Odaiba

Updated November 4, 2019 | by Chad A. Thiele, 23 year veteran of Tokyo.

A breezy, man-made beachfront area in the Tokyo Bay.

When looking for things to do in Japan, Tokyo is often top of mind. Then you might realize Tokyo is broken into districts and neighborhoods. Odaiba is one you will definitely not want to miss while in Japan.

The light, seaside, breezy atmosphere makes for a pleasant change of pace from the bustle of downtown Tokyo.

If you want to see where Japan gets its reputation for being more technologically advanced than the rest of the world, then Odaiba is the place for you. 

Everywhere you look there is a state-of-the-art piece of architecture lining the shoreline, providing a beautiful metropolitan backdrop for a leisurely stroll along the seaboard. 

You can even take a seabus ride and get a one of a kind view of the uniquely modern Rainbow Bridge.

But it’s not just the Japanese architecture that is futuristic. Odaiba is also a leader in environmental stewardship, even by Japan’s strict standards. As a total recycling society, the city was built on top of the ruins of old buildings and recycled material.  

Today, every bit of waste that is accumulated is used in some way and recycled back into the city.  

The use of recycling is not the only advanced features you will find in Odaiba. It is home to some of the most innovative museums for science and technology that will satisfy those who are just a little curious, to those who have more advanced techie desires.  

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation will give you a look into the future of robots and the MORI Building Digital Art Museum allows you to immerse yourself into the interactive, digital art.

But if science and technology is not your thing, Odaiba also provides some of the best shopping and restaurants that are bucket-list-worthy in Japan. 

There is even a food theme park inside the metropolis of Aquacity!

There is a lot to see and it can be overwhelming trying to fit it all in, so to make it a little easier for you, I set up an easy to follow itinerary to make sure you hit all the highlights while you’re here in Tokyo, Japan.


What is Odaiba famous for?

It depends on who you ask. For those who understand the history of Odaiba would say that it is famous for being a man-made city built on top of recycled materials. 

But most people today would say it is famous for being a futuristic town the best architecture and shopping. 

It’s a very hip district with lots of exciting things to do for young people and people with families. 

There are a few landmarks that make it famous as well. More notably the Rainbow Bridge, the Statue of Liberty replica, and Fuji Television studio.


Is Odaiba walkable?

Odaiba is absolutely walkable. In fact, it’s the best way to see all the Odaiba has to offer. There are walkways that go over the highway to get you from one side to the other without having to stop at crosswalks. 

And there is a beautiful garden Promenade that goes from one end to the other that allows you to enjoy your walk to each attraction. 


Where is the Odaiba Gundam?

The giant Gundam Statue is located in front of Diver City Tokyo Plaza.

Shopping for Gundam merchandise is located inside the plaza where you can find just about anything Gundam that you could think of.


Is Odaiba kid-friendly? Any recommendations?

Odaiba is probably one of the best cities for young people and kids. There is so much to do that will keep them busy all day. 

For people with younger kids, try:

  • Tokyo Water Science Museum. For starters, it’s free! There are lots of hands-on experiments and games that are geared towards teaching you about how the city gets clean water
  • Legoland Discovery Center inside Tokyo Decks
  • Sony Explora Science inside Aquacity
  • National Museum of Emerging Science and Technology

For people with teenagers:

  • Tokyo Decks – Trick Art Museum
  • Madame Tussauds – inside Tokyo Decks
  • Joypolis – inside Tokyo Decks
  • Kawasaki Robostage – see robots in action
  • Diver City – to see the Gundam statue and shop for Gundam merchandise
  • Megaweb Toyota – see the latest Toyota technology and even take a test drive in one