Quest For Japan Logo-Ver7

Odaiba Trip: I Saw the Giant Robot

Date Published: Last Update:2015/05/08 Travel & View point , , , , ,

Have you already heard about giant robots in Japan? One of these life-size robots is located in a man-made island in Tokyo, the island of Odaiba. The robot, which is more popularly known as “Gundam”, seems to be a guardian of the island from enemy attacks.

Gundam, the Anime

Gundam is a long-running anime series in Japan which starred robots. The people fight by controlling their gundam to attack their adversaries. At least this is the basic plot of the story. The very first Gundam series premiered on April 7, 1979 at the Nagoya Broadcasting Network and its affiliated ANN stations and lasted for about 43 episodes, as cited in Wikipedia. After that, a series of sequels and spin-offs was produced one after the other. This show also became famous in other countries and was dubbed and shown in their local TV. Even during this time, Japanese anime shows like Gundam are still widely embraced by many..

Before we left for Tokyo, we conducted research about its famous places for sightseeing and adventure and we saw this Gundam featured in Odaiba. Since we were keen to see that giant Gundam for the first time, we decided to visit the place on the first day of our trip.

My previous post ended at the part where I crossed the futuristic rainbow bridge and got off from the train in Odaiba Kaihinkouen station. From there, we took a long walk to Tokyo Diver City Plaza. On our way to the plaza, a bright and colorful illumination coming from a daikanransha (huge ferris wheel) greeted us. Not only the bridge is rainbow-themed in Odaiba, but also this giant ride. I tried riding one in Osaka, the Tempozan Daikanransha but this one’s bigger with “a diameter of 100 meters (328ft) and a height of 115 meters (377ft) making it the largest ferris wheel in Japan”, according to SunnyPages.


(Photo credit from Stéfan)

We paused our walking for a while to take some photos and then continued with our Gundam adventure. After about 10-15 minutes, we arrived in Tokyo Diver City Plaza.

Tokyo Diver City Plaza

The plaza has restaurants, shopping stores and entertainment places inside but we were not able to roam around the whole place because we didn’t have much time. We only got inside to look for a konbini (convenience store) to buy something to eat. I took a tuna-filled onigiri (japanese rice balls). An onigiri is usually triangular in shape, with a filling and is wrapped in a seaweed called nori. I love onigiri and I always look for it in a konbini when I’m starving and can’t think of anything else to eat while I’m outdoors.

Gundam, the Statue

So after we munched on our dinner, we moved to the other side of the plaza which is the Gundam front where the guardian stood.

Giant Robot

(Photo credits from Oimax)

This 18-meter tall gundam stood just in front of the west gate in the plaza. It is constructed with the same scale as the Gundam shown in the anime. If you are lucky just like us, you will be seeing the Gundam doing a show. We saw the Gundam in motion with special effects like  lightings and smoke.

This gundam served as my hero for the night. Despite being tired from the trip and the chilly weather outside, it was a nice feeling seeing it for real. Things that I thought I could only see in movies or in my dreams became real. One would surely enjoy a travel to the future in Odaiba. If you wish to go there, I think it’s better to stay until the night and see it for yourself.

The following two tabs change content below.

Sponsored Links

  • Pocket
  • 1 follow us in feedly

Related Article/s:


North by northwest: Sakaiminato, Tottori

Sakaiminato in Tottori Sakaiminato is a port city in Tottori prefecture. “Sakai” means “border” in Japanese, and “Minato” is “port”. It is famous for a Japanese cartoonist called “Shigeru Mizuki”. (“Shigeru” is his first name.) He grew up there. His best known work is “Ge ge ge no Kitaro”, and the city has a street […]

Read Article

Fukuyama Rose Festival

“Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet”. — Katharine Lee Bates Who doesn’t love roses? Especially among the ladies, roses have a very sweet spot in our hearts. Even just a single stem of a red rose could evoke a whole lot of emotions. Fukuyama City, Hiroshima – Japan’s City of Roses For rose […]

Read Article


Go west : Dazaifu Tenman-guu – To the main shrine

Dazaifu Tenman-guu : To the main shrine On the way to the shrine from the station Like “Konpira-guu” in Kagawa, there are many shops and restaurants on either side of the street to the shrine. – “Ume ga e mochi” or “Ume ga ya mochi” – One of Dazaifu specialties. It’s a sort of “baked […]

Read Article

Osafune Sword 2

Osafune in Okayama: Sword learning centre – Part 2 –

Bizen Osafune Nihon-tou Denshuu-jyo (Bizen Osafune Japanese sword learning centre) 2 Information I got from the swordsmiths [Swordsmithing] There are two sizes of hammers to beat iron. The lighter one weighs 5 kg (approx. 11 lb / 176 oz). The other one 10 kg. Sometimes visitors want to have a try, and of course they […]

Read Article


Going Green: Maishima Incineration Plant

Can you guess what this building is? I guess most people would guess that it’s a theme park being so closely located to Universal Studios Japan. Don’t worry you’re not the only one deceived by how it looks. Many tourist and locals alike in the city of Osaka mistake this building as a theme park […]

Read Article


Port of Miyanoura: Visiting the West Coast of Naoshima

When you say Naoshima as a tourist one would automatically think of its most famous landmarks, the big red or yellow pumpkins you would find by its shore. But more than this two landmarks, it is home to a collection of world renowned contemporary art galleries and exhibits. I must admit I was not attracted to […]

Read Article


Kyoto: Night Illumination Kiyomizudera

After that nice city stroll, the hunt was on again – the hunt for autumn foliage that is. Earlier that day we started our hunt at northwest part of Kyoto (Kagamiishi Dori) where we found beautiful concentrations of momiji foliage. This time we were set to see one of the best night illuminations in one […]

Read Article


Visiting Hokuei – The Birthplace of Detective Conan

One of the longest running manga and anime today is Meitantei Conan (lit. Great Detective Conan) or known as Case Closed in the West. To date, the manga has more than 80 volumes and the anime has more than 700 episodes. For those who are not familiar with it, it is about highschool detective who […]

Read Article


The Fukiya village in Okayama, Japan -Part 1-

I’ve been posting Momotarou-related articles so far, and to be honest, I’m getting a bit tired of recalling, researching and translating old stories. This time, I write about the Fukiya village in Okayama as an interval. Actually, I didn’t even know the name of the village until several years ago. I don’t remember how I […]

Read Article

Shousou-in 2

Time Machine: Shousou-in Exhibition, Nara

What is “Shousou-in”? “Shousou” was a term for a repository owned and controlled by government offices or major temples during the Nara (710 – 784) and Heian periods (794 – 1185). “Shousou-in” meant the area where a group of “shousou” were built. Now, only one storehouse of “shousou-in” is existent, located at the temple Toudai-ji, […]

Read Article

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Sponsored Links

  • Google+