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Best 11 Things to Do in Odaiba (Daiba), Tokyo!

Best 11 Things to Do in Odaiba (Daiba), Tokyo!

Date published: 24 April 2019
Last updated: 16 April 2020

Odaiba, also called ‘Daiba’ for short, is an incredibly popular area with tourists. Originally built from reclaimed land in defense of Tokyo in 1853, it has become one of Tokyo's top attractions and a hotspot for both young people and those young at heart. There is shopping, a Ferris wheel, otaku meccas, Tokyo onsen and beautiful views—something for everyone to enjoy.

Here we will take you through the top 11 things to do in Odaiba to help you make the most out of your visit. From a visit to the symbolic Fuji TV station and character spots to a relaxing bay cruise, experience the best of Odaiba in one day—or more—whichever suits your fancy!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Enjoy a Borderless World of Art from “teamLab Borderless” in Odaiba Japan!
  2. 2. See a Panoramic View of the Port of Tokyo from the Observatory Sphere in Odaiba
  3. 3. Ride the Palette Town Ferris Wheel in Odaiba!
  4. 4. Make Your Hot Spring Debut at Oedo-Onsen Monogatari
  5. 5. Try Out Futuristic Technology at the Miraikan in Odaiba
  6. 6. Shop ‘Til You Drop at Venus Fort
  7. 7. Dine at TARLUM BIANCO
  8. 8. Experience The MEGA WEB
  9. 9. Take a Mini Cruise and Enjoy Odaiba’s Scenery by Sea Bus
  10. 10. Lose Yourself to the Nighttime Beauty of the Lit-up Bridge of Dreams
  11. 11. Snap a selfie in front of the Gundam Unicorn statue!
  12. How to get to Odaiba? And how far is Odaba from Tokyo Station?
  13. Discover more you can do in Odaiba at the links below!

1. Enjoy a Borderless World of Art from “teamLab Borderless” in Odaiba Japan!

1. Enjoy a Borderless World of Art from “teamLab Borderless” in Odaiba Japan!

One of the top Tokyo attractions you won’t want to miss in Odaiba is MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless. It’s a "museum without a map" operated jointly by the Mori Building Company and teamLab art collective.

There are no borders between artworks, or between artworks and viewers, offering the chance to enjoy being a part of the artwork. By interacting with the art itself, people create works of art that may never again be reproduced - and the beautiful, otherworldly scenery created from pieces interacting with each other has captured the hearts of many. It should be at the top of your list of fun things to do in Tokyo!

Some visitors end up staying for hours at the museum. The facility has 10,000sqm of floor space, with 60-some artworks you are free to wander through however you please: truly, a borderless and immersive world. Keep in mind that its great popularity means that purchasing a ticket in advance is the only way to guarantee entry.

  • MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless
    MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless
    森ビルデジタルアートミュージアム:エプソン チームラボボーダレス
    • Address Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    • Weekdays: 10am – 7pm
      Weekends/Holidays: 10am – 9pm
      * The EN TEA HOUSE opens one hour after first entry; last order is 30 minutes before museum closing time.
      * Last entry to the museum is one hour before closing time.
      * Hours of operation may vary depending on the season.

      Closed second and fourth Tuesdays of every month
      * Hours of operation and days closed may vary depending on the season.
      For more information, visit the museum’s official website. (https://borderless.teamlab.art/#information)

2. See a Panoramic View of the Port of Tokyo from the Observatory Sphere in Odaiba

2. See a Panoramic View of the Port of Tokyo from the Observatory Sphere in Odaiba

One of Japan’s most popular TV stations is Fuji Television and its headquarters is undoubtedly a symbol of Odaiba. A part of the building is open to the public for a small entrance fee, including the Odaiba Tourist Center at its core, where you can find more information about things to do in Odaiba Japan. One of Tokyo's top attractions, it's also the perfect spot to see a romantic sunset!

After getting a ticket on the ground level, ride the elevator to the 25th floor to the observatory sphere called Hachitama. From there, you overlook the entire Odaiba area and other symbols of Tokyo in the background, such as the Tokyo Tower. On a clear day, you can even see Mount Fuji in the distance.

3. Ride the Palette Town Ferris Wheel in Odaiba!

3. Ride the Palette Town Ferris Wheel in Odaiba!

Climb in the Palette Town Ferris wheel which is one of Japan’s highest, towering about 115 meters in the sky. On a sunny day, you can marvel at Tokyo’s cityscape sprawling out in front of you, including the famous Tokyo Tower.

A special recommendation is riding a see-through gondola – there are only four out of 64 Ferris wheel gondolas in total. Choose your favorite gondola and hop in! At night, the giant ride is lit up in different colors according to the current season, making for a mesmerizing and beautiful night view.

4. Make Your Hot Spring Debut at Oedo-Onsen Monogatari

4. Make Your Hot Spring Debut at Oedo-Onsen Monogatari

Travel back in time to Edo’s downtown area at this indoor spa and hot spring amusement facility! Men as well as women can borrow yukata for free and enjoy the relaxing hot springs in a day trip or while staying overnight. Oedo Onsen Monogatari boasts hot spring water that is pumped up from 1,400 meters below the ground and 13 different types of baths, including natural springs.

The facility also features a foot bath that men and women can enjoy together, as well as the biggest Japanese garden in the whole Tokyo metropolitan area, spanning 50 meters long with around 2,300 square meters in total. It is covered in small pebbles to stimulate the soles and to get rid of tiredness and exhaustion. This is just one more thing you can add on your list of amazing, and relaxing, things to do in Odaiba!

5. Try Out Futuristic Technology at the Miraikan in Odaiba

5. Try Out Futuristic Technology at the Miraikan in Odaiba

The director of the National Museum of Science and Innovation, that is often simply called the Miraikan, is the astronaut Mamoru Mori himself. In various exhibitions and events within this museum and top Tokyo attraction, you can learn about and experience state-of-the-art technology from a scientific point of view. In April, the museum’s permanent exhibition is renewed.

The "Forming the Future" exhibition on the third floor showcases therapy robots such as Paro and offers many opportunities to actually touch and try the various exhibits. Children as well as grown-ups can get a deeper impression and understand of our planet, the universe, and what a future society might look like. Experience science and technology firsthand, starting with Japan’s famous robots!

6. Shop ‘Til You Drop at Venus Fort

6. Shop ‘Til You Drop at Venus Fort

One thing to do in Odaiba Tokyo is this surreal indoor-style shopping mall that recreates the old pompous streets of Medieval Europe. Especially if you can't wait to hit some of the best shopping spots in Japan, Venus Fort should be on your list of fun things to do in Tokyo. Shop to your heart’s desire and experience the full beauty of a clear sunny day regardless of the weather!

One of Venus Fort’s most popular selfie spots is the fountain in the center that is supported by the figures of several goddesses.

Another must-see is a spectacle called Sky Feature Program. Within one hour, a beautiful projection paints the ceiling in the colors of the sky, starting from a beautiful blue sky over a glorious sunset to a mystical starlit sky.

7. Dine at TARLUM BIANCO

7. Dine at TARLUM BIANCO

TARLUM BIANCO is located on the white sandy beach of Odaiba Kaihin Park and when entering, you’ll find yourself stepping into a restaurant reminiscent of Sicily in Italy. It is particularly known for its seafood cuisine as the chef purchases the fresh ingredients at the fish market every day.

While looking out over the amazing scenery of Daiba's Tokyo Bay, enjoy a delicious fish or meat lunch that is served with soup, salad, and a drink.

  • TARLUM BIANCO
    TARLUM BIANCO
    • Address 1-4-1, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 135-0091, Japan

8. Experience The MEGA WEB

8. Experience The MEGA WEB

Toyota, one of Japan’s most famous car manufacturers has its own showroom called Mega Web in Palette Town. The theme park and top Tokyo attraction where you can “See, Ride, and Feel Cars” offers an exciting experience for both young and old. From safety to environmental topics, learn everything there is to know about Toyota’s cars here – all of that without an entry fee. There are fun things to do in Odaiba Japan for literally everyone!

9. Take a Mini Cruise and Enjoy Odaiba’s Scenery by Sea Bus

9. Take a Mini Cruise and Enjoy Odaiba’s Scenery by Sea Bus

If you want to get a glimpse of Daiba from the sea, we highly recommend the Sea Bus to you, boardable both from the Odaiba Seaside Park and Palette Town.

One possible course to take is the one from the Odaiba Seaside Park to Hamamatsucho’s Hinode Pier, for \480 per one-way ticket. This isn’t only a unique way to get from one place to another but also offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy both Daiba and the Tokyo skyline from the sea.

  • Tokyo Kankoukisen
    東京都観光汽船(株)
    • Address 1-4-1, Daiba,Minato-ku, Tokyo, 135-0064, Japan

10. Lose Yourself to the Nighttime Beauty of the Lit-up Bridge of Dreams

10. Lose Yourself to the Nighttime Beauty of the Lit-up Bridge of Dreams

A beautiful pedestrian bridge of about 60 meters in width connects the areas of Oumi and Ariake. This bridge is called Yume no Hashi, literally translating to Dream Bridge or bridge of Dreams, and as the name suggests, it is lit up by beautiful illuminations. Not only has it appeared in numerous TV shows and movies but it is also a very popular photo spot.

When facing the center promenade while on the bridge, it is possible to have Palette Town’s Ferris wheel in the background of your perfect shot! While the view from the bridge is stunning by daylight, visiting the Bridge of Dreams during and after dusk is completely different when the beautiful illuminations are turned on.

Finally, whether you’re around for just one day or several, there are plenty of things to do, see, and explore at this Tokyo hotspot. Be sure to add Odaiba to your list of things to see in Tokyo!

11. Snap a selfie in front of the Gundam Unicorn statue!

11. Snap a selfie in front of the Gundam Unicorn statue!

The Unicorn Gundam is a replication of the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam from the novel and OVA Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. This grand display stands at 19.7 meters tall. The Gundam is normally in Unicorn mode, marked by a white frame with a single antenna protruding from its head. At specified times, however, you can see the Gundam in Destroy mode, where its frame expands and emits a pink glow. You need to visit the Unicorn Gundam!

How to get to Odaiba? And how far is Odaba from Tokyo Station?

Odaiba is convenient to access from Tokyo, taking about 25-30 minutes from Tokyo Station.

Odaiba-kaihinkōen Station on the Yurikamome Line is one of the most central train stations in Odaiba. To get here from Tokyo Station, take the Yamanote Line or Keihin Tohoku Line to Shinbashi Station. Then transfer at Shinbashi Station to the Yurikamome Line.

Tip: Get in the frontmost car of the Yurikamome for an incredible panorama (or video!) of Tokyo as you cross over the Rainbow Bridge into Odaiba.

Enjoy a fun time exploring one of Tokyo's most exciting areas!

Discover more you can do in Odaiba at the links below!

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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