One of Tokyo’s recommended sightseeing areas: Odaiba
Tourism & Entertainment
In this column, we’re introducing Odaiba, one of Tokyo’s recommended sightseeing areas.
Odaiba is located on Tokyo’s waterfront, which is becoming more and more popular as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games approach. What is so special about Odaiba? I have been there many times myself, and I have to say that it’s such a charming neighborhood. We’d like to introduce a few spots that are exceptionally interesting.
【Tokyo Trick Art Museum】
It may seem like an average art museum, but when you look at the paintings from another angles, you can enjoy the 3D artworks and the optical illusion. Don’t forget to bring your camera! We’re sure you’ll have a fun time taking pictures with your friends. After the museum, how about lunch in the area? There’s nothing more enjoyable than checking out the pictures with your friends while enjoying delicious meal.
Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach Seaside Mall 4F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Last Entry: 8:30 PM)
Closing Days: No fixed dates
Tokyo Joypolis is an indoor amusement park operated by SEGA, the biggest game arcade developer in Japan. Wondering what to do on your date when it’s raining? Now you have the answer! There are so many attractions waiting for you.
Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach 3-5F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Last Entry: 9:15 PM)
Closing Day: None
【LEGOLAND Discovery Center】
It’s smaller than LEGOLAND Japan, a recently opened theme park in Nagoya, but it’s still a really fun place for LEGO fans. You can enjoy LEGO exhibitions as well as the attractions.
Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach Island Mall 3F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Last Entry: 6:00 PM)
Saturday, Sunday and Holiday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Last Entry: 7:00 PM)
【DiverCity Tokyo Plaza】
You will not miss the life-size Gundam standing outside DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. I have never seen a Gundam as big as this one elsewhere. There are many who visit there just to marvel at the robot, but once you go inside the mall, you will enjoy the domestic and international fashion stores, restaurants and entertainment facilities as well.
Address: 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Shops: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM / Restaurants: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM (With some exceptions)
【Odaiba Palette Town】
The landmark of this spot is the Giant Sky Wheel. This Ferris wheel is 115 meters (492 feet) high, and you can enjoy the great view of the metropolitan area from above. You should also visit VenusFort, the shopping mall with the medieval European theme. The square with a big fountain makes you feel like you’re actually visiting a medieval town in Europe!
Address: 1-3-15 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Hours: VenusFort Shops: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM (10:00 PM on designated dates)
VenusFort Restaurants: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM (Last order: 10:00 PM)
【AQUA CITY ODAIBA】
You can walk from there to DECKS Tokyo Beach using the deck outside. There are stylish cafes where you can feel the ocean breeze and enjoy the beautiful view of Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge, while enjoying your coffee.
Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Number of Stores: Approximately 120
Hours: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM (With some exceptions)
Nearest Train Station: Daiba
Nearest Highway Exit: Daiba
Odaiba is a popular neighborhood both for the Japanese and foreigners. It’s a great area for shopping, dates, sightseeing where you can spend all day. There are a lot of photogenic spots, so it’s a perfect area for memory-making in Japan and also for experiencing Tokyo for those who are visiting from outside of the metropolitan area. Why don’t you visit there on your next day off?