Odaiba Marine Park

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Odaiba Beach at the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, site of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2020 Olympic Games
Odaiba Marine Park is a popular Tokyo tourist and entertainment location on Tokyo Bay. It features sand and rocks surrounding a quiet cove that spreads out beside Daiba Park where futuristic scenery such as the Rainbow Bridge, the Fuji Television Building, and urban resort hotels are located. Odaiba Marine Park is the heart of the coastal subcenter of Tokyo with beautiful sunset and night views.

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2020 Summer Olympics

Odaiba Beach at the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, site of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2020 Olympic Games.

History

Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area. There were initially a series of six island fortresses constructed in 1853 for the shogunate to protect Edo (Tokyo) from attack from the sea, the primary threat being Commodore Matthew Perry's Black Ships which had arrived in the same year. Daiba in Japanese refers to the cannon batteries placed on the islands.

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