Odaiba

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Photo credit: Zengame via Visual hunt / CC BY
  • eat 먹다
  • shop 가게
  • stay 머무르다
  • see 看到 看到 만나다
  • Recommendation 建議 建议 추천 ★★★★☆
  • Foreign Language Support 外語支持 外语支持 외국어 지원 ★★★☆☆

●Town Info

Odaiba, a man-made island, has been sitting atop Tokyo Bay for the pat 20 years as a place for new entertainment. Couples, families, and Asians flock to this area outfitted with shopping and attractions.

 

There is a reason this spot is ranked as the No.1 date spot in Tokyo, and to find out, all you have to do is come here at night and look for yourself.

 

The land consists of about 800 meters of entertainment where you can walk around in a circle, however, the intention of the landscape was for a western style look, so if you’re coming from the west there might not be much for you to see.

 

If you’re planning on making it out to Odaiba, it is wise to go on the weekday when less people are meandering.

 

Neighbouring the eastern side of Odaiba is a plot of land called Ariake, the main stage for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

 

In Ariake is Tokyo Big Site, a major convention center hosting some of the biggest events such as Comics and Gaming.

URL: http://www.bigsight.jp/english/index.html

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●Access

Odaiba isn’t exactly in a convenient location. There are quite a few busses available, but they’re difficult to read and can’t recommend them. Going by train is best.

 

To Odaiba:

Take the Yurikamome Line [ゆりかもめ線] from:

  • - Shimbashi Station on JR Yamanote Line
  • - Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
  • - Toei Railway Asakusa Line

 

Or

 

Take the Rinkai Line [りんかい線] from:

  • - Osaki Station on JR Yamanote Line
  • - Shinkiba Station on JR Keiyo Line
  • - Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line

 

Railway Stops:

 

① Yurikamome Line: Odaiba Marine Park Station, Odaiba Station, Museum of Maritime Science, Telecom Center Station, Aomi Station.

② Rinkai Line: Tokyo Teleport Station

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●Recommended

Odaiba is a great place to go on a romantic date or to take your kids out for a day for fun. Enjoy yourselves with various entertainment facilities and shopping centers, or take a walk along the Tokyo Bay or at the park. As you can imagine, walking around Odaiba will feel reinvigorating on a sunny day.

 

In the evening, the colourful array of Tokyo’s skyscrapers, Rainbow Bridge, and the large ferris wheel, reflect the city lights at a distance and make for a heart warming evening with your loved one.

 

The entertainment facilities have a bit of character and are home to a few of Japan’s largest indoor theme park, hot springs, movie theater, etc.

 

In terms of shopping, there are enough large malls to fulfil your shopping desires.

The food is… so-so. No Michelin star restaurant exists around here, but there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, so you won’t starve.

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●Check It

1st, visit these 4 major all-in-one shopping facilities and enjoy everything that is offered from arcades to theme parks, and of course, shopping.

 

① Decks Tokyo Beach
From the deck here, you can chill out while viewing Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, and Tokyo Skytree.

 

Inside Decks building, you’ll find the first establishment of Lego Land Discovery Center Tokyo with over 3 million pieces of Lego! (http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.jp/tokyo/en/)

 

The largest indoor amusement park in Japan, Joypolis, that takes the digital world and collides it with the real world, can also be found inside Decks.

 

Odaiba Itchome Shotengai has recreated the good old days of Japan’s streets (4th floor). In a large open space, you can play with more than 70 cats at the café Neko Da! Café (4th floor). On the same 4th floor is a famous Osaka Takoyaki shop (Octopus ball) with 5 stalls called the Odaiba Takoyaki Museum. There are various other entrainment stations to check out!

 

Decks Tokyo Beach
Address: 1-6-1 Odaiba, Minato-ku
TEL: 03-3599-6500
Access: 2 min walk from Odaiba Kaihin-Koen Station on Yurikamome Line; 5 min walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on Rinkai Line.
Closed: None
Open: 11〜9pm (Restaurants open until 11pm), depending on facility.

 

Lego Land Discovery Center Tokyo
Address: Island Mall 3rd Floor 1-6-1 Decks Tokyo Beach, Odaiba, Minato-ku
Tel: 03-3599-5168
URL: http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.jp/tokyo/en/
Closed: N/A (depending on Decks Tokyo Beach)
Open: 10:00am〜7:00pm (closes at 9pm)
Fee: 3 years and older: 2,000 yen, under 3 years: free
*More than 2 people 1 person: 1,600 yen

 

Tokyo Joypolis
Address: Decks Tokyo Beach 1-6-1 Odaiba, Minato-ku
TEL: 03-550-1801
URL: http://tokyo-joypolis.com/language/english/
Closed: N/A (depends on Decks Tokyo Beach)
Open: 10:00am〜10:15pm (closes at 11pm)
Fee: Adults: 800 yen, Kids 300 yen; w/Joypolis passport Adult: 3,900 yen, Kids: 2,900 yen

 

② Diver City Tokyo Plaza
Here is the largest facility in Odaiba selling goods.
In an open space is a monumental Gundam figure standing 18 meters tall.

Inside these walls are documents related to Gundam, and a museum on display; you can even buy some of the goods. Enjoy a few hours in the world of Gundam.

 

Also available on the 6th floor is the first Maid café in Odaiba

Maidreaminhttp://maidreamin.com/en

 

Diver City Tokyo Plaza
Address: 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku
Access: 3 min. walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on Rinkai Line; 5 min. walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome Line.
TEL:03-6380-7800
URL: http://www.divercity-tokyo.com/
Closed: none
Open: 10:00am〜9:00pm (restaurants open until 11am), depends on facility.

 

Gundam Front Tokyo
Address: 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, 7th floor
TEL: 03-5579-6283
URL: http://gundamfront-tokyo.com/en/
Closed: N/A (depends on Diver City Tokyo Plaza)
Open: 10:00am〜8:00pm (closes at 9pm)
Fee: Purchase in advance; Adult: 1,000 yen, Elementary/Jr. High School: 800 yen; Day Ticket: Adult: 1,200 yen, Elementary/Jr. High School: 1,000 yen.

 

③ Aqua City Odaiba
Enjoy the great view from here as well as from Decks Tokyo Beach.

The cinema complex is astounding with 13 different screens and seats to fill 3,000 people on the first and second floor. Other facilities include popular ramen restaurants from all over the country located on one floor.

 

Aqua City Odaiba
Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato-ku

Access: 1 min. walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome Line; 7 min. walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on Rikai Line.
TEL:03-3599-4700
URL: http://www.aquacity.jp/en/top
Closed: none
Open: 11:00am〜9:00pm (restaurants open until 11pm)

 

④ Venus Fort
A shopping mall shaped to look like Europe’s middle ages.

The ceiling comes alive as the day progresses from a blue sky during the day to an evening star lite ceiling at night, similar to The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. On the first floor is a Hello Kitty indoor miniature park titled Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise.

2 floors above Hello Kitty is an outlet mall, but it’s not worth your time to visit.

 

Address: 1-3-15 Aomi, Koto-ku
Access: 1 min. walk from Aomi Station on Yurikamome Line; 5 min. walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on Rinkai Line.
URL: http://www.venusfort.co.jp/multi/index_e.html
TEL:03-3599-0700
Closed: none
Open: 11:00am〜9:00pm (restaurants open until 10pm close at 11pm)

 

 

Oedo Onsen Monogatari is a hot spring spot that is 1,400 meters below sea level! Using advanced Japanese engineering technique, a true hot spring could be made. There are 4 types of hot springs that are available, indoor, open air, outdoor, and for feet, totaling 13 different spots. The hot springs are located in an interesting structure that is built to mirror Edo period Japan. Not only are there hot springs, but also restaurants, game centers, massage areas, and beauty salons that all vary in price, for you to enjoy.

 

By the way, a supplemental midnight/late night fee of 1700 yen per person will get you usage of the rest space, and a spacious open hallway where you can crash until morning.  For those of you who want to be economically efficient, this is not a bad deal at all.

 

Don’t look down on the rest area like some place a homeless person would stay. This area is like a plane’s business class with sheets lined up, and the hall is spread out with tatami mats.

 

Let’s not forget about the early bird bus that leaves from here direct to Narita (3:40am first bus) and Haneda (3:50 am first bus). Now that’s convenience.

 

Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Address: 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto-ku
Access: 2 min. walk from Telecom Center Station on Yurikamome Line; 8 min. bus  ride (free) from Tokyo Teleport Station on Rinkai Line.

TEL:03-5500-1126

URL: http://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/en/
Closed: none (for maintenance hours of operation once a month are 11am〜9pm)
Open: 11:00am〜9am (next day) last hour of admission 7am.
Fee: Adult 1980 yen (from 6pm: 1480 yen, late night entry from 2am: 1700 yen). Weekends and Holidays extra 200 yen, special occasions extra 400 yen. Kids aged 4~elementary school: 900 yen.

 

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation offers hands on experience and knowledge to robots, science and technology, space, and about the earth.

 

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Address: 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku
Access: 4 min. walk from Telecom Center Station on Yurikamome Line, 15 min. walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on Rinkai Line.
TEL:03-3570-9151
URL:http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/
Closed: Tuesdays (If Tuesday is a holiday, it will be open)
Open: 10:00am〜4:30pm (closes at 5pm)
Fee: Adult: 600 yen, Under 18 years of age: 200 yen (Different fee for special exhibits).

Palette Town Ferris Wheel is 100 meters wide and 115 meters tall, the largest ferris wheel in Japan.

On a fine day, you can see all of Tokyo, the Pacific Ocean, and Mt. Fuji; at night, a sparkly and romantic lit up Tokyo that will bring any couple closer together with unforgettable memories.

 

Palette Town Odaiba Ferris Wheel
Address: Palette Town 1-3-10 Aomi, Koto-ku
Access: 0 min. walk from Aomi Station on Yurikamome Line; 5 min walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on Rinkai Line.
TEL:03-5500-2655
Closed: N/A (Closed twice a year) closed if any lightening or strong winds develop.
Open: 10:00am〜last train 10:00pm; weekends and holiday 11pm (stormy weather 10pm).
Fee: train ticket 900 yen.

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