At the Fuji TV-companys's building in Odaiba, there's a free viewing terrace from which you can see the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Bay. The building itself is as strange looking as all modern Japanese architecture.
This statue is in the Odaiba area. It was donated by the city of Paris which is Tokyo's sister city. In the background, you can see the Rainbow Bridge crossing the Tokyo Bay and, still further back in the fog, the silhouette of Tokyo Tower, which is a copy of the Eiffel tower in Paris just a little bit higher.
There is a lot to see and do in Odaiba. Its a man made island out near Tokyo bay. There is lots of shopping themed areas like little Hong Kong and Little Italy. Fuji TV is located there. You can ride a big Ferris wheel also there is an onsen too. You can spend an entire day just walking around here shopping and eating.
The best station to get off at is Tokyo Tele port. From Shinjuku station take the Saikyo Line and then transfer at Osaki station to the Rinkai Line and get off at Tokyo Teleport.
Check the following website for exact train times
You can visit a real onsen (hot spring) in the city, and even get an old Edo period feel. For about 3,000 yen (2,000 after 6), you can spend a whole day here enjoying great Japanese food, shows, and hot baths. There are spa/massage services, foot baths, and also things for kids to enjoy. Once you enter, they will give you a yukata (included in fee) to change into. Lockers are provided. You must wear this yukata around the "village" where everyone can hang out. The baths (no swim suit) are separated between men and women. You will be given a bath towel, a hand towel, and another locker to put anything you decided to carry around with you in the village. Shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and body soap are provided. Wash yourself before jumping into any of the baths (there are indoor and outdoor ones). In the outdoor footbath, grab a hanten by the door if it's cold out to keep warm. Hike your yukata up and walk all the way through the foot bath to massage your feet and for your health.
The Japanese-style Hot Spring themepark is designed around Edo period culture and history as it's dominant motif. In addition to the 20+ different types of indoor and outdoor baths and pools (including open-air, footbaths, sandbaths, steambaths, etc.), Oedo Onsen Monogatari boasts an Edo-style street with period style businesses -- restaurants, spas, and many other stores and services. Stroll and shop, and immerse yourself in a bygone era. You can rental of Yukata (light robe), towels and all facilities, which is included admission.
Open from 11:00am to 8:00am
Admission: Adults 2,827 yen; Child(4-12yrs) 1,575 yen: Extra charge after 2:00am 1,575yen
Night admission (18:00-)1,987 yen;
Morning admission (from 5-9 am) 1,567 yen
This area has a seaside feel to it. There is a restaurant complex, and the views of Tokyo tower and the Rainbow bridge are just superb at night. It's a good place to wrap up the day and sit by the promenade. There is even a small replica of the Statue of Liberty there. The nearby Fuji TV building is spectacular in it's architecture. Just to note: The metro ticket does connect over to the Yurikamome line (the train that gets you to Daiba). This line is seperate and you can connect from Shimbashi metro / JR station.
There is a hotel here and the rooms balconies are designed to face out to this view.
From the outside it looks more like an aircraft hangar . But once you walk in, this is actually a mall morphed from a faux-18th century Italian village. Complete with marble fountains, cobbled streets and a dreamily tinted roof ..The design is by the same architects who did the mall at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas...
Designer boutiques include DKNY and Jean Paul Gaultier on the first floor, and there are 140 other shops targeted to women in their 20s and 30s. On the second floor are restaurants, cafes and bars.
Open Mon-Thu 11am-10pm,
Sat, Sun and public holidays 11am-5am.
ODAIBA is built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay..It's a popular dating spot.
The Yurikamome Monorail
runs between Shimbashi Station and Ariake.For the price of the cheapest ticket, it's possible to go all the way to Ariake, sit on the train and then come back again.
there are some great views of the city when riding the monorail...Look out for
the Nakajin Capsule Apartment Building,
the Fuji Television Building,
the Pallette Town Ferris wheel and
Tokyo Big Sight Conference Centre.
The Fuji Television Building Its lit by lasers at night, this is the head office of Fuji Television and its the landmark of Odaiba. It's fully earthquake proof and took 3 years to build.....
The ball on top of the building weighs 1200 tons.. With a diameter of 32 meters it was first constructed on the roof of the smaller building, then in 1995, using a special technique it was raised into position.
Inside there are 10 studios. Tickets for a studio tour are available from the booth at the top of the escalator. The same ticket also gains you access to the inside of the ball.
Adults 500 yen, children 300 yen ...
.............but here is a little tip...you can go as high as 24th floor for FREE..
First, ride the escalator and get to the 7 floor. There you will find 2 elevators. Do not follow the crowd. Most of the visitors will walk toward the voices calling "To see the sphere viewing place and TV studio, please purchase entrance ticket here!" The left side elevator will take you to the 25th floor, and cost 500 yen. BUT if you take the Right side elevator you will be on the 24th floor, and no fees is needed. Views from 24th floor is just as nice:-).
10:00 am to 8:00pm daily
WORLD LARGEST FERRIS WHEEL
The world's biggest Ferris wheel is 115 meters high and you'll find it in Pallette Town. It turns everyday from 10:00am to 10:00 pm, one 16 minute revolution costs 900 yen/person but group of 6 people can ride it for 3000 yen
The TOYOTA MEGA WEB is a gigantic car showroom featuring cars of the past as well as the future.
It's divided into zones. In "Toyota City Showcase" it's your chance to test drive various prototype models - you can book a test drive on the Tokyo Mega web site.
Inside the "History Garage" you'll find vehicles from the 1950's to 1970's, while "Future World" emphasises technology for road safety.
You can probably kill an hour or two here..
Admission is FREE
but each attraction has a small cover charge between ¥200-¥800
Open: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.
No joke ... its really there .
Interested to see this statue in Tokyo, touristy thing to do, i supposed. Arrived late in the evening and there a slight drizzle. Thankfully, I had a tripod and umbrella and manage to grab this shot.
To find it, alight at Daiba station (on the Yurikamome line) and walk towards Aqua City (shopping complex) in the direction of Tokyo Bay. Should be easy to spot.
Take a monorail (Yurikamome) and watch the nice wide view of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge. Then get off and hangout in Odaiba. Have some coffee at one of the cafes facing Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge.
At late afternoon and night it's a romantic place to be with someone special. You can enjoy the city lights, or shop inside and have dinner.
The Tokyo Bay area was the result of landfill activities around the river. The man-made island of Rinkai Fukutoshin (served by the Rinkai monorail line which loops around the island), better known as Odaiba, is home to Tokyo's architectural innovations.
There are a number of interesting tourists attractions here. Among them is the futuristic Fuji TV building (near Daiba station), Museum of Marine Science (opens daily from 10 am to 5pm) and the large grey Telecom Centre, and the Museum of the Future (opens daily from 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Tuesdays)-which showcases Japan's hi-tech achievements.
There is also a beautiful pedestrian Rainbow Bridge (illuminated at night it is very pretty) from which you can see the Statue of Liberty, a large Ferris Wheel (said to be the largest in the world), which is located in Pallette Town, which has shopping, cinemas and amusements for the whole family. (The mall at Pallette town is written up under my shopping tips). The main Toyota car showroom is also located within this mall.
For those who have more time, instead of taking the monorail or JR line, you could also do a river cruise here.
Odaiba is one of the many artificial islands found in the Tokyo Bay. In the beginning of the 90s it was for business settlement only and it became a pure wasteland until it was opened for other branches as well. Since then hotels, shopping malls and other entertainment settled there.
Striking is the adventorous architecture of Fuji TV, the convention center Toyko Big Sight and the biggest ferris wheel in Tokyo and probably Japan.
Othe rpoints of interest are the Maritime Museum inside a reconstroction of a ship, the many shopping malls including Venus Fort that represents shopping in Venice, and the indoor theme park Joypolis by Sega.
Take a walk across this gleaming elegant suspension bridge that soars across Tokyo Bay. The bridge is a spectacular way to see the city, and on clear day you can see for miles in all directions.
It is possible to cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot. The walk across takes about 30 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area.
Basically the bridge is light up with color if you access at night time.
Odaiba is newly developed seaside area in Tokyo. There are some remarkable shopping buildings, such as Aqua City, Decks Tokyo and Venus Fort. Fuji TV headquarters building, big Ferris wheel and Rainbow bridge also characterize this waterfront area. You will be surprise the number of young people if you visit there in weekend. Let's just visit!