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5 places in Japan you’ll never get to visit again

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By Matthew Coslett

Japan has had a tough past couple of years. With the coronavirus closing Japan’s borders to tourists and a series of natural disasters, a lot of places that previously were doing well have closed their doors.

We previously looked at places closed or currently on hold by the coronavirus, this time we have a look at five cultural icons in Japan that you’ll never get a chance to visit again.

1. Odaiba attractions

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Odaiba’s iconic Ferris wheel will close in August 2022. Photo: iStock/ Kuremo

Odaiba in Tokyo Bay and its surrounding areas have had a tough time as many of its most famous spots have fallen one after another. Mega Web Toyota City Showcase, a massive classic car museum in Odaiba’s Palette Town complex, closed on Dec. 31, 2021. Palette Town was also home to the TeamLab Borderless art exhibit. This was followed by Venus Fort, an enormous shopping complex modeled after medieval Europe, featured in TV shows like "Run for Money."

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That's sad, especially the Oedo Onsen in Odaiba I never had a chance to visit, the one in Urayasu seems pretty appealing though. It's just a shame almost everytime I get the time to organize the tons of "to go" places in my Google Maps I get some 2, 3 venues marked as [閉業] (closed permanently), Kawasaki Warehouse arcade and a ton of other interesting places/restaurants, shouganai :/

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Odaiba is one of the worst places in the world, outside of a war zone, that I have ever had the misfortune to visit.

An utterly soulless lump of concrete whose only beneficiaries were bent politicians and the yakuza (ahem, construction companies).

It deserves to sink right back into the sea.

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I like Odaiba... the beach is relaxing, the architecture interesting and getting there on the futuristic river bus is fun. Been there a few times and seen new things every time. Yes, I like Odaiba :)

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You can mostly thank the Japanese government for this too. Open the borders properly for Pete's sake.

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I wonder once they open the borders, how many cancellations of tours there would be, because of positive cases in the tours.

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