Odaiba is without a doubt one of the most interesting places you can go and enjoy in Tokyo with a low budget (although there’s plenty of options to spend your cash if you want to).
While living in Tokyo, Odaiba was one of my regular weekend spots to relax and have fun. This is a list of the 5 free Odaiba attractions I personally enjoyed!
(1) Walk along Rainbow bridge
Rainbow bridge has access from both sides (one side you ride an elevator to the top). The 88-meter tall bridge does get windy, but when you set your eyes upon the amazing Tokyo views – you really couldn’t care less. This free activity can save you money if you take the walk instead of riding the slightly expensive monorail to Odaiba.
(2) Enjoy the beach
What makes Odaiba special is its beachfront. Enjoy the beach, take some sports or swimming equipment with you and bask in the dazzling sun. You could take a picnic with you and have a walk onto the mini man-made island that is covered in grass and trees (we did).
(3) Go to the retro arcade
You might think an arcade sounds expensive, but it’s worth a visit just to have a look around. On the 4th floor of Odaiba’s ‘Decks’, you’ll find plenty to enjoy. Retro shops selling Japanese souvenirs, anime and manga memorabilia, and a lot of other strange things too. Not only that but there are many traditional fare games and arcade games to enjoy too. There’s even a haunted house, which boasts been voted the second scariest horror ride in Japan (personally, I didn’t find it that scary, though).
(4) See the giant Gundamn
You really don’t have to be an anime fan to have interested in seeing a huge 20-metre model of a mecha (giant robot). As expected of one of Odaiba’s main attractions, this giant is almost always towering over a flock of tourists trying to capture an awesome snap with it.
(5) Go to Venus Fort shopping centre
It’s hard to find something to do in a shopping centre without actually spending money, right? Not at Venus Fort!
VenusFort is a shopping mall designed to resemble a medieval European village. The Sky Feature Program displays a fantastical sky expanding overhead, creating a magical atmosphere where time flows unlike anything in the outside world.
Although the shopping centre is entirely inside, you’d soon be fooled when you see the magical skies and buildings that have been designed. The fun doesn’t stop there though, there is also a free car museum that is sure to peak your interest – it includes an iconic DeLorean from Back to the Future.
Let me know what you thought of the free Odaiba attractions! Is there anything you would add to the list?