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Odaiba

last update: August 08, 2016
Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay.

The neighborhood

Odaiba is a neighborhood which offers so many opportunities for recreation, a whole day is not enough to see everything.
Tokyo Bay view from the panoramic elevator of the Fuji TV Building in Odaiba

Shopping Centers

Decks Tokyo Beach

It is an entertainment complex with many shops and restaurants, opening hours 11-21 (some restaurants until later). The complex includes:
-Sega Joypolis, a 3-floors indoor theme park, with a lot of videogames and other attractions, which in my opinion are not so interesting, but it's just an opinion. It was completely renovated in 2012, so if you've already been there in the past, you can go again.
The entrance fee is 800 yen, plus the fee of each attraction you want to do. You can also buy a special pass to enjoy all the attractions, it costs 3,900 yen, this price drops to 2,900 yen after 17:00 and to 2,400 yen after 20:00. The park closes at 22;
-Takoyaki Museum, an area located on the 4┬░floor of the shopping center, where you can find various takoyaki restaurants and some themed shops. Near these area there are also some shops selling "retro" merchandising, especially related to the world of old video games;
-Tokyo Trick Art Museum, a small "museum" with various optical effects and three-dimensional installations and some very odd things with whom you can relax, taking some stupid pictures like the one you can see below, it is located on the 4th floor. Admission fee 900 yen, opening hours 11-21;
-Madame Tussauds, on the third floor of this shopping center you can find also the japanese branch of the world's most famous wax museum. Admission costs 2000 yen, but you can save 500 yen by buying tickets online here. Opening hours 10-21. Right next to the entrance to the Madame Tussaud there is also the entrance to the Legoland Discovery Center.
In the past inside Decks Tokyo Beach there were two attractions that have been closed and today don't exist anymore, called Muscle Park and Little Hong Kong.

Palette Town

It is probably the most famous shopping and leisure center in Odaiba. Inside you will find:
-Venus Fort, a shopping mall built in the European Renaissance towns style, with a particular roof that looks like a real sky;
-Daikanrasha ferris wheel, a Ferris wheel 115 m high among the highest in the world; Opening hours 10-22. Ticket 920 yen;
-Megaweb, a Toyota showroom with new and old cars, if you are not passionate about cars going there is useless. Free admission;
-Tokyo Leisure Land, an arcade, bowling and karaoke open 24 hours on 24; If for some absurd reason you are at Odaiba in the middle of the night you know where to go.

Diver City Tokyo

The latest shopping center opened in Odaiba, inaugurated in 2012.
In addition to various shops and restaurants, this mall has quickly become very famous for its giant statue of Gundam (18 meters high) outside the building.
At the 7th floor of the mall there is also a special area called Gundam Front (admission 1000 yen, opening hours 10-22), a sort of museum dedicated to Gundam. Outside this "museum", there is also a free entry area (Gunpla) where a large number of models of the series are displayed, and a shop where you can find any kind of merchandise dedicated to the famous robot.
Lastly, on the 2nd floor of this shopping center there is also a Gundam Cafe (another Gundam Cafe is located in Akihabara).
Diver City and the life-size Gundam statue

Aquacity

This shopping center is located just in front of the famous Fuji TV building, and includes also a multiplex cinema.
On the 5th floor of the building, beyond the various restaurants, there is also a small area dedicated to ramen, where you can try various styles of ramen from several places of Japan (look at the photos here).

Museums

Two interesting museums can be visited in Odaiba:

-the Museum of Maritime Science, currently closed until further notice;

-the National Museum of Emerging Science ; Admission 620 yen, opening hours 10-17, closed on tuesdays. This museum also exhibits the famous robot ASIMO.

Architecture

I point out some very futuristic architecture buildings.
The most famous is certainly the Fuji TV Building, headquarters of Fuji TV, designed by Kenzo Tange, a "symbol" that appears also in some animes.
However, unless you live in Japan and usually watch Japanese television, these attractions may be a little boring, because you have no idea about what you see.
More interesting is the futuristic observatory deck within the "sphere" at the 25th floor, the admission is 550 yen. Opening hours 10-18.

Another building which is worth mentioning is the Tokyo Big sight, an exhibition center with a very futuristic architecture, where it takes place also the famous Tokyo International Anime Fair. Visit the official website for the calendar of events.
The mall Aquacity in the foreground and the Fuji TV building in the background
Lastly, I point out the Telecom Center Building, another modern building with an observation deck (500 yen, 15-21, 11-21 on weekends, closed on tuesdays), and the Panasonic Center (http://panasonic.net/center/tokyo/), a Panasonic showroom with an area dedicated to Nintendo, something like the Sony Building in Ginza.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari

(official website)
This is a very large spa park.
Inside, there are many restaurants and souvenir shops in an environment that reproduces the Tokyo Edo period, but the main attractions are the various pools of thermal water. To enter into the various pools you must follow the rules of traditional Japanese bath.
Another peculiarity is that in practice is open 24 hours on 24, it is closed only between 9 am and 11 am for maintenance. You can not enter between 2 and 5 at night (but if you entered before you can stay inside).
It also offers rooms to rest, both traditional (a bit expensive), and capsule hotel-style.
Entrance fees (only onsen): 2400 yen, 1980 yen if you enter after 18. If you keep staying after 2 am (without getting a room) you pay an extra fee of 2000 yen, otherwise you just pay the price of your room (a capsule hotel-style bed costs 3900 yen).
At this link a beautiful 360 degree view of the whole structure.

Parks

Undoubtedly one of the most charming places of Odaiba, beyond all the shopping malls, is its waterfront, characterized by an artificial beach that, however, is not recommended for bathing due to pollution, and by a coastal park assuming different names, Higashi-yashio park, Shiokaze park, Kaihin park. This place is something fantastic at sunset.

I also point out the presence of a replica of the Statue of Liberty: between April 1998 and May 1999, France "loaned" to Japan a copy of the statue of liberty because of some anniversary. Because of the popularity it had achieved, another replica was built in the same place where the French one had been placed.
Typical postcard from Tokyo. The Rainbow Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Tokyo Tower taken from Odaiba

Sleeping, where to stay in Odaiba, hotels with view over the Tokyo Bay

In Odaiba there are some great modern high-level hotels with quite high rates: the Grand Pacific Le Daiba hotel (double rooms from 24,000 YEN) and the Nikko Tokyo hotel (double rooms from 26,000 YEN). You may opt to spend a romantic night with views over the bay of Tokyo with your girlfriend or with some Japanese girl.
Anyway I don't recommend you to stay in Odaiba for more than one night, because of its bad position compared to many parts of the city.
One more particular option (to do for one night only too) is to sleep inside the Onsen Monogatari (see the paragraph above).

Pratical guide, how to get to Odaiba

You can get to Odaiba across multiple solutions.

On foot
The island of Odaiba is connected to the mainland by the Rainbow Bridge, that you can cross on foot walking on the sidewalks on either side of the road. It takes about half an hour to arrive in the area of the waterfront and shopping centers of Odaiba. The bridge is open from 9am to 9pm in summer and from 10am to 6pm in winter, the crossing is free and you can't cross it by bicycle. You also have to choose if you want to walk along the "sidewalk" north or south of the bridge. From the north walkway you will enjoy a better view of the skyscrapers of the city. Unfortunately, the sidewalks are on the side of the road all the way then you have to breathe constantly the exhaust of vehicles.
The nearest station to the entrance of the bridge (on the mainland) is Shibaura-futo station served by the yurikamome.

Yurikamome
The Yurikamome is an automatic train (without driver) that connects the station of Shimbashi with Toyosu station, passing through the skyscrapers of Shiodome, crossing the Rainbow Bridge, and passing by all the stations in Odaiba; The view from the trains is very fascinating, especially from the "head" of the train.
Get off at "Odaiba-kaihinkoen" or "Daiba" station for the waterfront, the Fuji TV building and all the main shopping centers; get off at "Fune-no-kagakukan" station for the Museum of Maritime Science, at "Telecom center" for the Telecom center and Onsen Monogatari, at Aomi for the ferris wheel, at "Kokusai-tenjijo-seimon" or "Ariake" station for the Tokyo Big Sight and the Panasonic Center.
Anyway, if you get off at any of these stops except for the last two stops that are a bit further away (do not go beyond because then there are only industrial areas), you can reach any interesting point of Odaiba on foot.
Leaving from Shinbashi, the Yurikamome costs between 320 and 380 yen depending on where you get off.

By boat
You can also reach Odaiba by boat, from Hinode Pier (20 minutes, 400 yen) or from the Sumida River in Asakusa (1 hour, 1500 yen).

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