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3 Reasons Why Tokyo Bay Should be at the Top of Your Wishlist

Tokyo Bay has more than just waterfront views. Steven Crane explores a retro hot-springs theme park, a floating bar and ocean-fresh sashimi by the bay

1. Daiba Itchome Shotengai

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Step back in time at this weird but wonderful Japanese retro-kitsch theme park in Odaiba. Visitors will enter a scene straight out of the 1950s, with old-school eateries, an arcade lined with vintage carnival games (try your hand at throwing a ninja star), a fortune-telling shop and even vintage sweet shops. Classic vehicles and scenes from the past also line the time-warped shopping street.

2. Daiwa Sushi

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If you’re going to queue an hour, then the restaurant better be worth it. Once housed in the Tsukiji Market and now relocated to the new Toyosu Market, the 10-seater Daiwa Sushi definitely is. After eating catch the market action at the famous fish auctions – if you’re there early enough – order the omakase menu, a glorious sushi set which includes mouth-watering fatty tuna, sourced just metres away.

6-3-2, Toyosu, Koto 135-0061, Tokyo prefecture

3. Jicoo The Floating Bar

Credit: Courtesy of Jicoo Floating Bar

Revel in the scenic city views onboard Jicoo, a floating boat-bar that makes Captain Nemo’s Nautilus look like a bathtub toy. The sleek spaceship-submarine, designed by manga master Leiji Matsumoto, is the perfect vessel for a cruise round Tokyo Bay, cocktail in hand. Jicoo runs between Hinode Pier and Odaiba every half-hour from Thursday to Saturday.

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