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Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo

Paula Gaston

On our last trip to Japan, we also visited the local Legoland. Legoland Discovery Center is located on the island of Odaiba, at the Tokyo Beach Island Mall where we also visited the Trick Art Museum. Both of the places were quite small, so it was possible to visit them in the same day. Getting to Odaiba is easy when you take the local train, and there is so much to do for families with kids.

I was surprised that the Legoland seemed to be very small. I have never been to the original Legoland in Denmark, or the one in San Diego, California, but I always thought that these were big outside parks. The one in Tokyo was indoors and it didn't take long to walk through. It wasn't until later that I realised, that Legoland and Legoland Discovery Center are two different things. There actually was a "real" Legoland in Japan too, in the city of Nagoya.

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So the Legoland Discovery Center was indoors. The tour started in a "Miniland" where we saw all the cool sites we had just seen on our visit to Tokyo. After Miniland there was a movie running, but we decided to skip it since we wanted stay active. We continued to a factory tour where we learned how legos are made. We also did a couple rides which were fun. Unfortunately they were the only rides they had! The rest of our visit we dedicated to playing. Our daughter enjoyed the play area, and there were several areas to built legos too. She tried the karaoke and made some friends while playing. 

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Shibuya Crossing  which we saw just few days before. 

Shibuya Crossing which we saw just few days before. 

The lit building in the front is  Nijo Castle  which we visited in Kyoto. 

The lit building in the front is Nijo Castle which we visited in Kyoto. 

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After a while we moved down stairs to "City Train World". We saw many warning signs saying that once down stairs, we would not be able to return. This was a little confusing since we didn't know how big the downstairs area would be. Did we spend enough time up stairs or should we stay longer? We had no idea, but we decided to see what was downstairs, since we were starting to get a little tired. "City Train World" was a room with different kinds of train related legos, and it didn't take us long to move on. The tour ended at the souvenir shop. 

Overall I think that the Legoland Discovery Center was a little bit disappointing. Or maybe I was just expecting too much, as I thought I was in an actual Legoland. If you are planning to visit this place, you should consider getting tickets beforehand online, since they are cheaper that way. There is a cafeteria inside the discovery center, however we ate at the mall where they had more to choose from. There is so much to do for kids and families at this mall. 

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Legoland Discovery Center can be found from: Odaiba 1-6-1 Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall 3F, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 135-0091, Japan.

 

Feeling Goofy at the Trick Art Museum Tokyo

Paula Gaston

Before our trip to Japan I had never heard of a Trick Art Museum. It was such an interesting and fun place to visit that I decided to devote one post to it. After we toured around Japan for two weeks, we wanted to dedicate one day to our 4 year old daughter, who had behaved so well during this trip and made us proud parents. First we thought we would visit Disneyland Tokyo for sure, but after being on the road we decided that something less hectic would be nice. So we headed to the island of Odaiba to visit both the Trick Art Museum and Legoland. 

Odaiba itself would be an interesting place to visit already. This island was originally built for defense purposes, but it is now full of entertainment like malls and amusement parks. One can get to Odaiba by taking a local train, and the Trick Art Museum is located inside the Tokyo Beach Island Mall. There are also many stores and restaurants in the same building. 

 
One can see this special building which is mentioned in many architectural web sites from the train on  the way to Odaiba. It is actually the headquarters for Fuji Television and guests are allowed to go in.  

One can see this special building which is mentioned in many architectural web sites from the train on  the way to Odaiba. It is actually the headquarters for Fuji Television and guests are allowed to go in.  

The idea in this museum is that the visitors will participate in the art and create illusions. A staff member showed us what we should do and how to create them, and then we headed out on our tour. Next to every painting they also have some instructions on how to take a photo in order to make the illusion work. We did not manage to catch it every time but it sure was fun to try.

Our pictures can speak for themselves:

Help! They are going to eat me!

Help! They are going to eat me!

Trapped in a glass. 

Trapped in a glass. 

Mean mirrow image. 

Mean mirrow image. 

Oh well, this is didn't quite work out but next time...

Oh well, this is didn't quite work out but next time...

We had plenty of other pictures as well but I think these are the best ones. We had so much fun, I can highly recommend visiting the Trick Art Museum!