How to Spend a Wonderful Time at Odaiba island, Tokyo
Located in the Tokyo Bay area, Odaiba is a popular place where one can spend a day filled with fun. At Odaiba, you will find various amusement spots, shopping malls, museums, restaurants, and leisure facilities. To add to its beauty is the sea just a beautiful sight to behold and enjoy. Let us have a look at the following irresistible charms of Odaiba that just make it worth the visit.
Shopping Spots in Odaiba
In Odaiba, there are various large-scale shopping malls where the shops are suitable for both children and adults, either alone, with friends or family, can enjoy shopping in Odaiba!
Aqua City Odaiba
In front of the Fuji TV building, there is Aqua City that has many shops and restaurants where you can have delicious food with the magnificent Tokyo city view over the rainbow bridge.
For a great experience in shopping, Aqua City Odaiba is the place to visit. It is a large shopping complex with about 80 stores and provides a rich variety of gourmets. It is located at the city center, next to Odaiba-kaihinkoen(Odaiba Marine Park), and is just across the Statue of Freedom and Rainbow Bridge. You get to enjoy a full night view of Tokyo from this complex.
- Spot Name: Aqua City Odaiba
- Address: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Daiba 1-7-1
- Opening hour:
- Retail Stores: 11:00~21:00
- Restaurants: 11:00~23:00 (Food court until 21:00 while store until 4:00. For more details, please see each store page.)
- 1-minute walk from Daiba Station
- 6-minute from Tokyo Teleport Station
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is famous for the life-size Gundam statue. This is a huge commercial complex with about 150 stores including entertainment spots, restaurants, cafés, live facilities and food courts. Also, there is an all-around amusement place ROUND1 STADIUM inside where you can enjoy bowling, karaoke, billiard, and other sports facilities.
At the food court “Tokyo Gourmet Stadium”, there are about 14 Tokyo famous stores! How about that? Plenty of food types to choose from. You get to choose the latest apparel brands sourced from both domestically and overseas for all your shopping needs. To put it simply, you get to experience the “present” Tokyo at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza.
- Spot Name: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
- Address: Tokyo, Koto-ku, Oumi 1-1-10
- Opening hour
- Retail stores: 10：00～21：00
- Food Court: 10：00～22：00 ※Last order 21：30
- Restaurant: 11：00～23：00
- About 5-minute walk from Daiba Station
- About 3-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station
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DECKS Tokyo Beach
DECKS Tokyo Beach is a complex located in front of the Odaiba Marine Park. It is an entertainment spot with many experience-based facilities. There is the haunted house set in a school’s ruins. It’s terrible scare makes it a great place to test your courage. You may find yourself screaming non-stop. Lastly to seek serenity and peace you can visit the prayer room at the 5th floor of Seaside Mall. It has a simple washing area and is just what one needs at the end of the tour session.
- Spot name: DECKS Tokyo Beach
- Address: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Daiba 1-6-1
- About 3-minute walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station
- About 5-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station
Odaiba VenusFort in Palette Town
Palette Town is a large scale complex including the shopping mall VenusFort, and entertainment facilities such as the Ferris wheel, teamLab, MEGA WEB, and ZeppTokyo.
VenusFort is an 18th-century Venice-themed outlet mall. Not only you can shop at various clothes shops, variety stores, and cosmetic stores, but it is also famous for visitors to take photos in front of the Medieval European backdrops. Also, the Sky Feature Program displays a fantastical sky at the ceiling that you can enjoy the changing sky view from day to night time. So don’t miss it!
- Spot Name: Odaiba VenusFort
- Address: 1-3-15 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
- Access: 3 minutes walk from Tokyo Teleport Station
- Opening hours:
- Store: 11:00 - 21:00
- Restaurants: 11:00 - 23:00 (last order at 22:00, except for some restaurants)
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Amusement Park and Entertainment Facilities where you can have lots of FUN!
Fuji TV building area is the most popular for tourists. You can enjoy the view of the Rainbow bridge and Tokyo tower at a glance from there. Fuji TV building itself is also an amusement spot. If you like Japanese TV programs like One Piece and other variety programs you can find related goods and can learn how TV programs are broadcasted.
Other amusement facilities around Odaiba include:
|LEGO Discovery Center Tokyo||An exciting attraction makes use of the endless creativity available through around 3,000,000 Lego® Blocks.|
|teamLab Borderless||A unique and interesting artwork exhibitions|
|Tokyo Joypolis||Indoor amusement park with more than 20 different types of rides where you can experience through the use of the latest cutting edge VR technology.|
|Small Worlds Tokyo||A new high-class miniature theme park where you can enjoy many different "SMALL WORLDS".|
|Doraemon Shop||The world's first official Doraemon shop!|
Odaiba also has Museums with a Twist!
The museums in Odaiba have a twist to them. The Takoyaki Museum at the Decks Tokyo Beach, the Osaka’s Takoyaki masters compete with their skills, while the Ramen Kokigakan goes to Aqua City Odaiba for the same. This is a must-go venue for ramen lovers. At the museums, delicious gourmets are served and you cannot leave here not having enjoyed them. They are a must-have!
Apart from the above food-related museum, there are many other types of museum, such as the entertained exhibition UNKO MUSEUM TOKYO which proudly presents the “poop world" to visitors, MEGA WEB which showcases the collection of famous brand, Toyota’s cars, and Museum of Maritime Science where you can know more about the mysterious world of the ocean.
If you are interested in science, it is strongly recommended to visit Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Their exhibits explain science in an easy way for children to understand, so even those who are not good at science can enjoy it. Mamoru Mori, the director of this museum, is a Japanese scientist, a former NASDA astronaut, and a veteran of two NASA space shuttle missions. As this museum is supported by a lot of researchers from all over the world, every exhibit provides English subtitles.
Odaiba is an International Event Venue?
Odaiba was an artificial island that was built for defensive purposes in the Edo era. Nowadays, Odaiba became a huge entertainment and business district not only with hotels, shopping malls, and other amusement spots but also as an event venue to hold various large-scale exhibitions and international sports events.
- TOKYO BIG SIGHT - The Largest International Exhibition Center in Japan
- Ariake Colosseum, Ariake Gymnastics Centre, and Ariake Arena! Odaiba Ariake Area's Sports Stadium
Find the Leisure Facilities to have Relax Time!
After getting tired of walking around Odaiba, just stop by the parks and Oedo Onsen Monogatari hot spring theme park to enjoy a relaxing time.
Discover your longing hot spring in Odaiba!
“Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari” is a hot spring theme park that recreates the streets of Edo. Inside of the building, you can enjoy the atmosphere of matsuri (festival) in Edo Era wearing a yukata – Japanese kimono-type pajamas. They have not only several types of hot springs, but also massages, restaurants, and amusements. The visitors can enjoy a day trip to the hot spring, eating, playing, relaxing, as well as an overnight stay. You can alternatively just relax at the natural hot springs. The water is sourced from 1400m underground! You cannot leave Odaiba without spending a day here to enjoy the different types of hot springs such as open bath as well as the festive-like space! It’s just so relaxing and exclusive.
- Spot Name: Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari
- Address: Tokyo, Eto-ku, Oumi 2-chome 6-3
- Opening hours: 11:00~9:00 (next day). last entry is 7:00 (morning)
- About 2-minute walk from Telecom Center Station
- Free shuttle bus from Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station, Shinjuku Station, Tokyo Teleport Station, Kinshicho Station and Eto area.
The beach and Parks in Odaiba
Have you ever seen a man-made beach? Well, made with sand from Kouzushima, Izu Islands is an 800m long man-made beach in Odaiba-Kaihinkoen. Although swimming is prohibited, it compensates for being the best photo spot. This is because from the beach one can capture the Rainbow Bridge and the skyscrapers on the opposite side of the beach.
Another attraction is Daiba Park, a historic park with a powder magazine and fort. From here one you are able to see at a close distance, the Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba, and Tokyo Bay. If the weather is clear, just walking around the area makes you feel refreshed.
Bonus: The Statue of Liberty and Ferris Wheel in Odaiba!
Do you want to have a statement stating that you have been in Odaiba? You have no better place to take your photos than at the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Liberty in Odaiba was originally borrowed from France in 1998 for a year, and that got popular and they made a replica after it got back to France. Now it is one of Odaiba’s landmarks. At the Statue of Liberty, you can take a photoshoot that captures the Tokyo Tower and has the Rainbow Bridge in the background. Having your photo taken here is an indispensable addition to your photo collection. It is just a confirmation of your statement saying that “You have been to Odaiba”. The Statue of Liberty in Odaiba-Kaihinkoen, is a bronze replica that was made by a French foundry and officially approved by the French government.
The Ferris Wheel in Odaiba is located in Palette Town. It is the largest in Japan, being 100m in diameter and its height is 115m high from the ground. A complete rotation on the Ferris Wheel takes about 16 awesome minutes. 4 out of the 64 capsules have transparent glass walls and floors. How cool is that! You can have a great view of the Ferris Wheel either by day or night.
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Many Different Types of Restaurants you can Choose!
Thanks to the many shopping malls in Odaiba, you will not have problems finding somewhere to have your meal. Either restaurants or cafes, ranging from Japanese, Chinese, American, French, Thai cuisine, you always have a lot of choices in Odaiba!
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Stay in Odaiba if you want to enjoy it to the fullest
Hilton Tokyo Odaiba
Hilton Tokyo Odaiba is popular with its great location on the Tokyo Bay. Each guest room has a private balcony and from there, visitors can have views of Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, etc. There are 2 exclusive views for you while at the hotel; the Rainbow Bridge or the Oi Terminal / Shinagawa Terminal. These are viewed depending on the location of the room that you have desired to stay in. You can enjoy different views each time you stay at this hotel. To add to the fun, is the extremely photogenic sweet buffet that is also a great hit.
- Spot Name: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba
- Address: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Daiba 1-9-1
- Direct link from Daiba Station
- About 10-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station
- Take Odaiba Rainbow Bus and alight at Hilton Tokyo Odaiba stop
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
This hotel is the finest brand of Nikko Hotels International. It is located in Tokyo’s waterfront facing the gorgeous view of the bay area. It is also easily accessible from Haneda. There are different types of guest rooms facing each direction and these enable specific views such as Rainbow Bridge or Haneda. Visitors also get to enjoy their meals while overlooking the beautiful view of Tokyo. While here you are also able to make your reservation for the airport. The feeling you get while visiting this place is just unforgettable. It is a beautiful memory to acquire.
- Spot Name: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
- Address: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Daiba 2-6-1
- Direct link from Daiba Station
- About 10-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station
- Take the Odaiba Rainbow Bus and alight at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba stop
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How to Get to Odaiba? Access to Odaiba is easy!
Yurikamome monorail is an automated train that runs from Shimbashi Station to Toyosu Station. It is a popular ride where visitors can view the scenery from the front seat of the train. It costs 320 yen for a ride from Shimbashi to Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station.
The Rinkai Line, which runs through the same track as JR Saikyo Line from Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, and Shibuya, is fast and convenient. Fare is 530 yen from JR Ikebukuro Station to Tokyo Teleport Station.
Odaiba Rainbow Bus
The “Odaiba Rainbow Bus” which connects Shinagawa Station, Tamachi Station, and Odaiba, crosses the Rainbow Bridge and stops at Odaiba-kaihinkoen. This is the fastest and cheapest route if you are heading to Odaiba from these 2 stations. The fare is 210 yen.
Water Bus (Tokyo Cruise)
It operates from Odaiba-kaihinkoen to Hinode Pier, Asakusa, and Toyosu. The sunset and night view is very beautiful and you can get a full view of the Tokyo Bay area such as the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower, etc. It costs 1130 yen for a ride from Asakusa to Odaiba-kaihinkoen.
Odaiba area is isolated from metropolitan Tokyo so you can feel a different atmosphere from the center of Tokyo. It is more tourist-friendly and also has a futuristic atmosphere!
- Shopping Spots in Odaiba
- Amusement Park and Entertainment Facilities where you can have lots of FUN!
- Odaiba also has Museums with a Twist!
- Odaiba is an International Event Venue?
- Find the Leisure Facilities to have Relax Time!
- Bonus: The Statue of Liberty and Ferris Wheel in Odaiba!
- Many Different Types of Restaurants you can Choose!
- Stay in Odaiba if you want to enjoy it to the fullest
- How to Get to Odaiba? Access to Odaiba is easy!