Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
An Entertainment City Overlooking the Sea - 7 Spots to Visit in Odaiba
Odaiba, located by Tokyo Bay, is easily accessible from central Tokyo and is a popular spot among both locals and visitors to Japan. There are many ways to enjoy the area, so today we will be introducing a few of the main tourist attractions.
Written by Jumpei Kawashima
Odaiba, located by Tokyo Bay is a tourist spot popular for its many shopping malls and entertainment facilities, in addition to its easily accessible location.
There are many ways to enjoy Odaiba. On a sunny day, you can go for a stroll in the park, sun bathe or enjoy the area however you like.
Today we will be introducing some of the tourist attractions in Odaiba!
1. DECKS Tokyo Beach
DECKS Tokyo Beach is a commercial building right by Odaiba-kaihinkōen Station on the Yurikamome line. It consists in the Island Mall and Seaside Mall. The Island mall includes the Tokyo Trick Art Museum, and from the Seaside Mall you can overlook the ocean view.
There are many stores and restaurants, as well as an amusement park - Tokyo Joypolis. You can spend the whole day here and there will still be more to enjoy.
We especially recommend checking out the third floor of the Seaside Mall. It's an open space outdoors, where you can look out over Odaiba, including a spectacular view of the Rainbow Bridge. The place is great for a short rest in between your shopping sprees!
2. Aqua City Odaiba
There are over 80 shops, selling mainly casual clothing, such as United Arrows. There is also a wide variety of restaurants to choose from.
They even have free Wi-Fi, which is hugely helpful for travelers. You won't need to worry about not being connected for a while.
3. Odaiba Kaihin Kōen
Odaiba Kaihin Kōen (Odaiba Marine Park) is a large park located by the sea. It's 800 meters long and full of nature. You can relax on the beautiful beach surrounded by vivid green trees.
Walking along the sidewalk here on a sunny day is great.
Our recommendation is the view from this observatory deck.
Whether it's the sunset of the night view, you can enjoy the view from here all day long.
4. Statue of Libery
The statue in Odaiba is certified by the city of Paris, which presented New York with its own Statue of Libery.
Altough it is relatively small, it has s become widely known as a tourist spot in Odaiba.
If you ever visit, make sure to take a photo with the Rainbow Bridge in the background!
5. Diver City Tokyo Plaza
Diver City Tokyo Plaza is a large commercial facility near the inland-side exit of Odaiba-Kaihinkōen station.
Brands from both in and out of Japan along with other entertainment facilities can be found here.
The food court on the second floor is especially large, seating more than 700. You can choose from okonomiyaki, tempura, ramen or any of the 13 great choices.
The Gundam statue standing in front of the entrance is said to be a full-scale replica. It looks like it might start moving anytime.
The Gundam Cafe nearby and also Gundam Front on the eleventh floor, where you can experience the world of Gundam, are must-go spots for fans.
6. Fuji Television Headquarters Building
Fuji Television (Fuji TV) is a television station that creates TV shows including the world-famous anime series "One Piece". Its headquarters building is located in Odaiba.
A part of the building is open to the public. The One Piece restaurant on the seventh floor is particularly popular to visitors and fans from around the world.
You can go inside the symbolic "Hachitama" Spherical Observation Room on the 25th floor as well (requires entrance fee). You will be able to get a different view of Odaiba than what you see from the ground.
7. Odaiba Palette Town
Tokyo Odaiba Palette Town (Japanese) is an entertainment building in Odaiba.
You can also admire a view of Tokyo's symbolic Tokyo Tower, Skytree and Rainbow Bridge from the Palette Town Ferris wheel. The view of Tokyo from 115 meters above the ground is worth seeing.
The tourist attractions we introduced in this article are all in walking distance from Odaiba-kaihinkōen station.
We strongly recommend you try visiting Odaiba and enjoy what it has to offer. It's pretty easy to get there from central Tokyo.