Hello everybunny! It's time for another holiday post, hooray!♪
It was time to go to Odaiba! So that morning, Josh and I met up with Brian and we headed to Ikebukuro station! It's possible to get a train all the way to Odaiba, which is super convenient.^^ We were all pretty excited, since we'd read some cool things about Odaiba and had plans to visit some great places!♪ It's probably a really great place to explore if the weather is ideal. Sadly, August weather really isn't ideal for exploring unless you're really good with humidity ahah.. ; v ;'' Maybe if I go back during a more comfortable time of year and have the time, I'll be able to enjoy exploring a bit more.♪
We arrived at the station and then hoped we were heading the right way ww
We saw Joypolis and were like 'Oh hey Joypolis!!'
...until we realised that going towards Joypolis was the wrong direction for the Miraikan hah...
We were walking along this really long stretch of road thinking 'we better be heading the right way this heat is unbearable OTL'
It was the right way!
We finally... finally made it to the Miraikan.. and it was packed. OTL So we decided against waiting out in the heat in the massive queue.;;
It felt like a waste of a really long walk but at least Diver City was nearby!
There is is! Only.. all the way across that parking lot www
The life size Gundam was so awesome!
To scale Gundam waffle things!♪ I had cream flavour♥ I think Josh and Brian had savoury flavours.♪
Inside Diver City is a Gundam exhibit called Gundam Front! Some areas require a ticket, but some areas you can look around for free, so we had a look around the models and such.♪
After looking around Gundam Front, we headed into a nearby game centre because we couldn't find anywhere we wanted to grab lunch ww Lunch? Who needs lunch when you can play games? ww
'Yeah. You. Kid...'
Unfortunately I didn't save Kumamon, but I did win an Angely Bear from Aikatsu!. Josh won a Monokuma and Brian won a Levi figure! We thought it was getting too difficult but Brian won it!! Woo!
Mario Kart time!!
You could put your face on the characters, so of course Josh took advantage of the opportunity www
The weather sure was looking promising as we were heading out of Diver City towards Joypolis ww Luckily Joypolis is an indoor theme park!♪
There's also a Legoland Discovery Centre!
Hello Joypolis♪ Unfortunately we had to go to grab lunch first, but... we couldn't find anywhere OTL We ended up giving up searching and just grabbing something from McDo. OTL;; Then we headed to a shopping mall that was next to the mall that Joypolis was in. There was a Shonen Jump pop up shop thing! It was pretty neat♪
This Goku statue was pretty awesome ww
After some shopping, it was time to head back to Joypolis!♪♪
We just got entry tickets because we weren't sure how busy it would be inside. We didn't want unlimited ride tickets because there was a chance we might not get on many rides, and a lot of the attractions were in Japanese with no English option. Probably a good chance to practice though ww
Joypolis is awesome! Everything looks so cool ww The Veil Of Dark track stretches out into the main area! It's very noisy though, so if you're not a fan of loud places or if you're not in the mood for loud music and such, I'd recommend going somewhere else!;;
We were right about it being super busy! It was packed ;;
First ride! Veil Of Dark♪ It's a coaster with shooting game elements! We had a pretty long wait, but parts of the queue line interact with the big screen, and at other times, there were things to watch on the screen! When we first started queuing, there was a Psycho Pass thing going on. I had no idea what was actually happening but it looked pretty neat.♪
I mentioned the coaster had shooting elements, you also get a rank based on your score! I think I got Ace ww Either way, I beat both Josh & Brian. Victory! The coaster has some awesome effects, it's kind of Resident Evil-ish with all the monsters and such ww I don't recommend this if you're easily scared! There are some pretty creepy parts ww It's soooo much fun though!
The main stage! When I took these photos, the virtual idol Lopit was performing ww I'm not sure if she's a Vocaloid or not? ;; Her performance was fun to watch though!
This was something I really wanted to go on, but the queue was massive! OTL
It's a spinning halfpipe ride ww
Looking out over the the Veil Of Dark tracks and the other parts of the park♪
We stopped for drinks at the D Lounge. Of course, we all found the name mightily entertaining because we are, in fact, children.
Edgeworth!♥♥ There was an Ace Attorney Investigations game, but it was in Japanese only, so we didn't try it out. OTL I think there's an Ace Attorney Trilogy attraction here now.
After spending some more time looking around Joypolis and having fun on the UFO catchers, we headed back to Ikebukuro for dinner. We went to a place called Shakeys, which is a buffet! It mainly has pizzas & pasta, and there are even dessert pizzas! We all enjoyed it quite a lot.♪ It was pretty cheap too.^^
Afterwards, we headed to the game centres! Woo! Though after a little while, Josh decided to head back to the hotel because he was shattered. ; - ; So Brian and I continued our UFO catcher onslaught!! Bro's UFO Catcher prowess won us sooooo many plushies ww It was so awesome! I'm super grateful that he helped me win so much. ; 7 ; We also managed to win me a Pote Usa Loppy with the very last ¥100 coin we had! It was a triumphant moment!! Then we dragged all our winnings across Ikebukuro to our hotels ww Spending evenings at game centres is brilliant fun, you should totally do it if you visit Japan. It's strange because at home, I pretty much never go out. Ever. OTL I don't enjoy it so much, and often don't feel comfortable. >< But on holiday I wanted to constantly be out enjoying things www (Moreso on my most recent holiday) Though maybe it's because on holiday there are friends I feel comfortable around to go out with, and there's lots to do ahah.^^;; Things like game centres and fun restaurants.. there's nothing like that in this teeny tiny town! ;; Plus my even my friends who are nearby are still pretty far away so we don't see each other so often. ><;
Thank you so much for reading!♪ I hope if you get to go to Odaiba, you'll have a lot of fun too! I also hope you'll pick a better time than us ww a time with less crowds ahah♪
Have a lovely day!♥