Odaiba is a man-made island built on a reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. The artificial island was initially developed to protect the southern part of Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea. It later developed into a major commercial area now known for its shopping and entertainment centers popular among locals and foreign visitors.
Spending the whole afternoon in Odaiba convinced me that a second visit was necessary. I only had a day left before I fly back to Manila, but I just couldn’t pass up the chance since there were still a lot of unexplored places and activities I still haven’t gotten around to do. Here are my Odaiba trip highlights: Attractions and parks that are worth checking out.
Odaiba Seaside Park
The seaside park is one of the best spots in Odaiba to take great photos. It has the beautiful view of the city skyline. It’s also where you can see the famous Rainbow bridge (it connects Odaiba to the rest of Tokyo) and Statue of Liberty — a replica that came all the way from Paris.
Decks Tokyo Beach
One of the three major shopping malls in Odaiba. The attractions inside Decks are Legoland Discovery Center, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Tokyo Joypolis. So if you are a hardcore lego lover and someone who enjoys looking at famous wax figures, virtual reality attractions and adult thrill rides, then this mall is perfect for you.
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari is one of the main reasons I was so excited to visit Odaiba. It’s a hot spring theme park where you can change into a Yukata (summer Kimono) and stroll inside a replicated indoor setting of a traditional Japanese village fair. I’ve always wanted to wear a Kimono and go to a hot spring so it was the best way to go to check off two items in my bucket list at once.
Palette Town houses numerous amusement spots in one compact space namely Venus Fort, Mega Web and Tokyo Leisure Land. Venus Fort is labeled as the shopping paradise of women, while Mega Web showroom is Toyota’s devoted facility to showcase its new and unique vehicles and Tokyo Leisureland is a well-equipped game arcade open 24 hours a day.
The only reason why I decided to visit this Mall was because of the Ramen food theme park. It’s where you get to try ramen from different regions in the country since almost every prefecture in Japan has its own variation of ramen noodles. There are a lot of themed restaurants inside the mall as well. It’s a great place to dine with friends and family.
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
I came to DiverCity Plaza for the life-size version of the Gundam, but didn’t think I would like this mall a lot. I like it even better than Shibuya 109 and Isetan in Shinjuku. If you are in need of serious retail therapy and have a grumbling tummy, DiverCity has got the goods for you.
There are other attractions that were not mentioned like Tokyo Big Sight (an exhibition center made up of four inverted pyramids mounted on a building) and Fuji TV headquarters. I definitely recommend Odaiba to anyone who is visiting Tokyo soon. Just remember to wear comfortable shoes or you’ll end up buying one.
HOW TO GET THERE:
There are various ways to reach Odaiba, but taking the Yurikamome line is the best way to do it as you go over the rainbow bridge and see some spectacular views. You must get to Shimbashi station by JR Yamanote line. Once you get there, transfer to Yurikamome line, take the monorail train and get off at Daiba station. The journey takes about 30-45 minutes max.