At first glance, one might think that the world renowned Statue of Liberty has been moved to Japan, but it’s really just a smaller-sized replica in Odaiba, Tokyo.
The Odaiba Statue of Liberty is made to seem much larger than it is in photos due to its proximity to a walkway, and with a suspension bridge in the background, it’s easy for the average person to assume they’re looking at a picture of New York. However this uncanny replica in Odaiba stands at only roughly 40 feet tall, about 1/7th the size of its New York counterpart.
To celebrate Japan’s ties with France, a Statue of Liberty was temporarily placed in Odaiba from 1998 to 1999. Originally gifted to France by U.S. citizens in 1889 to celebrate the French Revolution, this particular statue was brought all the way from the Île aux Cygnes in Paris. It was returned to Paris in 1999, but due to its popularity, a replica was erected in 2000.
Although unrelated, it is worth noting that the place name Odaiba comes from an old Japanese word meaning “fort” or “battery,” while one of the ways to visit Liberty Island in New York City is a ferry ride from The Battery.
The statue overlooks the Rainbow Bridge, the unofficial name given by local residents, and Tokyo Bay. With glowing lights, sometimes in rainbow colors for special holidays and events, it creates quite the striking scene behind the Statue of Liberty, and is one of the prettiest views in Tokyo day or night.
As if one Statue of Liberty replica was not enough, Japan has at least a couple more scattered about the country, although none are as grand as the New York original.
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Three minutes away from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station, or from Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line. It can also be visited from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line, about 7 minutes by foot.