Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo which features many attractions including shopping centres, museums, sports facilities and office buildings. Odaiba also features the very distinctive Fuji TV Studios Building.
Odaiba has many attractions and you could easily spend a couple of days exploring them. Odaiba is sometimes also referred to as Daiba and this becomes a liitle confusing, but they actually mean slightly different things. Odaiba is not a formal name, but normally refers to the whole of the artificial island in Tokyo Bay, which is joined to the main land by the famous Rainbow Bridge. Odaiba is actually made of four districts from three different wards: Aomi (Koto Ward) makes up the southern and western parts, Ariake (Koto Ward) makes up the northern part, Daiba (Minato Ward) includes the north eastern water front section and Higashi-Yashio (Shinagawa Ward) makes up a very small section at the very north western end.
Odaiba Shopping Centre (foreground) Fuji TV Studios (background)
TOKYO MAP - ODAIBA
Aomi is a district in Koto Ward of central Tokyo. Aomi forms part of what is commonly known as Odaiba, a modern development area on an artifical island in Tokyo Bay. Aomi makes up much of the southern and western parts of Odaiba and features many attractions including Daikanransha Ferris Wheel and Palette Town.
Ariake is a district in Koto Ward of central Tokyo. Ariake forms part of what is commonly known as Odaiba, a modern development area on an artifical island in Tokyo Bay. Ariake makes up the northern part of Odaiba and includes Tokyo Big Sight and Ariake Colosseum.
Daiba is a district in Minato Ward of central Tokyo. Daiba forms part of what is commonly known as Odaiba, a modern development area on an artifical island in Tokyo Bay. Daiba includes section water front area on the north eastern part of Odaiba. Daiba features many attractions including Fuji TV Studios and Aqua City Odaiba.
Odaiba is the common name given to a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, connected to the mainland by the scenic Rainbow Bridge. Odaiba attractions include Fuji TV Studios, Daikanransha Ferris Wheel, Telecom Center Building, Tokyo Big Sight, Museum of Maritime Science, Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari, Aqua City Odaiba, Venus Fort, Palette Town and Ariake Colosseum.
Fuji TV Studios is a distinctive building designed by Kenzo Tange is a major land mark of Tokyo. Fuji TV Studios, in Odaiba, offers great views from its second highest floor for free. There are tours available of the tv studios themselves, which may be of interest to those who watch shows made by Fuji TV. There is an up market French restaurant within the giant ball suspended in the structure.
ODAIBA OBSERVATION DECK or LOOKOUT
Hachitama Observation Deck is the sphere of the ultra modern looking Fuji TV Studios Building. Hachitama Observation Deck provides an amazing interior view, with its high sphereical ceiling. The exterior view from Hachitama Observation Deck is across Tokyo Bay and includes Rainbow Bridge.
ODAIBA MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES
The Museum of Maritime Science is a six-story museum shaped like a full-sized ocean liner, unsurprisingly devoted to ships. One of the main displays, a gigantic turbine engine, was actually set in place first and the museum was built around it. There are a few historic vessels on the adjacent wharf. The Museum of Maritime Science is in Odaiba Tokyo.
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation aims to provide a place where people can experience the latest science technology. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, which opened on the 9th of July 2001, is curated by the Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mori. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is in Odaiba Tokyo.
Toyota MEGA WEB is a Toyota car technology showcase where you see some great racing cars Toyota produces, drive a micro electric car and sit in many of the current Toyota cars many of which are not available outside of Japan. Toyota MEGA WEB is in Odaiba Tokyo.
ODAIBA GARDENS and PARKS
Kaihin Park in Odaiba is a seaside park which features one of two beaches in mainland Tokyo, but swimming is not recommended as the water is rather polluted. Along the beach runs a boardwalk dotted with couples, as this is considered the most romantic spot in Tokyo.
Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Tokyo Port, on the northernmost part of Tokyo Bay, connecting the Shibaura Wharf and the new waterfront development area, known as Odaiba in Minato ward, Tokyo.
ODAIBA AMUSEMENT PARKS
Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari, in Odaiba, is the largest (artificial) hot spring complex in Tokyo. Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari has an Edo-era (1800s) style and featuring an endless array of bathtubs of all temperatures and flavors including uchiyu (insidebath), iwa-buro (an outdoor rockbath), ashiyu (a footbath) and suna-buro (sandbath). Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari also features restaurants, bars, shops and resting areas.
ODAIBA SPORTING VENUES
Ariake Colosseum sometimes known as the "Wimbeldon of Tokyo" as it is the site of the Japan Open (tennis). The Ariake Colosseum is a multi purpose venue with an opening roof, which is also used for concerts and boxing matches. Ariake Colosseum is in Odaiba Tokyo.
Ariake Sports Center, in Odaiba is a sports complex containing an indoor pool, gym, volleyball and basketball courts. The Ariake Sports Center features very distinctive Tokyo Architecture and is often likened to a mushroom.
Aqua City Odaiba is a six story shopping and entertainment complex in Odaiba. Aqua City Odaiba features a 13 screen cinema, Japan's largest gourmet zone, Sony ExploraScience and extensive range of stops including some international brands and a Disney Store.
Decks Tokyo Beach shopping mall, featuring Sega Joypolis (A giant game center / amusement arcade) and Little Hong Kong. From the 15th of June 2012, a new Legoland Discovery Center will be opening within the mall. Decks Tokyo Beach, sometimes also referred to as Decks Mall is in Odaiba.
Venus Fort Odaiba, a Venice-themed shopping mall contains many exclusive fashion boutiques targeted towards women. A major feature of Venus Fort is the curved ceiling with the sky painted with the lighting creating a sunset every thirty minutes.
Telecom Center Building in Odaiba, is the main communications hub to connection Tokyo to the rest of the world. The Telecom Center Building features an obervation deck where you can view, Odaiba, parts of Tokyo and on a very clear day, Mt Fuji.
Tokyo Big Sight, formally known as the Tokyo International Exhibition Center is one of the largest convention and exhibition centers in Tokyo. Tokyo Big Sight features a very iconic and distinctive design consisting of four unside down pyramids.
Tokyo Interactive Exchange Center is a residential and meeting complex for international and Japanese graduate students and post graduate researchers. The Tokyo Interactive Exchange Center is in Odaiba Tokyo.
There are several ways to get to Odaiba via public transport Odaiba, but one of the more interesting is to take the New Transit Yurikamome which runs over the Rainbow Bridge. You can join the New Transit Yurikamomesystem at Shinbashi or Toyosu Station. The New Transit Yurikamome is fully automated, that is there is no driver and it uses tyres within a track, rather than the steel wheels of train.
New Transit Yurikamome on Rainbow Bridge
Author: Craig Fryer