Friday, July 20, 2018

Tokyo Travel: Odaiba ● Announcing Summer Sale and JUMP Shop to Open at AQUA CiTY ODAIBA

Summer Sale and JUMP Shop to Open at 
Odaiba Points of Interest
Lots to Do near Tokyo Bay

If you ask people around Tokyo what sort of place Odaiba is, 
they are most likely to say it's a big date spot.

if you go yourself you'll come to see that it is really so much more!
There are plenty of sightseeing spots such as the Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari, Statue of Liberty, Gundam statue, Fuji TV Building, Miraikan, etc.

Not far from the city center, 
this man-made island has a beautiful overlook of Tokyo
and will also be one of the locations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!

The evening glow seen from the rooftop of Odaiba shopping mall, AQUA CiTY ODAIBA.
The Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari and the Odaiba Gundam.
Odaiba is a very popular place to visit among tourists.
One of the most popular places to stop by though is the island's
shopping facility 
It is directly in front of the Odaiba Hilton Hotel,
which might very well be part of the reason so many tourists stop by.

Currently, AQUA CiTY ODAIBA is having a big sale!
So this time JAPANKURU thought it would introduce some of the mall's
popular stores, a new BBQ event that just opened,
and the details about AQUA CiTY ODAIBA summer sale.

Tokyo Shopping Mall
AQUA CiTY ODAIBA with FUJI TV in the background.
It is really easy to get to Odaiba.
From JR Shinbashi Station get on the Yurikamome Monorail
and take it to Daiba Station or Odaiba-kaihinkōen Station
(about a 15min train ride).
Once you exit the station you will see FUJI TV to your right,
and Odaiba's famous Statue of Liberty and Rainbow Bridge to your left!

🏢1-7-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo
☎ 03-3599-4700
🚉Closest station: Daiba Station - 1min
General stores 11am~9pm
Restaurants 11am~11pm (food court until 9pm)
Rooftop BBQ Weber Park 11am~10pm (last entrance at 7pm)
Sony ExploraScience 11am~7pm (last entrances 6:30pm)
※There is a possibility that some store business hours change.
※Some hours are known do differ during seasons

Inside the Shopping Mall
The biggest reason to introduce this massive shopping mall
is that there is more than just retail stores,
there are also interesting restaurants, pet stores,
a science education center, a movie theatre,
and even a multi-lingual robotic information guide
named Junko that will answer your questions!

You won't only see foreign brand stores, but popular Japanese stores as well.

Even if you don't plan on doing any shopping,
walking around this 6 story shopping mall is quite fun!

In addition to shopping, 
Odaiba is a great place to enjoy Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge. 
In 2017, the marine bus KABA BUS was introduced at AQUA CiTY ODAIBA
as a new land and water sightseeing experience!

"Kaba" means hippopotamus in Japanese,
so literally it is the hippopotamus bus🚌
Which explains the hippos all over and inside the bus.

You can get on the KABA BUS from the 1st floor of AQUA CiTY.
Once you board KABA BUS you will be given a driving tour of surrounding sites in Odaiba then from there you enter Tokyo Bay. 
The tour comes with a headphone guide offered in 
English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Indonesian. 
We went during the day,
but we are certain sunset will be just as stunning!

By-pass: Bus ride from AQUA CiTY ODAIBA1 Waterfront Park
⏰9:20, 10:20, 11:20, 12:20pm, 2:20pm, 3:20pm, 4:20pm, 5:20pm
📅Operation period: April to September, 3xs a week (about 45mins per trip)
💴 Adults (ages 12+) 3,500yen, Children (ages 4~11) 1,700yen,
Infants (ages 0~3) 500yen


(Pet shop)
You can even shop for your pets at AQUA CiTY! 
Right next to the food court on the 1st floor
is said to be Tokyo's biggest pet store, PeTeMo😻🐩

Wear for dogs AND cats!!

From one pet owner to another,
if you have a pet PeTeMo really is the best place to go!!
From Japanese and international treats, food, supplies, and more,
whatever you are looking for you are sure to find here.
It really is like a pet supermarket.

Aside from the obvious food and supplies,
you will also find a lot of health and grooming related products here.
When asked about the most popular items that foreign tourists buy, 
the store clerks recommended this pet-specific "health supplement."
It's a collagen ingredient, 
which is said to help with the bones and joints of pets. 
All you need to do is mix it with food or put it in water.

 Some of the services they have for pets are pet hospitals, pet salons, pet hotels, pet classrooms, 24-hour resident veterinarians, dog running spaces, pet adoption centers, and even pet ceremonial services. 

- First floor
💮Tax-free (There's a tax refund counter on the 4F)
🐩AQUA CiTY ODAIBA Tax-free info here


(Sports fashion)
AQUA CiTY ODAIBA is particularly known for 
its wide range in sporting good stores.
So it would make sense they would have world-class sports UNDER ARMOUR.
Here you can get designed items that you can't see elsewhere, 
plus you can get your shopping done tax-free!

UNDER ARMOUR is normally popular for its clothes or bags,
but running shoes and sneakers aren't for some reason.

At this particular store however, 
they pride themselves in the quality in the shoes on display.

- Third floor
💮Tax-free (There's a tax refund counter on the 4F)
👟AQUA CiTY ODAIBA Tax-free info here


Flying Tiger Copenhagen
(Variety store)
Flying Tiger Copenhagen is a variety store from Denmark.
The concept of the Nordic lifestyle, 
there are plenty of fun and colorful 
kitchen, party, stationery and other things at a cheap price.

You'll see a lot of Western-esk things for sale,
next thing you know you'll have a basket full of stuff at the register.

Flying Tiger Copenhagen
- Third floor
💻Official homepage

(Variety store)
MADE IN JAPAN Yoshida bag's can be found at KURA CHIKA by PORTER stores,
a popular Japanese bag brand among particularly Asia.

KURA CHIKA by PORTER, which was founded in 1935, 
is one of Japan's leading bag brands due to its texture and design. 
It's versatile for work or leisure, 
and its MADE IN JAPAN feature is always an added plus to foreign shoppers.
Leather bags, wallets, and other accessories
are what PORTER is mostly known and loved for.
However, if you aren't a fan of leather 

you are bound to find some really cool bags the more your style.

- Third floor
💮Tax-free (There's a tax refund counter on the 4F)
💼AQUA CiTY ODAIBA Tax-free info here

Sony ExploraScience
(Science entertainment center)
Sony ExploraScience is a science experience hall.
It's a futuristic space where various facilities 
utilizing the latest technology are gathered.

The main concept is learning science in a fun and interactive way.
These in the picture above for example use sensors

, lights, and electronic devices, 
making it easy to understand the principle of mobile phones 
and the principle of sound transmission.

It is best as a space for curious children and youth!
Junior high school students came to a are the same day 
and they were running everywhere trying out this and that.
If you have a child/children with you, 
we recommend Sony ExploraScience in AQUA CiTY ODAIBA.

Sony ExploraScience
- Fifth floor
11am~7pm (Last admission until 6:30pm)
- Closed: Every Tuesday, December 31, January 1
🔮AQUA CiTY ODAIBA Sony ExploraScience

Eggs 'n Things
(Hawaiian restaurant)
Eggs 'n Things is a casual restaurant that started in Hawaii in 1974,
and is LOVED for pancakes that come with a mountain of whipped cream!

What we really liked were the 3 flavors of syrup.
Of course, there's maple,
but normally when you see a reddish-pink syrup, you think maybe strawberry.

Then for a white syrup, maybe..something similar to condensed milk?
However, we were totally taken by surprise to find out 

the other two syrup flavors were guava and coconut!
Normally in America you pick one syrup and just pour it all over your pancakes,
but what they recommend is mixing it up!
For one pancake, have it with maple syrup, 

then another piece, try it with the coconut.
Since it comes with 5 pancakes, it allows you to try each syrup 

and finish off with your favorite!

🍓Buttermilk pancakes with whipped cream, macadamia nuts, and fruit
-Strawberry 1,180yen
🍌Banana 1,080yen
🍍 Pineapple 1,180yen
🍇 Blueberry 1,230yen
****Secret menu tip: Normally the fruit will come on top, but if you would like it mixed in with the batter, be sure to order "fruit in"!

Pancakes aren't all that they serve.
If you look among their recommended menu,
you'll see food of all sorts!
So if you are wanting a more savory "breakfast",

you can try their garlic shrimp, eggs benedict, or a
classic Hawaiian dish spam and eggs. 

🍛Garlic Shrimp North Shore Style 1,680yen
🍞Fruits French Toast 1,180yen

Eggs 'n Things has a very impressive Hawaiian-style atmosphere.
You will find many Westerners here
since it's one of the few places to eat out for breakfast in Japan!
Of course there are other Eggs 'n Things within Tokyo,
but you can be sure to get a seat right away

unlike waiting for over 2hrs at say the Harajuku chain.

Eggs 'n Things
- Third floor
9am~11pm (Last order 9:30pm)
- Closed: Every Tuesday, December 31, January 1
🍳AQUA CiTY ODAIBA Eggs 'n Things

Weber Park
(BBQ Park)
If you are looking for a place to dine at sunset, 
please please PLEASE eat at the newly open BBQ area Weber Park 
on the top floor of AQUA CiTY ODAIBA.

For those who may not know, 
Weber is an American BBQ grill maker that started up in Chicago in 1952. 
It's also the first grill maker to create a grill with a lid!
The story is quite interesting, 

but apparently, it all started with cutting a buoy in half
to help the meat get cooked properly in the windy city.

It's crazy to imagine that it wasn't until recently an
open charcoal brazier was used,
and that a single man could change the BBQ game.

Now Weber has decided to open its first ever BBQ park in Odaiba, Japan!!

Rainbow Bridge at Weber Park and downtown Tokyo

What makes this BBQ park special is that it's less about
"look at all that you can do on a Weber grill",
and more about "look at how much fun it is to go out and BBQ!"
They don't throw Weber in your face,
they just want you to enjoy the beautiful view,
great food, yummy drinks, and just learn about BBQ on different grills.
The BBQ Park has 3 different grills set up for you to use; 
charcoal, gas, and electric all for the same price 
(pay for BBQ on one grill, but open to using all 3 if you'd like).
The park has three different menus: 
the Japanese Traditional, American Classic, and European Resort. 

Pretty soon they will be opening a Grill Academy,
a hands-on lesson on barbequing so keep your eyes out for that!!

It really took the BBQ experience in Japan to the next level
and with it being summer,
there's never a better time than to grill some meat and veggies!

Weber Park
- Seventh floor
11am~10pm (Last order 7pm)
- Courses are either Japanese, American, or European style.
- Adult 1 person 5,400yen
- Kids plan (12years and younger) 1,000yen
- All you can drink alcohol 2,200yen
- All you can drink soft drinks 1,000yen

Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan
(Ramen alley)
The Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai is a ramen-only area 
that has 6 ramen stores and tastes from popular ramen areas throughout Japan.

・Thick prawns pork bone tsukemen - Ganjya NEXTLEVEL
・Chicken tantanmen - Kimuzukashiya

・Sea bream soy sauce ramen - Setagaya
・Hakata pork (tonkotsu) ramen - Nidaime Hakata Daruma
・Sapporo miso ramen - Sapporo Misono
・Kanazawa pork and soy sauce ramen - Kanazawa nohko pork bone ramen Shinsen

If you love ramen and want to change things up,
this is a fun place to eat!

Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai
- Fifth floor
11am~11pm (Last order 10:30pm)

SALE & Limited Time Event Information
Up to 80% off!
There is a tradition that Japan has a big sale 
around the time when the season changes.
At now, Odaiba shopping mall AQUA CiTY is having their HUGE sale! 
From July 13 to August 31, 2018,
you will be able to get a lot of great deals at AQUA CiTY ODAIBA.

📅July 13August 31, 2018
※There are some stores and products excluded from the sale

Open for a limited time!!
JUMP is one of Japan's largest anime/manga publisher's,
creating some famous series such as Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, 

and One Punchman.

AQUA CiTY ODAIBA has opened a limited-edition shop this summer
where you can enjoy seeing one of a time products from your favorite
Weekly Shonen Jump series.

Limited time only
- Azone 3F AQUA Arena 
📅 July 13, 2018~September 2, 2018
⏰ Business hours are set to match AQUA CiTY ODAIBA's
💴 Free
💻Event information page

Tokyo Shopping Mall

🏢1-7-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo
☎ 03-3599-4700
🚉Closest station: Daiba Station - 1min
General stores 11am~9pm
Restaurants 11am~11pm (food court until 9pm)
Rooftop BBQ Weber Park 11am~10pm (last entrance at 7pm)
Sony ExploraScience 11am~7pm (last entrances 6:30pm)
※There is a possibility that some store business hours change.
※Some hours are known do differ during seasons

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