Tokyo in Pics


A photography blog about Tokyo, run by Australian photographer Rohan Gillett

The Statue of Liberty in Tokyo

I think everyone knows that Tokyo has a Statue of Liberty, in Odaiba.  It stands on the beach on a platform, just like the one in New York, but is quite smaller and doesn’t face the water.  And while it isn’t as famous as the original, it definitely comes with a few bonuses! In the background you can have Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower in your photos.  It is a great place to get a few photos.

If you are wondering why there is a Statue of Liberty in Japan, the reason is pretty simple.  It was donated by France to celebrate, “French year in Japan”, in 1998. That statue stayed for about two years, when it was taken down in 1999.  Actually, there have been two on the same spot. The first one was there from April 1998 to May 1999 to celebrate, “French year in Japan”. Apparently it was so popular it was decided to return it, which happened in 2000.

To be honest, visiting the statue is not high on my personal list of things in recent years as I’ve been in Tokyo for twenty-five years, so I’ve seen it so many times.  Still I can certainly understand why so many do. Even though it is not that large, you can get really close it on a raised walkway which circles the front section of it.  The most important thing though, is the view.

That view includes two iconic Tokyo structures in the background of any view, Rainbow Bridge AND Tokyo Tower.  It is a very good view. And the interesting thing about it is that while the statue is quite small, only 12.25 meters, the viewer is so close to it that everything on far side of the bay looks small and conversely that makes it look larger than it really is.

The Statue of Liberty with two of Odaiba’s famous hotels behind it, the Grand Nikko and Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

Where to get the best shot of it?  I don’t know, but I definitely feel that the deck of Aqua City Odaiba might be best.  It’s pretty good because you don’t only get the statue and everything else in your picture, but you can get EVERYONE else it, as they gather on the boardwalk below.  Night time can make it doubly good.

So if you are ever after some good Tokyo pictures this is one of the many places I could recommend.  And as it is located in Odaiba, there is a lot to explore plus shopping. The Yurikamome line stations are also very close, so getting there and back over the bay is extremely easy.  It is a great place to spend some time.