ODAIBA TOKYO THINGS TO DO

Odaiba is a waterfront area of big shopping malls, game centers, exhibition halls, and museums. It's a neat place to get a different view point of Tokyo from across the Bay while checking out interesting stuff - top draws include the Odaiba Ferris Wheel, the Museum of Emerging Science, the Maritime Museum, and Sega World. Busy on weekends, it is much quieter weekdays. Get there either by the Yurikome monorail from Shimbashi, or by ferry from Hinode pier.

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1. GIANT GUNDAM ROBOT

At the backside of Diver City is a 20 meter tall transformer looking robot - that anime fans will recognize as 'Gundam'. In the cartoons a man sits inside and operates the machine, but this one just stands and maybe turns its head. If you are in the area it is worth stopping by and getting a photo under it!

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2. MIRAIKAN - MUSEUM OF EMERGING SCIENCE

This futuristic museum explores new technologies and innovations with interactive exhibits and shows, including one with a talking and walking Asimo robot. Open 10am - 4:30pm, Closed Tuesdays

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3. SEGA JOYOPOLIS

Located in the Decks waterfront mall, Joyopolis is an indoor amusement center with simulator video games and rides that one actively participates in - usually in competition with fellow riders. Instructions are usually spoken in Japanese, but they have written explanations in English. Most rides have height restrictions.

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4. ODAIBA STATUE OF LIBERTY REPLICA

This smaller version of the famous New York lady was first set up in 2000, and has since then held her flame aloft before Tokyo Bay. Looks just like the real thing, except smaller - and she has sticks in her hair.

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5. ROUND 1 GAME CENTER

Located in the Diver City Mall Round 1 is a vast arcade and game center with video games, purikura machines, token gambling and those games where one tries to snatch fuzzy dolls. The 5th floor has regular video games, the 6th floor is more interactive with roller skating, bowling and batting cages.

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6. RAINBOW BRIDGE

This one kilometer bridge crossing Tokyo Bay has lanes for cars, a line for the Yurikome monorail, and a pedestrian walkway on either side. Walking across takes about 30 mins, and one can get spectacular shots from several platforms along the way, but the walkways are right next to speeding traffic, so it can get noisy.

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7. OEDO ONSEN

Enjoy soothing hotsprings at this Edo-themed onsen. There are several baths to soak in, a central food court with mostly Japanese food, and massages offered. Guests are given a wrist-band for lockers, and which is also used to buy goods and services. Payment is made at the end. It's a great place when its not crowded. Males and females bathe separately.

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8. MARITIME MUSEUM

The building which has this museum dedicated to nautical things is shaped like a big cruise ship. There are displays and exhibits of all types of sea-worthy stuff.

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9. ODAIBA BEACH

Yes - there is actually a beach in Tokyo! This man made beach looks great and is a fun hang out spot when the weather warms up. In the summer months there are often weekend events, including beach volley ball tournaments and parasailing over the water. Signs say not to enter the water (it's a bit dirty), and bbq's are not allowed.

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10. TAKE A FERRY

Most people use the Yurikome line to go out to Odaiba, but there is also a ferry which one can take either to or from Hinode Pier near Hammamatsucho Station (in about 20 minutes), or to or from Asakusa - (a 40 minutes trip). It's a great way to float your way to your destination. Tickets can be bought at the office near the port.

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11. ODAIBA FERRIS WHEEL

Once the largest Ferris Wheel in the world, the Odaiba Ferris wheel is a massive 115 meter high structure that allows riders great views of the bay and across the waters. One trip around takes about 20 minutes. Open until 10pm. Fee is 1000 yen adults (12 and over), 500 Children (4 to 11).

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