Odaiba (お台場) is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man-made fort islands (daiba literally means "fort"), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in response to the gunboat diplomacy of Commodore Perry.
More than a century later, the small islands were joined into larger islands by massive landfills, and Tokyo began a spectacular development project aimed to turn the islands into a futuristic residential and business district during the extravagant 1980s. But development was critically slowed after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s, leaving Odaiba nearly vacant.
It was not until the second half of the 1990s, when several hotels, shopping malls and the Yurikamome elevated train line were opened, that Odaiba developed into a popular tourist attraction and dating spot with a wide selection of shopping, dining and leisure options.
Despite the initial setbacks, several lavish development projects did materialize, including some of Tokyo's boldest architectural creations, such as the Fuji TV Building, Telecom Center and Tokyo Big Sight. Modern city planning furthermore provides Odaiba with plenty of green space and a pleasant division of motorized and pedestrian traffic using elevated walkways.
Fuji TV Area
Telecom Center Area
Palette Town is a large shopping and entertainment complex consisting of various attractions. The complex is scheduled to close permanently at the end of August 2022 and will eventually be replaced by something new.
Big Sight Area
Access to Odaiba can be an attraction in itself, as the views of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo's harbor and waterfront area from the Yurikamome elevated train and boats are quite spectacular. Furthermore, it is also possible to walk across the Rainbow Bridge.
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 330 yen (not covered by the Japan Rail Pass). If you ride the Yurikamome more than twice, a 1-day pass for 820 yen will likely pay off.
The Yurikamome crosses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba from Shimbashi 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 510 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. An exception is the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, which fully covers the Rinkai Line.
A JR bus connects Tokyo Station with Kokusai Tenjijo Station, Tokyo Big Sight and the Tokyo Ferry Terminal about once per hour. The one way ride takes about 30 minutes, costs 400 yen and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
Several Toei bus lines also connect various places in Odaiba with Tokyo Station and other areas in Tokyo. The fare is 210 yen per ride and is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
Tokyo Water Bus operates boats between Odaiba Seaside Park and Hinode Pier (20 minutes, 520 yen), where there are connections to Asakusa. Direct boats connect Asakusa and Odaiba less frequently (50-60 minutes, 1720 yen). Furthermore, there are boats from Hinode Pier to Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight (25-35 minutes, 460 yen). Boats are currently operating much less frequently than before the coronavirus crisis or not at all.
It is possible to cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot. The walk takes about 30-45 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area. The pedestrian path begins a short walk from Shibaura-futo Station along the Yurikamome on the "Tokyo side", while Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station is the nearest station on the "Odaiba side". There are walkways on both sides of the bridge. It is not allowed to ride bicycles across the bridge.
Note that the pedestrian walkways gets closed during the night (21:00 to 9:00 from April to October, 18:00 to 10:00 from November to March) and on the third Monday of every month (or the next day if that Monday is a public holiday).
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Daiwa Roynet Hotel Tokyo AriakeAttractively located in the Koto Ward district of Tokyo, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Tokyo Ariake is situated less than 1 km from Tokyo Water Science Museum, a 17-minute walk from Ariake West Terminal Park and 1.7 km from Palette Town. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Odaiba Statue of Liberty is 2.4 km from the hotel and Gas Science Museum is 2.4 km away. The hotel offers a buffet or ? la carte breakfast. Symbol Promenade Park is 2.1 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Tokyo Ariake, while DECKS Tokyo Beach is 2.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 19 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
Grand Nikko Tokyo DaibaGrand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is the first Grand Nikko hotel in Japan, open from 1 July 2016. Situated in the Tokyo Bay area in Odaiba, this property is the closest city resort hotel to central Tokyo, a 20-minute monorail and train ride away from JR Tokyo Station. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The spacious guestrooms of this hotel feature elegant European-style decor and come with free wired internet access throughout. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, feather pillow and seating area. The upper floors boast panoramic views of Tokyo Bay, as well as views of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower. Teppanyaki Icho and the grill restaurant, The Grill on 30th offer spectacular skyline views from the 30th floor. There is also a sushi restaurant, a Japanese and Chinese restaurant in addition to several other cafes and bars on site. Tokyo Haneda Airport is a 20-minute bus ride away, while central areas of Tokyo are also easily accessible from the property. Tokyo Big Sight is 10-minutes away via monorail. Guests can enjoy shopping or touring in Odaiba.View on Booking.com
Hilton Tokyo OdaibaLocated on the waterfront area of Tokyo Bay, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba boasts stunning views of Tokyo’s skyline, Rainbow Bridge or Tokyo Tower. All guestrooms feature a balcony, and guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Private parking is available on site. The hotel is also strategically situated only minutes away from a popular entertainment and shopping area as well as a key business and commercial district. Haneda International Airport is 20-minutes away by bus. A free shuttle service to Tokyo Disney Resort is provided everyday. There is a hairdresser's at the property, as well as two levels of flexible meeting facilities. Guests can enjoy pool facilities at a fee. You will also find a spa, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, an outdoor jet bath and a fitness centre on site. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms include a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes and slippers. A wide selection of dining options are available at the property restaurants.View on Booking.com
Sotetsu Grand Fresa Tokyo-Bay AriakeSotetsu Grand Fresa Tokyo-Bay Ariake offers comfortable individually decorated rooms with free WiFi and spectacular night views of the bay area. It houses a convenience store, a restaurant and a cafe. Sotetsu Grand Fresa Tokyo-Bay Ariake is just a 3-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjjijo Station, and a 5-minute walk from exhibition centre Tokyo Big Sight. Panasonic Centre Tokyo is 700 metres away. Rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with a flat-screen TV and extra long beds. A fridge and an electric kettle are provided, and the spacious bathroom offers a selection of toiletries. Some rooms have an air purifier/humidifier and a foot massage machine. Guests can find daily necessities in the convenience store, and enjoy massage service in their room. Sotetsu Grand Fresa Tokyo-Bay Ariake offers shuttle services to and from Tokyo Disneyland/Sea for free and to Haneda/Narita International Airport at a surcharge. Restaurant Sosai Patio boasts contemporary local cuisine and international dishes with a touch of local flavour.View on Booking.com
Hotel Trusty Tokyo BaysideOffering a massage service and a restaurant with International cuisine, Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside is a 7-minute walk from Tokyo Big Sight Station on Yurikamome Line. The stylish rooms include free broadband internet access. Rooms at Tokyo Hotel Trusty feature a modern decor with traditional Japanese touches. Each air-conditioned guestroom has a fridge and private bathroom, and guests can enjoy video-on-demand movies on the flat-screen TV. Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre are a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and the Fuji TV Building is a 20-minute walk away. The Ginza area and Tsukiji Fish Market are a 15-minute taxi ride. There are airport shuttles available from Narita Airport, a 90-minute ride, and Haneda Airport, a 30-minute ride, to Hotel Sunroute Ariake which is located a 5-minute walk away. Massage and laundry services are available upon request. Rooms are cleaned once every 3 days. Extra cleaning is possible at an extra cost. International cuisine is available all day at Cuore Lounge Restaurant. The breakfast buffet includes Western and Japanese dishes.View on Booking.com
Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington HotelA 3-minute walk from Ariake Monorail Station on the Yurikamome line, Ariake Washington Hotel offers rooms with free WiFi. Facilities include a launderette, and massage treatments can be arranged. A convenience shop can be found on site. The air-conditioned rooms at Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel have a private bathroom and feature a clean, contemporary style. Guests can wake up with fresh tea and fall asleep with a charged video-on-demand movie. The Washington Hotel Ariake has a 24-hour reception, and it provides safety deposit of valuables. luggage storage and currency exchange. Located next to Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre, the hotel is a 20-minute walk from Palette Town shopping centre. Toyosu Fish Market is a 12-minute train ride away. It is a 40-minute drive from Haneda Airport. Ariake Monorail Station offers the Yurikamome line and the Rinkaisen line.View on Booking.com