About the Artificial Island of TokyoOdaiba, is an artificial island in Tokyo, built in the past in order to block the entry of foreign ships to the port of Tokyo. With the futuristic buildings and the huge Gundam robot that stands opposite one of its shopping malls, the island itself seems to have been taken from a science fiction film, but beyond everything, it has several places of interest:
"Rainbow Bridge" - from which you can observe the skyline of the big city.
Toyota's showroom, called "Toyota Mega Web", where you can learn everything about the company's cars and the Japanese automobile world and its history. Sometimes you may even discover a new model of the company, being one of the first people to be exposed to it.
Fuji's TV building - a building with a futuristic style of architecture, its modern design is very interesting. From its observation point you can lookover the city.
A replica of the American Statue of Liberty - a smaller model than the original. It stands in front of the bay and many tourists like to take photos of it.
Miraikan - Tokyo Museum of Innovations, Inventions and Future Science.
Palette Town - a shopping center in the Italian Renaissance style, one of several shopping centers on the island. There is an amusement park with various attractions, the most prominent being the ferris wheel, from which you can view the city's landscapes.
About the IslandOdaiba is a large artificial island created in the Bay of Tokyo, by the settling of garbage, which is an old technique in this field. It was in 1853 when the Tokugawa Shogunate created a series of six forts designed to protect Tokyo from invasion by the sea. The main threat feared by the Shogunate was that of the black ship fleet commanded by American Commander Matthew Perry. In fact, the name "Odaiba" comes from Japanese, from the names of the artillery batteries spread around the islands.
In 1928, what was then called "Dai-san Daiba" was renovated. It was named after the artillery battery, "Battery No. 3." The battery was opened to the public as the city park of Odaiba, a park open to this day.
After the success of the 85th World Exposition in Tsukoba, the modern development of Odaiba began again. The Japanese economy of that period flourished, and Odaiba was then designed as the showcase of future life in the world and in Japan. Over $10 billion were invested for the construction of the island and the site. The name of the site was then called T3 and was designed as an independent city with more than 100,000 residents.
But in 1991, when the bubble economy began to crumble, many people began to abandon Odaiba. During 1995, Odaiba was already a desolate, impoverished area populated by empty lots. The island came back to life when Tokyo discovered the beach it never had. In 1996, the designation of the area was changed from business only to a situation in which Odaiba would also include entertainment and commerce.
Since the start of Odaiba's revival, a variety of shopping centers, hotels and attractions have opened. Over the next few years, transport connections have also been created. Several large companies have even moved to the island. Among them was the Fuji television network, which transferred its headquarters here.
Today Odaiba belongs to the administrative departments of Minato, Koto and Shinghua.