The Bubble Economy (1985-1995): Coastal Development Zoning Plans (1984, 1987)

The two zoning maps were published respectively within the first and second Long Term Plan for Tokyo. Putting them side by side allows one to review how Odaiba’s planning had evolved with the bubble economy a backdrop, as well as Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG)’s attitude towards the idea of the Tokyo Teleport Town over the bubble years.

Fig. 1. “Coastal Area Development Plan” from the first Long Term Plan in 1984.

There are several points that are worth noting. “Tokyo Port Symbol Zone” has become the “Tokyo Teleport” with its own railway station, affirming Odaiba’s increasing importance in Tokyo’s waterfront area. The pink arrow that represents transportation connections had also extended outwards to reach Ariake District from the inner port district that was about to be redeveloped. Ariake North was expected to become Odaiba’s sports and recreation commercial zone [1]. The establishment of extended transport network once again confirmed TMG’s optimistic vision.

Geographically speaking, Odaiba is located in the middle of Tokyo Bay area, surrounded by neighbouring coastal developments that almost embrace Odaiba within. It is readable from the zoning maps that Odaiba was not only an island of major development, it was a node that pulls nearby Tokyo Bay projects together.

Fig. 2. “Waterfront Area Development and Redevelopment Plan” from the second Long Term Plan in 1987.


[1] Malone, Patrick. City, Capital, and Water. London, England: Routledge, 1996.



Long-term Plan for the Tokyo Metropolis : “My Town Tokyo”: Heading into the 21st Century. TMG Municipal Library ; No.18. Tokyo: Government, 1984.

2nd Long-term Plan for the Tokyo Metropolis : “My Town Tokyo” : A New Evolution toward the 21st Century. TMG Municipal Library ; No. 22. Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, 1987.

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