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Ariake Tennis Forest Park: The Holy Land for Japanese Tennis - Don’t Miss the Sightseeing and the Food!

Ariake Tennis Forest Park: The Holy Land for Japanese Tennis - Don’t Miss the Sightseeing and the Food!

Date published: 16 April 2020
Last updated: 4 September 2020

Within the Tokyo Waterfront City, another name for the areas of Odaiba and Ariake, stands the Ariake Tenis forest Park, the theatre of several international sports festivals. Here we will share our recommended sightseeing areas and the restaurants nearby.

Table of Contents
  1. What is the Ariake Tennis Park?
  2. Points of interest in the Ariake Area
  3. Recommended information for tourists in the Ariake Tennis Forest area
  4. 1. Get lost in a world of lights and colors with “Team Lab Borderless”
  5. 2. Enjoy shopping at Diver City Tokyo Plaza
  6. 3. Savor authentic sushi at Yoshimaru Suisan Aqua City Odaiba
  7. 4. Enjoy the hot springs at Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari
  8. There are many popular spots in the Ariake / Odaiba area!

What is the Ariake Tennis Park?

The Ariake Tennis Forest Park opened on the site of a golf course in 1983. Before the park was closed to prepare for the competitions scheduled to be held this summer, the complex counted 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.

Image courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan

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.

In preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games, the park will reopen to the public after their closing (For detailed information, please refer to the Ariake Tennis Forest Park official website).

Image courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan
  • Ariake Tennis Park
    有明テニスの森
    • Address 2-2-22 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    • Nearest Station 8-minute walk from Yurikamome Ariake Station or Ariake Tennis Forest Station, 8-minute walk from Rinkai Line International Exhibition Center Station
    • Phone Number 03-3529-3301

Points of interest in the Ariake Area

Ariake sports a number of hands-on museums, and more and more new stadiums are being built for international competitions. This also means that more attractions are being opened in the complex. In April, a large commercial complex with 200 shops will open, bringing even more flavor to the area.

●1. Ariake Arena

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This is an arena with approximately 15,000 seats and is located in the Ariake North district. This section made headlines during its inauguration in February.

During the competitions in 2021, it will be used for volleyball and wheelchair basketball tournaments. In the future it will be used for all kinds of sports and live events, taking advantage of its large capacity.

  • Ariake Arena
    有明アリーナ
    • Address 1-11 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    • Nearest Station 8 minutes on foot from Yurikamome “Ariake Tennis Forest” station or “Shin Toyosu” station.
      17 minutes on foot from Rinkai Line Kokusai Tenjijo Station or Shinonome Station.

●2. Ariake Gymnastics Centre

Following the design concept of “wooden vessels,” the stadium is created to allow the visitors to enjoy the warmth of the wooden building both inside and outside. During the Olympics, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, and boccia games will be held here. Afterward, it will become one of Tokyo's exhibition centers.

  • Ariake Gymnastics Centre
    有明体操競技場
    • Address 1-10-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    • Nearest Station 1-minute walk from Yurikamome “Ariake Tennis Forest” station.
      8 minutes on foot from Rinkai Line Kokusai Tenjijo Station

●3. Ariake Urban Sports Park

This is the area where international competitions of sports like skateboarding and BMX (freestyle and racing) will take place. The complex comprises three stadiums, each with more than 5000 seats. This stadium was specially built for the Olympics and it will be dismantled after being used as a new space.

  • Ariake Urban Sports Park
    有明アーバンスポーツパーク
    • Address 1-7 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    • Nearest Station 1 minute walking from Yurikamome Ariake Tennis Forest Station, 8 minute walk from Rinkai Line Kokusai Tenjijo Station.

●4. Tokyo Metropolitan Water Science Museum

This is a science museum focused on water and operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau. This is a hands-on museum where you can learn about the nature of water and its importance through exhibitions, events, video theatres, and experimental shows. Very popular are guided tours that will help you explore the Ariake Water Station.

  • Tokyo Water Science Museum
    東京都水の科学館
    • Address 3-1-8 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    • Nearest Station 8 minute walking from Rinkai Line Kokusai Tenjijo Station.
      8 minutes walking from Yurikamome Tokyo Big Sight Station.

●5. RiSuPia

RiSuPia is an experimental museum of “Science and Mathematics (arithmetic)” in the Panasonic Center Tokyo. A unique exhibit that will tickle your intellect and curiosity, will take you through the learning principles of the laws of science and mathematics. Hands-on sections will allow you to enter the world of science and mathematics, using images, attractions, and more, ensuring the enjoyment of mathematics experts and novices alike.

  • RiSuPia
    リスーピア
    • Address 3-5-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    • Nearest Station 2 minute-walk from Rinkai Line Kokusai Tenjijo Station.
      3 minutes walking from Yurikamome Ariake Station.
    • Phone Number 03-3599-2600
    • Closed: Mondays, New Year Holidays (closed for renovations until July 2020)
      Admission: Free (Discovery Field: 500 yen for adults, free for high school students)

Recommended information for tourists in the Ariake Tennis Forest area

If you visit Ariake, go to Odaiba, right next to it. Odaiba is a popular tourist area for foreigners and full of attractive sightseeing spots.

1. Get lost in a world of lights and colors with “Team Lab Borderless”

1. Get lost in a world of lights and colors with “Team Lab Borderless”

TeamLab Borderless is a digital art museum. This is an exhibition created by “TeamLab,” a creator of artworks through technology. Here you will be able to experience a new sense of art without boundaries.

The motto of TeamLab Borderless is “Wandering and Discovering,” and for this reason, you will not find a specific route to follow or even a guide map. Here you will enjoy the art while wandering freely in the venue where around 60 works are on display within 5 large spaces.

2. Enjoy shopping at Diver City Tokyo Plaza

2. Enjoy shopping at Diver City Tokyo Plaza

This is a commercial facility well know also for its full-size unicorn Gundam Statue. There are more than 160 shops and restaurants in the complex, including domestic and foreign brands, as well as specialty stores like Doraemon, Gundam, and Hello Kitty. Many stores offer tax exemption for foreign travelers.

In addition to the many stores there are also a lot of fun activities like the “Unko Museum Tokyo,” popular among children, and “Little Planet,” an interactive, educational theme park where you can play with children, and also the multi-purpose entertainment facility “Round One Stadium.”

3. Savor authentic sushi at Yoshimaru Suisan Aqua City Odaiba

3. Savor authentic sushi at Yoshimaru Suisan Aqua City Odaiba

“Yoshimaru Suisan Aqua City Odaiba” is where you can enjoy carefully selected seafood directly purchased from Tsukiji Market. You can get dishes at a reasonable price, starting at 100 yen per plate (tax not included), and you can choose from a variety of types of sushi served on a conveyor belt.

You can access the menu via a touch screen supporting also English and Chinese, so it’s easy to order. You will find standard sushi, like tuna and salmon, but also different items like rolled sushi, as well as side dishes like tempura and fried chicken. Depending on the time of the year, you can find also yellowtail and other kinds of fish.

4. Enjoy the hot springs at Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari

4. Enjoy the hot springs at Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari

This is a very popular hot spring theme park popular among tourists. Information is presented in Chinese, English, Korean, and Japanese, so even people who are not comfortable with the Japanese language can enjoy the facilities easily.

In addition to the indoors and outdoors baths of natural hot springs pumped from 1,400 meters underground, there are also foot baths with a view on the Japanese Garden of 700 tsubo.

After the baths, you can enjoy sweets and go yo-yo fishing in a hall inspired by the city of Edo (ancient Tokyo). If you prefer to enjoy your time more privately, the facilities offer many plans and accommodations.

There are many popular spots in the Ariake / Odaiba area!

There are many other attractive spots around Ariake and Odaiba. Why don't you stop by before and after watching sports?

Written by: Mae Kakizaki

*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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