Because Odaiba is kind of like New York, you can find the Statue of Liberty there. By ‘kind of’, I mean it’s beside the sea, there’s a McDonald’s and there are skyscrapers.
Unlike New York which is constantly under threat from the likes of King Kong however, there’s a giant gundam in Odaiba that’s watching out for its fair citizens so it’s very safe.
Jokes aside, there’s an unexpectedly fun indoor amusement center called SEGA Joypolis around the corner that stars more than the famous blue hedgehog. Think of it as a high-tech amusement arcade where instead of say, punching buttons on a joypad in a track-and-field type game, you’re literally made to run on a treadmill and instead of merely racing in a Wipeout-type of game, you’re put in the cockpit on some machine that literally makes you go through the spin cycle over and over and over and over.
There are no photos of that evidently.
Some of the arcade machines were quite gimmicky but reminds me of the 80s when you’d be automatically attracted to the flashiest arcade machines with the most outrageous peripherals there are. I’ve still got a soft spot for those and this place is perfect.
The best ‘rides’ though are the horror rides. They’re all in Japanese but the setup is so well-done they’re language-independent. There’s one based on The Ring but the better one is this one narrated experience that reminds me of Fatal Frame. Participants sit in a dark room with really really good headphones and excellent voice acting. It makes you think of the prospects of audio games for the iPhone.