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What you should know about Odaiba

Called by some the seaside Tokyo never had, the man-made island of Odaiba is where Tokyoites come to be entertained, educated, and catch a little sun, sea, and sand. Once a string of fortresses in Tokyo Bay, the last two decades have seen this artificial island grow into 6 square miles of museums, malls, gaming complexes, and karaoke halls. It's also a place of wonderfully Japanese incongruity, where the Statue of Liberty can be found minutes from a giant futuristic Gundam robot.

Hotels in Odaiba

With its huge popularity among both locals and foreign visitors, most hotels in Odaiba are massive modern affairs that have more than a touch of opulence. The four-star Grand Pacific Le Daib is a case in point, with its spacious rooms, indoor pool, health club, and fantastic views over Tokyo Bay. Another great choice for accommodation in Odaiba is the adjacent Hotel Nikko Tokyo, a four-and-a-half star hotel that is, if anything, even grander. It has 450 large balconied rooms, with spa-tubs, 8 restaurants and 2 bars—including its famous open-air Champagne Bar that's perfect for watching the sun set.

Things to see in Odaiba

As a Tokyo neighborhood so recently won back from the sea, it's unsurprising that Odaiba seems so modern as to be from the future. The Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) certainly fits that bill, dedicated to space technology and robotics while looking suitably futuristic. But there's a touch of playfulness here as well. One of the biggest museums, the Museum of Maritime Science, is shaped as a life-size ocean liner. And the Divers City mall has a giant 60-foot replica robot from the popular Gundam anime franchise. Odaiba is also known as a convention center thanks to its Tokyo Big Sight site, with its striking inverted pyramid design. There are plenty of shopping opportunities at Palette Town, a destination all by itself with its 18th-century retro malls and large games and sport complex. A great perspective over Odaiba, and Tokyo beyond, can be had from its Ferris wheel, which slowly spins you some 380 feet above the island.

Good for families

As Tokyo's giant seaside playground, Odaiba makes a wonderful locale for a family vacation. First and foremost, it has attractions by the sackful, with enough diversity to suit everyone. The kids will love the water parks, gaming arcades, beaches, and cinemas. Parents will enjoy the high-end shopping, fine dining, and eclectic architecture. And the many museums provide a chance for fun and education for all. But maybe best of all is that there's room to breathe here, whether it's in your Odaiba hotel thanks to their spacious rooms, or on the wide plazas and boulevards separating the area’s many attractions.

How to get to Odaiba

Although an island, Odaiba is well-connected by road, rail, and ferry to the rest of Tokyo. The classiest way to arrive is over its elegant Rainbow Bridge, when you travel to Odaiba by train from Narita International Airport. From the airport you can either catch the express Skyliner service or the Airport Limousine Bus to Tokyo Station. From there you'll need to take the JR Tokaido Line to Shimbashi Station and then switch to the JR Yurikamone Line. This will take you directly to Daiba Station, which is only minutes’ walk from most hotels. The Yurikamone line is also great for getting around in Odaiba, though it's also easy to walk around.

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