There are so many things to do in Odaiba it can be overwhelming when you’re in the travel planning stage. Here is a list of the top sights you should plan for.
Lose Yourself in the teamLab Borderless Digital Art Museum
teamLab Borderless is a digital art exhibition that was created by a team of animators, programmers, architects, mathematicians, and designers.
It is unlike the traditional museum where the artwork is framed and separated from one another and enjoyed silently by an individual. Instead, the art in this museum flows from one scene to the next in a seamless dance of color and light.
teamLab Borderless created interactive displays that encourage you to interact with the display as well as with other viewers. With a touch of your hand or your body movements, you can change the scenery.
You’ll even notice that some display’s become even more beautiful with the addition of more people.
Pro tip: Pre-order instant e-tickets for guaranteed entry to this groundbreaking three-dimensional exhibition space in Odaiba, Tokyo.
There are a few tips to keep in mind when visiting:
- Because of its popularity, it is advisable to get there early
- Wear white if you can (shows the colors better)
- Wear flat shoes (you will be asked to rent some if you don’t)
- Don’t bring a lot of stuff with you. If it’s unavoidable because of children there are lockers to rent
- Don’t wear a dress or skirt (Some of the floors are mirrored)
Go Shopping and Check Out the Tokyo Bay View at Decks Tokyo
This shopping center is modeled after the deck of a ship and has a recurring ship theme throughout. It offers some of the best panoramic views of Tokyo Bay, which is even more spectacular at night.
Besides shopping, Decks offers plenty of attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
Make sure to see:
- Joypolis – ride a roller coaster, experience virtual reality rides and games
- Madame Tussauds – take a photo with your favorite celebrity
- Legoland – create with Legos or enjoy shooting games and a 4d cinema
- Trick Art Museum – have fun taking special effect photos
- Chrome Shoutengai – travel back in time to 1960’s Japan and get a taste of the time
- Takoyaki Museum – check out a variety of specially selected shops from Osaka — takoyaki flavors from where takoyaki started in Japan
Experience Hybrid VR Rides and Games at Sega Joypolis
The Initial D attraction has been removed; replaced with the “Spicy Taxi” game — a Thai Tuk Tuk cart driving game.
So what is Joypolis? It’s a place where everyone can let their inner kid run free! A SEGA arcade, family fun center with three floors of virtual reality attractions and rides.
Note: Before you head to Joypolis for a full day of fun, buy the tickets online and save 8% on the cost — plus walk right in when you arrive.
Run around playing laser tag, eating junk food, race a spaceship and ride a roller coaster all indoors and out of the weather. There is so much to do here, but here are a few highlights of what they offer:
- Gekion Live Coaster
- Halfpipe Tokyo ride
- Spicy Taxi and Pirates Plunder – ride for the little ones
- Transformers Human-Alliance – ride
- Tower Tag – VR laser tag
- Storm G – virtual reality snowmachine racing ride
And there’s more!
Take in an Amazing View of Tokyo on the Daikanransha Ferris Wheel
Japan really does like to make ordinary things better. This is evident with the construction of this monster Ferris wheel.
It is called the Daikanransha, which appropriately means “big wheel.” It is the third tallest Ferris wheel that allows you a spectacular view of Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, and central Tokyo.
You can even see Mount Fuji if you ride during the day, but at night is when you feel transported to another world!
With over 100 neon colors twinkling in a programmed dance, you will not forget your experience on this treasure.
Stand in Awe at the Size of the Giant Unicorn Gundam
If you are a Gundam fan, then you can’t miss this 62ft RX-0 Unicorn Gundam replica. Even if you don’t know what Gundam is, it is an extremely impressive piece of Japanese culture.
What is even more spectacular about this statue is that actually switches from Unicorn mode to Destroyer mode, which reveals the hidden light panels.
While this switch is happening, they play anime clips onto the exterior of Diver City area with Gundam theme songs blasting through the speakers. An absolute must-see spot in Odaiba.
Transforming times are:
- 11 am
- 1 pm
- 3 pm
- 5 pm
Discover Interesting Science at the Museum of Emerging Science and Technology
This fantastic museum is a great place for those who are even just a little curious about the world we live in and the technologies that make our everyday life possible.
There are permanent exhibitions like, Explore the Frontiers, Create Your Future, and Discover your Earth, but there are also showcase special exhibitions.
Sit back and relax inside the 3D dome movie theatre where you can watch “The Man from the 9 Dimensions” about how physics works in our lives, or watch “Birthday”, a story that shows us our ordinary lives in the big universe.
Mesmerize Your Senses at the Colors of Rainbow Bridge at Night
Truly one of the most alluring sights to see in Odaiba is the iconic Rainbow bridge.
One of Japan’s most significant developmental achievements. The bridge pulls double duty by connecting the mainland to Odaiba and providing a spectacular architectural feast for the eyes both during the day and at night.
At night the lights change colors depending on the time. You can drive, walk, or ride the train across the bridge and each side offers a different, unique view worth seeing.
You’ll hear the Rainbow Bridge described as iconic. Much like the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco.
Take a Quick Look at the Waterfall Plaza
This is one of those little things that make Japan so fun to explore.
This area has a large waterfall that percolates into a large fountain that sits in front of the Telecom Center.
There is a beautiful piece of contemporary artwork that sits in the grass behind the waterfall and if you get the spot just right, it makes for a beautiful photo with the waterfall and artwork in the center of the telecom center.
Salute the Mini Statue of Liberty
Who would have thought Japan has a Statue of Liberty too?
This small, but beautiful Statue of Liberty has been expertly recreated for people to enjoy in Japan. She stands at only 40 ft tall and makes for a beautiful model in front of the Rainbow Bridge.
The original statue was a temporary gift from France to celebrate their friendship with Japan, but it was so popular that it was recreated in 2000 and has been an essential part of Odaiba ever since.
Snag Some Impressive Photos of the Telecom Center
This building is an extremely impressive piece of architecture that you just have to see. It is similar to France’s “Toit de la Grande Arche” which makes for great pictures — maybe something nice for your Instagram feed.
You can take pictures from the garden plaza area or go inside to the Observatory Deck on the 21st floor for a view of all the best parts of Odaiba.
Go Renaissance Shopping Back in Time at Venus Fort Plaza
This mall will make you feel as if you stepped through a time warp into a medieval European village — while staying firmly rooted in Japan.
The whole complex has painted sky ceilings with a large water fountain in the center that is reminiscent of the Renaissance era.
There are 3 floors to enjoy: Family 1F, Grand 2F, and Outlet 3F.
Spot Unique Brands on Sale at Aquacity
If you’re looking for a little more unique Japan shopping experience, then Aquacity shopping plaza is where you will find it. There are brands here that you might not find anywhere else.
Something you’re not going to want to miss is the humanoid receptionist. Created by Toshiba, her name is Chihira Junco and she is there to answer any questions you might have.
If you want to take a break from shopping why not go see a movie? Aquacity has one of the biggest cinema complexes around.
Sony ExploraScience is inside Aquacity and it’s a great place to take the kids for a hands-on experience with science.
Grab Your Gundam Merchandise at Diver City Tokyo Plaza
Home to the Giant Gundam Statue, Diver City Tokyo Plaza offers plenty of shopping to include the Gundam Base Tokyo where you can get plenty of Gundam merchandise.
With seven floors to choose from, you will not be short on things to do. Take a Virtual Reality ride through another world on HexaRide, or spend the day at Round 1 entertainment facility playing games or doing karaoke.
Get Your Ghibli Souvenirs at the Studio Ghibli Store
Studio Ghibli Store is for those fans of Miyazaki and Takahata films – like Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and Howl’s Moving Castle.
As a fan outside of Japan, getting your hands on some of this merchandise is almost impossible, but this store has all of your favorite characters in just about any type of gift you could imagine.
From Totoro stuffed animals to Totoro spoons, you are sure to find something unique that no one else will have.