Odaiba is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands, which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in response to the gunboat diplomacy of Commodore Perry.
Odaiba, along with Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, is among a few manmade seashores in Tokyo Bay where the waterfront is accessible, and not blocked by industry and harbor areas.
Odaiba Kaihinkoen is connected to Tokyo transportation hub with monorail, is perfect to relax and have fantastic Tokyo views from Tokyo Bay. Travelling with monorail is funny by itself. One day pass is highly recommended, so you may go from one Odaiba Station to another (each one has different attractions) saving money. There you will find as well lot of places for your lunch.
The park has boardwalk, which makes a pleasant stroll along the coast. Along the way are shopping malls such as Aqua City, Decks etc.
The Rainbow Bridge connects Odaiba to the rest of Tokyo. The two story bridge is an iconic symbol of the bay and is especially beautiful during its nightly illumination. The bridge supports an expressway, a regular road, the Yurikamome train line and pedestrian walkways along both sides.
This 115 meter tall ferris wheel is one of the world’s largest and offers nice views of Tokyo Bay and Odaiba below. Each cabin seats six (or four in the all-glass cabins), and the complete revolution takes about 15 minutes.
Directions: Take the Yurikamome train from the JR Shimbashi station or the Rinkai line from the JR Osaki station. Alternatively, you may also take the boat from the Hinode Pier from Asakusa, or walk across on foot for 30-45 minutes.