Land Reclamation in Tokyo Bay Land reclamation has long served as a release valve for the pressures of industrialization and population growth in Tokyo. After World War II, factories, terminals, and airports made up the bulk of waterfront expansion, but after the end of the asset bubble, the focus shifted to redeveloping existing artificial lands.
Tsukishima The island of Tsukishima, active as a fishing village since the Edo era, has been gradually expanding for more than a century. Its historic core has been unusually unaffected by development, creating a striking juxtaposition between traditional wooden houses and nearby high-rises. Elsewhere on the island, older blocks are being consumed by rapid redevelopment.
Kasai Rinkai Koen Kasai Rinkai Park was the first reclamation project in Tokyo Bay intended to restore the waterfront ecology. Nearly a third of the park is a designated bird sanctuary, and one of the two artificial beaches to the south is a conservation zone off-limits to humans.
Odaiba Odaiba began as a lumber yard constructed between a chain of Edo-era defensive battery islands. Reclamation was completed in the 1970s, and the area has since developed as a tourist precinct with hotels, theme parks, and shopping centers. Kenzo Tange’s futuristic Fuji TV Headquarters, built thirty-five years after his proposed master plan for Tokyo Bay, looms over the area.
Minatomirai The Minatomirai area was a large shipyard for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries until the 1980s, when development transformed it into a new city center. The 1980s and 90s saw many new developments in Minatomirai. The area is now flourishing as one of Yokohama's important business cores.