To get here the fastest/cheapest way by train, enter your starting location into the
•Go to Shimbashi Station (JR Yamanote line)
•Go out the exit for the Yurikamome Line. You will see a set of ascending stairs, covered by an awning. Go up the stairs to the ticket machines.
•If you are making more than one stop in Odaiba, it is probably worth it to buy a one-day pass for about 800 yen. This allows you to get on and off the train an unlimited number of times during the day. You can buy these passes at the regular ticket machines (they look like the machines in the subway) or from the vending machines on the opposite wall. If there is a long line at the ticket machines, the vending machines are handy.
Here is what you’ll find if you get out at the various stops along the monorail:
Odaiba-kaihin Koen station
The DECKS mall is the home to all the attractions at this stop.
•Go out the North Exit and follow the signs to Decks.
•Go through the glass doors into the Sea Side Mall building.
• Go up the elevator to the 3rd floor to buy tickets.
Open: 7 days a week
Hours: Weekdays 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Weekends & holidays 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Admission: ¥2300 per person, under 2 free (but if you book online, you can get as much as ¥800 off the price) Note: Adults have to be accompanied by a child to be admitted
TRICK ART MUSEUM
Open: Every day
Hours: 11:00 – 21:00 (Last entry 20:30)
Admission: Adults: ¥900, Children: (4-14): ¥600, Younger children: Free
• Up the escalator that is right inside the door next to the information booth. At the top turn left and follow the signs to the Trick Art Museum on your left.
•Buy tickets at the machine to the right of the entrance. There’s an English instructions option.
•Give the tickets to the door attendant. The attendant will let you in after the previous group has moved on to the next room. She’ll tell you (in Japanese) about the illusions in the first room and demonstrate how to pose with the first scene. Wait to take any pictures until she’s finished with her speech. They ask you to only take one picture at each illusion,so you don’t keep groups behind you waiting, but if there’s nobody behind you, they’re a little more relaxed about it. (Best times to go for uncrowded conditions are weekday mornings right after it opens.
How to get great pictures at the Trick Art Museum
•Flash can make glare spots on the painted illusions, so it’s better not to use flash.
•There’s a sample photo and explanation next to each illusion showing how to pose and what angle to take the picture from.
•Pay attention to how your clothes and hair hang, and how to position your hands and feet so they make the most of the illusion.
•Please take off your shoes before standing on any of the painted parts of the illusion
Upstairs is the Sony Explorascience Museum, where you can challenge your compadres to a Smile Fight
On the lower level of the Sea Side Mall building is Joypolis, an indoor amusement park/arcade with predominantly “virtual reality” rides, situated in a mall with many small stores. Restaurants are on the 5th & 6th floors.
Entry to this museum is on the 5th floor.
Open: Every day except closed on 2nd and 4th Tuesday, on the day after national holidays, and from December 29 – January 3. Open on other holidays.
Hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (Last entrance 18:30)
Admission: Adult: ¥500, Children (3-15): ¥300
MIRAIKAN (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
If you’re facing the way you came, the museum will be on the left side. Go down the stairs and follow the signs. Walk along the pathway until you see the museum building ahead on your left. 🔎 Google map
Open: 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays, on the day after national holidays, and from December 29 – January 3. Open on other holidays.
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (Last entry 16:30)
Admission: Adults: ¥620, Children: (18 & younger): ¥210, (plus there may be extra charges for special exhibits)
OEDO ONSEN MONOGATARI
Go down the stairs and exit the station. Cross the street and turn right. The Oedo Onsen Monogatari is a huge building on your left. (To the right as you approach it is the Petit Dog Resort Joker, a spa for dogs. You have to bring your own dog to enter.) 🔎 Google map
Note about the Oedo Onsen: Except for the sand bath, foot bath and therapy fish pool, clothing is not worn in the bathing sections of the onset (not even swimsuits). If you are squeamish about being without your clothes among people you don’t know (men and women have separate bath areas, but not private ones for small groups), this part of the onsen experience might not be for you. In Japan, nudity at the public bath is a way of life, but if this makes you uncomfortable, skip this part of the attraction.
How to navigate inside the Oedo Onsen:
Go into the building, through the big glass automatic doors. Take off your shoes before stepping up onto the tatami matting, put your shoes in the locker, take the key with you, and proceed to the check-in counter. After you register and give them your credit card, you will be given a key on a wristband. This key is for your locker and has a bar code on it so that you can charge food, drink, and entertainment while inside the onsen without carrying your purse or wallet. You will settle your bill when you check out at the end of your visit.
Continue to the back of the lobby to the counter where you choose which yukata you would like to wear for your visit (free). Proceed to the men’s (blue curtain) or women’s (red curtain) changing rooms and change into your yukata, being careful to wrap it with the left side over the right side. (The other way is only for burial.) Leave your clothing and wallet, etc. in the locker. You may take a camera with you to shoot pictures in the public areas, although of course not in the onsen areas where people are naked.
You will exit from the changing rooms to the “town square” area, which has been built to resemble an Edo-era town. Lining the “street” are many shops, food stands and restaurants – udon and soba noodles, sushi, unagi (eel), oden, beer, sake, etc. Often there is live entertainment in the central area, and there are also booths where you can try your skill at ninja star throwing, arrow, and blow dart target shooting. Hot and cold water dispensers are placed in every area. Be sure to drink enough water while you are at the onsen, as it is easy to become dehydrated in the hot baths.
The entrance to the men’s and women’s segregated indoor/outdoor onsens are between the food stands on the left wall as you enter from the changing rooms. Look for the red (women) or blue (men) cloth curtains hanging over the doorways.
Inside you will first come to the changing room. Use your wrist bar code to pay ¥100 for the use of a towel and washcloth, and to get a ¥100 coin to use in the lockers. Put your yukata, main locker key, and big towel in the locker. Take your little washcloth and your new locker key with you to the washing area.
Go into the onsen area. The washing stations are near the door to the right. Wash yourself all over with soap and rinse thoroughly before entering any of the baths. The various baths are of different temperatures. Test each one before wading in. You can move freely between the baths both indoor and outdoor in this area. When you are finished, return to the changing area, put your yukata back on, and exit the way you came. (You will get your ¥100 coin back when you return the locker key.)
The doorway to the outside foot bath area is between the women’s onsen area and the women’s changing room. Over the scenic wooden bridge is a “stream” of hot water to wade in. Beware of the sections with sharp rocks set in the streambed! These are supposed to be for stimulating your acupressure points, but mostly they just HURT. Step carefully!
At the end of the “stream” is a soaking tub where you can sit with your feet in hot water, or you can proceed to the covered wooden walkway ahead and to the right. At the corner, if you turn left, is the “sunaburo” – the sand baths. For ¥1595, you can spend 15 minutes buried up to your neck in hot sand, just like at the volcanic beaches in Kyushu.
If you want to take a sunaburo (be buried in hot sand), walk along the wooden corridor toward the entry bridge until you come to the sunaburo booking office. You will be given a time to report to the sand bath area, invited to drink some water (a good idea) and use the bathroom before going to the sand bath.
After visiting Oedo Onsen, return to the monorail station across the street and continue on to:
•Toyota Mega Web is an amazing Toyota showroom – so large that they have a test track inside for trying out their newest models. They also have a go-kart track for kids and a great vintage car museum, the History Garage. 🔎 Google map
There are unremarkable restaurants throughout the Venus Fort shopping mall right next to the Toyota showroom. The Venus Fort is an exact replica of the shopping arcade at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, right down to the changing daylight inside. If you love weird and goth-y shopping, be sure to stop and pick up a few knick-knacks of the damned at the most unexpected mall store ever: Strange Love.
•Beyond the Toyota showroom is the Odaiba ferris wheel, a 100-meter-diameter ferris wheel that rotates you for 16 slow minutes and gives you an unparalleled view of the Tokyo metropolitan area. At night it becomes an amazing light show, and the views of the Tokyo skyline are spectacular
•If you continue away from Aomi station, past the Toyoto Mega Web and out the back, you’ll see the big escalators going to Tokyo Teleport station (Rinkai Line). If you turn left when you reach the station and continue past the end of the building to the intersection beyond, you’ll see the DiverCity shopping complex. Circle around it to the left and you’ll arrive at the gigantic Gundam robot figure. 🔎 Google map