An afternoon @ Odaiba (お台場)

Odaiba (お台場) a beautiful man-made island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district while later was developed as a major commercial residential and leisure area. Today Odaiba (お台場) is a popular shopping and sightseeing destination.

For the Gundam lovers, in DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, the shopping, dining and entertainment complex, there is a most unique attraction, Gundam Front Tokyo with various attractions and shop centered around the popular anime series robots. The best part! There is a “life sized” Gundam statue that stands in front of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. Definitely not to be missed for the Gundam lovers and collectors!

There is also a Palette Town which is a large shopping and entertainment complex which consists of Venus Fort shopping Mall, Toyota Mega web, a Ferris Wheel, Zepp Tokyo Music Venue and Tokyo Leisureland.

Venus Fort mall features a 18th century South European town that features a wide range of shops, fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Antique car display @ Venus Fort

For the Toyota fans, what not to be missed is the Toyota Mega Web, which is a giant Toyota showroom that shows off all of Toyota’s latest modesl, accessories and technologies. And the highlight…. Doraemon ( ドラえもん) & Pikachu Car.

With so many interesting venue to explore, Odaiba (お台場) is definitely a place not to be missed when you are around the Tokyo Bay area.

How to get there :

By Yurikamome

The Yurikamome is an automated, elevated train with rubber tires, which connects Shimbashi Station on the Yamanote Line with all of Odaiba’s attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line. Trains depart every few minutes, and a ride between Shimbashi and Daiba Station takes 15 minutes and costs 320 yen. If you ride the Yurikamome more than twice, a 1-day pass for 820 yen is likely to pay off. The Yurikamome is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

The Yurikamome crosses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba and offers spectacular views of the harbor and the Tokyo waterfront. Sit or stand at the very front of the train for the most impressive views.

By Rinkai Line

The Rinkai Line connects Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote Line with Shin-Kiba Station on the JR Keiyo Line, stopping at the Tokyo Teleport and Kokusai Tenjijo underground stations on Odaiba along the way. Some trains on the JR Saikyo Line continue to run on the Rinkai Line and provide direct connections between Shinjuku, Shibuya and Odaiba.

The ride from Shinjuku to Tokyo Teleport Station on Odaiba takes 25 minutes and costs 500 yen. Note that the Japan Rail Pass, Seishun 18 Kippu and similar JR tickets are not valid on the Rinkai Line between Osaki and Shin-Kiba, even though the line is served by JR trains.


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