With the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on now, figured I cover a section on Tokyo. Particularly, the Olympics sport climbing venue at the Tokyo Teleport itself. It is a spot I visited on my Japan trip last year but didn’t cover much in detail, particularly the Tokyo Teleport Gundam spectacle. The area is a bay side island establishment built on reclaimed land. It was built as part of the Odaiba in the 90s redevelopment, before it was known as Teleport.
The Tokyo Teleport is well served by the city’s metro system along the blue Yurikamome lines. Interestingly, despite being a small island, there are five subway stations on the island. So it pays to know where in the island you are headed to get the closest stop.
Is the a life sized Gundam?
Moreover, to think of it, Teleport is a really cool name to call a place and what to make the place even cooler than having a Gundam robot there. The highlight feature of this article is of course the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam which sits in front of the diver city mall on the island. The diver city mall is also where the official Gundam store resides too.
Additionally, the Gundam itself is of the unicorn variant, decked in white with details of LED lighting. Interestingly, the detail are all down to the warning labels on the panels of the Gundam. It is tad a kit model maker visual oggle.
Also, the statue is a fixed non-movable one unlike the moving 18-meter tall one at the Yokohama Gundam factory store. Also here, it is called the Unicorn for its single, horn-like antenna on its forehead.
In the fictional universe of Gundam, the unicorn is built by Anaheim Electronics. Also, the unicorn Gundam stands in the middle of an LED lit shrub clearing. Also, the best time to visit the Gundam is at night where it is lit in all its glory. Do note the lights turn off just after 10pm daily.
Moving on, Tokyo Teleport is also home to two shopping malls, diver city, which the Gundam official store is located as well as Aqua city. Both malls offer a selection of boutique shops, Japanese fast retail as well as a large food court to boot with affordable meals.
Views at the Tokyo Teleport
Furthermore, notable attraction-malls here includes the picturesque Venus mall. It is a collection of open air shops connected via decorated fountain walkways. Also, other landmarks include the Tokyo international cruises center and the Fuji television network building.
Also, the Fuji network building is one you can recognize with an iconic sphere. Also, you can visit in the day with day tours of the iconic TV station. If you are fan of the Digimon Adventures, One Piece or Beastars, this is where it begun. The TV building is one of the few quirky modern musings in this little city itself with its own malls, commercial and recreational buildings.
Additionally, there is also a Toyota museum here too. It is a technology showcase of the car automaker. The tech showcase involves a car vertical robotic parking. It sees cars being moved between various parking lots.
Bay side views
Additionally, a small park (Odaiba Marine Park) and broadwalk situated along the sea front runs along Aqua city. It has a tranquil feel to it and is open all day long. Also, the place is well lit and connects to several green areas here by the bay.
Moveover, you can catch nice scenic views of the south of the Tokyo Bay, with the Tokyo rainbow bridge and the Olympic rings. Also, here, you can also find musings such as miniature statue of liberty as well as a Love mural.
Wrapping up, Tokyo Teleport is few of the underrated places in Tokyo away from the more busy areas in the city like Shibuya City and Shinjuku ward. The live-sized Gundam is a highlight draw itself, regardless whether you are a Gundam fan or not for it’s sheer size and awe-factor.