Translated by MATCHA
4 Easy Ways To Get To Odaiba, Tokyo - Monorail, Train, Bus, And Walking
Written by hyojeong kim
Odaiba is a famous sightseeing and shopping area in Tokyo. This article includes times and fares, and an in-depth guide to getting to Odaiba from Shinjuku, Shibuya, and other neighborhoods. Read to learn about the trains, monorail, buses, and other ways to arrive at this popular spot.
How to Get to Odaiba - Train, Monorail, and Bus Routes in Tokyo
Odaiba is one of the major sightseeing spots in Tokyo, with shopping, beautiful Rainbow Bridge and bay scenery, and a life-sized Gundam Model. Even with all these great sight-seeing spots, the Odaiba is a little inconvenient to get to.
This article summarizes access routes to Odaiba from, suggested by an author living in Odaiba. Continue reading to learn different transportation methods via train, subway, monorail, and bus, and how much yen and time it takes to get there from different areas in Tokyo.
We highly recommend travelers use the JR Pass and the Tokyo Subway Ticket to save money on traveling on JR trains, the Tokyo Metro, and Toei Subway. These discount passes not only help with navigating to and around Odaiba, but throughout the rest of Tokyo and beyond.
1. Take the Yurikamome Monorail from Tokyo and Asakusa
The Yurikamome line is a monorail that starts from Shimbashi Station and ends at Toyosu Station, near Toyosu Market. The monorail takes a scenic route around the bay and is most convenient for those coming from the Tokyo Station area, Asakusa, and many other areas in Tokyo.
The monorail is automatically operated, so you can sit on the driver's seats in the front of the car. You can't actually drive the monorail, but the seat is popular because you can enjoy the superb view of the area from the very front.
To go to Odaiba, get off at Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station. The fare from Shinbashi Station is 320 yen and takes around 13 minutes. If you are coming from another station, you will have to transfer to the Yurikamome line at Shinbashi Station first; total fares and approximate times are listed below.
|Departing Station and Route||Time and Fare (One-way)|
|Tokyo Station → Shinbashi Station → Odaiba||24 minutes; 460 yen|
|Asakusa Station (Asakusa Line Toei Subway) → Shinbashi Station → Odaiba||35 minutes; 540 yen|
|Ginza Sta (Ginza Line Tokyo Metro) → Shinbashi Station → Odaiba||26 minutes; 490 yen|
2. Take the Rinkai Line from Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Ikebukuro
If you leave from Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, or Shibuya Stations, the fastest route is taking the Rinkai Line train to Tokyo Teleport Station. Tokyo Teleport Station is the nearest station to major sights in Odaiba. You do not have to transfer train lines.
Note that this line does not run as frequently as standard lines, with around three to four trains per hour between 10:00 and 16:00. Evening trains stop running at around midnight or earlier, so be careful if you want to catch a night view of the area, or head for Odaiba in the evening.
|Departing Station||Time and Fare (One-way)|
|Ikebukuro||32 minutes; 530 yen|
|Shinjuku||23 minutes; 500 yen|
|Shibuya||18 minutes; 490 yen|
3. Bus to Odaiba - Save Money and Time
The trains are the most common means of moving about in Tokyo, but to reach Odaiba you will likely have to transfer trains and there are more cost-effective ways to travel. Taking the bus, on the other hand, means that you can travel relatively cheaply and without transfers.
1. Odaiba Rainbow Bus and Km Flower Bus (From Shinagawa and Tamachi)
The Odaiba Rainbow Bus connects Shinagawa and Tamachi stations to Odaiba, while the Km Flower Bus goes straight to Odaiba Seaside Park from Shinagawa and Tamachi Stations via the Rainbow Bridge. This is the cheapest and the fastest way to reach Odaiba if you leave from either of these stations.
This bus costs a flat rate of 210 yen one-way and is a very reasonable option. It takes less than a half-hour to get to the Odaiba area from Shinagawa. We recommend getting off at Odaiba Kaihin-koen Mae.
2. Toei Bus (From Monzen Nakacho)
This is the most frequent bus that leaves from Monzen Nakacho Station. It leaves the station every 10 minutes from platform #5. Look for the 海01 bus going towards Tokyo Teleport Station-mae.
The bus ride from Monzen Nakacho is around half an hour and costs 210 yen.
3. Toei Bus (From Oimachi and Omori Stations)
This bus leaves Oimachi and Omori Stations and uses the Metropolitan Expressway, so you may enjoy some scenery different from that of ordinary routes. Look for 森30, bound for Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station-mae.
Get off at Telecom Center Station mae; the ride is around half and hour and costs
4. On Foot or By Bicycle - Free Transport and Exercise
There is also a free access route to Odaiba great for those wanting exercise.
You can actually walk to Odaiba! There is a bridge connecting Odaiba to Tamachi and Toyosu Stations that you can cross either on foot or by bicycle.
From Tamachi Station, just walk a bit towards the seaside, and you'll reach the Rainbow Bridge. You can't ride your bike there, but you can walk it across by renting a small trolley for free.
You can cross the bridge from 9:00-20:00. This area often has strong winds though, so make sure you keep an eye on any hats, scarves or other belongings while walking.
From Toyosu Station, you can take the bridge without getting off your bicycle.
Travel to Odaiba
There are many other ways to access Odaiba, such as taking a limousine bus from Haneda Airport, or a water-bus from Asakusa! You might be surprised at just how many ways there are to reach Odaiba. When you want to visit this entertainment-filled area, please choose the route that best suits your plans using this handy guide.