Odaiba was originally constructed as a series of small fortress islands equipped with Western-style artillery batteries in the Tokyo Bay area in 1853 by the Edo government in order to protect the country from possible attack by sea, the primary threat felt after the arrival of American ships under Commodore Perry. During the 20th century, Odaiba was developed and officially designated a Tokyo Waterfront Secondary City Center. Today, Odaiba has been attracting attention as a fashionable urban resort with many commercial facilities. The streets are lined with modern buildings while at the same time there is some soothing and nostalgic feel to this place.
You can enjoy nostalgic arcade games and cheap sweets at Daiba 1-chome Shotengai (shopping district) in DECKS Tokyo Beach. The reconstruction of town scenery from 50 years ago is worth seeing. It is a perfect place for trying and comparing the tastes of Japanese food, including Odaiba Takoyaki Museum and Ramen Kokugikan GOTOCHI MENMATSURI, home to famous ramen and noodle restaurants from around the county. At Oedo‑Onsen Monogatari, you can enjoy not only many kinds of hot spring baths but also shopping and staying. In your yukata (a light, cotton kimono), hang around at the fair for old fashioned games and experience spa treatments.
The French Statue of Liberty came to be exhibited at Odaiba Seaside Park from 1998 to 1999 in commemoration of “The French Year in Japan.” After the statue was returned to France, its bronze replica was erected at the same place.
Odaiba offers a variety of shopping places. AQUA CiTY Odaiba is a mall with casual fashion stores and delicious restaurants on the theme of “Tokyo Resort Island.” VenusFort is a reproduction of a medieval European village with many stores, including tax-free ones and outlet price ones. At DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, you can enjoy not only shopping but also exploring Japanese pop culture such as a “maid café” and GUNDAM FRONT TOKYO. The full-sized GUNDAM- statue on display in Festival Plaza is overwhelming.
By train, take Yurikamome or Rinkai lines to get to Odaiba. A one-day pass (800 yen) is a good deal for getting around using Yurikamome line. Water-buses are also available and you can take one from Asakusa, another popular sightseeing spot. Do not miss the view of Tokyo and Rainbow Bridge from the water-buses. Inside Odaiba, there are 20 bicycle rental places. Tokyo Bay Shuttle buses are free of charge. Take a nice walk on the beach at Odaiba Seaside Park to feel the sea breeze.
For your budget stays or business trip stays, Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel and Hotel Sunroute Ariake are the best choices. If you would like to fully enjoy the feel of a resort, the perfect place to stay is GRAND PACIFIC LE DAIBA with a great view of Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge, “palette town,” and Tokyo Tower, from your room. From Hotel Nikko Tokyo, the view of Tokyo Tower over the Rainbow Bridge is stunning.