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Old January 3rd, 2010, 03:27 PM   #21
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Odaiba, Tokyo

Odaiba is built on reclaimed land, so it is flat and easy to walk around. The Yurikamome line services Odaiba from the center of Tokyo.


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At night, the Rainbow Bridge lives up to its name

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The Yurikamome line






The Statue of Liberty, a scaled down replica of New York’s icon erected in 2000.






The Giant Sky Wheel and the eye-catching pedestrian bridge









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The Big Sight with the imposing Tokyo International Exhibition Center










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Fuji TV headquarters

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TOKYO: Fuji TV Headquarters and Toyota City Showcase


The Fuji TV building is the headquarters of Fuji Television, one of Japan’s private, nationwide TV stations. You can see some exhibitions on popular programs, buy Fuji TV goods at the souvenir shop and access the futuristic looking building's observatory deck.











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The building has a height of 123.45 meters. The eye-catching sphere is 32 meters in diameter and is made of titanium and weighs only 1200 tonnes.













At the building’s lower ground level is an outdoor food court.






Amazing food preparation… a bowl of noodles is being torched on top, not below



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The TOYOTA CITY SHOWCASE in Odaiba features the latest Toyota models for the Japanese market.













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For the Mr/Ms Bean in you…






You can also get a ride on this remotely controlled car for a small free. All you have to do is sit back and relax and it will drive you around the complex.






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CENTRAL TOKYO

Central Tokyo has been the heart of the city since the first shogun built his castle and capitol where the Imperial Palace still stands today. Central Tokyo today includes the plush Ginza district and Akihabara, a shopping haven for discount electronics and software.













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TOKYO: A Glimpse of the Imperial Palace…

Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun, started building his castle in 1590 at the site where the Imperial Palace now stands. In the Edo period his successors made this into the world’s largest castle; now only the inner circle remains. The emperor and his family still live in the western part of the grounds in the Imperial Palace, rebuilt after the previous one was bombed in World War II.

Public access is only allowed twice a year; at New Year and on the emperor’s birthday. The rest of the grounds, bounded by the moat, is divided into public parks.






One of those secured gates




A security outpost a few meters before the main entrance




The most famous landmark is the Nijubashi, a double arched stone bridge, east of the palace. Completed in 1888, it was the palace’s main entrance.











The main entrance gate, across the Nijubashi





This is the closest you can get to the palace


Another bridge across the moat…




… to the palace

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The Tokyo International Forum

Designed by US-based Rafael Vinoly, and completed in 1996, the Forum is one of downtown Tokyo’s most distinctive buildings. A cultural center, it is made up of two buildings; a curved, glass atrium soaring 60 meters, and a cube-like white structure housing four halls. A tree-shade courtyard separates the two. Sadly, the buildings’ magnificence is only visible at close range because of obstructions by adjacent buildings.




The interior of the huge atrium is filled with light and has a ceiling resembling a ship’s hull.

















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Very nice photos from Tokyo, shyaman
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Thanks @christos-greece. I'm looking forward to visit Greece, tentatively on December 2010.
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GINZA, TOKYO


Ginza was once all swamp and marshland. Today, Ginza is one of Tokyo’s great centers, the focus for Western influences and all things modern. Tiny shops selling traditional crafts mix with galleries, landmark department stores and high-end boutiques for an unrivaled shopping experience.














The building housing the ultra-modern Sony showroom

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