Paris and Hong Kong but Disney Sea is a completely different experience. It’s totally immersive and in every section you could easily forget the rest of the park exists. From a Mediterranean harbour you can waltz under the sea with The Little Mermaid or travel to Arabia with Aladdin. I wish I could have visited as kid, it is Disney at its finest.
My final night ended in introvert heaven. iPad menus and conveyor belt delivery to my own private booth full of sushi and beer. Delicious.
Find the rest of my Tokyo photos here.