Odaiba is a man-made island in the Tokyo Bay that was created at the end of Edo Period to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea under Commodore Perry. In fact, you can still find the ruin of daiba (the gun battery) in Odaiba Park, located just a short walk from Odaiba Beach.
Nowadays, Odaiba is the greatest entertainment area in Tokyo with numerous shops, museums, and restaurants. You can spend the whole day, from early morning at the new Toyosu Fish Market, to late at night, soaking in an onsen of Oedo Onsen Monogatari. Odaiba offers many family-friendly activities and is definitely one of the best places to visit Tokyo for families. It is also an enjoyable destination for a rainy day in Tokyo.
Things to Do in Odaiba
Odaiba is connected to Tokyo by the Rainbow Bridge; the iconic two-story bridge is a symbol of the bay that particularly beautiful at night when it’s illuminated. The Yurikamome train line, an automatic train that is an experience in itself, crosses the bridge. It’s also possible to walk cross the bridge on foot on the pedestrian walkways or by car, both expressway and regular road.
Take a photo at Liberty Statue and Rainbow Bridge
Odaiba’s Statue of Liberty was originally sent from France in 1998 as a tribute to the relationship between France and Japan. It arrived in Odaiba in 2000 and now, Lady Liberty sits in front of the backdrop of Rainbow Bridge. This scene is one of the most popular photo spots in Tokyo – don’t miss it!
Taste the octopus ball at Takoyaki Museum
Takoyaki, an octopus-filled snack the size of a golf-ball that’s originally from Osaka, is popular all across Japan. These doughy balls are crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and filled with a small piece of octopus (tako). At the Takoyaki Museum, located on the 4th floor of DECKS Mall, you can order different types of takoyaki from the stall and learn more about its different variants.
Enjoy the view from Observatory Sphere at Fuji TV
Another interesting modern architecture building in Tokyo is the Fuji Television headquarter, a symbol of Odaiba. One of Odaiba’s top attractions, it’s also the perfect spot to see a romantic sunset. After getting a ticket, ride the elevator to the 25th floor to the observatory sphere called Hachitama. From there, you overlook the entire Odaiba area and other symbols of Tokyo in the background such as the Tokyo Tower. On a clear day, you can even see Mount Fuji in the distance.
Feel small near the real-size Gundam
For anime lovers, the Gundam statue is THE must thing to do in Odaiba. It’s a 19-meter tall illuminated Gundam statue that towers over Diver City. Recently upgraded, the current Gundam is an impressive, new and improved RX-0 Unicorn Gundam. This current model transforms daily at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm, and also puts on a very entertaining light show every half hour between 7:30 pm to 9 pm.
Explore digital art at TeamLab Borderless
One of the most popular places in Odaiba is the TeamLab Borderless, the world’s first Digital Art Museum. It is a truly remarkable and enchanting world of color, light, and sound: there are gushing digital waterfalls, an extraordinary room filled with lanterns, and a mesmerizing crystal world. The stunning projections and interactive rooms make it one of the best things to do in Odaiba and it definitely should not be missed. It’s highly recommended to book tickets in advance – contact us for help.
Ride Palette Town’s Ferris Wheel
The Ferris wheel in Palette Town is one of Japan’s highest, towering about 115 meters. There are 64 gondolas in total and among them, 4 are see-through! At night, the giant ride is lit up in different colors according to the season, making for a mesmerizing and beautiful night view.
Walk in the past of Showa Time at Toyota Megaweb…
Also located in Palette Town, Mega Web is a Toyota themed park aimed at car enthusiasts. Mega Web has zones showcasing sports cars, future models, Gazoo Racing cars and the latest Toyota offerings. Visitors can see, touch and experience historic cars, current models and futuristic models. The most interesting part is the old-times car exhibition, where you can live a glimpse of Tokyo during Showa Era.
… And discover the future at Miraikan
At the National Museum of Emerging Science Miraikan, you’ll find some of the most mind-blowing and interactive displays of technology and development in the world.
It’s a hands-on museum where you can learn about the latest science and technology in Japan. The best bit about visiting this museum? The robot shows. Don’t miss the regular daily shows by AISMO, the museum’s humanistic robot and the ridiculously lifelike android Otonaroid.
Relax yourself at Oedo Onsen Monogatari
This indoor spa and hot spring amusement facility is definitely one thing not to miss in Odaiba. Men, as well as women, can borrow yukata for free and enjoy the relaxing hot springs. Oedo Onsen Monogatari boasts hot spring water that is pumped up from 1,400 meters below the ground and 13 different types of baths, including natural springs. The facility also features a foot bath that men and women can enjoy together, as well as a Japanese garden and a reproduction of Edo Era downtown with restaurants and traditional games stands.