Best spots to visit in Odaiba
Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo.
It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850's, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990's as a major commercial, residential and leisure area.
Odaiba, along with Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, are two of the only places in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area where the seashore is accessible, and not blocked by industry and harbor areas.
Today's Odaiba is a popular shopping and sightseeing destination for Tokyoites and tourists alike.
Odaiba has the most resort-like atmosphere for Tokyo shopping.
Weekdays it’s full of foreign tourists, while weekends bring visitors from Japan’s countryside, families with children and couples.
There are lots of popular spots to visit surrounded by the ocean and an enchanting futuristic landscape.
Major attractions include: Daikanransha, a 115-metre (377 ft) Ferris wheel, Zepp Tokyo, one of Tokyo's largest performance halls/nightclubs, The Rainbow Bridge connecting Odaiba to the heart of Tokyo, A replica of the Statue of Liberty.
You can enjoy the panorama view of the Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge from the rooftop terrace as well as Aqua City Odaiba Shrine, the only shrine in Odaiba area.
‘The Decks’ area is an entertainment mall packed full of stores which retail in wares from apparel, crafted products such as fine jewelry, through to good restaurants and fun amusements centers.
It is well worth spending a day here shopping latest clothes and eating various foods.
This part of town is all about entertainment and rest assured you will be entertained whoever you are with.Don’t miss out on Takoyaki, “the Soul Food of Japan”.
All famous Takoyaki take away booths are gathered here ready to entertain each and every one of you.
You can find fine stores such as ‘Le Edo’ this store sells a wide range of souvenirs only found in Tokyo and Odaiba, such as whole Odaiba Baumkuchen rolls and Le Edo original goods.Bills Restaurant is a popular Sydney style restaurant that has celebrities captivated.
The ricotta pancakes, scrambled eggs – is said to be the best breakfast in the world – and other dishes on its simple, original menu will delight you.
Legoland Discovery Center
For younger visitors there is the Legoland Discovery Center, this indoor attraction nurtures children’s creativity, where you can marvel at the wonder of Tokyo’s sights in miniature scale, replicated using more than 1.6 million Lego blocks in the Miniland, try your hand at the shooting game, enjoy the thrilling, 4D cinema, relax in the Lego cafeteria, and take home original Lego goods from the souvenir shop.*Adults must be accompanied by kids.
For visitors interested in Science, a visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is a must!
You will see here what’s made Japan what it is today, a country of technology.
Exhibitions and experiments allow you to experience what the latest in science is all about and communications with a museum guide will have many things on show of interest.
Don’t miss “Geo-Cosmos”, the world’s first globe-display, and ASIMO, advanced humanoid robot.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari
The Oedo Onsen Monogatori is a Spa Theme Park, which includes public bathing areas in an Edo style atmosphere.
You will see every kind of bath you can think of, from indoor baths to outdoor spas.
If you are interested in virtual reality, a fusion of the “Digital” and “Real” then a visit to Tokyo Joypolis is recommended.
Just come and watch the live video performance show, and take a ride on indoor roller coaster.
Amusements are abundant throughout Odaiba, no matter how old you are, all spots are sure to offer an enjoyable and fun experience for every visitor.
If your interests lean towards current trend fashion brands, Venus Fort, is an indoor-shopping mall offering a variety of both domestic and overseas fashions and interior brands.
Pallette Town is a medieval European style complex that has 190 shops of restaurants, amusements.
Palette Town has everything you need.
Don't forget to visit their duty free shops for great bargains.
Stores such as The Hello Kitty Store, Sanrio’s souvenir shop offers a wide range of cute Hello Kitty items, from original goods to sweets.
Try the ice cream, freshly made Hello Kitty Kongariyaki, and other sweets available.
The Calbee Plus Store, not far from Odaiba is the Calbee Plus snack store where you can enjoy fun, delicious Calbee snacks only available at this pilot store.
Try the popular Poteriko, a limited edition of Jagariko and the freshly fried Potato Chips.
Also check out the other unique snacks available at this store.
Donguri Republic Store
The Donguri Republic Store has a warm, relaxing atmosphere of a woodland wildflower forest it, stocks a full range of My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, and other Studio Ghibli movie tie-in character goods.
They also have a range of crockery, planters, and other lifestyle goods.
If you are sports orientated then do visit Tokyo Leisure Land, here you can play mini golf, you can enjoy a game of billiards, 10-pin bowling and karaoke, and other entertainments are all on offer.
For all of the petrol heads out there the Toyota-produced car theme park Mega Web is waiting for you, here you can try the F1 simulator, test drive the latest models, as well as see some of the world's historic cars on display.
Getting around Odaiba could not be easier, and one of the cheapest and eco friendly ways of travel is the community bicycle or ‘bicycle sharing scheme’.
Odaiba operates theirs at the Koto-ku Waterfront.
The bicycle sharing service welcomes not only residents but also tourists who purchase a one-day pass.
With a transportation IC card, payment is easy, using the registration machine at certain bicycle stations.
The fee is 515 yen (including tax) for an unlimited number of uses within operating hours for one day.
Station locations include Daiba Station, Hotel Sunroute Ariake, and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan).