8 Tokyo Bay Tour Spots Presented by Experts!

8 Tokyo Bay Tour Spots Presented by Experts!

Tokyo Bay isn’t all shopping, restaurants and boat cruises. If you’re looking for something a little different to see an do in Tokyo, check out some of the other wonderful attractions Tokyo Bay has to offer. Here are just a few Tokyo Bay recommendations.



 

8 Tokyo Bay Tour Spots Presented by Experts!

 

1. Rainbow Bridge Walking

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No trip to Tokyo Bay is complete without a visit to Odaiba, a man-made island of shopping, eating and amusements. Most people get there by the driverless, computer-controlled Yurikamome train from Shimbashi Station which crosses Rainbow Bridge. But if you get off at Shibaura-Futo Station, you can take one of the two walkways across Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba. This bracing, thrilling stroll takes around 30mins and affords some incredible views of the Tokyo Skyline, Tokyo Bay and Odaiba.

 

2. Statue of Liberty

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Probably of more interest to Americans – who always like to see how their culture has impacted on the far-flung corners of the world – the Statue of Liberty can be found in Odaiba Seaside Park, close to Daiba Station (exit 1). Oddly, this replica stands with its back to Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge and was originally erected to celebrate ‘The French Year of Japan’, 1998-1999, but which has been a permanent, and popular fixture since 2000. Actually, it’s a little underwhelming, but none the less weird for all that!

 

3. A Football Playing Robot?

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I always recommend visitors to see Odaiba’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation; it’s great value for money at just ¥620 for adults, and ¥210 for 18yrs and under, and it has some really cool exhibits. As well as fascinating hands-on activities for youngsters, and Geo-Cosmos giant globe display, it is probably best known as home to ASIMO, the humanoid robot who demonstrates his skills at regular times throughout the day. And yes, it can kick a ball!

 

4. Tokyo Joypolis

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But if you prefer science of a more fictional variety, SEGA’s Tokyo Joypolis is an indoor theme park that utilises 3D and virtual reality technology to bring you thrilling rollercoaster rides, interactive games, simulations and so much more. Park admission is ¥800 for adults, with rides priced separately, so buying the inclusive passport for ¥4,300 makes great sense. Just 2mins on foot from Odaiba Kaihin Kouen Station.

 

5. Daikanransha Ferris Wheel

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For a thrill of a very real kind, check out Daikanransha (lit. big wheel), a 115m high ferris wheel adjacent to Odaiba’s Venus Fort outlet mall and Toyota Mega Web. Open from 10am till 10pm (an hour later at weekends), the 15min ride costs ¥900 and offers amazing views of the bay, Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo skyline, especially at night. Some of the cabins have clear floors too!

 

6. Fuji TV

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Odaiba’s Fuji TV building is something to be seen in its own right. With its futuristic spherical observation room (Hachitama), it’s an architectural showpiece. Fuji TV was one of the first TV companies to open its doors to the public as a working TV station with attractions for all the family. Admission is free, except for Hachitama (¥550) with its 25th floor panoramic views of Tokyo Bay and beyond. On the fifth floor, visitors can stroll around TV Wonder Street and immerse themselves in various exhibits, including sets and props from popular TV shows.

 

7. Plane Spotting

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Haneda airport’s observation decks aside, the best views of planes landing are had at Jonanjima Seaside Park, directly under the final approach to Haneda. Yes, this is the spot to be if you like counting rivets on the bellies of aircraft; they fly over so close you could almost reach up and touch them! There’s a nice beach there too, and great views of the ocean and passing ships.

Take the Keikyu bus Mori32 (Jonanjima round route) from JR Omori Station (East exit), or the Tokyo Monorail Ryutsu Center. Parking is also available, but limited.

 

8. Nokogiriyama

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One of Honshu’s most unusual and impressive religious sites, Mt Nokogiriyama is a 324m high mountain with saw-tooth slopes, and a vertical cliff face. Though way across Tokyo Bay on Chiba’s Bōsō Peninsula, I include it here because it offers such a breathtaking view of the entire Tokyo Bay Area.

Actually, the whole mountain is a Zen Buddhist temple – Nihon-ji – founded c.1300 and famous for its 1,553 stone Buddha statues, as well as the largest rock-carved Buddha in Japan. The pinnacle of the experience is Jigoku-nozoki (lit. a look into hell), a narrow rock protrusion at the top of the cliff face with a truly stomach-churning view down!

It takes around 2hrs from Tokyo Station to Kanaya Station on the JR Uchibo line. From here, the Nokogiriyama Ropeway is around 10mins walk away and goes all the way to the top of the mountain – the round trip costs ¥930 for adults, ¥450 for children.

 



Conclusion

Whether you’re looking for man-made marvels or natural beauty, thrills and spills or spiritual enlightenment, Tokyo Bay has it all. When you visit one spot, you’ll discover many more along the way, so make Tokyo Bay a must see destination during your stay.

 

8 Tokyo Bay Tour Spots Presented by Experts!

1. Rainbow Bridge Walking
2. Statue of Liberty
3. A Football Playing Robot?
4. Tokyo Joypolis
5. Daikanransha Ferris Wheel
6. Fuji TV
7. Plane Spotting
8. Nokogiriyama

 



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