Palette Town is where Venus Fort is located.
This whole area including Venus Fort was due to be dismantled in 2010 because the lease for the land was up.
Back in 1990 after the bubble burst and economic depression set in, the government found it difficult to lease the land to anyone until they dropped the lease price of 1 square meter to about 840yen! The condition was that the land had to be returned 10 years later.
Mori Building and Sumitomo Bussan together leased the land at that price knowing that they would have to return it 10 years later and built Palette Town on it. But 10 years on, Palette Town turned out to be successful – but a contract is a contract and in 2010, the Tokyo governing body announced that Palettte Town was to be dismantled.
The end result was that Mori Building and Toyota Motors teamed up and bought back the land.
Mori Building and Toyota have plans to build a convention hall and other facilities so the future for Venus Fort is uncertain – so if you are in town then you may want to pay a visit before its gone forever.
Venus Fort is accessed from the overpass exit from the Rinkai Line station Tokyo Teleport –
It’s easy to spot – just head towards the huge ferris wheel that you can see.
Here you will find an amusement type center on the first floor with shops above. The most distinctive aspect of shopping at Venus Fort, Odaiba, is the interior design of the mall.
It is supposed to be a representation of Venice with shop entrances and hallways decorated to give the appearance of being outside with blue sky and clouds painted on the ceiling.
The lighting inside changes to suit the time of day and the atmosphere really is different to your usual neon lit mall.
If you need a break from shopping, there’s also a small automobile history museum in here (which Ｉ’m about to cover in a moment) is well worth a visit.
It has a range of classic cars from bygone glory days including an E-type Jaguar that is in spectacular condition.
Venus Fort – designed to resemble a 17th – 18th century European city, the place opened back in 1999 inside Palette Town and the original concept was that it was to be a theme park for ladies. These days however, Venus Fort is filled with not only stuff for the ladies but also for Men too.
Venus Fort is located in the Odaiba area and you can get there by getting off at the Tokyo Teleport station on the Rinkai line which you can get from JR Yamanote Osaki.
Venus Fort embodies a Japanese vision of a young woman’s shopping paradise, in a building that mimics Venice with ceilings that simulate the sky The illuminations here shifts from day to night and more.
The amazing artificial sky which changes to an evening tone as the night draws closer.
With around 170 boutiques and restaurants all aimed at young ladies, this kitschy shopping center also boasts the distinction of having Japan’s biggest lavatory (64 stalls!).
The mall features over a hundred shops, fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants on three floors including a few outlets shops on the upper floor.
There are a load of restaurants, fashion retailers and an outlet mall too.
Venus Fort currently has a load of festive illuminations up. Many places around Japan will invest in illuminations to draw in the families and couples at this time of year.
Many shopping facilities and train stations provide lockers for you to dump your stuff while you shop so that you don’t need to lug heavy stuff around with you – most convenient.
The towering Ferris wheel, known as Daikanransha, can be seen all across Odaiba, signalling to visitors that Palette town is a fun place to be.
This is a really huge ferris wheel that takes about 15 minutes to make a full rotation.
Amazing views of Odaiba, including Rainbow bridge,can be enjoyed here, atop the ferris wheel.
Just below Venus Fort is the shopping center known as Sun Walk, the interesting thing about Sun Walk is that it features a collection of shops catering to the pet lover.
You can get a makeover for your pet at a pet hairdresser, stop for a feed at a pet friendly Dog Cafe or even hire a dog for an hour to take him for a walk.
Other attractions that make up Palette town include the Toyota Mega Web technology showcase, leisure-land fun parlour and the live entertainment venue, Zepp Tokyo.
Located in the Pallet Town Shopping centre in the middle of Tokyo’s waterfront entertainment suburb of Odaiba, is Toyota’s self proclaimed car theme park, Mega Web.
Toyota Mega Web comprises of six exhibits such as the History Garage, Universal Design Showcase, Toyota City Showcase, Ride One and the Kids Hybrid Ride One.
The largest part of Mega Web is the Toyota City Showcase, here you can see all the latest and future Toyota products and also visit the motion simulator attraction know as “Mega Theater”. There are also several rides and attractions at Mega Web, like the popular “Ride One”.
Ride One lets any licensed driver test drive one of the latest Toyota cars on their 1.3km, 2-lap test course that links the 3 pavilions.
You can select a car from the Toyota line-up and then take your time and get a feel for the car of your choice on the test course. Reservations are recommended, and the cost is around 300 yen per car.
The kids haven’t been forgotten either; they can drive the Kids Hybrid Ride One.
The kids ride is a motor assisted hybrid cart that can be driven around a 150m circuit.
Other parts of Mega Web include the History Garage and the Universal Design Showcase.
The History Garage showcases some of the most well loved cars in history. Beautifully presented, the History Garage features cars from all over the world from the 1950s to the 1970s.
The Universal Design Showcase is a great hands on learning experience, here you get to see some of the ways modern cars are designed to better suit our lives.
This here is the Shell petroleum museum.
More pictures from Venus Fort.
Not forgetting Rainbow bridge.
And the romantic Heart Frame!
Toyota Mega Web…
And finally, a great way to end the day!