Odaiba Points of Interest 2018.
Where in Tokyo can you ride a GIANT FERRIS WHEEL overlooking a Rainbow Bridge, stand next to a giant replica of the Statue of Liberty, AND be immersed in a breathtaking theatre spectacle following the WATER CYCLE while lounging on super soft pod chairs?
Odaiba is the place. (Locals also call it Daiba and Tokyo Island)
- 1 Odaiba Tokyo – 44 reasons why it is the ULTIMATE Family Destination in Tokyo!
- 2 Odaiba Points of Interest
- 3 How to get to Odaiba Points of Interest
- 4 **DECKS TOKYO BEACH**
- 5 **AQUA CITY ODAIBA**
- 6 **FUN PLACES TO VISIT IN ODAIBA**
- 7 **DIVERCITY TOKYO**
- 8 **WHAT TO DO IN ODAIBA WHEN THE KIDS ARE GRUMPY**
- 9 **FUN THINGS TO DO IN ODAIBA – MUSEUMS**
- 10 **ODAIBA ONSEN**
- 11 **VENUS FORT TOKYO**
- 12 **PALETTE TOWN ODAIBA**
- 13 **OTHER ODAIBA ATTRACTIONS**
- 14 The Inside Scoop – What to do in Odaiba.
- 15 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
- 16 ODAIBA HOTELS
- 17 Grand Nikko Hotel Odaiba Tokyo – 4 Star
- 18 Hilton Odaiba Tokyo – 4.5 Star
- 19 Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel – 4 star
- 20 Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside – 4 star
- 21 Hotel Sunroute Ariake – 4 star
- 22 Oakwood Hotel and Apartments, Ariake
- 23 Hotel Near Odaiba – the Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside – 4 star
- 24 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN places to visit in TOKYO?
Odaiba Tokyo – 44 reasons why it is the ULTIMATE Family Destination in Tokyo!
Put Odaiba TOP of your Tokyo Itinerary today.
This is not a joke. Miss it at your own risk. It’s our new favourite Tokyo destination for families.
If you are travelling to Tokyo with kids, plan at least one, but preferably two or three, days to explore Odaiba points of interest. Read our Odaiba guide below and add your favourites to your Tokyo itinerary.
Odaiba Points of Interest
Odaiba is a giant island of reclaimed land accessed by the magnificent Rainbow Bridge from the centre of Tokyo.
It’s now home to:
- Fuji Television
- Tokyo’s Big Sight Convention Centre
- Decks Tokyo Beach multi-level shopping centre
- AQUA City shopping mall
- DiverCity, and
- Venus Fort.
There’s also a number of SUPER FUN museums, and places to visit that kids will go crazy for!
Odaiba IS top of our MUST-DO places to visit in Tokyo for family travel. You could spend DAYS exploring Odaiba points of interest with kids.
How to get to Odaiba Points of Interest
Odaiba is accessible by car, but most people come to Odaiba via the Yurikamome electric transit service from Shimbashi across the Rainbow Bridge.
My kids LOVE this monorail-like train. It’s actually not a monorail though. The transit service is more like a car, with four rubber wheels, that travels along a concrete elevated private road, powered by electricity.
The trip from Shimbashi Station to Odaiba is the smoothest public transport ride we’ve ever taken, strangely quiet, and DRIVERLESS!
Yes, it’s fully automated so the kids can sit right up front and stare out the king-sized windows as you spiral and gain speed up the hill to cross the Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba.
Pick the closest stop to your first attraction (there’s 14 stops along the track) then explore the island by foot.
Hot tip: Bring a stroller for younger kids.
The wide walkways, open space, and places for kids to be kids is unparalleled in Tokyo. That’s another reason why visiting Odaiba points of interest is the ultimate family day out in Tokyo.
Here’s a list of our top 44 SUPER DOOPER FUN things to do in Odaiba with Kids and Family.
We’ve listed these Odaiba points of interest in logical order so you can follow along in an anti-clockwise route around the island.
If you are travelling with kids on a family trip to Tokyo, we know you’ll love Odaiba as much as we do. Is Odaiba for kids? It’s that and so much more.
AQUA City, DECKS Tokyo Beach to the left, and Fuji Television behind.
What to See in Odaiba
We are currently writing our backlog of stories about Odaiba points of interest. Check back soon to read our reviews of the Odaiba points of interest listed below.
**DECKS TOKYO BEACH**
1. Tokyo Trick Art Museum
Bring your camera to capture hilarious 3D images with your kids. DECKS, Seaside Mall 4th, floor.
2. Nicopa Indoor play centre.
A fun indoor playground for the under 8’s. DECKS Island Mall, 4th Floor.
3. Odaiba Takoyaki Museum.
More an Takoyaki eating hall than museum, we dare you to try this popular food. DECKS, Seaside Mall, 4th floor.
4. “Daiba Itchome”
Buy lollies and souvenirs and play retro Games in this ‘kawaii’ shopping arcade. DECKS Seaside Mall, 4th floor.
5. Legoland Japan Odaiba
Join the LEGO fans at this interactive Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo. DECKS Seaside Mall, 7th floor.
6. Tokyo Joyopolis
Play futuristic games at Tokyo Joyopolis, perfect for teens. DECKS, Seaside Mall, 3rd – 5th floor.
7. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Odaiba
See all the stars in wax at Madame Tussauds Tokyo. DECKS Seaside Mall, 6th floor.
8. Decks Tokyo Beach Island and Seaside Malls
The DECKS Tokyo Beach Island and Seaside Malls are filled with fabulous shopping and restaurants. Shops include: ABC mart, Billabong, Daiso 100 yen store, and Bills restaurant. It’s our favourite Odaiba shopping mall.
**AQUA CITY ODAIBA**
9. Check out the Pet Shops
For an unusual quirky Tokyo experience, check out the Pet stores (and the price of the puppies and kittens on show!) on the 1st floor of AQUA CITY. Look out for the Pet Bakery – yes, it’s full of cakes and confectionaries for those spoiled pups. Kids will adore it.
10. Hoshinoko Caricature Pictures
Have your portrait drawn in the most ‘kawaii’ caricature at the Portrait Shop Hoshinoko on the 4th floor.
11. Resort Aquarium at Aqua City
Check out the Resort Aquarium on the 3rd floor (right next to the cutest “kawaii” knick knack shop we’ve ever seen, Flying Tiger Copenhagen)
12. Tokyo Leisure Land
Visit Tokyo Leisureland on the 4th floor and try Purikura, the Japanese craze of taking sticker photos in a photo booth and decorating them with fun emojis, patterns, and text.
13. Sony Explora Science
Explore fun technology at the Sony Explora Science, AQUA CITY. A science museum that explores light and sound with tonnes of hands-on activities. 5th floor.
14. Aqua City Odaiba Restaurants
Here’s a list of the AQUA CITY restaurants and food outlets you must try:
- Eggs n Things – 3rd floor
- KuKuRuZa popcorn – 3rd floor
- Matcha tea at Starbucks – 3rd Floor
- Gonpachi grilled skewers – 4th floor,
- Tonkatsu – 5th floor
- Eat at one of six traditional Japanese Ramen restaurants – 5th floor
- Cute kids food at the Fuji TV Kids Cafe – 6th floor
- Plenty more choices at the food hall – 6th floor
15. Aqua City shopping.
Popular kids and family shops include:
Third Floor Aqua City
- Disney Store
- Gap and Gap Kids
- the Coca Cola store
Fourth Floor Aqua City
- Bic Camera
- Our favourite souvenir shop in Tokyo – Daiso 100 yen store
- Kumazawa Book store. Allow time to wander.
**FUN PLACES TO VISIT IN ODAIBA**
16. Rainbow Bridge Tokyo at night
Head outside towards the Odaiba Seaside Park and catch a glimpse of the famous Rainbow Bridge. It lights up at night in a glorious rainbow hue.
17. Odaiba Statue of Liberty
Take a picture with Japan’s version of the Statue of Liberty in front of AQUA CITY.
18. Fuji TV Building
Go inside the Fuji Television Station, visit Japan’s only Chuggington shop and the limited-time Chibi Maruko Chan café. There’s also a Fuji TV shop where you can buy all the famous Japanese tv stuffed toys!
19. Shiokaze Park
Run off steam at the Shiokaze Park to the left of AQUA CITY facing the bridge.
20. DiverCity Tokyo Plaza Food
Diver City Odaiba has a Hello Kitty Cafe on the 4th floor, and a bakery selling Hello kitty breads on the 2nd floor
The largest food court in Odaiba is on the 2nd floor AND there’s plenty more restaurants on the 6th floor of DiverCity too
21. Wabi Sabi Gifts
Check out the Wabi Sabi shop at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza on the 2nd floor for beautiful gifts and homewares all displaying the Japanese art of appreciating the beauty in the naturally imperfect world.
22. DiverCity shopping mall
Shoppers will die for the shops at DiverCity Tokyo. Check them out on this detailed Store Floor Map.
23. ROUND1 Stadium
ROUND1 stadium is on the 6th floor of DiverCity and is one of Tokyo’s largest entertainment parks. Kids can:
- play air hockey
- play table tennis
- go bowling
- step into a batting cage and strike a few baseballs
- play video games
- ride balance scooters and segways
- tackle bubble football
- ride a bucking bull
- play frisbee
- AND sing Karaoke.
There’s also a zone for smaller kids with a ball pit and indoor playground. Buy a day pass – it’s the best value.
Hot tip: Snap a pic of the price list and use Google Translate to work out current prices.
24. HLNA Skygarden Skate Park
If your kids skateboard, check out the HLNA Skygarden Skate park on the 7th floor. It’s an open-air skate park you won’t believe.
**WHAT TO DO IN ODAIBA WHEN THE KIDS ARE GRUMPY**
25. Wander the Symbol Promenade
The Symbol Promenade Park leads you from DiverCity to the area of museums. It’s a lovely wander and great for kids to run off steam without trying to quieten them down too much.
**FUN THINGS TO DO IN ODAIBA – MUSEUMS**
26. Odaiba Science Museum – Miraikan
This place pictured above is a MUST DO with kids – it’s the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). Plan to spend at least half a day when you visit Odaiba. At least.
27. Maritime Museum
Stop by the Museum of Maritime Science and step aboard “Soya”, an ice-combatting cargo ship built in 1965. It has been a lighthouse supply ship, active as an Antarctic observation ship for 3 years, and a patrol ship of the Japan Coast Guard until he retired and was moored here back in 1953. There’s also public exhibits in the main hall and seasonal activities for the kids. Check websites for dates.
28. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
The AISA Tokyo Waterfront National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology is free. Kids can check out the Life Technology Studio at the AIST Waterfront center. This is a small area featuring hands-on activities, computers and displays including robotics related to medicine and healthcare.
29. Tokyo Port Museum
Learn about the Tokyo waterfront at the Tokyo Port Museum. Worth a trip for the magnificent views of the Container Ships in the harbour and to see the models and displays.
30. Tokyo Customs Info Plaza
We haven’t been there but the Tokyo Customs Info Plaza is open to visitors and even has a Kids character, “Custom Kimi”, a customs image character modelled on a drug detection dog so might be worth a visit. (Let us know!)
31. Oedo Onsen Odaiba
Experience a Japanese “hot springs” onsen without travelling too far. The Tokyo Odaiba Oedo-Onsen Monogatari is just the place for a taste test.
**VENUS FORT TOKYO**
32. Venus Fort Odaiba Outlet Mall
You could spend a whole day here alone. The Aneby Trim park play area (see entry below) is a MUST do for kids!
33. Aneby Trim Park
Aneby Trim park play area at Venus Fort. THIS was one of the favourite places to visit in Tokyo on our last trip in May 2017. Roam the Gnome, and the boys, LOVED it!
34. Seria 100 Yen Shop
Shop at this upmarket 100 yen shop “Seria” at Venus Fort. Hot tip: Give your kids 500 yen each to spend. They’ll be amused for hours!
35. Mega Web
MEGA WEB is a FREE “theme” park featuring a showcase of Toyota cars in the Toyota Line Up Zone, Ride One where you can test drive a new car, a History Garage, a Motorsport Simulation Zone, a Global Discovery Zone, AND RIDE Studio where kids can test drive their own miniature cars!
36. Zepp Tokyo
Hang with musos at one of Odaiba’s two live music venues. Don’t be confused.
Zepp Tokyo is a music venue next to MEGAWEB, near the ferris wheel at Palette Town, featuring cool bands and live acts. It’s one of a chain of four venues in Japan.
Zepp DiverCity live music venue is next to DiverCity shops.
**PALETTE TOWN ODAIBA**
37. Tokyo Leisureland Odaiba
Tokyo Leisure Land, Odaiba Amusement Park at Palette Town has several floors of fun including:
- arcade games
- batting cages
- pool tables
- ping pong
- a Ninja Trick House
- a haunted house
- fishing games
- claw machines
- Purikura photo booths
- and Disney tsum tsum games for younger kids at mostly 100 yen per go.
If you are arcade fans, you’ll love this.
Hot tip: we’ve heard a rumour the prizes in these machines are exclusive to Leisureland and NOT for sale elsewhere in Japan! Which means you might lay your hands on some select figurines from Star Wars, Dragonball Z, and Disney. Worth a 100 yen, or two!
38. Odaiba Ferris Wheel
Ride the Odaiba Ferris Wheel at night for spectacular views of the Rainbow Bridge.
**OTHER ODAIBA ATTRACTIONS**
39. Odaiba Sightseeing – Cosplay
Walk across the Dream Bridge and look out for Cosplayers doing photoshoots!
40. Tokyo Water Science Museum
At the other end of the bridge, enter the Tokyo Water Science Museum. One of the kid’s favourites – with water, splashing and bath toys – it’s a BIG win. There’s something else we absolutely LOVED to pieces, and it’s the main reason we’d put this place at the top of our places to visit in Odaiba list. Read about it here soon. (For now, trust us. Go!)
41. Odaiba Panasonic Centre Tokyo
It was an unexpected hit for Roam the Gnome and the boys. We stayed THREE hours! So many hands-on technology toys and games to explore.
42. Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park
There’s experiential learning when you do the “72 Hour” tour at the Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, Sona Area Tokyo on the 1st floor. Learn what to do if there was an Earthquake emergency and you had to survive the first 72 hours before help arrives. More learning experiences on the 2nd floor too.
43. Tokyo Sewerage Museum Rainbow
Sounds gross, hey. But surprisingly, there’s plenty of hands-on activities and heaps of water-based fun things to do at the Tokyo Sewerage Museum “Rainbow”
44. Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center
Check out what Odaiba events are on at the Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center There’s plenty of public events including our favourite, the Handmade in Japan exhibition.
The Inside Scoop – What to do in Odaiba.
Address: Daiba, Minato 135-0091, Tokyo Prefecture
Entry Fees: Admission to Odaiba Tokyo Island is free but expect to pay for the Yurikamome train line. 320 Yen per ticket from Shimbashi to Daiba. Children under 6 travel FREE!
Opening Hours of Odaiba Points of Interest: Early morning around 10am till late. (LATE! Most entertainment venues, shops and restaurants are open till at least 9pm but some stay open till 11pm.)
How to get to Odaiba:
- Getting to Odaiba from Tokyo’s Ueno station, take the Yamanote line train to Shimbashi.
- At Shimbashi, walk outside the station and head towards the Yurikamome line, Shimbashi station.
- At the first level, you’ll see two sets of stairs/escalators.
- Take either left or right (you’ll end up on the same platform at the end) to the next level to buy your tickets to U07 Daiba station (or your choice of station, depending on where to want to start).
- Check current ticket prices for the Yurikamome line here
Odaiba Train Map – Tokyo Yurikamome Line
Click here for a train station map.
Odaiba was built initially for defence purposes in the 1850s. Mid century, plans were established to change it to a seaport district, and from there, it has now grown into a major commercial, business, residential and entertainment area.
Odaiba Map – Google
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
We highly recommend staying on Odaiba Island if you have the budget. There are only a small number of hotels on the Island so we’ve gathered them here.
Grand Nikko Hotel Odaiba Tokyo – 4 Star
Hilton Odaiba Tokyo – 4.5 Star
Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel – 4 star
Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside – 4 star
Hotel Sunroute Ariake – 4 star
Oakwood Hotel and Apartments, Ariake
Hotel Near Odaiba – the Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside – 4 star
For more comprehensive details on the hotels above, visit our post here.
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