If you are wondering what to do in Odaiba in Tokyo, Japan, this post is for you! The Odaiba Tokyo neighbourhood lies on a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay and it’s one of the only places in the city where you can access the ocean.
Odaiba is also very green, with motorized and pedestrian traffic separated through elevated walkways. Besides great shopping, Odaiba is also a great place to admire the skyline of Tokyo, and you’ll find many entertainment complexes.
In this post, I’ll take you along all the highlights of this often forgotten corner of Tokyo City.
WHAT TO DO IN ODAIBA, TOKYO?
How to get to Odaiba?
The island of the Odaiba area was build as a set of man made forts to defend Tokyo after American warships forced Japan into trade agreements in 1853. More than a century later, the small islands were joined into larger islands by massive landfills and a massive futuristic residential and business district was planned in the 1980’s. However, due to the financial crisis in the 1990’s, most of Odaiba was left vacant.
Nowadays, several hotels, shopping malls and incredible buildings as the Fuji TV Building, Telecom Center and Tokyo Big Sight can be found in Odaiba.
You can get to Odaiba easily by train on the Yurikamone Line monorail, which starts at Shimbashi Station.
Which station is Odaiba?
It depends on which sight you want to see in Odaiba to know which station is best for you, since Odaiba is divided into East and West, but since the main shopping malls are in the West of the district, it’s best to get off at one of the five stations on the Yurikamome Line: either Odaiba-Kaihin-Koen, Daiba, Fune-no-gakuen-kan, Telecom Center or Aomi station.
TIP: Want to get to Odaiba by boat? You can! Check out this fantastic 1-hour river cruise from the Asakusa to Odaiba Neighbourhood >>
Top 13 Things to do in Odaiba
Stop asking yourself What can we do in Odaiba? …because here is the answer in a helpful list:
1. Fuji TV Building
This building is the headquarters of Fuji Television, one of Japan’s private, nationwide TV stations. I didn’t get the chance to visit inside, but you will find some exhibits on popular programs and can buy Fuji TV goods at their shop. Don’t miss the observation deck in the big ball on the building, as it’s apparently one of the best places to visit in Odaiba!
Opening Hours: 10AM to 6PM, closed Mondays
2. Aquacity Odaiba
One of the best places for Odaiba sightseeing is Aquacity. This shopping mall has a lot of different stores and restaurants for you, so it’s definitely worth checking out. There is also a cinema and most interesting: the 5th floor features a Ramen food theme park! From the wooden deck out front, you have a good view on the Rainbow Bridge.
Opening Hours: 11AM to 9PM, Restaurants 11AM to 11PM (some restaurants even later), every day
3. Decks Tokyo Beach
This small shopping mall offers again different stores and restaurants, but it also has some indoor theme parks! Why not visit Tokyo Joypolis, a trick art museum, the Legoland Discovery Center or the Madam Tussauds wax museum?
Opening Hours: 11AM to 9PM (shops and restaurants), every day
4. DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
Yet another shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Opened in 2012, so I haven’t visited this unfortunately. It has become one of the more popular Odaiba attractions, because of the “Gundam Front Tokyo”, which is based on an anime series and has various attractions and a shop. There is a massive robot out front, how cool is that?!
Opening hours: 10AM to 9PM (shops), 11AM to 11PM (restaurants), and 10AM to 9PM (Gundam Front Tokyo), every day
5. Rainbow Bridge & Statue of Liberty
This (somewhat familiar looking) bridge connects Odaiba to mainland-Tokyo. Definitely make sure to see it at night, as it’s all lit up then. The French Statue of Liberty was placed here to commemorate The Year of France in Japan.
6. Palette Town
Palette Town is a (oh yes, another) large shopping and entertainment complex. Within it, you can find the Venus Fort shopping mall, Toyota Mega Web, a Ferris Wheel, the Zepp Tokyo music venue and Tokyo Leisureland.
The Ferris Wheel is 115 meters and one of the world’s largest, so you can imagine to have great views over Tokyo. Leisureland features a large game arcade, karaoke, many sports games and a food court. There even is a haunted house!
Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM, all days (Ferris Wheel) and 10AM to 11:50PM, all days (Leisureland)
7. Venus Fort
This shopping mall is designed in the style of a 18th century South European town and looks amazing! Again, you’ll find hundreds of shops and restaurants, but the atmosphere is just really nice.
Opening Hours: 11AM to 9PM, restaurants open until 11PM, all days
8. Toyota Mega Web
This is a giant Toyota showroom, where you can see all the latest models, accessories and technologies. There is a car museum and you can even go for a test drive here.
Opening Hours: 11AM to 9PM
9. Tokyo Big Sight
This building is Japan’s largest exhibition and convention center. Definitely a must-visit for architecture lovers! There are many events held here all year round, like the Tokyo International Anime Fair and the Tokyo Motor Show.
10. Panasonic Center
This showroom brings you all the latest products and technologies by the Panasonic Corporation. The place to be if you’re looking for the newest cameras, TVs, computers, Nintendo games and home appliances. On the third floor, there is also a math and science museum, called Risupia.
Opening Hours: 10AM to 6PM, closed Mondays
11. Telecom Center Area
I haven’t visited this area myself, but besides the Telecom Center itself (with observation deck), the Museum of Maritime Science (while the main building is closed for renewal, you can still go onto the ships), the National Museum of Emerging Science (Interactive and bilingual science museum) and Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Hot spring theme park which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period).
Opening Hours: 11AM to 9PM Weekend and 3PM to 9PM Weekdays, closed Mondays (Telecom Center Observation Deck) // 10AM to 5PM, closed Mondays (Museum of Maritime Science) // 10AM to 5PM, closed Tuesdays (National Museum of Emerging Science) // 11AM to 9AM (yes, next morning), discount when entering after 6PM, overnight fee when entering after 2AM (Oedo Onsen Monogatari)
12. MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM teamLab Borderless
This interactive digital art museum, where you become part of the art exhibit as a visitor, was opened by the internationally acclaimed artist unit teamLab. The museum consists of immersive five worlds and you can interact with all the installations, that continue to change in appearance. Magical!
13. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
This museum, also know as Miraikan, is another landmark that you might want to visit in Odaiba. This science museum explains the world from a scientific standpoint. There is a permanent exhibition about the frontiers of space, that also has English signage. The museum is hands-on and really shows you the best of Japanese technology, such as robots and androids!
Opening Hours: From 10:00 to 17:00
Odaiba what to do? Ask These YouTubers!
Watch this great vlog about Visiting Odaiba by fellow travel bloggers Samuel & Audrey:
And another fun vlog about Things to do in Odaiba by Amy from “Cakes with Faces”:
And that’s a wrap for our Odaiba Neighbourhood Guide! Is Odaiba worth visiting? We definitely think it is! What do you feel is the most interesting spot in Odaiba to visit? Let us know, so we can add it to this Odaiba guide!
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