Celebrating Summer at the Odaiba Minna No YUME-TAIRIKU 2016
Odaiba has always been a very popular place for families and tourists to visit. With its wide array of shopping malls and various attractions for all ages to enjoy, there’s no doubt about it being one of the best places for leisure around Tokyo.
This summer, however, Fuji Television offers visitors another reason to come to Odaiba: The Odaiba Minna no YUME-TAIRIKU. Literally “Everyone’s Dream Continent”, this amusement park running from July 16 to August 31 was built around the idea of providing “refreshing coolness” for all its visitors. At the Yume-Tairiku, visitors can enjoy a wide array of activities from splashing around at a resort-like area, to sliding down a giant One Piece-themed slide, to exploring immersive art pieces, and even building small snowmen at a snow garden. There are also daily live performances by popular Japanese artists on the park’s big stage.
Of all the different attractions at the Yume-Tairiku, perhaps the most talked about is the DMM. Planets exhibit by teamLab. Well known for its immersive digital art pieces around the world, teamLab gives visitors an out-of-this world experience with its art pieces that not only dazzle the eyes, but also engage all of the senses.
There are four areas for visitors to explore. The first, which visitors immediately fall into, is a room full of incredibly soft cushions in near pitch darkness that brings to mind the sensation of tumbling into black holes. After a while of bouncing and tumbling around, visitors are guided to the next room that’s almost stunning with its brightness. Entitled the “Crystal Universe”, visitors wander through a maze of illuminated crystals that sometimes look like a fantasy portal but also gives visitors a sense of how it feels like to travel through the stars.
Afterwards, visitors are led into a cool wading pool of milky knee-deep water which is then lit up with images of flowers and koi fish. Upon contact, the koi bloom into flowers. The air around this area is fragrant and relaxing which makes this part of the exhibit a wonderful respite from the summer heat.
In the last room, visitors are plunged into a dome-shaped structure with flowers that swirl around them. With soft cushions around the room, visitors are encouraged to sit or lay down and feel themselves getting lost in this snowglobe-like experience.
Aside from activities at the amusement park in the Aomi area, visitors with the 1 Day Passport also can access the 22nd, 24th, and 25th floors of the Fuji TV headquarters to explore other attractions such as the One Piece Film Gold Festival Picture Gallery. There are also a variety of booths with all kinds of goods and refreshments featuring characters and personalities from Fuji Television’s various TV programs.
If you’re staying around Odaiba until the evening, head to the walkway in front of Aqua City to catch a spectacular light show using the entire Fuji Television building. Also, with the 1 Day Passport, you can also check out the Izakaya EXILE PARK featuring food and drinks designed by this very popular dance and vocal unit. Lucky visitors might also get to see live performances right beside their dining table!
All in all, for just ¥2000, visitors to the Odaiba Minna no YUME-TAIRIKU are definitely in for an incredible experience. So this summer, gather up your friends or your family and head over to the Aomi area (Tokyo Teleport station on the Rinkai Line, or Daiba station on the Yurikamome) and the Fuji Television headquarters for an amazing time! For more information, check out the event’s official website.