Odaiba is the artificial island of Tokyo with many things to do and see. It has a variety of shopping malls, great views of the Tokyo Bay and Odaiba itself. You can even have a view of Tokyo in some observatory points! Odaiba is good for a full day of fun, and after arriving, everything can be done by foot. Odaiba is a relatively small island so you don’t have to worry about taking a bus or metro on the island.
Fuji Television Building
The Fuji Television Building is located on Odaiba, and it has an observatory deck to look at the view of the Odaiba waterfront.
To get to the observatory deck, go up the escalators first, these escalators will bring you to the 7thfloor of the building. The 7thfloor is like an open space. You will find the ticket office here as well. After buying the ticket for the ‘HACHITMA Spherical Observation Room’ you can go in the elevator next to the ticket office. You will be brought to the 25thfloor where you will have to show your ticket again, and from there you will be able to continue to the observatory. After enjoying the view, you will be asked to take the stairs one floor down, to the 24thfloor. Here you will find a small area with claw machines and a wall full of autographs of celebrities that have been in the building before. To go down, walk through the main hall on the 24thfloor and at the end you will find an elevator on the right side. This elevator will bring you back to the 7thfloor, to the same place where you entered the building. From here, you can go out of the Fuji TV building again by taking the same escalators that brought you to the 7thfloor. The normal admission fee to enter the observatory deck is ¥700. There are discounts for children and for groups over 20 people.
The best way to get to the Fuji Television Building is to get off at Daiba Station. You will be able to see the building from this station, so walk towards the building. The escalator to go up to the 7thfloor is located at the side of Daiba Station.
Opening times: 10:00 – 18:00 (Last admission 17:30)
Digital Arts Museum (TeamLab Borderless)
TeamLab is a group of artworks that create some sort of dreamworld alltogether. There are two TeamLab locations in Tokyo, named TeamLab Borderless and TeamLab Planets.
You are able to buy the tickets for TeamLab Borderless online on their website, or at the location itself. There are daytime tickets available and ‘after 18:00’ tickets. TeamLab Borderless does not have a map inside, so you will probably get lost in this art world. You are able to go anywhere in the museum at any time (this is different from TeamLab Planets where there is a route that has to be followed).
TeamLab is a place you can be lost in for hours, not only to take pictures and videos, but also for the whole experience. It is a modern type of art that you can admire, and you can even interact with some of the art through the use of a mobile app, overall, it’s a very exciting place to visit. And if you don’t have enough of visiting one of them, there is always a second one in Tokyo, and other locations in different cities in Japan.
The easiest way to get to TeamLab Borderless is to get off at Aomi Station. After getting off, walk towards the direction of the Ferris Wheel and you will be able to see TeamLab signs when getting closer. It is about a 2-minute walk from Aomi Station to TeamLab Borderless.
TeamLab Borderless Opening Times:
Weekdays 10:00 – 19:00
Sun, Sat & Holiday 10:00 – 21:00
The MEGA WEB
The MEGA WEB is a ‘car paradise’ consisting of three parts. The three parts are the ‘History Garage’, ‘Toyota City Showcase’ and the ‘Ride Studio’. Depending on which direction you come from, you might start your visit at the History Garage. The History Garage is a 2 floor ‘museum’ that displays lots of old cars in perfect condition. After the History Garage you will be able to walk through VenusFort (a shopping mall) to get to the next part of the MEGA WEB.
The next part will be the middle part of the MEGA WEB, which is the Toyota City Showcase. In this area you will be able to see Toyota’s initiatives for the future, see some of the latest cars from Toyota and you are even able to testdrive Toyota’s new models over a special course. The price to do a test drive is ¥300, for this price you are able to do the 1.3km test driving course one time in the Toyota car that you can choose yourself (an international driver’s license is needed to be able to do this test drive).
There are also gaming simulations you can try out, this way you will still be able to get a driving experience without having your license.
The last part of the MEGA WEB is the ‘Ride Studio’, this is a place for children to enjoy a driving experience. There are some rules attached, but kids will be able to drive small cars in this area. The MEGA WEB can be entered for free so there is no ticket office to line up for. Besides, it can be entered at multiple spots, all parts have multiple entry-places as well.
The easiest way to enter The Mega Web is to get off at Aomi station. You will find the Toyota City Showcase on your right side after you exit the station. To the left side you will see VenusFort, where you will also be able to find the History Garage.
Toyota City Showcase 11:00 – 21:00
History Garage 11:00 – 21:00
Ride Studio 11:00 – 19:00
Ride One (Test-Drive) 11:00 – 20:00
Giant Sky Wheel in Palette Town
The Giant Sky Wheel in Odaiba is a colorful ferris wheel. The ferris wheel can be seen throughout whole Odaiba due to its height. When it was build in 1999, it was the biggest ferris wheel in the world with a height of 115 meters. The ferris wheel has some colored gondola’s and some that are see-through. Every gondola can hold up to 4 people. The tickets for the Sky Wheel can be bought at the ferris wheel itself. You will be asked what kind of ticket you want, and then you can get the ticket from a machine. There will be two lines for the ferris wheel, for the see through gondola’s and for the colored ones. For the see-through ones, you might have to wait a bit longer, since there are less of these.
The full round in the ferris wheel takes 16 minutes, in which you will be able to enjoy a nice view. You will be able to spot certain landmarks from Tokyo, such as the rainbow bridge, Tokyo Tower and Narita Airport. Before getting on the ferris wheel, a picture will be taken which you are able to buy after getting off the ferris wheel.
The best way to get to the Giant Sky Wheel is to get off at Aomi station. When you get off at the station you will already be able to see the ferris wheel. And you will find the ticket office on your right side.
Sunday-Thursday 10:00 – 22:00
Friday, Saturday 10:00 – 23:00
The Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue
One of the most mentioned things in Odaiba might be the ‘Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue’. The statue has a height of 19.7 meters. The statue ‘transforms’ four times a day, at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00. The transformation doesn’t give huge changed, the light panels on the statue will just change colors. There is a Gundam Café and a store located next to the statue, so you will be able to buy Gundam souvenirs as well. The statue is something worth visiting if you are in the area, the statue is located in front of DiverCity, a shopping mall in Odaiba. The ground floor of DiverCity has a food court, so you will be able to get some food here before continuing your trip in Odaiba.
The best way to get to the Gundam Statue is to get off at Daiba Station. From here, you will have to walk past the Fuji TV Building. You will first see DiverCity on your left after passing the Fuji TV Building, continue walking and you will see the Gundam Statue on your left. It is about 5 minutes of walking from Daiba Station.
DiverCity Opening Time: 10:00 – 21:00
How to get to Odaiba:
Reaching Odaiba can be a bit inconvenient depending on where you stay. An exciting way to get to Odaiba is through the ‘Yurikamome’, this is an automated train. The train crosses the Rainbow bridge and you can sit or stand at the very front of the train for amazing views. The ‘Rinkai’ Line is also a possibility to get to Odaiba.
It is also possible to walk over the Rainbow Bridge; it will take about 30 to 45 minutes to cross the bridge. Bicycles are not allowed on the Rainbow Bridge. There is also a possibility to reach Odaiba by boat.