|During our trip, close to Odaiba|
From there it was only a little further to pass the Yasukuni Shrine, the Nippon Budokan and finally the Imperial Palace. It was very surprisingly how many festivals or events were happening in Tokyo on a random Sunday in July. A music festival in the park close to the Imperial Palace, a festival at the Yasukuni shrine, a big Gosplay-gathering with lots of people beautifully dressed up as their favourite characters and small events in the smaller neighbourhoods we passed through!
The streets around the imperial palace were actually closed for car-traffic, so we could ride our city-bicycles over the big streets of Tokyo. An experience we shared with many professional cyclists who chose this day the train on the road without being bothered by traffic lights or other traffic.
After the Imperial Park we cycled through Ginza, the famous shopping street were it was veeerrry busy this Sunday (probably because of the big Sale a lot of the shops were having) For us this meant having to navigate through big crowds of people, cars and taxi's. Not really the street designed the leisurely cycle through.
After that we finally reached the Tokyo Bay area, and we travelled passed Tsukishima and crossed lots of bridges (the view on Tokyo kept getting better and better!) until we finally arrived at Odaiba.
|View on Tokyo from on of the bridges in Tokyo Bay area|
We spend the day seeing around Odaiba, doing some shopping (also Sale here!), taking pictures at the big Gundam statue in front of the new shopping mall, enjoying the light sea breeze, and viewing the beautiful scenery on Tokyo. On the small beach at the shore of Odaiba there was a big event advertising Tokyo as candidate for the Olympics of 2020. Lots of lights on the beach showed pictures of different Olympic Sports.
|Posing for the big Gundam|
|Light for the Tokyo candidate-ship for the Olympics 2012 (picturing the legs of a horse)|
|The Olympic rings on the beach, with Tokyo in the background|
|Beautiful night view on Tokyo from Odaiba|