You can see a square park like a fort after entering the Odaiba. In fact, this is the remains of the fort built by Shogunate in order to resist the invasion of overseas ships forced to open up to trade at the end of the Edo period. This is the origin of the name of the Odaiba.
But now, it’s contrary to what it meant at the time, the Odaiba has become lively with the arrival of a large number of visitors to Japan. Instead of defending against foreign enemies, it became the Odaiba where the natural sea wind could be felt inside the Tokyo. The cherry blossoms in spring, the hydrangea macrophyllas in summer and so on, all the beautiful trees and flowers bring different colors to the street. It's perfect for walking around here at any time of the year.
Odaiba Marine Park
Cruise Terminal of the Odaiba Marine Park. Walking on the 800-meter-long beach, you can see fish (mullets) constantly flying out of the water. As for why they fly out of the water, some say they’re "escaping big fish", some say they’re "chasing small fish" and some say "just playing"...But are we happy to think that if they are just playing?
- 1 Odaiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Walking in the direction from Odaiba Marine Park to the land, the modern buildings standing in front of us are the “Decks Tokyo Beach” and the “Aqua City Odaiba”. These two buildings are typical large commercial facilities in the Odaiba. A large number of people visit here every year.
You can easily board the belvedere on the third floor from the footbridge of Odaiba Marine Park. Here you can feel the fantastic effect of being in the air and shuttling among the buildings. You can see the beautiful coast of Tokyo Bay, the magnificent Rainbow Bridge, and the landmark Tokyo Tower on the opposite bank, which are wonderful visual feasts.
Decks Tokyo Beach
This is the oldest shopping mall in Odaiba. There are LEGO®Block theme park (Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo), the largest indoor amusement park (Tokyo Joypolis) in Japan and a variety of fashion shops and restaurants in this ship type building, and there are also many places to visit and play.
- 1-6-1 Odaiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Walking from the Decks Tokyo Beach to the belvedere on the third floor of the Aqua City Odaiba, you can see many white birds by overlooking the sea, they're called yurikamome (Larus ridibundus). Because it is a bird of Tokyo, there is a Monorail that is also named after it.
However, do you know that this bird is actually a migrant bird? The bird lives in the Tokyo Bay from autumn to spring, and in distant Siberia for the rest of the time. So the bird that we actually see in summer is a Black-tailed gull (a seagull that meows like a cat). They can be distinguished by the color of their beaks and feet. The red one is yurikamome (Larus ridibundus) and the yellow one is Black-tailed gull .These two kinds of birds can be seen in the spring. Do you want to look for them?
Aqua City Odaiba
This is a large shopping center opened in 2000. The most popular place is Tokyo Ramen Kokugi-kan Mai, which is a national famous shop in Japan, attracting lots of Ramen lovers from home and abroad to taste it. In addition, all kinds of fashion shops and restaurants, as well as the United Cinemas equipped with 4DX® technology are worth visiting.
- 1-7-1 Odaiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Furthermore, the belvedere on the third floor is linked to the Symbol Promenade Park/ West Promenade. When you can see the Tokyo Statue of Liberty on your right side, and when you can see the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba in front of you, just turn left and go south.
When you cross the monorail the Yurikamome Line and highway, and look to the left when you see Flame of Freedom on your right, you can see a Unicorn Gundam Robot model about 20 meters high standing there. Realistic armor modeling and exquisite detail processing are sure to be looked at even by people who aren't Gundam lovers.
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
This is a large shopping mall opened in April 2012. It has gathered Tokyo's famous shops, the largest food court "Tokyo Gourmet Stadium", the top clothing brands at home and abroad, and even the large-scale commercial facilities such as "City Farm BBQ Terrace" and skatepark which have been set up on the roof. Of course, the most important thing is that the Life-sized Unicorn Gundam Statue can be seen.
- 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
The Symbol Promenade Park / Central Plaza, located diagonally in front of the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, has been known for various events such as the Oktoberfest. If you are lucky, you may encounter pleasant sacrificial activities.
Then you can walk diagonally along the Symbol Promenade Park / Center Promenade toward the Life-sized Unicorn Gundam Statue to the Tokyo Big Sight. You can see the huge buildings on the right and a very conspicuous giant ferris wheel, which is famous as the landmark of the Odaiba.
It has compound commercial facilities such as a large shopping mall “VenusFort”, car-themed experiential entertainment facility “MEGA WEB”, Japan's largest concert hall “Zepp Tokyo” and the world's largest Odaiba landmark ferris wheel, and "MORI Building Digital Art Museum: EPSON teamLab Borderless" which is a completely new digital art museum unparalleled in the world.
- 1-3-15 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Walking from the center of the Palette Town to the seaside, you can see the dock. You can take a boat there if you want to go to the next destination. If you think you'd like to take another walk, try going straight from the Symbol Promenade Park / Central Promenade to the East Promenade, and then turn right, you will arrive at a pier, the Tokyo Big Sight.
If you have enough time, you might as well take a bath in hot spring to forget the exhaustion after walking. Take a ride from Aomi Station of Yurikomome Line located on the south side of Palette town, and arrive at the Telecom Center after one stop, then you can walk for about 2 minutes to reach the Odaiba Tokyo, Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari.
The Ooedo-onsen Monogatari will provide you with free bath towels, so you can go directly without preparing anything. Furthermore, it is good to take a bath for a day trip, as well as lodging, so you can use it instead of a hotel.
Odaiba Tokyo, Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari
The water used here is real hot spring water pumped from 1,400 meters underground of the Tokyo Bay and there are 13 different types and functions of hot spring pools here. Apart from hot springs, there are various facilities, such as temple fairs with various Japanese-style games and amusement facilities, Japanese beauty care to relieve fatigue, restaurants and accommodation facilities. It is also regarded as the originator of hot springs theme park in Japan.
- 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
You can hear the words like “so happy” and “interesting” all the way from shopping malls to hot springs. This is the Odaiba near the sea. You can either spend your day leisurely by looking at the sea, or you can experience all kinds of excitement in the playground. In a manner of speaking, the whole street is a fantasy kingdom of theme parks. Hurry up and take a walk!