Home of Fuji TV and the Tokyo Big Sight convention and communication center, the leisure artificial island in Tokyo Bay has a lot to offer for tourists and visitors, families, groups of friends and specially lot of places and activities designed for a perfect date with your couple. At least four different shopping malls, Arcade and game centers, hot springs theme park Oedo Onsen Monogatari and Miraikan. Tokyo’s own leisure island. Here’s the ultimate hype list of things to do in Odaiba. The order of places goes from further on the Yurikamome line at Tokyo Big Sight, to closer to the leisure center of the island, in Daiba.
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Tokyo Big Sight
The always impressive building of Tokyo Big Sight, 4 reversed pyramid and conference Tower inside, and one of the largest exhibition centers I’ve ever been. Pilgrimage destination twice a year for the Comiket, Anime Japan and for the Tokyo Motor Show amongst other events. Check on the event calendar, as there’s always some event going on that might be of your interest.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari
The hot springs themed park in Odaiba, makes it the perfect spot to charge your energy. Amongst the activities you can do in Oedo Onsen Monogatari, the star is the hot springs facilities, but not the only one. Once you get dressed into your yukata and cross the dressing room, you’re traslated to an Edo themed park. Restaurants, gift shops, games for kids and adults and tatami hall areas to chat and relax. The exterior stone walk is a must do, even in winter.
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, also known as Miraikan. Located in the artificial island of Odaiba, in Tokyo, it was really worth to pay a visit on a hot summer day. My inner child was as in a toy store with all the gadgets, robots, and technology around, and my grown up version was even more excited about it. The main attraction for visitors is the robot Asimo, shows every 2-3 hours to perform.
Landmark of the Mobile Suit Gundam series and Odaiba’s guardian, the impressive giant robot has its own light show after sunset. It really gives the impression that its going to take off any moment. Located in front of the Diver city shopping mall.
The huge ferris wheel will guide you to Palette Town. Here you’ll find really interesting spots. What it seems to be a small shopping mall from the outside turns out to be the place I got so lost I couldn’t find the exit, an even after visited so many times still get me confused, the Venus Fort. This shopping mall atmosphere will teleport you to a mediterranean atmosphere, almost feel I’m stepping on a shopping boulevard near Barcelona.
From there you can transfer to the Toyota Mega Web History car collection. Fans of classic cars and some vintage decoration will get you teleported to car movie scenarios. Also for car fans the Toyota Mega Web is a place to visit, to see the latest cars from the factory.
Once you get out from the side, the ZEPP concert venue is yet another place annexed to Palette Town. The last places to visit here are the huge arcade game center past the ferris wheel and the batting center. The whole Palette Town complex is so vast it will take you the whole afternoon to get out of there if you get dragged in.
Odaiba Decks, and the beach
Fancy having a walk on the beach, holding hands with your loved one while staring at Tokyo lights and a flashing sunset, the beach in front of Decks shopping mall is the spot in Odaiba for you. Taking a bath is forbidden though, even in summer. And don’t expect to be alone, as there are many other couples wandering around the small yet charming artificial beach. Once you had your moment, head upstairs to Decks. Many things are waiting for you. Yet another shopping mall, Legoland, Madame Tussaud museum, vintage shopping Odaiba Icchome Shotengai, and the Takoyaki museum.
Sega Tokyo Joypolis
The arcade gaming center at its best in Tokyo Joypolis. Simulation and interactive games, and a roller coaster inside the building. Much better to buy the day-pass so you can ride in any attraction and play at most of the games. Try to avoid weekends, as it can be really crowded, then you have an all day line after line to play few games. Also, much better if you come with a friend or your couple, as many of the attractions are designed for collaboration and interaction between two people.
Aqua City and Fuji TV
The last in the Odaiba hype list, and nearest to Daiba station. Aqua City is another shopping mall with it’s unique features. The Cinema facilities are overwhelming. Many restaurant options as the rest of seen in Odaiba, and it’s own Ramen food court. Many Ramen shops with specialities from many regions of Japan. Another feature of Aqua City is the changing stage. From season to season the shop changes and becomes the Shonen Jump shop in summer, in a special occasion, the Monster Hunter Shop, or even One Piece themed activities. A confusing sign you might see in Aqua City is the Statue of Liberty. A small replica outside the shopping mall. A good photo spot to get Tokyo views, the Rainbow Bridge and Statue of Liberty, all in one.
Right behind Aqua City is the Fuji TV HQ, with it’s sphere design part of the building complex. The Baratie restaurant, One Piece inspired restaurant is the delight for the fans series. Be sure to make a reservation beforehand. The tour and special events in summer are a must see if you get the chance and you’re into japanese TV.