Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan popular among locals and tourists alike. This ultramodern area is known for its shopping malls, futuristic attractions, museum, restaurants, and general seaside fun. The island built in Tokyo Bay was originally created by the Edo shogunate (1603-1867) to protect Tokyo from the threat of marine attacks. Today it serves as a spot for future innovation, sightseeing, and amusement. Odaiba can be easily reached from Tokyo Station in about 30 minutes. Odaiba has an incredibly high concentration of fun attractions, and you could easily spend several full days exploring its many offerings.
Connecting the Odaiba waterfront to Shibaura Pier on the other side of Tokyo Bay is Odaiba’s main icon, Rainbow Bridge. There are lamps placed on the wires supporting the bridge, which are illuminated into three different colors: red, white, and green every night using solar energy obtained during the day. At night, the multicolored lights of the bridge set against the glowing Tokyo skyline making it look like something from a movie. You can also walk the bridge but expect it to take a good 30 minutes. For a less strenuous perspective of the bridge, hop on the Yurikamome sky train. Activities: Walking, photo stop Fee: None Time required: Minimum 30 mins
A large shopping mall located next to Odaiba Marine Park boasts a great location where you can see the center of Tokyo metropolis over the Statue of Liberty and the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks. It features various stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and a 13-screen cinema complex. The fifth floor houses a ramen food theme park where you can try different ramen from all over Japan.
Activities: Eating, shopping Fee: None Time required: Minimum 1 hour
Opened in 2012, this shopping, dining, and entertainment complex features attractions related to the Gundam anime series. It is a space where you can see the world of Gundam and personally experience piloting a Gundam for yourself. There is a large, life-size Gundam statue in front of the building. Currently, the full-scale statue is of the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam from the series Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. It is a popular photo spot for locales and tourists alike.
Activities: Photo stop, shopping Fee: None Time required: Minimum 40 mins
A large shopping mall and entertainment complex featuring Daikanransha (a 115-meter tall Ferris wheel that offers nice views of Tokyo Bay and Odaiba), Mega Web (a giant Toyota showroom that shows off all of Toyota's latest models, car accessories, and technologies), Mori Building Digital Art Museum (a unique attraction featuring digital art), Tokyo Leisure Land (24-hour video gaming, karaoke, bowling), and VenusFort (a Venice-themed shopping mall). Besides, the Sun Walk shopping area also features shops catering to pet lovers.
Activities: Shopping Fee: None Time required: Minimum 1 hour
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM teamLab Borderless
Located inside Palette Town, Borderless is an interactive digital art museum opened by the internationally acclaimed artist unit teamLab. The museum is a large-scale 3D space composed of five worlds: Borderless World, teamLab Athletics Forest, Future Park, Future of Lamps, and EN Tea House. These multiple, dark rooms are illuminated by colorful digital images projected on the walls, floors, and various objects. Some displays react to visitors' movements. There is no boundary between the viewer and the artwork, so you'll feel like you've become part of the art exhibit. Activities: Art appreciation, photo stop Fee: JPY 3,200 Time required: Minimum 1 hour
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
Simply known as Miraikan. this museum is a highly interactive museum where you can learn about the latest science and technology in Japan. It is bilingual and exhibits environmental issues, robots (starring ASIMO among others), information technology, biology, and space exploration. The icon of Miraikan is Geo-Cosmos, a high-resolution globe that displays near real-time events of global weather patterns, ocean temperatures, and vegetation cover among other geographic, scientific and socioeconomic topics. The data is updated daily, allowing the visitors to observe the current state of the Earth from all different aspects. (Image via Go To Tokyo) Activities: Museum visit Fee: JPY 630 Time required: Minimum 1 hour
Oedo Onsen Monogatari
A hot spring theme park that reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868). In this entertainment facility, visitors can enjoy not just a bathing day-trip but also foot baths, rock salt saunas, and even a wide variety of gourmet food from sushi, izakaya menu, and sweets. The various types of indoor and outdoor baths are fed by hot spring water pumped from a depth of 1400 meters. Private rooms are also available to hire from day use to overnight.
Activities: Hot spring bathing Fee: JPY 2,380 (weekdays) Time required: Minimum 1 hour
Located approximately 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo, the Ogasawara Islands are a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. The sole way to reach the islands is by a weekly 24-hour ferry ride from Tokyo. Only the two largest islands, Chichijima (Father Island) and Hahajima (Mother Island) are inhabited. Located on a similar geographical latitude as Okinawa, the Ogasawara Islands offer a subtropical climate with warm temperatures year round. The islands attract visitors with their remoteness, relaxed hospitality, beautiful beaches, coral reefs and jungle-covered hills. They also offer various outdoor activities such as whale watching, swimming with dolphins, hiking, sea kayaking, snorkelling and diving.