Kiba Station is
located in the Shin Kiba district
of Koto Ward of Tokyo. It is served
by Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, JR
East Keiyo Line, and TWR Rinkai
Line. Each of the lines has station
facilities of its own, and all tracks
district of Shin Kiba
is located on Yume No Shima, or
‘Dream Island', an island made of
Tokyo's garbage of 1960s and 70s.
During this period tons of garbage
from Metropolitan Tokyo was dumped
here every day and it eventually
became a landfill. In the late 70s
the area was covered over by a layer
of top soil and it became a beautiful
island with among other things,
the popular Yume No Shima Park being
No Shima Park
(Dream Island Park)
No Shima Park is located next to
Tokyo Harbor on Yume No Shima, or
Dream Island. This large expanse
of greenery is full of eucalyptus
trees and fresh grass, and is frequented
by picnickers and strollers in large
numbers every day. Several other
features have made this Park a popular
place for both locals and tourists.
these features the most prominent
is Yume No Shima Tropical
Greenhouse Dome . The greenhouse,
consisting of three domes – Dome
A, Dome B, and Dome C – covers an
area of 16,145 ft?. It was built
in 1988 to teach people about their
dependence on plant life. Heating
to the Greenhouse is supplied from
an adjoining 2-storied incinerating
A features a tropical forest complete
with a waterfall, Dome B has a typical
tropical village, and Dome C features
the fauna of Ogasawara islands,
a tropical Pacific archipelago 1000
km south-south-east of Tokyo. There
is also an Exhibition Hall displaying
the many wonders of fauna, a Visual
Hall with educational video shows
on tropical flora and fauna, another
Exhibition Hall with displays on
varying themes, and the most interesting
– a small greenhouse with carnivorous
plants that can be seen slowly eating
away beetles, ants, and bugs.
No Shima Tropical Greenhouse Dome
is open every day from 9:30 a.m.
to 4 p.m. except Mondays. Entry
fee is ¥ 200 per adult and ¥
100 per child.
5 minute walk from Yume No Shima
Tropical Greenhouse Dome is the
Fururyu Maru Exhibition Hall .
This hall houses the fishing boat
that was exposed to nuclear fallout
during the Bikini Atoll test in
1954. This was the test that U.S.
conducted of the hydrogen bomb ‘Bravo'
(a bomb a thousand times more powerful
than the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs)
on Bikini Atoll. Despite the boat
being 60 km outside the prohibition
zone, it was badly affected by the
fallout. The crew of the boat became
very sick and all died prematurely.
The boat, which has become a symbol
of the anti-nuclear testing movement,
is very impressively housed in an
almost church-like structure. Near
it are informative displays of the
Fururyu Maru Exhibition Hall is
also open every day from 9:30 a.m.
to 4 p.m. except Mondays. Entry
is free. English pamphlets are available
for ¥ 100.
Sport and Cultural Center ,
also called the BumB ,
is also located in the park. This
massive and superbly equipped sports
center includes an arena, a futsal
ground, a heated swimming pool,
and a gym, besides performance and
educational facilities, a Kids'
Room, a Youth Square, and a restaurant.
multi-purpose Coliseum and a baseball
ground are the other features of
No Shima Park.
close to Shin Kiba Station is the
Tokyo Heliport. This is the largest
heliport in Japan with over 25,000
takeoffs and landings each year. It
is mainly used for chartered flights
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department,
Tokyo Fire Department, over 15 private
companies, and news and television