Statue of Liberty: A Tokyo Photographer’s Dream

Odaiba’s Statue of Liberty is a popular tourist attraction.  Why?  Well, it is pretty famous.  It has a couple of iconic landmarks to back it up. Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge are its good friends. You can get some memorable photos there.

Everyone knows the more famous statue in New York.  Are they the same?  No, the Odaiba one is different in a few respects, such as:

1) It stands on the beach on a platform

2) It doesn’t face the water.

3) It is smaller.  

Why does Tokyo have a Statue of Liberty?

If you are wondering why the Statue of Liberty is in Tokyo, it is simple. France donated it to celebrate “French Year in Japan” in 1998. It stayed for about two years.  Then it was taken away.

But it was so popular it soon returned. That happened in 2000 and has been there ever since. So it has been in the same spot twice!

How to photograph the statue?

Behind the statue are two iconic Tokyo structures, Rainbow Bridge AND Tokyo Tower. The view is magnificent, especially at sunset. Nighttime is also great when everything lights up. You have so many choices.

The interesting thing about it is its size, only 12.25 meters high. But, if you photo it from the walkway, it is still big enough to block most of the view. You will need some space to include the bridge and tower.  Or you could try being creative.

Where is the best place to get your picture? 

My recommendation is the Aqua City Odaiba deck. It’s good because you don’t only get the statue, but Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower.  And there will be people on the boardwalk, which can add more interest. Nighttime can make it doubly good.  There is also a big love sign which can give you some options.

Sun position

Depending on the type of picture you want, the sun’s position can be important. It will be close to or over Rainbow Bridge during the warmer months. In the later/early part of the year, it will be in the direction of the ocean, i.e., the left of the bridge.

Where is Tokyo’s Statue of Liberty?

Address: 1 Chome-4-2 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo

Here it is on a Google map:

The statue is on a pedestal over the road from Aqua City Odaiba. 

Closest train Station:

Daiba on the Yurikamome Line.

Wrapping up

Visiting Tokyo’s Statue of Liberty is not high on my list of things to do as I’ve seen it many times. Still, I can understand why so many do.  The view is superb, and Odaiba has so many things to do.  You can have a good day out there.

If you want an iconic “Tokyo” picture, this is one of the many places I recommend. And as it is in Odaiba, there is much to explore, plus the shopping.

The Yurikamome line stations are also near. That makes getting there from Shinbashi (i.e., Yamanote line access to the rest of the city) easy. It is a great place to spend some time. Of course, you might want to head to Rainbow Bridge and walk over it!

And lastly, I got a pleasant surprise when I took these pictures. The Statue of Liberty had gotten a wash! She looked very clean. And the fencing around it has gone, which means you can take selfies in front of her again!

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