The Ultimate Guide to Odaiba

So, you've booked your ticket to Tokyo and planned out all the cool places you're going to visit: Shibuya Crosswalk, Tokyo Sky Tree, and more. But is visiting to crosswalk the only thing you're going to do in Shibuya? What else is there to do in Shibuya? What's the best restaurants in Shibuya? 

This article will tell you the ultimate guide to Odaiba; the best sightseeings, restaurants, activities, experiences, and more!

Odaiba in a big picture

Odaiba is filled with things to do for all ages. If you have a lot of time during your Trip to Tokyo,  you can spend an entire day in this man-made, futuristic island. You can find the coolest architecture in Tokyo in Odaiba.

The best way to get to Odaiba is through the Yurikamome Line in Shimbashi Station. The train line stretches the entirety of Odaiba. You can catch eye-catching views of the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo Water Front. You can also get to Odaiba by the Tokyo Teleport Station through the Rinkai Line.

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I went to Tokyo for my senior trip in the spring. Being an avid traveler that I am, I planned for every minute of the trip. The first place we went was Odaiba. We spent the whole day there, and it was arguably one of the best experiences on my senior trip. So, here are my tips and suggestions to Odaiba!

Aqua City

The first stop we took in Odaiba was Aqua City. Aqua City is a huge shopping mall that consists of 6 floors. We went to the Tokyo  Ramen Kokugikan Mai on the 5th floor to eat lunch. The Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai dedicates a whole floor of the Aqua City to 6 popular ramen shops(Ganjya Next Level, Kimuzukashia, Setagaya, Nidaime Hakata Daruma, Sapporo Misono, Kanazawa Sen God) in Tokyo, each serving different styles of ramen.
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Because the restaurants are small, it's not recommended to go in a big group. You have to order through a machine, which is all in Japanese. The service is fast, and the ramen are delicious. I ordered the Number One ramen, and it was one of the best authentic ramen I've ever had.
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After chowing, we spent about two hours shopping and looking around Aqua City. If you're into fashion, Aqua City is the best spot for you. They have world-famous brands like Coach, Lacoste, Stussy, etc.

Aqua City also has a pet shop called Pet Plus, which offers pastries and snacks for your pets. It's a great place to look around if you own a pet and want to get something for it on your trip. 

Decks Tokyo Beach

Right next to Aqua City, there is an entertainment-filled building, Decks. There are all kinds of things to do at Decks. We visited a Takoyaki Museum on the 4th floor. Like the ramen food court at Aqua City, the whole floor was dedicated to Takoyaki Shops. At Decks, there are plenty of other attraction sites such as Madame Tussauds, a wax museum of celebrities, Legoland, a museum of legos, Tokyo Trick Art Museum, and Joypolis, an indoor amusement park.
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Decks also offers the Daiba 1-chome Shoutengai, a Japanese Old town from the 1960s that give a retro atmosphere. You can look around the shops, buy candies from the 60s, and play games that were popular in the 1960s. It's a great experience for anyone.

DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

Next stop, DiverCity! While walking to DiverCity from Decks, you can see the Fuji Television building. You can't miss it because of its interesting architecture.

There used to be a life-size Gundam in front of DiverCity, but currently it is under renovation. DiverCity is another top spot for fashionistas and shopaholics! DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is designed to be a diverse, buzz-creating new landmark of Tokyo in one of Japan’s most popular sightseeing spots, Tokyo Waterfront City. Under the concept “Theatrical City Space,” it offers shopping, entertainment, and relaxation that promises surprises and inspiration for all. The commercial complex houses imported fashion, casual brands from Japan and abroad, and unique, cutting-edge labels; a large amusement facility offering a broad range of experiences; a food court featuring well-known restaurants from Tokyo; and a restaurant floor that appeals to all the five senses.
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Lastly, we decided to have kushiyaki at Kushiya Monogatari, an all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurant. You can select from among a wide range of skewered foods to fry at your own table along with an assortment of salads and desserts. The restaurant is located in the top floor.
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Palette Town

One of the most beautiful and scenic places in Odaiba (in my opinion), we are at Palette Town. Palette town is made up of several attractions with a large shopping centre known as Venus Fort. The Daikanransha "Giant Sky Wheel" is also located in Palette Town.
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VenusFort is a shopping mall designed to resemble a medieval European village. The Sky Feature Program displays a fantastical sky expanding overhead, creating a magical atmosphere where time flows unlike anything in the outside world. Walking under the shopping outlet felt like walking through Europe.
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We decided to go on the Ferris Wheel around night to view the night scenic view, and get some rest from walking. It was an amazing experience for a reasonable price. You can see Odaiba at the top of the Ferris Wheel. I even crossed off a bucket list of mine (kissing on the top of a Ferris Wheel).
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Other attractions that make up Palette town include the Toyota Mega Web technology showcase, leisure-land fun parlour and the live entertainment venue, Zepp Tokyo. The arcade has hundreds of Japan's famous crane machines and other games such as Mario Kart.
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So that's it folks! This is my ultimate guide, tips, and suggestions to Odaiba! I hope this article helped and inspired your trip to Tokyo! 

Heidi Han