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Rainbow Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Mori Digital Museum in Tokyo
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Odaiba is a futuristic new city in Japan. It is located in an artificial island in Tokyo Bay. Originally a shipyard for the Joint Japanese U.S. fleet, Odaiba is one of the locations of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Odaiba is a very beautiful place with a lot of tourist attractions. It is of my favorite places in Tokyo. We visited it for a day tour but then realized that one day is not enough to enjoy all the attractions. If you have a toddler on board, make sure you pack lots of snacks and milk. We brought our three-year old toddler with us and were thankful that we brought our stroller with us because it entails a lot of walking.
Here are some of the attractions in Odaiba:
MORI BUILDING DIGITAL ART MUSEUM
TeamLab Borderless has an ongoing exhibit in this digital museum. The exhibit has a theme of “borderless worlds” and is located in a 10,000 square meter area. In that museum artworks move and intermingle with each other. The borderless artworks change depending on the presence of visitors.
Some of the exhibits include:
Children can have a hands-on interaction with the exhibits. The magical forest encourage children to think of higher dimensional thinking skills through body movements.
This exhibit teaches us to think outside of the box and be creative.
Places to See In Odaiba, TokyoForest Lamps: TeamLab Borderless Museum, Odaiba
This is probably my favorite exhibit of all. The forest lamps are nice but you are only given three minutes to stay in the exhibit and then you have to go out already. It will take you around 20 minutes in line before you can enter.
MORI DIGITAL ARTS MUSEUM
Last entry is 1 hour before museum closing time.
STATUE OF LIBERTY IN ODAIBA
The Statue of Liberty Replica is also a must see sight in Odaiba.
This place has a lot of great attractions and huge array of shops and restaurants at mid-range prices. Here are some of the things to see in Pallette Town:
Palette Town, Odaiba, Tokyo
Daikanransha is a 115 meter (377 ft.) Ferris Wheel. It has a great view of Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, and Tokyo Skytree on top. Mount Fuji can also be seen on a clear day if you are lucky.
Daikanransha, the huge Ferris Wheel in Odaiba
HOURS: 10:00 a.m-10:00 p.m
ENTRANCE: 900 Yen
DURATION OF RIDE: 16 Minutes
TOKYO MEGA WEB CAR EXHIBIT
This is an automative-focused theme park that features Toyota cars. You can explore Toyota’s history here. The exhibit is divided into three sections: Toyota City Showcase, History Garage, and Ride Studio.
Toyota Cars Exhibit in Odaiba, Tokyo
There are exhibits for both adults and kids. If you love cars, then this is the place to be.
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 Mondays-Sundays
Entrance Fee: FREE
TOKYO LEISURE LAND
The features of Tokyo Leisure Land is video gaming, bowling and karaoke.
Venus Fort is a Venice-themed shopping mall. The interior is similar to the likes of the Venetian Mall in Las Vegas and Macau.It is a huge Outlet Shop! Yes, this is the place to shop if one of your itineraries is shopping. Some of the outlet shops and popular brand shops in Venus Fort are: Nike, Zara, United Colors of Benetton, Diesel, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Levi’s, Fila, and more!
Venus Fort in Palette Town, Odaiba
This is one of Tokyo’s largest performance halls and night clubs.
FUJI TELEVISION STUDIOS
This is a Japanese Television Station based in Odaiba, Tokyo.
MIRAIKAN (“Future Museum”)
Also called as the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, it includes exhibits such as a huge array of seismometers (machines used to measure the magnitude of an earthquake). There is also a Geo Cosmos High Resolution Globe Display which shows global patterns.
This is one of largest international exhibitions in Japan.
MUSEUM OF MARITIME SCIENCE (The Museum of Shipping)
This park is a place for picnics, parties or get-togethers. The view from this park is overlooking Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge.
WHERE TO STAY IN ODAIBA
There are many hotels to choose from and it depends on your budget. You can stay within the Odaiba area or anywhere in Tokyo because the Odaiba is easily accessible by train. I suggest you book through BOOKING.COM. What I love about Booking.com is that they have a loyalty rewards program. You get to have discounts whenever you reach a certain “genius” level. If you click on this link, you will get back 10% of your booking fees. That’s a great deal!
We using love Booking.com for our travels.
I am also a fan of Viator and if you have budget you can book your tours with them. They offer different kinds of packages for Odaiba and Tokyo City Tours such as:
This four includes:
Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Tokyo, covering its best gardens, temples, shopping areas and a Tokyo Bay cruise over the course of a day. Check out Meiji Temple, the city’s most famous Shinto site before visiting the Imperial Palace and Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist site, Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji).
You’ll also get to do some shopping in Tokyo’s Nakamise before enjoying a 40 minute cruise on Tokyo Bay. This Tokyo excursion also includes a guide, coach transport, entrance fees and lunch.
Full-day guided sightseeing tour of Tokyo’s highlights Visit important places of worship including Meiji Shinto Shrine and Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji). Stroll the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden Shop for souvenirs and snacks on Nakamise Shopping Street Get great harbor views on a boat cruise around Tokyo Bay. See hyper-modern shopping districts Lunch is included.
Step into the crazy world of Japanese technology with a private guide, just for your group. You’ll learn about futuristic developments by looking at exhibitions in Odaiba—a technology entertainment hub—and try out interactive experiences at Toyota City Showcase. Then, come face-to-face with robots and androids in the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Just remember to bring cash to cover your entry fees, lunch, and transport.
Tour 3: Family Friendly Tour
This a perfect tour for adults with children that mixes historical explanations with entertaining experience.
This is a one day tour for families where together we will discover Tokyo through activities that are interesting for both adults and children. We will enjoy a nice walk in Ueno Park to see its temples and stop at Ueno Zoo to visit the cute pandas. Later the tour will go to Asakusa to discover history and tradition at Sensoji Temple and enjoy a rickshaw ride. Last, we will cruise the Sumida River towards Odaiba, Tokyo’s artificial island, and explore the future and androids at Miraikan Museum. Highlights: Pandas, Rickshaw ride, and Museum of Future Science.
I would highly recommend this tour if you want to see the fascinating Team Lab Digital Exhibit. This tour includes a cruise around Tokyo Bay aboard the Gozabune Edo period themed boat, where you’ll get a view of Tokyo Tower and the Rainbow Bridge. At the bay area of Odaiba, home to a variety of amusement facilities, take commemorative photos with a backdrop of Rainbow Bridge and the Statue of Liberty replica. At the popular teamLab Borderless, experience a 10,000 square meter three-dimensional world with no boundaries.
Inclusions in this tour include:
This is another great tour option if you want to see TeamLab’s Borderless Museum. Enjoy 1 whole efficient day of sightseeing around “new” Tokyo with a visit to teamLab Borderless, the newly trending digital art museum, and Toyosu Market, the newest kitchen of Tokyo. At teamLab Borderless, experience a 10,000 square meter three-dimensional world with no boundaries. At Toyosu Market – Tokyo’s newest kitchen which opened in October 2018 – enjoy the observation deck where you can see the fisheries and produce wholesale area, the market’s exhibition gallery, and the lawned rooftop greening plaza that looks out on the “now” of the bay area.
Before going to Japan make sure you have wifi access. You can survive exploring Japan on your own as long as you have Google Maps with you and a reliable way to connect online via wifi or data. We bought our prepaid 4G Sim Cards at KLOOK.COM. We bought the vouchers online and we picked-up our 4G sim cards at the airport. This was one of the best decisions we did.
NOW YOU ARE READY FOR ODAIBA
There you go! If you are planning to visit Tokyo soon, make sure you reserve one day or more for this futuristic and amazing place called Odaiba. It offers a lot of attractions and you could see modern Japan here. Make sure to bring your camera and wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes as you will have a lot of exploring to do.
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