Translated by Hilary Keyes
Odaiba Travel Guide - 15 Must Do Things In Tokyo's Best Entertainment Spot!
Odaiba is Tokyo's greatest entertainment area, with numerous shops, museums, and restaurants, as well as beaches and parks to choose from. This is a sightseeing and amusement paradise. Learn things to do, from visiting teamLab Borderless to taking in the giant Gundam statue and Tokyo Bay scenery.
Written by naomy
Odaiba - Tokyo's Most Popular Amusement Area
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 best date spots too.
Odaiba can be easily reached from Tokyo Station in about 30 minutes. The spectacular Rainbow Bridge, the amazing Gundam Statue and Statue of Liberty, the worldwide famous Fuji TV Building, MIRAIKAN - he Museum of Science and Innovation, and many other exciting facilities are what draws thousands of visitors to Odaiba every day.
Let's take a closer look at the many charms of Odaiba.
15 Fun 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: http://gundamfront-tokyo.com/jp/welcome/ (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: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/gotofujitv/ (Japanese)
4. MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM teamLab Borderless
Picture courtesy of teamLab
The MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM teamLab Borderless is an interactive digital art museum opened by the internationally acclaimed artist unit teamLab.
The museum is a large-scale 3D space composed of five worlds: Borderless World, teamLab Athletics Forest, Future Park, Future of Lamps, and EN Tea House. The visitors get to interact with the installations, which change in appearance. There is also no boundary between the viewer and the artwork, so you'll feel like you've become part of the art exhibit.
teamLab's art is simply astounding, stimulating one's imagination and playfulness.
Address: Tokyo, Koto, Aomi 1-3-8 (Odaiba Palette Town)
5. 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.
The latest robots and androids are on display at Miraikan and visitors can even interact with them! Not to mention that the great Earth-shaped object in the lobby makes great material for impressive pictures.
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
6. 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
7. 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.
8. 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.
Address: Tokyo, Minato, Odaiba 1-6-1
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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.cSee VenusFort In Odaiba, Where Sightseeing Meets Shopping! for more details.
Address: Tokyo, Koto, Aomi 1-3-15
12. 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
13. 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
14. 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.
Odaiba Beach Park
Address: Tokyo, Minato, Daiba 1-chome Odaiba Beach 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
15. 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
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.
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Other Important Travel Information
The article below will show how much the food costs in Japan, so take a look when planning your budget.
If you need to exchange currencies, go to the bank, or try the ATM at 7-Eleven.
If you're short on cash, look for the ATM with the "PLUS" logo, which offers cash advance with credit cards.
The article below will show the simple phrases you can use when checking into hotels.
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