Odaiba [お台場] is one of the most fun places in Tokyo, a big shopping center full of entertainment. In this article, we will see everything that this incredible island offers for your enjoyment, from its rainbow bridge, its malls and museums.
The trip starts off fun as soon as you need to take the Yurikamome train line, which takes you on a tour of Tokyo bay allowing you to enjoy and take lots of photos, even see the famous rainbow bridge.
Odaiba is a large artificial island located in Tokyo Bay, it is also known by the name of Rainbow Town. The island is 6 kilometers from Tokyo and belongs to the Minato neighborhood. It was built from a major architectural project in 1986.
The island was built on 110 million cubic meters of earth and incineration waste. Odaiba is a great destination for tourism and leisure. It is home to huge entertainment complexes, themed shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and residences.
Main Tourist Points of Odaiba
Odaiba has some of the most original architecture in Tokyo, now let’s see some of the main sights, museums, complexes and other highlights that make this island so popular:
Rainbow Bridge - A modernized bridge that was completed in August 1993. It is decorated with 444 lights that gain special lighting according to the festival, event or time of year.
Tokyo Big Sight or Tokyo International Exhibition Center - This is where many important events of the year take place, such as the Tokyo Motor Show.
Fuji Television Building - This building of the TV station Fuji is one of the symbols of Odaiba, its designer is quite interesting with a great view. It is open to visitors, and you can get to know the recording studios and exhibitions about TV programs.
The Ferris Wheel - Odaiba has a 110 meter high ferris wheel, which presents a charming look at night.
Toyota Mega Web - A Toyota showroom that showcases all the latest Toyota models.
Panasonic Center - A complex where the latest Panasonic technologies are presented. Here you will find computers, TVs, games, appliances and others. On the third floor there is a math and science museum.
Leisureland - An entertainment complex featuring arcade games, bowling, karaoke, darts, tennis and sports games.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari - A spa house / park that reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period. There you access a small town that simulates Edo wearing a Yukata and can also access a mixed foot bath.
Telecommunications Center - Here you can access an observation deck full of satellite antennas. You have a great view of Tokyo Bay and sometimes even Mount Fuji.
Museu da Bosta in Odaiba - In this Museum, everything is shaped like shit or a toilet. Balloons, food, toilets with poop inside and lots of colorful and fun things for you to visit. Do not miss the chance to visit the museum of shit in Japan!
Rainbow Bridge - The Rainbow Bridge
The Tokyo Bridge called "Rainbow Bridge" (レインボーブリッジ) is one of the most beautiful icons in Japan. It was built in 1987 and completed in 1993, taking 6 years. It is 570 meters wide and 918 meters long and has 2 floors.
The bridge connects to the Shibaura, Odaiba and Minato-ku Pier making it easy to access many other tourist sites, shopping centers and restaurants in Tokyo. The bridge can be accessed via the Tamachi station or the Shibaura station.
The bridge is named Rainbow (Rainbow) because of the red, white and green lamps that illuminate the bridge, which work through solar energy that is charged during the day.
The bridge has a walkway on each side of the bridge, with free access for anyone to enjoy the beautiful landscape. Bicycles are not allowed on the deck or on the bridge walkway. Watch a video from Canal Santana that shows more details of the bridge:
Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Mori Building Digital Art Museum teamLab Borderless it's an incredible place in Odaiba. This is no ordinary museum, it is all digital and colorful that impresses anyone, even those who don't like museums.
This museum is perfect for a romantic meeting for couples, children and people of all ages. Here you embark on a universe full of colors made using technology using mirrors, LEDs, spotlights, 3D cameras, augmented reality and others.
There are more than 50 works and some still interact with the public. You enter and are faced with a place full of mirrors and animations, arts and colorful images moving across the floor and wall along with effects created by strategic mirrors.
I had the chance to explore this incredible museum, I leave a video below:
Miraikan - National Science Museum
Miraikan is a national science museum that is used to showcase Japan's scientific and technological research efforts. The museum was founded in 2001 in Tokyo and has recently been renovated and is located in Odaiba.
Miraikan can be literally translated as “corridor of the future” and its full official name is National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. This museum appeals to families with young children, who gather here especially on weekends and holidays, attracted by the diverse educational and fun activities.
The centerpiece of the museum is a large globe known as the Tsunagari covered with an LED display that was designed by the German artist Ingo Gunther. The globe is used to display, in real time, historical and future projections of scientific data.
Another permanent exhibition illustrates earthquakes that regularly hit Japan in real time, including micro-earthquakes that happen almost continuously. Other exhibitions cover space, deep sea, robotics, physics, environmental science and biology themes.
The museum also hosts several special exhibitions each year. Miraikan is well connected to both Japanese and international research communities, and has attracted some excellent exhibitions over the years.
In addition to science, Miraikan is known for the variety of events and exhibitions that include topics such as art and society. As the name suggests, the museum is focused on the future and poses open questions about the fate of humanity.
The commercial complexes of Odaiba
Venus Fort - This little Roman goddess themed outlet is great for taking good pictures. When you enter it it looks like you really are in ancient Rome, the ceiling has a blue sky that can fool your friends in the photos.
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza - A gigantic multi-storey mall famous for the giant Gundam statue on its doorstep. When I went there, Idols events were still going on. The old Gundam was replaced by a more modern one.
In addition to all this you find another mall called Aquacity Odaiba with a cinema complex. Finally, we can mention the Tokyo Beach Decks, another mall with several shops, restaurants and theme parks.
Have you had the opportunity to visit this artificial island in Tokyo? Do not miss this opportunity! We look forward to your comments and shares.
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