- 1 Odaiba Tokyo – The Ultimate Family Destination in Tokyo
- 2 Here’s a list of our top 44 SUPER DOOPER FUN things to do in Odaiba with Kids and Family.
- 3 DECKS Tokyo Beach
- 4 AQUA CITY Odaiba
- 5 Rainbow Bridge Tokyo
- 6 Fuji TV Building
- 7 Fun Things to Do in Odaiba
- 8 DiverCity Tokyo
- 9 What to do in Odaiba – wander…
- 10 Fun things to do in Odaiba… Museums Galore!
- 11 Odaiba Onsen
- 12 Venus Fort Tokyo
- 13 Palette Town
- 14 Odaiba Ferris Wheel
- 15 Other Odaiba Points of Interest
- 16 The Inside Scoop – Odaiba
- 17 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
- 18 Odaiba Hotels
- 19 Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba – 4 Star
- 20 Check latest prices here.
- 21 Hilton Tokyo Odaiba – 4.5 Star
- 22 Check latest prices here.
- 23 Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel – 4 star
- 24 Check latest prices here.
- 25 Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside – 4 star
- 26 Check latest prices here.
- 27 Hotel Sunroute Ariake – 4 star
- 28 Check latest prices here.
- 29 Oakwood Hotel and Apartments, Ariake
- 30 Check latest prices here
- 31 Hotel Near Odaiba – the Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside – 4 star
- 32 Check latest prices here.
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Odaiba Tokyo – The Ultimate Family Destination in Tokyo
Odaiba is a giant island of reclaimed land across the Rainbow Bridge from the centre of Tokyo, 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. It’s now home to Fuji Television, and Tokyo’s Big Sight Convention Centre, along with multi-level shopping centres including Decks Tokyo Beach, AQUA City, 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 for family travel in Tokyo. You could spend DAYS just here alone, easily.
Although Odaiba is accessible by car, 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 which means 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.
There’s 14 stops along the way, but once on the island, you’ll want to walk. The open space and places for kids to be kids is unparalleled in Tokyo. It’s 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 set them out in logical order so you can follow along in an anti-clockwise route around the island.
We cannot wait to go back to Odaiba, we’ve so much more to see and three days is just not enough. If you are travelling with kids, on a family trip to Tokyo, we know you’ll love it as much as we do. Is Odaiba for kids? It’s that and so much more. (Detailed posts with lots of photos coming shortly)
AQUA City, DECKS Tokyo Beach to the left, and Fuji Television behind.
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 eating hall than museum, we dare you to try this popular food. DECKS, Seaside Mall, 4th floor.
4. Buy lollies and souvenirs and play retro Games in this ‘kawaii’ shopping arcade. “Daiba Itchome”, DECKS Seaside Mall, 4th floor.
5. Join the LEGO fans at this interactive LEGOLAND Discovery Center. DECKS Seaside Mall, 7th floor.
6. Play futuristic games at Tokyo Joyopolis, perfect for teens. DECKS, Seaside Mall, 3rd – 5th floor.
7. See all the stars in wax at Madame Tussauds Tokyo. DECKS Seaside Mall, 6th floor.
8. DECKS Tokyo Beach – the Island and Seaside Malls for shopping and restaurants. Shops include: ABC mart, Billabong, Daiso 100 yen store, and Bills restaurant.
AQUA CITY Odaiba
9. 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. Have your portrait drawn in the most ‘kawaii’ caricature at the Portrait Shop Hoshinoko on the 4th floor.
11. 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. 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. 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. Here’s a list of the AQUA CITY restaurants and food outlets you must try – Eggs n Things, KuKuRuZa popcorn and Matcha tea at Starbucks on the 3rd Floor, Gonpachi grilled skewers on the 4th floor, try Tonkatsu or eat at one of six traditional Japanese Ramen restaurants on the 5th floor, plus there’s plenty more choices on the 6th floor including the cute kids food at the Fuji TV Kids Cafe.
15. AQUA CITY shopping. Popular kids and family shops include: Disney Store, Gap, Birkenstock, Adidas, Lacoste, Swatch, Coach, Gap and Gap Kids, and the Coca Cola store, all on the 3rd floor; and Bic Camera, Daiso 100 yen store and the Kumazawa Book store on the 4th floor. Allow time to wander.
Rainbow Bridge Tokyo
16. 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. Take a picture with Japan’s version of the Statue of Liberty in front of AQUA CITY.
Fuji TV Building
18. Take a peek inside the Fuji Television Station, including Japan’s only Chuggington shop and the limited-time Chibi Maruko Chan café.
Fun Things to Do in Odaiba
19. Run off steam at the Shiokaze Park to the left of AQUA CITY facing the bridge. There’s a Pirate Ship playground. Need we say more?
20. DiverCity Tokyo Plaza has the Hello Kitty Cafe on the 4th floor, a bakery selling Hello kitty breads and the largest food court in Odaiba on the 2nd floor AND plenty more restaurants on the 6th floor too
21. 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. Shoppers will die for the shops at DiverCity Tokyo. Check them out on this detailed Store Floor Map.
23. ROUND1 Stadium on the 6th floor is one of Tokyo’s largest entertainment parks. Kids can play air hockey, table tennis, bowling, step into a batting cage and strike a few baseballs, play video games, ride balance scooters and segways, tackle bubble football, rollerskate, 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. NB: Use Google Translate to snap a pic of this to work out current prices.
24. Those who have kids who skateboard, should 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 – wander…
25. 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 Galore!
26. 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. At least.
27. 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. 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. 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. 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. Experience a Japanese “hot springs” onsen without travelling too far. The Oedo-Onsen Monogatari is just the place for a taste test.
Venus Fort Tokyo
32. Venus Fort Outlet Mall – You could spend a whole day here alone. The Aneby Trim park play area (below) is a MUST do for kids!
33. 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. Shop at this classy 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, 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. Hang with musos at one of Odaiba’s two live music venues. Don’t be confused. Zepp DiverCity is next to DiverCity shops. 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.
37. Tokyo Leisure Land at Palette Town Tokyo Leisure Land has several floors of arcade games, bowling, karaoke, batting cages, pool tables, ping pong, a Ninja Trick House, haunted house, darts, fishing, claw machines, Purikura photo booths, and Disney tsum tsum games for younger kids at mostly 100 yen per go. If you are an arcade fan, you’ll love this – 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 shot, or two!
Odaiba Ferris Wheel
38. Ride the Odaiba Ferris Wheel at night for spectacular views of the Rainbow Bridge.
Other Odaiba Points of Interest
39. Walk across the Dream Bridge and look out for Cosplayers doing photoshoots!
40. At the other end of the bridge, enter the Tokyo Water Science Museum. One of the kid’s favourites – water, splashing and bath toys – it’s a BIG win. There’s something else we LOVED. Read about it here soon.
41. Walk over to the Panasonic Centre Tokyo. It was an unexpected hit for Roam the Gnome and the boys. We stayed THREE hours!
42. Experiential learning with 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. Surprisingly, plenty of hands-on activities and water-based fun at the Tokyo Sewerage Museum “Rainbow”
44. Check out what’s 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 – Odaiba
- Location: Daiba, Minato 135-0091, Tokyo Prefecture
- Admission fee: Admission to Odaiba 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: Early morning till late. (LATE! Most entertainment venues, shops and restaurants are open till at least 9pm but some stay open till 11pm.)
- How to get there: From Tokyo’s Ueno station, take the Yamanote line train to Shimbashi. At Shimbashi, walk outside the station and head towards the Yurikamome line, Shimashi 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. Check current ticket prices for the Yurikamome line here
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 Tokyo Daiba – 4 Star
Hilton Tokyo Odaiba – 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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