Exploring the Fascinating and Futuristic Odaiba in Tokyo

Written by Katherine

March 6, 2013
Last Updated on March 5, 2024

After escaping from the crowded Takeshita Street at Harajuku, we made our way to Odaiba, a place known for its futuristic buildings. I only go there with one thing in mind, so come with me to see what else we can find at Odaiba~! (@´ー`)ノ゙

BEFORE YOU GO

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Why We Visited Odaiba

I wanted to visit Odaiba as I know there is a Ferris wheel there that could give us an amazing view of Tokyo Bay while on it. And it was also my wish to take a Ferris wheel whenever we came by one. Besides that, the other reason that I wanted to visit Odaiba was so that I could visit Fuji TV.

Being an 80s kid, I have watched A LOT of Japanese dramas on our local TV stations. Besides being able to see exhibits of TV programs or dramas being put on display in the building, I was also hoping to catch a glimpse of the celebrities while there. What a silly dream. Haha!

UPDATE (2023): Do you realise I never talked about the Gundam statue? I also realised we never saw the Gundam statue when we were there when I was re-writing this post. Some Googling made me realise that we did not see the statue as it was not there when we visited in November 2011.

The original Gundam statue was damaged during the Tohoku earthquake, and pieces of it were on display in August 2011. It was only in 2012 that the Gundam was put on display in front of DiverCity. You can read the full story HERE.

Journey to Odaiba via the Yurikamome Line

We took a train from Harajuku to Shimbashi station via the Yamanote line. Once there, we bought a one-day pass to use on the Yurikamome line, which gave us unlimited rides on the line. Honestly, I don’t remember us taking the train multiple times while in Odaiba. So it would be best to do your homework to see if it’s worth it. But if you don’t want to overthink things, then just go ahead to buy the one-day pass. (´• ω •`)

Taking the Yurikamome line to Odaiba gives you a scenic view of Tokyo Bay as well as the Rainbow Bridge. Once we got on board the train, we chose a window seat so that we could admire the view while on the way to Daiba station. I don’t remember which side of the train has a better view, but going by the route, you would probably have a full-on view of the Tokyo Bay if you sit on the left side of the train (when you are seated facing the front of the train).

Another unique thing about travelling on the Yurikamome line is that each station’s Japanese announcement is done by voice actors from Japan. If you are a fan, I am sure you would appreciate this fun fact. (´ ∀ ` *)

Visiting Fuji TV

It was almost sunset time when we reached Daiba station. So we took a quick walk around to admire the quirkiness of the Odaiba. It was so interesting to see a replica of the Statue of Liberty here in Japan. Haha! With a few photos taken of it without the busy background, I could probably trick people into thinking I am in New York. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

After watching the sunset by the Tokyo Bay, it was time to head over to Fuji TV~! The building has such a futuristic design, and it looks like a headquarters meant for superheroes. w(°o°)w Once inside the area opened to the public, there were so many movie posters lining the walls, including one by my favourite actress, Shinohara Ryoko-san! I love her acting so much, and my favourite was her Unfair series. That show was AMAZING if you have not watched it before. ٩(♡ε♡)۶

Anyway, there was no activity going on in the building that day. So no recordings and no celebrities. So, all I could do was take photos of some of the exhibits on display. The best thing from this trip to Fuji TV was to be able to see the props used in “Unfair 2” in real life. (´ ∀ ` *)

Enjoying the Beautiful Night Scene Here

Another good thing about being in the Fuji TV building was that we could see the beautiful night view from the building. We were able to see the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower in the distance in their lovely colours. (´ ω `♡) Other than these two things I mentioned, Fuji TV has nothing interesting. Unless you can catch a live recording or, with some random luck, some celebrities, this place is honestly just for fans to clock their achievement. It’s not like I had any achievement since the only thing I saw was some props. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Exploring DECKS Tokyo Beach

Slightly disappointed with our trip to Fuji TV, we headed off to the nearest shopping mall, DECKS Tokyo Beach, to see what we could find. Then we came by this shop that had these coloured boxes in a cart. Each box had a label saying “Lucky Box” and we came to realise why after some observation.

Trying Our Luck with Lucky Boxes

So each box contains a prize, ranging from hair clips and clocks to big items like lamps and electronics. It was interesting to see people shaking and weighing the boxes as they chose the one that resonated with them before paying for it at the counter. We decided to join in the fun and bought three boxes. One had hair clips and a handphone pouch, another had a digital clock, and the last item was a lamp. It was quite a cute lamp, though we don’t really need it. It was also quite a luggage space waster. (*/ω\)

UPDATE (2023): To this day, we still have the lamp, while all the other stuff is already thrown away. So, in the end, the most useless items got the most fun out of us. We kept it as a memory for our visit to Odaiba. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

A Visit to the Cute Takoyaki Museum (Not a Museum)

Then we came by the Takoyaki Museum on the highest floor of the mall. Although it was named as a museum, there were no historical displays about takoyaki in this place. Instead, what you would find is a street of different shops selling different types of takoyaki. We had a tough time deciding which ones to buy and eventually settled with one that looked kind of popular. We had the takoyaki of different flavours, and I guess they tasted okay? (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Christmas decorations were also out in full force in Japan, and we got to see the lovely Christmas tree on display outside the mall. There were also some colourful and brightly-led boats at the pier. If I am not wrong, you could take these cruises or boats to see the view in the area.

Taking a Ride on the Ferris Wheel at Palette Town

UPDATE (2023): Palette Town is permanently closed, and this includes the lovely Ferris wheel that we took. I am not sure what would be replacing the area, but Odaiba is going to be so different if we ever go back there. Similarly, it seems like the building with the UFO catchers is known as Tokyo Leisureland, and it has since closed in 2017.

After all the fun at DECKS Tokyo Beach, we headed over to Palette Town to take our Ferris wheel ride! While on our way there, we went into this building that has A LOT of UFO catchers. The space was HUGE. There were so many machines in there that we had quite a lot of fun in there. Anyway, I did not take any photos while on the Ferris wheel, but if you have the chance to be there, do take a ride in it to admire the amazing view of Tokyo Bay and the surrounding buildings. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

Overall Experience of Odaiba

I initially went to Odaiba to see Fuji TV, which was interesting even though I didn’t get much out of it. Since I always thought Odaiba had a futuristic theme, I was expecting to see more futuristic stuff when there. But honestly, I think I was slightly disappointed to see that the only futuristic thing I saw there was the Fuji TV building. (-ω-、)

I would say the view of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge was one of the highlights of our trip there. Other than that, I don’t think Odaiba is any much interesting to us. But each to his/her own, so you can decide for yourself if there is anything that Odaiba that interests you enough to spend some time there. For me personally, I don’t think I would go back again since I think I have sort of seen everything there. (´• ω •`)

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