Odaiba Travel Guide: Enjoy Tokyo's Entertainment Haven All Day Long

Odaiba Travel Guide: Enjoy Tokyo's Entertainment Haven All Day Long

Tokyo 2016.12.29

Odaiba is Tokyo's greatest entertainment area, with numerous shops, centers, and restaurants, as well as beaches and parks to choose from. This is a sightseeing, date, and day off paradise in Tokyo.

Translated byHilary Keyes

Writer, translator, designer, weirdo.

Written by naomy

What Kind of Place is Odaiba?

An artificial island located in Tokyo Bay, Odaiba is a shopping and amusement center filled sightseeing spot that also boasts gorgeous parks and a charming coastline. This area is known to be one of Japan's premier date spots too.

Today, let's take a closer look at the many charms of Odaiba.

Table of Contents:

1. Things to Do in Odaiba
2. How to Reach Odaiba
3. Transportation Within Odaiba
4. Hotels in Odaiba
5. Other Useful Travel Information

Things to Do in Odaiba

1. Statue of Liberty (Symbol Promenade Park)

To commemorate The Year of France in Japan, the French Statue of Liberty (1889) was brought from the Ile des Cygnes in Paris, France and installed in Odaiba Beach Park from April 1998 to January 1999, with a replica of the statue standing there now, which has proven to be just as popular. Every day you will find people standing here taking vacation photos posed at the statue. If you come to take pictures here, make sure to catch the Rainbow Bridge in the background too.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-4 in Odaiba Beach Park

2. Gundam Front Tokyo (DiverCity Tokyo Plaza)

Gundam Front Tokyo is an entertainment space where you can see the world of Gundam and personally experience piloting a Gundam for yourself.

Address: Tokyo, Koto, Aomi 1-1-10
Website: Gundam Front Tokyo (Japanese)

3. Fuji Television Main Building

Parts of the Fuji TV main office building is open to the public, and is always bustling with visitors. From the 25th floor, in the globe-shaped portion of the building, you can enjoy looking over the scenery of Odaiba and Tokyo Bay, which will give you a different perspective on the area as well.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 2-4-8
Website: Fuji TV (Japanese)

4. Aqua City Odaiba

Decorated in eye-catching pastel colors, Aqua City Odaiba is a Mediterranean Sea town themed tourist attraction. With stores selling clothing, accessories, various goods and even interior items, and staying open until 9pm, this is a fun place to leisurely shop. There is also free wi-fi, making it a good place for travelers to enjoy themselves.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-7-1
Website: Aqua City Odaiba

5. Rainbow Bridge

One of the symbols of Odaiba is the Rainbow Bridge, which is a suspension bridge that connects Tokyo itself with Odaiba. This photo shows the view of the bridge from Fuji TV's observation deck.

See Walk Across Rainbow Bridge and Enjoy the View over Odaiba to learn more.

6. Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Designed with an Edo-era downtown landscape, Oedo Onsen Monogatari Odaiba is Japan's largest hot spring theme park. Popular with people of all ages, at Oedo Onsen Monogatari you can not only enjoy hot springs, but different restaurants, rest spaces and even play areas too. See Recommended Places In Odaiba - A Trip For The Whole Family!for more details.

Note: Visitors with tattoos are not permitted to use this facility, even if the tattoos are covered.

Address: Tokyo, Koto, Aomi 2-6-3
Website: Oedo Onsen Monogatari

7. DECKS Tokyo Beach

DECKS Tokyo Beach is a large urban shopping mall in Odaiba where you can enjoy shopping, restaurants, gourmet dining, and various types of entertainment facilities too. You won't find yourself getting bored here. See A Mysterious Experience Awaits! The Tōkyō Trick Art Museum for more details.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-6-1
Website: DECKS Tokyo Beach

8. Tokyo Trick Art Museum (in DECKS Tokyo Beach)

Found in DECKS Tokyo Beach, the Tokyo Trick Art Museum is an amusement facility where you can enter the world of paintings and take strange, impossible photos of yourself and your friends in those paintings. As there are plenty of Japanese-style works here, it is a particularly good place for tourists to visit - in fact, this is the first Japanese Trick Art place of its kind. See A Mysterious Experience Awaits! The Tōkyō Trick Art Museum for more details.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-6-1 in DECKS Tokyo Beach
Hours: 11:00-21:00 (last entry at 20:30)
Admission: Adults 1000 yen, children ages 4-14 600 yen, under 4 are free
Website: Tokyo Trick Art Museum

9. Odaiba Takoyaki Museum (in DECKS Tokyo Beach)

The Odaiba Takoyaki Museum is also located in DECKS Tokyo Beach and is a food park, where visitors can see, learn about, and eat delicious takoyaki made by five famous takoyaki specialty shops from the Kansai region. Not only that, but you can purchase takoyaki-themed souvenirs, see giant statues, and overall just enjoy the fun atmosphere of this unique food park.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-6-1 in DECKS Tokyo Beach
Hours: 11:00-21:00 (mall hours)
Admission: free, but takoyaki prices vary by shop
Website: Odaiba Takoyaki Museum

10. Daiba Kaiki Yashiki (in DECKS Tokyo Beach)

A dark and gloomy haunted school, this story-based attraction will have you immersed in strange tale right away. This brilliant haunted attraction might have you too scared to even scream!
Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-6-1 in DECKS Tokyo Beach
Website: Daiba Kaiki Yashiki (Japanese)

11. Tokyo Joypolis

Tokyo Joypolis is an indoor amusement park with a roller coaster, experience-based attractions, a haunted house, and more than 20 different attractions to enjoy. With each being of the highest quality, this is the perfect place for a fun date or to spend time with your friends.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-6-1 in DECKS Tokyo Beach
Website: Tokyo Joypolis

12. Palette Town Ferris Wheel

The view from this massive Ferris wheel makes it possible for riders to view Tokyo Tower, SkyTree, Tokyo Gate Bridge, the Rainbow Bridge, and many other famous Tokyo landmarks. And, seasonal illuminations make this a fun place to visit all year round.

Sakura in spring, fireworks, watermelons and waves in the summer, ginkgo and maple leaves in fall and snow crystals and constellations in the winter are the light themes that color Odaiba each season here.

Address: Tokyo, Koto, Aomi 1-3-10
Website: Palette Town Ferris Wheel

13. VenusFort (in Palette Town)

VenusFort was the first shopping outlet to exist within Tokyo's 23 wards. The biggest draw of this facility is the fact that you can enjoy both outlet shopping and entertainment all at once here. The 24h open Tokyo Leisureland has the latest games in its arcade, as well as bowling and karaoke, while MEGAWEB is a car theme park where you can drive actual cars on a specialty track, and shop at some amazing outlet stores too.
See VenusFort In Odaiba, Where Sightseeing Meets Shopping! for more details.

Address: Tokyo, Koto, Aomi 1-3-15
Website: VenusFort

14. Telecom Center Observatory

From the Telecom Center Observatory, you can enjoy an unbroken, sweeping view over Odaiba. Although the main part of the building is a data center, this view of the city can be taken in from their top floor, the 21st, viewing platform, which is open to the public.

Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, SkyTree, Haneda Airport, the container pier, all can be easily seen from this observatory, and if you happen to visit on a clear day, you just might be able to see all the way to Mount Fuji too. And at night, from here you can also take in the amazing illuminations of the city around you. Recognized as a Night View Heritage space, this area has become quite popular thanks to its fantastical night landscape.

Address: Tokyo, Koto, Aomi 2-5-10 Telecom Center
Website: Telecom Center Observatory

15. Daiba Park

Daiba Park was made from the remains of a former 'daiba' or battery (fort) built on Tokyo Bay. Close to both DECKS Tokyo Beach and Fuji TV, from the northern side of this park, you can also gaze out at the Rainbow Bridge too. There aren't as many people in this area, which gives it a peaceful and calm atmosphere.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-10-1 Daiba Park
Website: Daiba Park

16. Odaiba Beach Park

Odaiba Beach Park is a large coastal park with a sandy beach spanning about 800 m and trees of every kind providing plenty of greenery. This is an ideal place to relax in when you want to enjoy a peaceful, natural setting as it's a lot of fun to stroll through too. By all means, please take a rest here when visiting Odaiba.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Daiba 1-chome Odaiba Beach Park
Website: Odaiba Beach Park

17. Shiokaze Park

Odaiba Beach Park and Higashi Yashio Park are connected to Shiokaze Park, which is where you can enjoy sunbathing, jogging and cycling. From this park, you can see the Tokyo Bar area from the city down to Haneda Airport, and on a clear day, see even as far away as Mount Fuji too.

Address: Tokyo, Shinagawa, Higashi-Yashio 1-2 Shiokaze Park
Website: Shiokaze Park

18. Aomi Minami Port Park

Aomi Minami Port Park is where you will find a Japanese garden, a viewing platform in a plaza and even a fishing area. Within the grounds of the garden, corridors and field stones are distributed about and there are ponds scattered throughout as well, making this a very calming space. On the seaward side of the park, you can enjoy unbroken views of Tokyo Bay too. In the grassy plaza, you will often see people relaxing, taking afternoon naps, having picnics, or even just strolling about.

Address: Tokyo, Koto, Aomi 2
Website: Aomi Minami Port Park

19. The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as Miraikan in short, is a hands-on museum where you can learn about the latest science and technology in Japan.

Read "Miraikan" in Odaiba: Experience Japanese Cutting-Edge Technology to learn more.

Address: Tokyo, Koto, Aomi 2-3-6
Hours: 10:00-17:00 (last entry at 16:30)
Admission: Adults 620 yen, 18 years old and under 210 yen
Website: Miraikan

20. Tokyo Water Science Museum

The Tokyo Water Science Museum is just as its name indicates, a museum all about water.

This is a PR-based center, produced by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Waterworks, teaches people about the water that they use in their daily lives, the miracles that water can do and its importance, as well as how water service supplies are constructed. It's a place popular with both children and adults for its fun learning environment. Admission is free too!

Address: Tokyo, Koto, Ariake 3-1-8
Hours: 9:30-17:00 (last entry at 16:30)
Admission: Free
Website: Tokyo Water Science Museum

21. Sony ExploraScience

Sony ExploraScience is a hands-on museum where visitors can learn more about the latest technology and science behind electronics, games, music, and videos via a fun story format. This facility consists of four different zones and one studio.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-7-1 Mediage Aqua City Odaiba
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (last entry at 18:30)
Admission: Ages 16 and over 500 yen, children ages 3-15 300 yen
Website: Sony ExploraScience

22. Tokyo Big Site

Odaiba Travel Guide: Enjoy Tokyo's Entertainment Haven All Day Long

The Tokyo International Convention Center, better known as Tokyo Big Sight, is one of the Tokyo areas most popular convention and event spaces. It is best known as the venue for Comiket, the world's largest dojinshi, or self-published comic, convention, held twice annually in the summer and winter.

Address: Tokyo, Edo, Ariake, 3-11-1

How to Reach Odaiba

1. Traveling from Tokyo Station to Odaiba (JR and Yurikamome lines)

If you are traveling to Odaiba from Tokyo Station, then the most convenient trains to use are either the JR or Yurikamome lines.

Tokyo Station (JR Yamanote, etc) to Shimbashi Station (Yurikamome line) to Odaiba Beach Park

The Yurikamome line is a train that makes a full loop through Odaiba, making it easy to visit places like Odaiba Beach Park, VenusFort, Tokyo Big Sight, and other commercial buildings and tourist attractions.

If you are going to be traveling from Tokyo Station to Odaiba, then you must first use one of the JR lines (Yamanote, Tokaido Main Line, Ueno-Tokyo Line, Yokosuka Line bound for Zushi, and others) to head from Tokyo Station to Shimbashi Station. After arriving at Shimbashi, switch to the Yurikamome line and travel to Odaiba Beach Park Station.

It will take about 30 minutes in total to reach your destination, and the fare from Tokyo Station to Shimbashi will be 140 yen, and from Shimbashi to Odaiba Beach Park, 320 yen. One warning, though, there is a bit of a walk required to get from JR Shimbashi Station to the Yurikamome line Shimbashi Station.

2. Traveling from Shinagawa Station to Odaiba (Bus)

If you are traveling from Shinagawa Station to Odaiba, the fastest and cheapest route possible is to take the Odaiba Rainbow Bus.

You can catch this bus from the Shinagawa Station Konan Exit (East Exit) bus stop. Go out of the JR Shinagawa Station Konan Exit (East Exit), turn right and go down the stairs near Atre Shinagawa, the bus stop is down there.

It will take about 30 minutes to travel from Shinagawa Station to Odaiba, and will cost 210 yen. You can purchase an all-day bus pass within the bus as well.

3. Traveling from Ikebukuro, Shinjuku or Shibuya (Rinkai Line)

If you are traveling to Odaiba from Ikebukuro, Shinjuku or Shibuya Stations, then we recommend taking the Rinkai line. As this line operates in conjunction with the JR Saikyo line, you won't need to transfer trains at any point, making it very convenient. Your terminal station will be Tokyo Teleport Station.

Ikebukuro Station (Rinkai line) to Tokyo Teleport Station
Takes: about 30 minutes
Fare: 530 yen

Shinjuku Station (Rinkai line) to Tokyo Teleport Station
Takes: about 24 minutes
Fare: 500 yen

Shibuya Station (Rinkai line) to Tokyo Teleport Station
Takes: about 18 minutes
Fare: 490 yen

It should be noted, however, that the Rinkai line only travels about three times an hour, and its last train bound for Shinjuku is far earlier than the last trains on other lines. If you are going to be seeing the night view in Odaiba or otherwise staying late there, then please be aware of your time limits or have an alternative route planned, just in case.

If you would like to take a route other than the Rinkai line, then the below-mentioned routes from these stations to Shinbashi Station, and from Shinbashi Station to the Yurikamome line to Odaiba Beach Park (taking 13 minutes and costing 320 yen) are your best options.

Ikebukuro Station or Shinjuku Station (Yamanote line) to Shinbashi Station
From Ikebukuro, takes 28 minutes and costs 200 yen
From Shinjuku, takes 17 minutes and costs 200 yen

Shibuya Station (Ginza Subway line) to Shinbashi Station
Takes 13 minutes and costs 320 yen

4. Traveling from Asakusa (Suijo Bus)

Did you know that you can take the suijo bus (water taxi) from Asakusa to Odaiba? If you'd like to comfortably take in the scenery as you travel, then the suijo bus is the best option for you. And, because it is a direct line to Odaiba from Asakusa, it's easy to take too.

Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line
Takes about 50 minutes, costs 1560 yen (adult)

If you would prefer a land-based route, then:
Asakusa Station (Ginza line) to Shinbashi Station (Yurikamome line) to Odaiba Beach Park
Takes 30 minutes, and costs 540 yen.

Transportation Within Odaiba

Within Odaiba itself, it is most convenient to walk from place to place, but if your destination is a bit further than you'd like to walk, it is best to use either the Yurikamome line trains or to take the Odaiba Rainbow Bus.

Or, you can also take the exceptionally convenient and free Tokyo Bay Shuttle Bus, which departs every 20 minutes along its set routes and is available from 11:30 in the morning until 7:30 at night.

Hotels in Odaiba

There are two hotels located in Odaiba. If you would like to enjoy Odaiba to the fullest, then a stay at either of these locations is the best option for you. Other than these two hotels, there are also plenty of accommodations to choose from in nearby Ariake as well.

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

Opened in October 2015, this is a very new hotel that offers incredible views of Tokyo Bay and is overall a very well-situated place to stay.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-9-1
Website: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

Grand Nikko Tokyo Odaiba

The Grand Nikko Tokyo Odaiba, also located in Odaiba, stands on the Rinkai-Fukutoshin (Tokyo waterfront) area, and is one of the biggest hotels in the area, with the largest guest rooms available. Depending on the room, you will be able to look out over the Rainbow Bridge, Fuji TV, and even Palette Town.

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 2-6-1
Website: Grand Nikko Tokyo Odaiba

Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel

The Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel was built with the concept of "enjoy this space as if it were your home" in mind and lives up to this by providing very comfortable and peaceful rooms to its guests. Easily accessed, this is an excellent hotel for travelers to stay in.

Address: Tokyo, Koto, Ariake 3-7-11
Website: Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel

Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside

Located right by the Yurikamome line's Kokusai-tenjijo-seimon Station, Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside is a very stylish and beautiful hotel. As it is located on the half-way point between Ariake and Odaiba, it's very convenient for travelers as well.

Address: Tokyo, Koto, Ariake 3-1-15
Website: Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside

There are also plenty of different accommodations available in the Shimbashi and Toyosu areas of Tokyo as well; these areas have many comparatively reasonably priced business hotels for those on a tighter budget.

Other Important Travel Information

The article below will show how much the food costs in Japan, so take a look when planning your budget.

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If you need to exchange currencies, go to the bank, or try the ATM at 7-Eleven.

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If you're short on cash, look for the ATM with the "PLUS" logo, which offers cash advance with credit cards.

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The article below will show the simple phrases you can use when checking into hotels.

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"Japan Connected-Free Wi-Fi" is a service for the visitors from abroad. Be sure to download the application in advance.

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