21 Things to Do in Odaiba with Kids: Tokyo Family Travel

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If your family is going to Tokyo, then plan on spending an entire day in Odaiba with kids. Maybe two. Tokyo is an amazing city, but eventually, you may want some sea air and open space. Odaiba provides both, and much, much more.

There are so many things to do in Odaiba with kids. Here are just a few of them.

21 Things to Do in Odaiba with Kids: Tokyo Family Travel

THINGS TO DO IN ODAIBA WITH KIDS

My hip single friends in Japan never go to Odaiba. They accuse this man-made island in Tokyo Bay of being nothing more than a tacky, space-age shopping mall.

You know what? This isn’t completely untrue.

Yes, much of what you find in Odaiba is sleek and brazen centers of commerce, like my single friends accuse. But they haven’t been to Odaiba with kids. It’s a completely different experience going to Odaiba with children. What a GREAT place in Tokyo to spend a day, and there is much more to do than window shop.

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Japan with Children. Tokyo Family Travel — Odaiba with Kids

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For starters, it’s not just a mall — there are a number of shopping centers actually, but the areas surrounding them are walking paths, grassy fields, a beach, playgrounds, broad promenades and futuristic architecture.

The area also has great kid-friendly museums and a number of awesome opportunities for family fun. Odaiba will not give you a deeper look into the soul of Japan, but it will keep you and your kids thoroughly entertained for at least half a day. Possibly much longer.

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Getting Around Odaiba With Kids

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Odaiba is possibly one of the most stroller & wheelchair accessible places in Tokyo. There are ramps and elevators everywhere, and the landscaped walking paths are wide and ubiquitous. It is certainly one of the kid-friendly parts in Tokyo.

The best way to get to Odaiba is by the Yurikamome Monorail, a raised-platform train line that glides over city streets and waterways to reach the glittering glass and steel structures on the other side. You can also reach Odaiba by bus and by train, but this monorail is an event in itself, as the route through the city — across the water and over to the island — is an extremely satisfying ride that you and the kids will enjoy.

When arriving at a monorail station, try to sit in the front car, and in the very front seats. Trust me. There is no conductor, so the front car has a full window. Get a seat here. If time permits, be willing to miss a train or two and wait for the front seat if you have to.

This train can be an excellent way to calm children down for a nap, and I used it this way for years. Watching the view pass by the window can be both relaxing and entertaining, and when they were younger, the sound and movement put them to sleep. There were times when I rode back and forth for an hour or more.

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Exploring Odaiba With Kids

The Yurikamome Monorail is not a loop, and most people take it to Odaiba from the Shimbashi Station side, so I will write my recommendations starting from that end (Shimbashi Station) and list them out all the way to the other end (Toyosu Station).

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Shimbashi/Shiodome Stations: ODAIBA WITH KIDS

Nippon Television (NTV) Headquarters

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One of Japan’s major TV stations is based near the entrances to these stations, and kid-friendly events happen frequently on the grounds, especially during long weekends, summer holidays and when the station is promoting a new show or movie.

NTV also sponsors the cinematic work of Hayao Miyazaki and his Ghibli Studio (Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, etc), and there is a massive clock designed by Hayao Miyazaki himself near the entrance to the NTV offices that’s definitely worth a look.

The clock has a short routine at approximately three minutes before it strikes 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm on weekdays, plus an additional one at 10 am on weekends. It can be really fun to see all the mechanical parts moving.

Caretta Building and Shiodome City Center

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Shiodome City Center isn’t much more than a spot to eat lunch (restaurants between B1 and 2nd floor), but the view from the 41st and 42nd floor is worth your time as well.

We recommend eating at Washoku En on the 42nd floor if you’re there at lunchtime. It’s slightly pricier than a normal lunch on street-level restaurants, but with the city view, the level of service and Japanese food have made it money well spent for us. Go there at night and see the Tokyo Bay area lit up. This building is right next to NTV Headquarters.

The Caretta Building is right here as well, with plenty of food options. Before heading out to Odaiba, it’s worth your time to take the glass elevator to the 46th floor of this building and get a bird’s eye view of where you’re going.

From the basement floors, follow the signs around to the Sky Restaurants elevator and take the elevator to the 46th floor. Walk out of the elevator and across to the opposite side of the building.

There you will look down on the Tsukiji Fish market, (the curved building on the far left in the pic above), the Hamarikyu Gardens, the Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba off in the distance. When we eat lunch here, we head to Korean BBQ restaurant Toraji Param on the 46th floor for reasonable set lunch with a view.

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Odaiba Kaihinkoen / Daiba Stations: ODAIBA WITH KIDS

Odaiba’s Beach

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Yup, Odaiba Kaihin Koen is just an artificial beach, and not really a place you want to swim. It has one of the best views of the sunset that you’ll find in the city, which makes it a great place to end the day with a snack, a drink and some people watching (tourists, couples on dates, windsurfers, etc). Also, during the warmer months, there are frequent events on the sand: water sports demonstrations, volleyball tournaments, etc.

The Tokyo Trick Art Museum

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Bring your camera, because you’ll definitely want pictures. The walls are covered with incredibly 3D-looking paintings that you step into, and most of them are really fun with kids. There’s one room with monster-like images, so be wary if going with really small and easily frightened kids.

  • The Tokyo Trick Art Museum is open from 11:00 am and is located on the 4th floor of DECKS building. Admission is ¥900 for over 15 y/o, ¥600 for 4-14 y/o, free for under 4 y/o.

Daiba 1-Chome Shotengai

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This is both a tourist trap and bizarro museum of Showa-era (technically 1926-1989, usually post-war, so 1945-1989) esoterica.

The overall theme is somewhere between an old shopping street and a local festival, so look for a wide variety of nostalgic food, antiquated games, and tacky souvenirs. Still, it’s actually quite entertaining, especially if you’re just visiting Japan. Just be prepared for kids to ask you to buy stuff, as there are heaps of shiny plastic souvenirs within grabbing distance.

  • Daiba 1-Chome Shotengai is located on the 4th floor of DECKS Odaiba building. About 25 small stores crammed in the area. Three of the 25 are Takoyaki (octopus dumpling) stores. Try them!

Legoland Discovery Center

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This is an indoor experience focusing on the legos themselves. There is a massive indoor Lego playroom, with a few small rides and a 3D theater. Also a huge lego rendition of Tokyo landmarks. Most of the fun comes from massive piles of legos everywhere, including an area to build race cars and an area for the “Friends” line of Lego blocks for girls.

  • Legoland Discovery Center is open from 10:00 am daily and is located on the 3rd floor of DECKS Odaiba building. If you plan to go, we recommend buying tickets in advance. It’s slightly cheaper than buying at the door and you will have priority getting in. If you’re in the area for a while and think you’ll go back 2 or 3 times, look into getting a season pass — it’s considerably cheaper, and you can breeze past the entry line every time.

Madame Tussaud’s Japan

Yup, the famed British Institution just opened a branch here. You may not recognize some of the Japanese celebrities, but they also have the likes of Johnny Depp, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama, as well.

Tokyo Joypolis

The arcade and the carnival became one in Tokyo Joypolis, an amusement park that has live-action rides with computer special effects. Entry isn’t that much, but you’ll be forking out a lot more if you want to ride anything. Not for little kids or the easily carsick.

At Joypolis, no outside food or drink is permitted, but re-entry for the visiting day is allowed. That way you can freely go out and grab some food or coffee at the nearby restaurants and then go back into Joypolis. 

Sony ExploraScience

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All things bright and blinking reside here. The exhibits are interactive and lean much heavier on gadgetry over the science, but kids love it.

One exhibit turns you into an animated penguin. Another turns shadow animals into cartoon versions of those same animals on LCD panels. The most popular exhibit with us, however, is the voice-manipulating stand: two people face each other, put on headphones, and speak into microphones. Twist the knob in front of you and your voice goes from a deep baritone to the squeak of a mouse.

We’ve frequently used this place to cool off during the muggy summer, but it’s fun all year round.

  • Sony ExploraScience is open from 11:00-19:00, and closed every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. It’s located on the 5th floor of the Mediage building (between AQUA City Odaiba and DECKS Odaiba). Admission is ¥500 for over 16 y/o and ¥300 for 3-15 y/o.
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Fuji Television Headquarters

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You’ll see the Fuji TV station building as you ride the Yurikamome Monorail into Odaiba. Inside are free tours of the station. This will be either interesting or tedious depending on whether you actually care about the station’s talent pool.

Like the NTV building near Shiodome station, the grounds surrounding the station regularly have kid-friendly PR events with a circus-like atmosphere on the weekend, holidays and summer school holidays (mid-Jul-Aug).

Some things may require a ticket or payment of some kind. However, most of it is free to the public, as it’s all just a promo for the station anyway.

Fune no Kagakukan Station: ODAIBA WITH KIDS

Museum of Maritime Science

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The museum may still be closed for renovations at the time you read this, but that’s not where I’m sending you. What I’m recommending here are real boats moored just next door that you can climb around in, including the captain’s deck.

The boat, known as Soya, went to the Antarctic and back, and the aging displays are quite interesting, but I just like letting my kids loose on an old boat.

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (a.k.a. The Miraikan)

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This place even looks like it’s from the future. Interactive exhibits explain robotics, and space exploration, and the upper floors have interesting artifacts from the space race. Our favorite is the massive LED globe suspended from the ceiling, which becomes a spherical infographic every hour, showing various facts and statistics about the world.

Take the catwalk that goes around it for a pic, but you can usually see it for free from below if you don’t want to go to the exhibit — just walk through the hall past the ticket machines.

The level of the museum is aimed at middle/high school kids on a school trip or preparing for a science fair, but there are many hands-on exhibitions that my primary school-aged kids enjoyed. I wrote more in the Japan Times if interested.

  • Miraikan is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and closed on Tuesdays. Admission is ¥620 for over 18 y/o, ¥210 for 7-18 y/o, free for preschoolers. For Saturdays, free for anyone under 18 y/o, so be ready for the crowds. 
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Telecom Center Station: ODAIBA WITH KIDS

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Like Tokyo Big Site, the Telecom Center itself is just a convention venue — everything from car shows to video game expos to cosplay meetups. When the kids and I are just keen to go for a walk, we get off here and then stroll in the direction of Odaiba and the Gundam Statue

  • [UPDATE: that big robot you saw at the top of this post? It was taken down in March 2017. You can see its replacement here.]

Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

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The Ooedo Onsen Monogatari is somewhere in-between an authentic onsen (Japanese hot spring) experience and a tourist trap, and I mean that in the best possible sense. It’s fun: a hot-spring-themed attraction with a dash Japanese culture. Kids are welcomed.

The outside foot tub is open for everyone, so you can enjoy with your family without worrying about splitting into boys and girls. The inside tubs, however, are separated by gender, as is typical around Japan (kids under 1st grade can go with either parent).

And yes, you go nude indoors. No swimsuits. Also, be reminded that if you have any tattoos, you will be (politely) asked not to enter. It’s nothing personal. Tattoos have long been associated with the mafia in Japan. This is changing slowly, but many establishments still have a “no tattoos” policy. If it’s small enough to cover with a band-aid or two, you should be able to get away with it.

  • Ooedo Onsen Monogatari is open from 11:00 am to 9:00 am (the following morning). Entry fee for over 12 y/o is ¥2,480 for weekdays. ¥2,680 for weekends/holidays. ¥2,880 for special days (the busiest holiday season in Japan). Fee for kids 4-12 y/o is always ¥1,000, and free for under 4 y/o. 

Aomi Station: ODAIBA WITH KIDS

Tokyo Leisure Land

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This is one of those loud, cacophonous Japanese arcades you’ve heard about. Lots of video games and prize-grabbing claw machines when you walk in, but upstairs there is bowling, pool tables, ping pong tables, baseball batting cages, and karaoke.

On rainy days with no alternative plans, I’ve taken the kids for a few hours of bowling before stepping into the karaoke booth next door for some family singing (the machines have kids’ songs, but all in Japanese), or a couple rounds of air hockey. Along with the travel to Odaiba itself, this usually tires out the kids.

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Tokyo Leisure Land is located in front of AOMI station of Yurikamome line. You will see the giant Ferris wheel and the entrance of the building is right around the corner.

Venus Fort

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This shopping center has taken interior decorating notes from Rome and Venice. If you’ve been to Las Vegas, then you’ve seen these tricks before. It’s still just a mall, but with plenty of food choices and occasional attractions in its central courtyard.

Ariake Station: ODAIBA WITH KIDS

Panasonic RiSuPia

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Panasonic — Sony’s main rival — is not to be outdone by the Explorascience Museum mentioned above. In fact, while both electronic giants have made entertaining places for kids, I think Panasonic’s is overall more educational while still remaining fun. Expect lots of interactive games related to science and math. For example, there is one where prime numbers becoming the puck in a game of virtual air hockey.

In another activity, kids learn how the light spectrum affects perception when they race to collect red-colored objects while the overhead lighting turns from green to blue to red and back again. Every ticket holder gets a console that hangs around their neck, providing information (Japanese and English) on whatever game or scientific principle is being addressed.

  • Panasonic RiSuPia is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and closed on Mondays. Located 3rd floor of the Panasonic Showroom. Entry is ¥500 for over 18 y/o, free for anyone under 18 y/o. Go on a weekday and you will have the place to yourself unless a school field trip is rolling through.
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Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park

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This facility teaches how to react and survive if a massive quake struck the city center. The main activity here is a simulated aftermath experience that begins in an elevator (having fun yet?).

Once you exit, follow instructions and answer quiz questions — in Japanese or English — on a Sony Playstation around your neck. You navigate a fairly realistic disaster area: crushed buildings, leaking pipes, teetering air conditioning units, everything that could cause you harm.

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Remember: it’s a simulation. It’s not for everyone, and could be downright terrifying for the very young: my 10-year old was really into it, but my 6-year old held my arm tightly.

Once through, make sure to look at the displays at the end, where cartoonish designs explain lots of interesting survival techniques, such as how to turn a Coke can into a stove and garbage bags into a shelter. I wrote more about this place in the Japan Times.

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Toyosu Station: ODAIBA WITH KIDS

LalaPort Toyosu

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Yet another mall, but its location and amenities make it a nice place for an afternoon. The inside rivals any typical high-end American shopping complex, with the addition of KidZania and a very nice cinema, while outside you’ll find a water bus station and the Gas Science Museum next door.

The waterfront has restaurants, kids activities, and a dog walk. The adjoining park has nice grass and a fun playground for little ones. This is the final station of the Yurikamome line — the raised monorail that stretches from here to Odaiba and on to Shinbashi.

Gas Science Center

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Located next to the Toyosu LaLaPort Shopping Center, this place is completely free and will occupy pre-K and primary-school kids for hours. Lots of big hands-on science activities that relate to natural gas. Tokyo’s main gas utility company runs this place (duh), but it’s still quite fun.

Our favorite part is lighting methane-filled bubbles on fire. Just outside is a nice playground, and open field, the edge of Tokyo Bay and a waterbus station. There’s also a big shopping center with restaurants (Lala Port Toyosu).

I know it sounds odd, but this place is one of our family favorites — especially during the winter when I’m always searching for warm, spacious indoor places where the kids can run around. The exhibits are fun, thought-provoking and keep the kids active. And thanks to its location (next to a park, a mall and the monorail out to Odaiba) there are options if someone gets bored.

Check the schedule of the science lab in the center of the hall, because the experiments they do here are often quite fun (everything from sound waves to liquid nitrogen) even though everything will be explained only in Japanese.

KidZania Tokyo

I have mixed feelings about this ad-funded, indoor “edutainment”-style attraction. That said, many love it and I’d be remiss if I left it out. KidZania lets kids play grown-up by role-playing real jobs like fireman, chef and gas station attendant.

Inside the Tokyo LaLaPort Shopping Center, this job-themed indoor amusement park can polarize people. Some see it as a great way to expose their kids to the world of work, pretending to be employed by real companies like Coca-Cola, Kinko’s and All Nippon Airways.

Others see it as exploitive, allowing these companies to burrow their brand’s names into children’s brains as early as possible. My kids and I enjoyed it, but I see both sides on this one. It’s not cheap, and there is invariably a long wait, so keep that in mind as well.

  • KidZania Tokyo is located at the north port on the 3rd floor of Lala Port Toyosu Shopping Center. They offer 1st shift (9:00am-3:00pm) and 2nd shift (4:00pm-9:00pm) with variety of pricing options. 
  • Need a second opinion? Read what others say about KidZania Tokyo.

Have you read our MEGA-post on TOKYO for Kids?

Waterbus Station

Things to Do in Odaiba with Kids: Tokyo Family Travel — If you’re going to Tokyo with children, then plan on spending an entire day in Odaiba with kids. Maybe two. Tokyo is an amazing city, but eventually your family may want some sea air and open space. Odaiba has both, and much more. Where to stay in Odaiba, family-friendly places to eat in Odaiba and lots of things to do in Odaiba, such as Legoland, the Odaiba onsen, shopping in Odaiba, the Odaiba beach, museums in Odaiba and more.

Odaiba with Kids: Family Friendly Places to Eat

This Odaiba area is built as Tokyo family destination, so almost everywhere will have high chairs and a kids menu. Odaiba’s main shopping centers all have heaps of restaurants.

You can find Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Italian in all of them, along with many more options. I’ve eaten yakiniku (Korean-style BBQ) at Heijoen several times, and it was excellent, but the main place that I’ll recommend might surprise you: Sizzler. Yes, that Sizzler — the American steakhouse chain.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many many more options, and I’m certain that most of them are good, (and I’m not shilling for Sizzler), but we have eaten at this particular Sizzler dozens of times. Why? Well, they have a huge salad bar. This may not be special to you, but when you live in Tokyo for a decade, you kinda miss salad bars, as there aren’t many in Japan.

This is a great place to feed the kids lots of raw veggies. Also, there’s a great view overlooking Rainbow Bridge, the Bay, and all the boats coming and going.

Things to Do in Odaiba with Kids: Tokyo Family Travel — If you’re going to Tokyo with children, then plan on spending an entire day in Odaiba with kids. Maybe two. Tokyo is an amazing city, but eventually your family may want some sea air and open space. Odaiba has both, and much more. Where to stay in Odaiba, family-friendly places to eat in Odaiba and lots of things to do in Odaiba, such as Legoland, the Odaiba onsen, shopping in Odaiba, the Odaiba beach, museums in Odaiba and more.

PLACES TO STAY IN ODAIBA WITH KIDS

Planning more than a day in Odaiba with kids? It may be better to stay in Odaiba to save some transit time and to enjoy Odaiba fully. Bear in mind, it is a small island built at the edge of metro Tokyo.

It can take about 1-1.5hr round trip between the city’s western suburbs and Odaiba proper. Like mentioned above, the ride out there can be quite enjoyable, but tiring if you have subway transfers.

Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome

Directly connected to Shiodome Station (subway/monorail), this is a great location to explore Ginza or jump on the monorail to Odaiba with kids. You can also easily visit Asakusa and Shinjuku using only the Oedo subway line, which has elevators & escalators at every station (attention stroller/pram people).

There’s also a covered walkway that takes 5 minutes to the JR Shimbashi station — useful on rainy days. JR Shimbashi station has trains to Shibuya, Akihabara, Yokohama and other destinations.

Check Availability: Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome at Booking.com

Compare Prices: Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome at HotelsCombined

Read: What others say about Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

This hotel is located on the island at the Daiba station of Yurikamome monorail. It takes only minutes to walk to The Tokyo Trick Art Museum, Legoland Discovery Center, Sony ExploraScience and other locations mentioned above.

If you visit in the summertime, they have an outdoor pool (fees apply). Free WIFI available. Rooms are spacious compared to the Japanese standard, and they welcome kids. One child under 7 y/o can stay free if using existing bedding.

Check Availability: Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome at Booking.com

Compare Prices: Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome at HotelsCombined

Read: What others say about Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

This Tokyo family hotel is also located at Daiba station on the Yurikamome monorail line, across from Grand Pacific Le Daiba (see above). It has a beautiful view of Odaiba, Tokyo City, and Tokyo Bay. Bicycle rental is available (fees apply). One child under 6 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.

Check Availability: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba at Booking.com

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Read: What others say about Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

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CONCLUSION: Odaiba with Children

You will not run out of things to do in Odaiba with kids since there are many activities to choose from. We totally enjoyed our time in Odaiba and went back many many weekends with kids. Have you been to Odaiba, Tokyo? What would you recommend to do in Odaiba with kids? Tell us in the comments below or contact me.

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Comments

  1. Natasha khan says:

    Hi Jason,
    Thanks for all this info! I’m planning a 5 day trip to Tokyo end of March with my 3 year old and was thinking about staying in Odaiba as our home base hotel–would that be a good choice or would you recommend staying somewhere more central? Thank you!

    • End of March is one of the best times to visit Japan when you can possibly see beautiful cherry blossom. I hope this years’ season falls during the time of your travel. Remember that it could still be quite chilly. Some years it’s light jacket weather, other years there have been snow flurries (!).

      Odaiba is most certainly one of the best places to make as a home base with 3 year old. You’ll have large open spaces for him/her to run around, many attractions in Odaiba as you can read about above, and easy access to variety of restaurants. Some hotels provide direct buses (with fee) to Tokyo Disney Land/Sea if you plan to go there.

      Just bear in mind that Yurikamome Monorail that connects Odaiba to the mainland is cool, convenient, and slightly more expensive than the Tokyo Metro. A round trip from Odaiba to Shiodome or to Toyosu (closest Metro stations) for an adult is 640 yen, which adds up quickly if you go into central Tokyo everyday.

      If you plan to spend majority of your time in other places than Odaiba, I would suggest to stay in central Tokyo. Or split it up and stay in Odaiba a few nights (sunsets are great here) and then move into town. Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome comes in mind. It’s close to Ginza, easy access to both Metro and JR, and easy access to Odaiba. We really like this area. Check out our Tokyo hotel post for more if you’re interested.

  2. Hii Jason.. I visited Aqua city odaiba to Gundam area last time. I stopped at Daiba station, but didn’t aware by this Decks Tokyo Beach mall (the 4th floor entertainment area etc) to be honest. Did you go by walking on foot from Decks Tokyo Beach mall to Aqua city mall?
    So for kids, which one you recommend, Miraikan museum or Panasonic one? thanks

    • The Aqua City and Decks buildings are right next to each other, between Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station and Daiba stations on the monorail. Both facing the bay, both minutes apart. The Gundam statue is just south of them.It’s all very walkable, and a lot of fun with kids on a nice day. As for Miraikan and RiSiPia (Panasonic), it depends on the exhibit, the age of your kids and your interests. If you want to see the latest electronics, then maybe RiSuPia, since Panasonic has their showroom there. RiSuPia and Sony Explorasceince are more playground than museum, while Miraikan is an actual museum that sometimes feels like a playground. Personally, my kids and I prefer Miraikan. It’s a more impressive building, higher-level (educationally) exhibits, closer to everything else and next to the Maritime museum across the street. Hope you enjoy your trip. To be honest, though, you could do almost all of them in a day if you really wanted to. Well, maybe two.

      • Thanks for the detail info! Guess I was too obsessed with Gundam statue last May.
        Probably if we arrive Odaiba area around 14.00, our plan route wl be : Miraikan – Trick Eye Museum (4th floor entertain area etc) – Gundam (though 5th March they said it will be torn down) – Enjoying sunset rainbow bridge

        • It’s all so close together that you can arrange it many ways, all depending on when and how much you want to walk. Are you going again soon? I write this in January, and it would be fairly cold and windy outside in Odaiba at the moment…

  3. I visited Odaiba to see giant Gundam’s statue and exploring for 1 – 2 hours but read your blog I knew exactly I didn’t even visit half of your recommended things to do there. I should re-visit Odaiba again.
    And I disagree with you, I enjoyed a lot sitting in front seat, big window never disappointed us! Really enjoyed the ride. Thanks for the information!

  4. The Tokyo Trick Art Museum : my favorite in Odaiba! I went there 3 times!

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