Tokyo – Odaiba (Day 10, Dec 2015)

After 2 days of travelling with the Hor Family, we felt lonely as a family without their presence. We decided to head up to Odaiba where we felt there should be a range of activities that could entertain Jaydon for the day.

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First stop was Palette Town. Palette Town is a large shopping and entertainment complex consisting of the Venus Fort shopping mall, Toyota Mega Web, a Ferris Wheel, the Zepp Tokyo music venue and Tokyo Leisureland. As it was late morning when we reached there, we decided to have our lunch at Venus Fort. Venus Fort is a shopping mall in the style of a 18th century South European town.

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The mall has over a hundred shops, fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants. We went up the top floor (restaurant floor) and had our lunch at one of the food court. After lunch we spend sometime walking around the shopping center. However, the sheer size of the complex would mean that we could not cover all the shops in Venus Fort.

Next to Venus Fort was Toyota Mega Web. Mega Web is a giant Toyota showroom that shows off all of Toyota’s latest models, car accessories and technologies. Attractions include car simulators and various motor exhibitions, which Jaydon had fun in. Daddy and Jaydon had a go with the Toyota Racing Simulator and it was free!

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While venturing around the exhibitions of different models of Toyota cars, we found out that there was a “kids ride studio” which was across the Ferris Wheel deck.

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Ride Studio is an indoor park where children can enjoy driving in mini cars while learning traffic rules and understand how to steer and applying brake on a car. Before a kid can drive a car in a  230-meter course around the indoor track, they would require to go through a driving test, where they learnt to steer and stop a car.

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Upon passing the test (sure pass one) they will gain entry to the indoor track. Each kid will drives 2 rounds of the course, after which, they will receive a driving licence. Even infants can get their hands on the wheel at Ride Studio’s special Petit Ride One course. Jaydon enjoyed the driving in the park.

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That is pretty much what we did in Palette Town. We head toward Decks Tokyo Beach where is another shopping mall, which Legoland Discovery Center is located. This Legoland Discovery Center is pretty much an indoor park which it is much smaller in scale as compared to Malaysia Legoland.

We walked pass DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, just to have an photo opportunity with the “life sized” Gundam statue stands in front of the building.

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Legoland Discovery Center was not as interesting as I thought. We spend a huge amount of time at the lego pits where Jaydon spend his time fixing bricks for his house.

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Though the attractions were limited, Jaydon was happy with it as there was his favourite Ninjago characters and a small themed section on Ninjago.

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After Legoland Discovery Center, we went up to Daiba 1-chome Shoutengai. It houses a retro atmosphere of Japan from 1960s.

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The confectionaries, retro goods, Japanese goods, and events at Daiba 1-chome Shoutengai will make you feel like you’ve leapt through time to an era that feels oddly nostalgic yet new.

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As you walk deeper into the street there is the ODAIBA TAKOYAKI MUSEUM.

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I not sure why you call that a museum but it is basically an areas with different stalls selling different brand and favors of takoyaki (fried octopus balls). Surprisingly Jaydon did try and enjoyed the takoyaki (probably the lack of choices cause him to accept takoyaki as dinner).

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It was late at night and we were too tired to continue at the Deck. We were fortunate as there was a fireworks display at the bayside while we were making our way back to the train station.

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It was a regret that we did not have time for Sega Joypolis. Probably the next time.

Jaydon having fun in the room …

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