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General Information about Odaiba

Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area. Odaiba is one of the venues of 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The events to be held there are beach volleyball at Shiokaze Park, triathlon and marathon swimming at Odaiba Marine Park, and gymnastics at a new gymnastics venue. Odaiba is a popular shopping and sightseeing district for Tokyoites and tourists. Major attractions are all within walking distance from the conference venue. The following list is our recommendations:

  • Rainbow Bridge, the symbol of Odaiba. You can have a good view of the bridge from Odaiba park.
  • Fuji Television Co. Ltd., one of the most profitable TV companies in Japan. Some of the studios are open for the visitors, and if you are lucky you can even  see live  TV program recordings.
  • Museum of Maritime Science, a marine science museum. One of the most valuable exibits of the museum is the famous icebreaker Soya, which was the transportation of first Japanese Antarctic research expedition teams in 1970's.
  • Diver City, a shopping mall. You can find a 20 m high1:1 model of mobile suite RX-78 II of the legendary anime, Gundam.
  • Ooedo-onsen Monogatari, a hot spring site and hotel where is just several minutes walk from the conference site. How about a rest here after daily conference?  
  • And many more…
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Rainbow Bridge
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Ooedo-onsen Monogatari Diver City

General Information about Tokyo

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. It is the most populous metropolitan area (the population of great Tokyo area is 37.9 million in 2014) and the largest urban agglomeration economy in the world. Tokyo is a very convenient city. The train/subway network there extends to over 3,000 km and brings visitors to nearly everywhere in Tokyo from early morning to deep night. It has two international airports, Haneda and Narita. They handle more than 1,500 flights everyday, connecting major foreigner cities all over the world. More than 7,000 24-hour convenience stores are nearly everywhere in Tokyo, and visitors will never be afraid of being unable to buy something they need. Also, Japan is very often to be selected as the safest country in the world. Because Tokyo’s convenience and its safety, it won the 2020 Olympic game venue competition, and attracts more than 4 million foreign visitors every year.

There are many attractive sites in Tokyo, the following is a list of selected ones, from a foreigner view point.
  • Tokyo Skytree,  currently the highest tower and second highest structure in the world. It opened in May 2012. It is a broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower in Tokyo with the height of 634 m.
  • Senso-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. The big lantern hung at its entrance is one of the symbols of Tokyo.
  • Tukiji fish market, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. Visitors can find many delicious and cheap seafood restaurants.
  • Akihabara: it is a district of Tokyo and is a major shopping center for household electronic products. Now it is considered the center of otaku culture and a shopping district for games, anime, manga, and computer goods.
  • And many more...

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