Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, separated from central Tokyo by the famous Rainbow Bridge and accessible by monorail, subway and even boat. It is home to various small theme parks, museums, shopping malls, and boasts beautiful views of the sea and the city. It is a must-visit for families, friends, and couples for its ultra-modern American-style town, entertainment, and breathtaking night views. If you’re looking for an excellent day out to enjoy one of Tokyo’s most exciting and unique areas, check out these 30 things to do in Odaiba!
The Trick Art Museum is full of optical illusions and fun activities that promise cool photographs and memories. At this unique museum, you can be chased by sharks, dangle from a cliff and be caught by a magician! This museum is very much child-friendly and a fun day out for any age. You can visit the museum by yourself or make new friends and see the best parts of the museum with a local with the tour below.
Booking details: Visit Tokyo’s Trick Art Museum with local people
In Odaiba, you’ll have the opportunity to try out a Virtual Reality experience where you can battle zombies! If you love video games or you’d just like to try out VR, head on down to Joypolis and try it out alone or with your friends!
Booking details: Fight zombies in a free-roam VR experience in Odaiba!
The Rainbow Bridge is a delight to see, especially at night. It’s free to walk across and you can get some incredible photos of the bridge itself, and even Mt. Fuji if you’re lucky. The below photo tour takes you across the bridge during the time and spots where you can get the best possible pictures. The tour also includes spots in Odaiba itself for great snaps.
Booking details: Walk Tokyo’s famous Rainbow Bridge for an Odaiba Photo Tour!
Would you like to experience a survival game wearing camouflage wear and wielding BB guns? This exciting game can be enjoyed in many parts of Japan, including Odaiba! It’s all held indoors, so you can go even if the weather isn’t good. Find out more about this thrilling experience.
Booking details: Try a Survival Game Experience in Tokyo
There is a theme park in Odaiba which includes a Japanese hot spring and full facilities including restaurants, massages, and additional amusements. The link below offers all these, including a yukata rental, at a discount.
Booking details: Oedo Onsen Monogatari Odaiba Hot Springs Tokyo
Around 80 stores make up Aqua City, Odaiba’s hotspot for shopping. You’ll find many kinds of brands here and it is right by some other great attractions. There is also a group of restaurants where you can eat lunch. Enjoy shopping for clothes, shoes, and souvenirs here in Odaiba!
The concept of Odaiba and Aqua city is “American-style”, so don’t be surprised to spot a mini version of New York’s famous Statue of Liberty! It’s got a great backdrop of Tokyo and it’s a nice place to take photographs. It’s located right next to Aqua City and easy to spot.
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Tokyo may be a huge city, but Odaiba has its own little beach! This stretch of sand has vending machines selling drinks and ice cream and a great view of the Tokyo city skyline and Rainbow Bridge. If you visit Odaiba on a warm day, be sure to take a break on this nice little seaside.
You may have heard of Madame Tussauds, a famous wax museum featuring lifelike models of famous celebrities and historical figures. Odaiba has its own Tussauds, and it’s a great place to visit. Take your picture with both domestic and international stars, from George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio to Takeshi Kitano and members of J-pop group AKB48.
This interactive museum, suitable for the whole family, explores light, sound, and entertainment, according to their website. They have a huge variety of exciting things to do that explore these three concepts; just a few of them include Sound Chaos, CyberCode, Motion Magic Mirror, Holowall Table, and much more. Visit here with your children or on a date!
Daiba Park is a nice taste of nature in the otherwise quite busy and futuristic artificial island. The park has an interesting history; the shogun of the time, unable to defend themselves from powerful foreign ships, instead built six batteries which were unused and neglected. Four of them have been torn down for the development of Tokyo Bay, but two still remain: battery 6, which is a wildlife reserve, and number 3, which is open to the public as Daiba Park.
You can see old historic relics on this park and also get a great view of battery 6, which has restricted access.
You can easily spot the Fuji TV building by its shape. It’s one of Odaiba’s most well-known landmarks and inside, you can visit the observation deck and the rooftop garden. It also lights up at night.
In Odaiba’s Palette Town, there’s a colourful Ferris wheel called Daikanransha. Be sure to have a ride on it and see the beauty of the view around you. A ticket to ride the wheel is 920 yen per person, or if you visit in a group of 20 or more, it’s 510 yen per person.
Joypolis is a mini indoor theme park that features rides based on video games, many of them competitive. There are also many arcade games such as UFO claw machines and Virtual Reality simulation! If you’re a video game fan, definitely check this place out.
Seeing a movie in Japan is quite easy, and as long as the movie was originally in English, you can see the English version if you ask for “jimaku” (subtitles). This cinema has 13 screens showing recent releases and if you’re driving a car, there’s good news! For every movie you watch, you get three hours of free parking.
Tokyo can be a tiring place to explore, so why not relax with a beer and some fried chicken and watch a movie Japanese style?
Locally known as “Miraikan”, this museum is a really cool place to visit as a couple, a group, or as a family. Various scientific exhibitions are on display, including robots and various interactive activities. A giant globe adorns the main hall, and the museum has a cafe.
Petrol heads would love this museum of Toyota cars! You can see a variety of future and currect machines, as well as ride segways and drive some of the cars. Automative enthusiasts should definitely pay this place a visit. It’s close to the Ferris wheel, so it’s easy to reach.
VenusFort is a three floor shopping mall designed to look like a medieval European village complete with a sky feature program that creates a sky looming overhead instead of the ceiling. Around 50 stores feature at this mall including high-class brands, cosmetics, jewelry, kids’ items, electronics, and more. If you have some time to spare and would like to go shopping, be sure to check out VenusFort.
Kawasaki opened a Tokyo robot showroom in 2016, and it’s a place where you can check out some of Kawasaki’s achievements. You can try a Virtual Reality experience for free and a robot will draw your portrait! To see everything, you only need less than an hour. Be sure to check it out some cool futuristic things at Kawasaki Robostage.
Actual Legoland is in Nagoya, but the Legoland Discovery Center is also worth a visit! This indoor playground features various rides such as Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, there’s a 4D cinema, and some famous buildings and landmarks recreated with Lego bricks at Miniland! There is also a cafe where you can grab refreshments. If you’re travelling with children, this might be the perfect stop for them!
There is more to this bright and lively area than the Ferris wheel! Palette Town is almost its own city. It has gorgeous urban scenery, hotels, hot springs, shops, and outdoor activities. You can’t visit Odaiba without exploring this exciting and classy area.
Ramen is a delicious and versatile Japanese dish of noodles in hot broth with various toppings. The 5th floor of Aqua City features an exciting group of shops and stands where you can try various kinds of ramen! For those crazy about one of Japan’s most well-loved foods, visit this place for lunch or dinner. Just remember to bring a huge appetite!
Since you’re on a food tour, the takoyaki museum should be your next stop! Takoyaki is a dish from Osaka that involves octopus cooked inside fried dough balls. They’re a delicious and popular snack in Kansai and beyond. At the museum, you can gorge on different types and flavors of takoyaki and check out a unique souvenir shop which sells takoyaki-themed gifts! This museum is located in Decks Tokyo.
Decks Tokyo also has a permanent illumination in the shape of a heart, so if you stay in Odaiba until after dark, be sure to check it out to make a stunning photograph that is memorable and romantic! This cute heart is on the third floor of the Seaside Deck of Decks Tokyo Beach.
There are plenty of things to do that include Odaiba and also cover other parts of Tokyo. Check out the below tours!
If you love cycling, why not explore Odaiba by bicycle? On this tour, you can ride a bridge over to Odaiba and see a stunning night view, perfect for taking photos. Check out this tour if you’d love a guided tour by bike!
Booking details: Cycle and explore Tokyo’s stunning city lights!
Odaiba is relatively futuristic and glamorous compared to some of the older districts of Tokyo. Why not experience the historical Asakusa and the ultra-modern Odaiba so you can compare these two sides of Tokyo all in one day? Excitingly, this tour includes a boat ride!
Booking details: Discover Tokyo from past to future: Asakusa to Odaiba tour
If you’d rather see Tokyo from the comfort of a seat, also consider taking a bus tour. This includes Meiji Shrine, the palace gardens, Ginza, Odaiba and more. This package also includes lunch and a relaxing bay cruise.
Booking details: Panoramic Tokyo Bus Tour with Lunch and Bay Cruise
If riding on the river sounds appealing to you, there is also a houseboat tour where you can eat fresh seafood and enjoy the spectacular views of Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Skytree and more! Relax on this cozy houseboat and dine while taking in the view.
This tour is only available in November and December. Please check the link below for more information.
Booking details: Enjoy the Night View on the Houseboat in Tokyo Bay!
This nighttime tour covers both Odaiba and Roppongi and aims to show you the very best of Tokyo’s night views. Take a cozy ride and admire this metropolis as it sparkles at night.
Booking details: Enjoy a Tokyo panoramic night bus tour with dinner
You can also see the highlights of Tokyo completely by bicycle! Odaiba is included in this tour, but you can also see Asakusa, Nihonbashi, the Imperial Palace, Ginza, Aoyama, and Omotesando, depending on which course you take.
Booking details: Enjoy a full-day cycling sightseeing tour of Tokyo!
Odaiba is a great place to visit, and no matter what you decide to do, you’ll surely have a fantastic time. If you need transportation from Yokohama port, check out Voyagin’s shuttle service. You can also get a travel pass to make your travels easier, or an unlimited subway pass if you prefer. Have a great trip!