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12 Best Things to do in Odaiba, Tokyo

If you are visiting Tokyo, then one of the stops that you should consider making is to the man-made island of Odaiba. This remarkable island is perfectly located as it provides spectacular views of the Tokyo skyline. But there are many things that you can do on the island along with places to visit that go beyond its scenic attributes.

Once you are set up in Tokyo, you can reach the island using the Yurikamone Line monorail. All you need to do is reach Shimbashi Station. If you have a metro card, you can save time and money when travelling on the monorail and other places in Tokyo using public transportation. The ride on the monorail is worth the visit itself as you get an incredible view of the skyline when passing over the Rainbow Bridge to the island.

What follows are the 12 best things to do in Odaiba, Tokyo on your next visit. If you have never been before, then you should give it a try.

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow bridge

 

 

 

There are very few city bridges that could pass as a tourist attraction; Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba is one. The suspension bridge was opened in 1993, connecting Tokyo Waterfront Secondary City Center (RinkaiFukutoshin) to the city centre.

The bridge has double decks: on the bottom deck ae a harbor highway, walkway, and the track for the New Transit Yurikamome; on the top deck is the Shuto Expressway. The 1.7 km walkway links the Shibaura entrance to the Daiba entrance. It also offers an amazing view of the Tokyo Waterfront and passenger boats moving back and forth on Tokyo Bay.

The bridge is quickly recognized with the Tokyo backdrop, but there’s a specific reason why it is called Rainbow Bridge. Two bright white towers support the famous bridge, and, in December, solar energy absorbed during the day adorns the bridge in bright lights in the evening.

At sunset is when you see why the bridge is so popular. The 444 lights come alive as soon as the sunsets. The lights change colors from green, white, pink and a lot more; they are the first in the world. The light patterns also change depending on the day of the week, a national holiday, or season. In winter, the lights portray warmth, and in summer, the lights portray coolness. The bridge is a 5-minute walk from Shibaura-futo Station on the New Transit Yurikamome.

TeamLab Borderless Odaiba

Team lab borderless

 

Team Lab Borderless is one of the most magical places in Tokyo. It is the first Digital Art Museum the world has ever seen. The museum is an extraordinary world of light, color and sound. The enchanting digital waterfalls and a stunning roomcovered with lanterns is a mesmerizing crystal world you won’t forget soon.

The outstanding projections and interactive rooms are something no one wants to miss in Tokyo. The entire genius behind the museum’s creation makes it one of the best things to do in Odaiba.

Another impressive thing is that the museum sells out almost every day. And entrance is only allowed by official ticket. So, it’s always best to get ticket reserves in advance. You can reserve your TeamLab Borderless ticket in advance on Klook.

Also, tickets are reserved for a particular day even though the museum management didn’t assign any specific entry time.As long as you’re a ticket holder, you can visit whenever you want during their opening hours. On Monday to Friday, they are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last entry 6 p.m.). On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, they are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last entry 8 p.m.).

Odaiba Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari

Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Visit Odaiba Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari at Edo’s downtown area on your next trip to Tokyo. It’s an indoor spa and hot spring amusement facility. There are hot springs for both men and women to relax on a day trip or while staying overnight.

Odaiba Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari hot spring water is pumped up from 1,400 meters underneath the ground. It has 13 different baths and natural springs. It also features a foot bath area for men and women to enjoy together. What’s more, it’s home to the biggest Japanese garden in Tokyo, covering 50 meters in length with up to a total of 2,300 square meters.

The facility is covered in tiny pebbles to stimulate the soles and get rid of exhaustion and tiredness. For the ultimate relaxation, this is one of the best things to do in Odaiba.

Aqua City Odaiba

Aqua City Odaiba

The famous Aqua City Odaiba is a massive complex with about 120 shops and entertainment facilities. You can find restaurants with beautiful night views, various stores for shopping, and a lot more. There are several establishments that provide vegetarian food options and multilingual support.

Aqua City sits next to Odaiba Seaside Park, at the front of the Statue of Liberty. It’s very much in a prime location facing the Rainbow Bridge as well as the city center.

For fun things to do in Aqua City, you can visit an of the movie theatres, amusements facilities, as well as shrines. The shopping areas, housing over 60stores, provide a massive variety of products, ranging from casual fashion to brand products and home appliances.

Venus Fort Odaiba

Venus fort

Venus Fort Odaiba is a quite unique shopping mall with an interior design that evokes a medieval European town. There are several shops in the Venus Fort mall, and it’s always teeming with shoppers. You can find kids’ wear, home appliances and pet suppliers on the first floor.

The second floor is riddled with cosmetics and fashion items, while the third floor is a remarkable urban outlet store. The largest of the squares features a fountain and is super popular as a photo-shooting place. If you look at the ceiling, you’ll see images of a sky that evolves from a clear blue sky to a warm sunset while inside the building.

By the information desk at the front of the mall is a replica of the Mouth of Truth built with Italian marble directly from Rome. Also, at the information counter, but on the second floor, you’ll find staff who are multilingual. They are available to tourists from around the world. Another interesting thing is that some shops in the mall offer duty-free services.Venus Fort makes shopping one of the best things to do in Odaiba.

Gundam Robot

Gundam in Tokyo

Robotics are a passion in Japan and there is no better example than the Gundam Robot which stands next to the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza Mall. Several times each day, the robot which is 20 meters tall and shaped like a unicorn transforms into a battle-ready mode called Destroy with accompanying light and sound.

The robot itself is quite something and always draws a large crowd when it is activated. It’s also the perfect place to have your picture taken. If you visit in the evening, you can see clips of Anime projected that are combined with Gundam music. It is quite the spectacular sight, so if your plans allow for a visit at night, then this would be a good opportunity.

Legoland Discovery Centre

Legoland Discovery Centre

If you have kids, especially kids that love Lego, then this is the place for you. Legoland Discovery Centre offers a massive Lego playground that your kids are sure to enjoy. There are over 3 million Lego blocks where you and your kids can create all sorts of shapes and designs. Plus, there are 10 different play zones where you can engage with your family and others if you desire to expand your creativity.

In addition, there are Lego classes to teach you more about how Lego blocks can be used. Plus, there is a 4D cinema that must be seen to be believed. A typical visit takes about three hours and the centre is designed for kids ages 3 to 10, so this means you need to have a child with you of that age to visit the park.

Miraikan National Museum of Science and Innovation

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

 

One of the most popular attractions for kids in all of Tokyo, the Miraikan is a place that offers some of the most exciting exhibits in all of Japan. One of the most striking attractions is the full-size mode of the living quarters found in the International Space Station. This allows children to see up close and personal the fruits of the space program.

In addition, there are fascinating exhibits that includes a rock core which recorded the impact of the meteorite 65 million years ago that ended the era of the dinosaurs. Plus, there is a 10-million pixel Geo-Cosmos globe as well that lets your child view the wonder of this world. The extinct Mammoth had its own exhibition with real, frozen specimens from its population.

Odaiba Beach

Odiba beach

Of course, you would expect an island to have a beautiful beach and Odaiba is no exception. Running over a kilometer in length, the beach is a popular place for many outdoor activities. From sunbathing to volleyball, Frisbee, and more, you and your family can enjoy themselves on the beach.

However, the one downside is that despite the incredible views of the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo skyline, swimming is rather understandably not permitted. This is due to the location of the island and the many issues with swimming in the harbor would bring.

If you can choose the best time to go, then July is the month as that is when the annual Marine Day Lantern Festival arrives. Celebrating the ocean, the festival has many hundreds of colorful lanterns placed on the beach with the Rainbow Bridge in the background. It is a stunning sight for all to see.

Palette Town Ferris Wheel

Palette Town

It seems that riding the Ferris wheel is a must when visiting any large city. And the one at Palette Town on Odaiba is one of the most impressive. Standing 115 meters tall, this Ferris wheel offers a 16-minute ride that provides spectacular views of many landmarks in Tokyo which include the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, and Tokyo Skytree.

However, it is at night when the Ferris wheel becomes truly spectacular as it is lit up with over a hundred different colors of light. This allows you to see the Tokyo skyline as it is lit up by the twinkling lights emanating from the buildings.

Ramen Kokugikan Mai

Regional Ramen Restaurant Park

If you love ramen, then the Ramen Kokugikan Mai is the place to go. You can find it in the Aqua City shopping mall as it occupies an entire floor. Here, you can sample ramen from six different stores that showcases its own dish. This means that you can experience different types of ramen that are popular in Japan. And some dishes which you may just discover.

Once you have sampled all the ramen you want, you can visit the rest of the Aqua City shopping mall and take in the many different stores that are part of this complex.

Tokyo Joypolis

Tokyo Joypolis

Created by SEGA, this remarkable indoor arcade combines the traditional games with 3D technology and virtual reality to create an unforgettable experience. From a Transformers-themed ride to a haunted house, rollercoaster, and even a virtual snowboard halfpipe ride that must be seen to be believed, the Joypolis is an incredible place of fun and adventure all residing in a digitally created world.

There is a world of discovery and wonder when you visit Odaiba in Tokyo. Be sure to plan ahead and get you tickets to all the exhibits. And, visiting on the weekdays will help you avoid the major crowds.

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