The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is a well-known icon throughout the world. In 2011, it celebrated its 125th anniversary. At least the one in New York, of course. But you don’t have to go there to see it, as there is a smaller version in Tokyo, in Odaiba.
If you go to the artificial island of Odaiba, one of our recommendations for spending at least a full day in Japan’s capital, you’ll find it across the street from the Aqua City mall.
The funny thing is that it’s actually a replica of the statue located on the Seine in Paris, not a replica of the one in New York.
It’s very curious to see, not because it’s spectacular of course, but because you get the impression that something is wrong when you see it so far from its traditional “place”.
Also, you can take interesting pictures from the viewpoint overlooking the bay, showing the Statue of Liberty and the Rainbow Bridge, one of the most photographed bridges in Tokyo.
And if you show the picture to someone who doesn’t know anything about it, they might even think you did a photo montage.
It is very easy to get there, as many river cruises on the Sumida River stop at this artificial island, like the Himiko, designed by Matsumoto Leiji.
These cruises leave us near the viewpoint overlooking the bay, so we will be within walking distance of the statue. If you prefer, you can take the Yurikamome line, which crosses the Rainbow Bridge from Shimbashi and get off at Daiba station.
An interesting time to take pictures from the elevated walkway is at sunset, when the Rainbow Bridge is illuminated, as are the boats in the bay. At that time, the view is even more beautiful and you are sure to get some interesting pictures with this small version of the famous statue.
However, if you go to Odaiba, don’t stop at the curious appearance of the Statue of Liberty in Tokyo, because there is much more to see and do on this island, as we already told you in the general entry about Odaiba.
How to get to the Statue of Liberty in Tokyo?
The Tokyo Statue of Liberty is located in front of the AquaCity shopping mall, so you can’t miss it. In fact, from the tables of the Kua’Aina burger restaurant located in the mall, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the statue and the Rainbow Bridge in the background – we recommend it!
1 Chome-4-2 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo 135-0091, Japan