Much like Tokyo Disney Sea, Odaiba pleasantly surprised us, and it was one of the most enjoyable days we spent in Tokyo. Our original plans hadn’t even included visiting Odaiba, and after spending a full day at Disney Sea, we mistakingly spent the morning sleeping in and editing pictures. Looking back, we wish we had gone earlier in the day to take advantage of everything it has to offer.
Odaiba is home to four different shopping centers filled with amazing shops and stores; some unique to Japan, and others that you would find in the States. Old Navy, Gap, and Uniqlo being just a few.
DiverCity is probably the most well known shopping mall, and along with shops and a food court, has the world’s only full-size Gundam statue. You can walk underneath the statue, and of course, take lots of pictures.
Along with the shopping centers, Odaiba has:
- The Fuji Television Building with a spherical observation deck (¥550 for adults, ¥330 for students)
- The Giant Sky Wheel Ferris Wheel (¥920 per person)
- The Takoyaki Museum (FREE to enter, but prices for takoyaki vary depending on the vendor)
- Megaweb: a car theme park sponsored by Toyota (FREE to enter; test rides cost ¥300)
- Oedo Onsen Monogatari: a hot spring “theme park” (¥2480, ¥1980 yen after 6 p.m. Additional ¥200 on weekends and holidays, and an additional ¥2000 to stay overnight)
- Legoland (Standard Tickets cost ¥2,400, but other pricing information can be found HERE)
- Joyopolis Mega Game arcade ( ¥4,300 for adults, ¥3,300 for children; this pricing includes admission and access to rides)
- Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum (¥2,200 for adults, ¥1,500 for children)
- A haunted house (¥800 for adults and children)
- Sony ExploraScience Technology Museum (¥500 for adults, ¥300 for children; group ticketing information found HERE)
- and so much more!
Our Visit to Odaiba:
When we got off the train at Odaiba, we were a bit overwhelmed – we knew that we wanted to see the Gundam statue, but weren’t really sure what else there was to do. We started off by walking through one of the malls, and then went back outside to walk along the water.
We ended up in Deck’s, another shopping area, which had a classic arcade and other interesting shops. The main arcade wasn’t like other arcades in Japan with lots of people smoking and flashing electronic machines, but had classic pinball machines, a bowling/ski-ball machine, and other fun nostalgic games.
As we walked through Deck’s there was also a shooting range where you shoot at moving targets, and a Lucky Box store.
At the Lucky Box store, they have bins upon bins of boxes wrapped in different colored wrapping paper. The price is dependent upon which wrapping paper color you choose, but the hope is that inside will be an incredible prize, like an iPod and other electronic items. Our box was ¥300, and we opened it up to find a Crazy Shrine Maiden! It was exciting, hilarious, and something I probably won’t do ever again unless I was sure that I had struck gold.
After we toured the shopping malls, we walked around outside because the weather had cooled down, and it turned out to be such a beautiful night. We got a great view of the Rainbow Bridge and the other shops in the area. The Rainbow Bridge was built in 1993, and connects the Shibaura Pier and the Odaiba Waterfront. There is a walkway across the bridge that is free and open to the public, but we marveled at the bridge from afar.
Your Visit to Odaiba:
Odaiba is the perfect place for you to visit if you come to Japan with your family, or if you’re simply looking for a great place to shop and dine. It’s very tourist friendly, but doesn’t seem overly-touristy, which is a rare thing to find. It’s also great for budget-minded travelers, because while most of the attractions cost a bit of money, it’s completely free to walk around and enjoy your surroundings.