Re-discovering Odaiba and Ariake | Living

When was the last time you visited Odaiba or Ariake? The bayside’s set to be considered one of the epicenters of Olympic activity this summer — home to the Olympic Village and 13 sporting venues. But beyond all these major developments and classic tourist spots like teamLab or Tokyo Big Sight, there’s a bunch of quieter, lesser-known gems to find.

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The Open Bakery Sandwich and Coffee
When Odaiba in-the-knows are craving an excellent loaf, the spot they head to is THE OPEN BAKERY. Crunchy loaves, a sea-view terrace and oh-so-French espressos.

The Canteen
BBQ season is upon us and, in case your tiny Tokyo apartment doesn’t have the capability for a cookout, this South American-style BBQ joint is the spot to go.

Nestled on the thirteenth floor of the SOHO constructing, it’s hard to get more chic in Odaiba than a night at The BAR. A blinding 360-degree view of Tokyo and a drink menu with over 170 sorts of whiskey.

Artbay Cafe
Designed by Motosuke Mandai as a part of the ARTBAY HOUSE project, grab an iced coffee at this architectural delight in the midst of the subcoastal center.

Sadly, this architectural wonder from 1996 by Makoto Sei Watanabe is closed permanently — so don’t miss seeing it at the least from the surface as it’d soon be gone ceaselessly.

The BBQ Beach
Grill meat & seafood from Toyosu Market at this BBQ venue with an incredible view of the Rainbow Bridge. Canopies make this a pleasant hangout for a rainy summer Sunday as well. Dogs welcome!

Citabria Bay-Park & Grill
European beer garden meets city beach club at this chilled spot by the bay. Head here in time for sunset to enjoy DJ music and a view of the Olympic Village.

Tokyo Sports Playground
You could have until September to don your favorite pair of sneakers to run, climb, skate or swing a bat free of charge at this Nike-themed park. Simply install the Nike app to go to.

Wild Magic The Rainbow Farm
Camp out on the beach within the capital with a view of the cityscape at Wild Magic Rainbow Farm. Go within the afternoon and grill a BBQ set over your individual fire pit.

Taiyo No Marche (Market of The Sun)
Every second weekend of the month, this local farmers market is held on the Tsukishima Second Children’s Park in Kachidoki.

Olympic Venues in Odaiba and Ariake:

1. The Tokyo Olympic Village
With sustainability in mind, all of the rooms’ bed frames will likely be fabricated from cardboard and — together with the mattresses — will likely be recycled into other products post-Olympics.

2. Odaiba Marine Park
// Marathon swimming // triathlon
A well-liked tourist destination with views of the Odaiba Statue of Liberty — a duplicate of the one present in Latest York — and Rainbow Bridge.

3. Ariake Urban Sports Park & BMX Track
// Skateboarding // cycling BMX racing // cycling BMX freestyle

Tokyo 2020 marks the long-awaited debut of skateboarding within the Olympic Games.

4. Ariake Tennis/Park Ariake Coliseum
// Tennis // wheelchair tennis

Opened in 1987, the coliseum’s retractable roof predates the one installed at Wimbledon, London.

5. Ariake Gymnastics Center
// Artistic gymnastics // rhythmic gymnastics // trampoline gymnastics // boccia
The venue will likely be was an exhibition hall after the Olympic Games.

6. Ariake Arena
// Volleyball // wheelchair basketball

This newly built facility is designed to carry as much as 15,000 spectators.

7. Shiokaze Park
// Beach volleyball
Catch views of Mt. Fuji from Shiokaze Park on a sunny day.

8. Aomi Urban Sports Park
// 3×3 basketball // sport climbing // football 5-a-side

Tokyo 2020 marks the primary time sport climbing will likely be a medal sport within the Games, combining lead climbing, bouldering and speed climbing.

9. Tokyo Aquatics Center
// Swimming // diving // artistic swimming
Formerly generally known as “synchronized swimmers,” did you understand that artistic swimmers hold their hair back with gelatin and wear waterproof makeup for his or her routines?

10. Tatsumi Water Polo Center
// Water polo

Water polo was the primary ever team sport to be included within the Olympic Games.

11. Yumenoshima Park Archery Field
// Archery

Despite its name, meaning “dream island” in Japanese, Yumenoshima was originally a landfill site until 1967. The unreal island was then expanded and have become a park.

12. Sea Forest Cross-Country Course
// Equestrian cross-country

The dressage and jumping will likely be over at Baji Koen Equestrian Park in Setagaya.

13. Kasai Canoe Slalom Center
// Canoe slalom

Japan’s frst man-made course for canoe slalom. The canoe sprint will likely be held on the Sea Forest Waterway running through Reiwajima.

14. Oi Hockey Stadium
// Hockey

Post-Olympics, the stadium will likely be used as a multipurpose facility for sports like hockey and futsal.

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