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20 Best Things to Do in Odaiba (Daiba), Tokyo's Entertainment Paradise!

20 Best Things to Do in Odaiba (Daiba), Tokyo's Entertainment Paradise!

Date published: 24 April 2019
Last updated: 9 June 2021

Odaiba, also called ‘Daiba’ for short, is a trendy area with tourists. Originally built from reclaimed land in defense of Tokyo in 1853, Odaiba has become one of Tokyo's top attractions and a hotspot for both young people and those young at heart.

Home to five giant malls, this area has some of Tokyo's best shopping, plus a Ferris wheel, otaku meccas, Tokyo onsen, and beautiful views—something for everyone to enjoy. Odaiba is also where you can find convention facilities like Tokyo Big Sight and several hotels.

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!

Here we will take you through the top 20 things to do in Odaiba to help you make the most out of your visit.

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 Tokyo Bay from the Hachitama Spherical Observation Room in Odaiba

2. See a Panoramic View of Tokyo Bay from the Hachitama Spherical Observation Room 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 (adults: 750 yen; children: 450 yen), 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 Tokyo Tower. On a clear day, you can even see Mount Fuji in the distance!

3. Ride the Giant Sky Wheel at Palette Town in Odaiba!

3. Ride the Giant Sky Wheel at Palette Town in Odaiba!

At 115 meters tall, the Giant Sky Wheel in Odaiba is one of Japan's tallest Ferris wheels. A ride on the Giant Sky Wheel lasts 16 minutes and costs 1,000 yen for adults (500 yen for children). Two of the gondolas are barrier-free, letting people with a wheelchair enjoy the scenery in comfort.

On a sunny day, you can marvel at Tokyo’s cityscape sprawling out in front of you, including iconic landmarks like Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, and Tokyo Skytree.

For the fearless, a special recommendation is riding one of the four see-through gondolas with a transparent floor! Reservations are suggested, as these cabins are fairly popular.

So choose your favorite gondola and hop in! If you visit Odaiba at night, the giant ride is lit up in different colors according to the current season, making for a mesmerizing and beautiful night view. It's an exceptional addition to any Odaiba itinerary.

4. Explore the unique digital world of teamLab Planets

4. Explore the unique digital world of teamLab Planets

What's better than seeing one teamLab exhibit? Seeing a completely different one! Just a hop away from Odaiba on the Yurikamome Line is teamLab Planets Tokyo.

Here you can get lost in the wonderful world of art with this hands-on digital experience. The sensation to walk barefoot in the facility is an adventure of its own.

The best part of digital arts is that you can experience them while snapping Instaworthy shots. This is the only place where you can take these beautiful and mystical pictures.

In particular, the “body immersive” museum, teamLab Planets TOKYO, has won the hearts of international tourists, as it plunges visitors into the middle of massive art spaces.

It is so popular that there is always a long queue, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting when you come to Toyosu. Admission and opening hours may vary by season. Be sure to visit the ticketing link below for available days and times.

  • teamLab Planets TOKYO
    チームラボプラネッツ TOKYO DMM.com
    • Address 6 Chome-1-16 Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0061

5. Make Your Hot Spring Debut at Odaiba Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari

5. Make Your Hot Spring Debut at Odaiba Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari

Travel back in time to Edo’s downtown area at Odaiba Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari, an indoor spa and hot spring amusement facility!

Men, as well as women, can borrow yukata for free and enjoy the relaxing hot springs on a day trip or while staying overnight.

Odaiba Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari boasts hot spring water pumped up from 1,400 meters below the ground and 13 different 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 Tokyo - spanning 50 meters in length 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 to your list of amazing and relaxing, things to do in Odaiba!

  • Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Odaiba Tokyo
    Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Odaiba Tokyo
    東京お台場 大江戸温泉物語
    Has COVID-19 measures
    • Address 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0064
    • Nearest Station Telecom Center Station (Yurikamome)
      2 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5500-1126

6. Try Out Futuristic Technology at the Miraikan in Odaiba

6. Try Out Futuristic Technology at the Miraikan in Odaiba

The director of the National Museum of Science and Innovation, which is often 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 perspective. 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 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!

7. Shop ‘Til You Drop at VenusFort

7. Shop ‘Til You Drop at VenusFort

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, VenusFort should be on your list of fun things to do in Tokyo. So shop to your heart’s desire and experience the full beauty of a clear sunny day regardless of the weather!

One of VenusFort’s most popular selfie spots is the fountain in the center 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.

8. Dine at Tarlum Bianco

8. 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

9. Experience The MEGA WEB

9. Experience The MEGA WEB

One of Japan’s most famous car manufacturers, Toyota, 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!

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

10. 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 (480 yen one-way). 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.

Alternatively, hop aboard the Hotaluna or Himeko and enjoy a 60-minute scenic cruise up the Sumida River to Asakusa (1,720 yen for adults; 860 yen for children).

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

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

11. 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 trendy 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! However, 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. So be sure to add Odaiba to your list of best things to do in Tokyo!

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

12. 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!

13. Visit Ariake Tennis Forest Park, a must-see for Japanese tennis fans

13. Visit Ariake Tennis Forest Park, a must-see for Japanese tennis fans
Image courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan

The Ariake Tennis Forest Park opened on the site of a golf course in 1983. The complex counts a total of 49 courts, including the Ariake Coliseum, a court equipped with an opening dome, as well as other outdoor and indoor courts.

This venue is also used for competitions such as the Japan Open, and it’s known as the “Holy Land of Tennis in Japan,” and it is one of the leading tennis competitions facilities in the country.

When no tournaments are taking place, the complex is open to the general public (admission fee required). In addition to the many courts, there are also lawn open spaces, gardens, jogging courses, and more.

14. Enjoy a concert at Zepp Tokyo

14. Enjoy a concert at Zepp Tokyo

Zepp Tokyo is a large concert hall in Odaiba that can accommodate 2,709 people. There are no seats, so the audience can enjoy the feeling of being at one with the performing artists. Fans of Japanese artists should check in advance to see when there will be performances.

  • Zepp Tokyo
    Zepp Tokyo
    • Address 1 Chome-3-11 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064 (Inside VenusFort)

15. Wander around the fantastic Small Worlds miniature theme park!

15. Wander around the fantastic Small Worlds miniature theme park!
©SMALL WORLDS

Small Worlds Tokyo is the world’s largest indoor miniature amusement park, with a variety of intricate dioramas, exhibits, and fun events around the 8,000-square meter facility.

With six different themed areas, the miniature exhibition at Small Worlds Tokyo is interactive, with buttons on the panels that light up portions of an exhibit or make them move. And within half an hour, visitors can experience a full 24-hour cycle of a day in Tokyo. You're sure to enjoy spending time getting lost in the incredible detail of the exhibit!

  • Small Worlds Tokyo
    Small Worlds Tokyo
    • Address Ariake Butsuryu Center, 1-3-33, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo. 135-0063
    • Nearest Station 3-minute walk from Ariake-Tennis-no-mori Station of Yurikamome
      9-minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station of Rinkai Line
    • Website: https://www.smallworlds.jp/en/

16. Enjoy a day of gaming action at Tokyo Joypolis

16. Enjoy a day of gaming action at Tokyo Joypolis

Tokyo Joypolis is an indoor amusement center offering rides and virtual reality experiences. It's a perfect destination for thrill-seekers - and with a huge assortment of entertainment options, it's perfect for adults and kids alike. Travelers and locals alike visit this Tokyo hotspot for fun and thrills.

17. Enjoy a VR experience at Tyffonium Odaiba!

17. Enjoy a VR experience at Tyffonium Odaiba!

Tyffonium is an immersive theater operated by XR (Extended Reality) developer Tyffon. XR is a general term for technologies that combine and expand reality and virtual space, including VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), and MR (Mixed Reality).

In Japan, these technologies are typically used in the medical and educational fields, but only Tyffonium uses them for entertainment.

As the only facility where you can experience Japan's cutting-edge entertainment, Tyffonium has patrons lining up even on weekdays.

18. Snap photos with friends at Tokyo Trick Art Museum

18. Snap photos with friends at Tokyo Trick Art Museum

Tokyo Trick Art Museum in Odaiba is a fun place filled with optical illusions that are perfect for all your social media. Divided into five areas, the museum has it all: exhibits that place you right in the midst of unique Japanese cultural scenes, parodies of famous artwork, and even letting you snap selfies with lovely animals. Tickets are 1,000 yen for adults (children, 700 yen).

  • TOKYO TRICK ART MUSEUM
    東京トリックアート迷宮館
    • Address DECKS Tokyo Beach Seaside Mall 4F 1-6-1, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 135-0091

19. Shop around Aqua City Odaiba

19. Shop around Aqua City Odaiba

Aqua City Odaiba is a large complex with around 120 shops and entertainment facilities. Here you will find a variety of stores for your shopping, restaurants with beautiful night views, and much more! There are many establishments that have multilingual support and vegetarian food options.

Aqua City Odaiba is located next to Odaiba Seaside Park, in front of the Statue of Liberty, in a prime location facing the Rainbow Bridge, and the city center. There are movie theatres, amusement facilities, and even shrines. The shopping area, which sports more than 60 stores, offers a wide variety of products, from brand products to casual fashion, and home appliances, or sweets.

20. Enjoy a stroll around retro Tokyo at Daiba Itchome Shotengai

20. Enjoy a stroll around retro Tokyo at Daiba Itchome Shotengai

Daiba Itchome Shotengai is a popular tourist spot located on the 4th floor of Decks Tokyo Beach, a seaside mall on the waterfront of Odaiba, in Tokyo. Fun shops line the streets that recreate the shopping districts of 50-years-ago Japan. Sweets, Toys, Japanese-style accessories, and nostalgic games are all there and for good prices!

  • Daiba Itchome Shotengai
    台場一丁目商店街
    • Address 1-1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, DECKS Tokyo Beach Seaside Mall 4F 135-0091

Discover more things to do in Odaiba at the links below!

How to get to Odaiba? And how far is Odaiba 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!

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