Tokyo Itinerary – Odaiba In A Day
Tokyo is HUGE and its impossible to finish your sightseeing in one day. However, we can most certainly visit some of the places Tokyo is known for but you would definitely need a lot of stamina for all the walking that you’d have to do.
Recently, we took a break from our studies and spent an entire day at Odaiba. Odaiba is on the top of the list of tourist destinations for the people coming to Tokyo and even though this was our first time there – we could definitely see what all the hype was about.
- There’s a lot of stuff to do at Odaiba so it’s better to have breakfast at 8:00 -8:15 a.m.
- Be sure to finish up your breakfast and reach Tokyo station by 9:30 a.m.
Access to Odaiba from Tokyo :
Take the JR Yamanote line clockwise and get off at Shimbashi station. From Shimbashi station, get on the Yurikamome line towards Toyosu and get off at Odaibakaihinkoen station.
Trick Art Musuem -> The Statue of Liberty -> Diver City Plaza Tokyo -> Venus Fort -> Tokyo Mega Web -> The Ferris Wheel -> Rainbow Bridge -> Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Decks Tokyo Beach Mall
Once you get to Odaiba, you can spend some time in the Decks Tokyo Beach Mall which has Legoland, Joypolis ( which is an indoor amusement park), the Trick art museum, the Takoyaki museum and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. We chose the Trick Art museum because even though it was a little small, there was loads to do there. And who doesn’t like taking cool pictures!
The Trick Art Museum :
11:00 – 12 :00
It is a museum of fine art where visitors can can have fun taking pictures with 2D illusions and making it appear 3D. The museum consists of Edo area, Haunted Mansion, Trick art Gallery and also a puzzle area. Edo area and Haunted Mansion were our favorites.
Price: The prices range from 600 yen for children aged 4 up to junior high school students to 900 yen for high school students or older. It is free for children aged 3 or less.
Timings : 11:00 – 21:00 ( last entry is 20:30)
Access : After getting off at Yurikamome Odaiba-Kaihinkoen station, it is a 2 minute walk to the museum.
Check out “How to Enjoy trick art museum” before you head out on your trip
The Statue of Liberty :
12 :15 – 12:40
We’ve heard about the replicas of the statue of liberty before but this one is only one of the three replicas that Japan has. This one was originally a temporary fixture for “The French Year Of Japan” which was 1998-1999 but it was brought back in 2000 because of popular demand.
Timings : Always Open.
Access : It’s about a 10 minute walk from the trick art museum. It is very near to the Aqua City , which is next to decks Tokyo Beach Mall, and overlooks a small beach.
13:00 – 14:00
- Before heading to the diver city plaza, we recommend having your lunch at the Ramen ‘food theme park’ on the 5th floor of Aqua city. You get to try ramen from different regions in Japan in this food theme park.
- You can also spend some time taking pictures of the famous Fuji TV building which is just behind Aqua City.
Diver City Tokyo Plaza
14:15 – 14:45
Diver city plaza is a shopping mall which is home to an 18 m tall Gundam statue which was built to mark the 30th Anniversary of the series – Mobile Suit Gundam.
Timings : The stores are open between 10:00 – 21:00 but since the Gundam statue is outside the plaza, you can view it anytime. The gundam is also lit up in the evenings between 18:00 – 23:00.
Access : Diver city Tokyo Plaza is to the left of Aqua city. It is about a 5 minute walk from Aqua City.
Palette Town is a large shopping complex which consists of Venus Fort, a Ferris wheel, Tokyo Leasureland and Tokyo Mega Web.
Access : This is about 10 to 15 minutes walk from Diver city Plaza.
Venus Fort :
15:00 – 16:00
It is a shopping mall styled like an 18th century European Town. It has a lot of boutiques and cafes. There is also a fountain in the middle of the street on the inside and the ceiling, which has clouds painted on it, changes color depending on the time of the day.
Our favorite was a small shop called Pinkberry that was selling frozen yogurt! We tried the ‘original’ flavor with no toppings and we loved it!
Timings : The shops are open from 11:00 – 21:00 and the restaurants from 11:00 – 23:00.
The Tokyo Mega Web :
16:10 – 16:50
It is a giant showroom with the latest models of cars in Tokyo. You are allowed a test ride for very cheap. There is also a museum which exhibits some of the older cars. We saw the one from the movie – “Back To The Future” bigsmile
The Ferris Wheel ( Daikanransha だいかんらんしゃ) :
17:00 – 17:25
At 155 m, the ferris wheel at Odaiba is one of the world’s large ferris wheels and offers a spectacular vie of Tokyo Bay. For one revolution, which is 15 minutes, costs 900 yen and you can either choose the normal eggshell carriages or the ones which have glass door.
Timings : 10:00 – 22:00
Rainbow Bridge :
The Rainbow bridge, as you probably guessed from its name, is lit up in the colors of the rainbow – well – at least the wires are lit up in those colors and the bridge looks breathtaking during the night. This bridge is also visible from the Ferris wheel.
Timings : Always Open.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari
17:45 – Overnight
OR you can stay there till after dinner and catch a train back home by 9.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari is a theme park filled with onsen ( hot springs ). You can end your day here with a relaxing soak in the an indoor or outdoor hot spring and relieve your stress at the Himalayan rock salt sauna. You can choose to don a yukata and have fun playing Japanese games indoors. There is even a restaurant if you feel hungry.
Timings : 11:00 a.m – 9:00 a.m( next morning). The last admittance is 7:00 a.m.
Access : From Palette town, walk about 3 minutes to Aomi station and get the Yurikamome line towards Shimbashi and get off at Telecom Center Station. From there, it is a 5 minute walk to Oedo Onsen Monogatari.
- A little warning for the Oedo Onsen – since it is a public bath – you have to get naked and yes that means no towels allowed. It might be a little uncomfortable if it is your first time but you’ll get used to it, Trust us – you DO NOT want to miss out on an onsen experience. Also, if you are travelling with children, it is perfectly natural for them to accompany their parents into the hot springs regardless of their gender ( sometimes) – so please do not be alarmed.
- Overnight stay available
Have you been to Odaiba? Which was your favorite spot? Share your thoughts in the comments below smile