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 also has a futuristic vibe, being the home of the Giant Gundam statue, the Miraikan Museum of Emerging Science, the Digital art museums and much more.
It is a must-visit for families, friends, and couples for its ultra-modern look, 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 49 things to do in Odaiba! You may not be able to do it all, but it will help you plan your trip.
The Trick Art Museum is full of optical illusions and fun activities that promise cool photographs and memories. At this fun museum, you can be chased by sharks, dangle from a cliff and many dangers without the actual danger! This museum is very much children-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!
For more VR experiences, also check inside DiverCity.
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 (depends on weather). The photo tour below 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 centered around a Japanese hot spring, with natural waters divided into different indoor and outdoor pools. The whole complex resembles a traditional old Japanese town with facilities including restaurants and cafes, souvenir shops, photo booths, massages, and even rooms and capsules to stay in. To top it off, everyone gets a free yukata (traditional dress) that fits perfectly with the whole theme.
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 and drink with a great view of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge.
The concept of Aqua city is “American-style shopping”, so don’t be surprised to spot a mini version of New York’s famous Statue of Liberty! This statue as well has the France connection – it was originally part of a France themed exhibition that took place all over Tokyo. The statue has 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.
Odaiba is not only malls and buildinngs – it 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 probably 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 Japanese 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. Good for all ages, but especially fun for children.
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 in 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 Tokyo’s and Odaiba’s most well-known landmarks and inside, you can visit the observation deck inside the ball 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. At night it lights up with different animated projections, many of which reflect the season.
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.
Locally known as “Miraikan”, this museum is a really cool place to visit. Various scientific exhibitions are on display, including robots and many interactive activities. A giant globe adorns the main hall, and the museum has a cafe and a restaurants with great view of Odaiba.
Petrol heads would love this museum of Toyota cars! You can see a variety of future and current machines, as well as ride segways and drive some of the cars. Automotive enthusiasts should definitely pay this place a visit. It’s close to the Ferris wheel, so it’s easy to find.
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 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!
While the 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 noodle dish that many are already fans of, or know it at least in its instant packaged form. The 5th floor of Aqua City features an exciting group of shops and stands where you can try various kinds of ramen, which unlike instant ramen, is a gourmet experience! 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, because the serving size of ramen is always big!
If food is your thing, the takoyaki museum should be your next stop! Takoyaki is a dish originating from Osaka that involves octopus chunks 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 in Osaiba, next to Aqua City.
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.
An Spa at Hilton Tokyo Odaiba is a lovely place to take a bath with a nice view of the bay! You don’t need to take anything such as towels or bathing suits with you, as the spa provides everything. The hot water is refreshing and it is a good way to ease off the fatigue of shopping and sightseeing.
No matter what your age or taste, you’re bound to find something at Diver City Plaza! Explore Japanese and international fashion brands or enjoy a meal at one of the thirteen available restaurants. You can easily spend several hours at this department store.
At the Panasonic Center, you can examine futuristic technology, play Nintendo games, and try interactive math and science games great for kids! There is also a cafe on-site. This place is perfect for a rainy afternoon or for those interested in technology.
This is a great experience that is perfect for dates and special occasions. A yakatabune boast cruise is a great way to experience Japanese culture; you get a lovely scenic view around the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay while tasting special Japanese cuisine. There are also sakura tours available during cherry blossom season in various parts of Tokyo.
Also called the School Ghost House, this creepy attraction is only for the brave! Located in Decks Tokyo Beach Seaside Mall, this haunted school is a fun attraction that you can visit with your friends for a quick thrill!
If you’re spending the evening in Odaiba, why not catch some live music? Zepp Tokyo is part of the Zepp hall network and here you can check out some local music live shows including rock, pop, etc. Check the schedule and tickets at the link below.
This interactive museum is great for kids and has a theme of water – how it works, and how important it is in our lives. The museum is full of fun, family-friendly activities that will keep your kids amused for hours.
In the Tokyo Teleport Center, you can see a view of Odaiba from the Telecom center Observatory. Though what you’ll see is completely artificial, it is interesting to see people at work and observe how goods are moved around and imported. You can also get a great night view of Tokyo’s cityscape.
Note that Tokyo Teleport Center is not right at Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai line (although you can reach it within a 20 min walk from there), it’s actually connected to Telecom Center station on the Yurikamome line.
Telecom Center Observatory website
A fancy dinner with a stunning view of the Odaiba area is a great way to end the evening. Head to Teppan Yaki Hamayu, a popular and highly-rated restaurant with superb food, located on the 30th floor of Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba. It is a great place to go for a celebration or special event.
A short walk from the Odaiba Statue of Liberty and Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is the wide-open space of Metropolitan Shiokaze (meaning “sea breeze”) Park, perfect for barbecues and walks. It is great on a warm day where you can enjoy the view and take a refreshing stroll.
Outside DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is the enormous Gundam statue, standing at nearly 20 meters. Every evening, the statue is illuminated and shows are displayed at certain times. The smaller statue was taken down in March 2017, but the bigger one was unveiled in September of the same year, much to the delight of fans.
In case the statue wasn’t enough, you can also visit the Gundam Cafe inside DiverCity. Everything is Gundam-themed, not just souvenirs, even the food and drink available here. It’s a perfect stop-off for fans of Gundam.
Note that there is no seating and food and drinks are take-away only.
Located in Decks, this Showa era-themed street is stuffed with shops selling old-school candy, toys, accessories, household goods, and more. Here you’ll also find an old-fashioned style arcade. Great for shopping and taking in the retro Showa-style atmosphere (the decades between the 30s and 80s).
Tokyo Big Sight is easy to spot for its four huge pyramid-like structures and glass towers, and is the location of many events and conventions. It is also the location of the fencing, wrestling, and taekwondo events in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so be sure to see it!
If you go to Tokyo Big Sight at the end of October or the beginning of November, you’re likely to catch the annual Tokyo Motor Show, one of the biggest events at the venue and a show that attracts thousands of visitors. What better place to hold the show than Japan, which produced motor brands such as Honda, Toyota, and Subaru? Petrol heads should definitely see this show in autumn.
You don’t have to be in Germany in autumn to celebrate Oktoberfest! If you are in Tokyo in late April or early May, don’t miss this exciting German festival which includes beer, German food, music and lots and lots of fun in Odaiba!
Oktoberfest website *Japanese only
If you’re not sure where to eat, Bills Odaiba has you covered! Also in Decks, this place has a wide variety of Western foods to choose from for a hassle-free meal, especially if you travel with picky eaters or someone who wants a break from Japanese food.
The Flame of Freedom statue in West Promenade blends perfectly with the futuristic mood of this area. The impressive structure can be seen from many different angles and is a great photo spot.
This walkway is gorgeous especially in the evening, where you can see the sky change colours from twilight to sunset. The park itself has green expanses and a variety of flowers in the gardens, which is relatively unusual for Odaiba’s futuristic design that focuses on urban views. It’s a peaceful and pleasant way to end your day in Odaiba, and quieter than most parts of the city.
If you’re travelling with kids, be sure to visit ToysRUs in Aqua City! It’s a great place to go to pick up souvenirs or toys for your children as a treat. You can sometimes find Japanese-style toys and games at branches in Japan.
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!