Set on the banks of Tokyo Bay, with great views of the city skyline, Odaiba Seaside Park is a man-made landscaped park and beach. It’s popular with locals and tourists who come to paddleboard, picnic, and relax in the peaceful surroundings.
The area of Odaiba in Tokyo started out as a chain of man-made islands designed to protect the city in the Edo period (the 1600s). In the years since, the islands were all joined together and development followed, including the construction of Seaside Park, the futuristic Fuji TV Building and Rainbow Bridge (which is illuminated with rainbow colors every night using solar energy).
The seaside park runs along Tokyo Bay and has a beach, wooden boardwalk, and landscaped areas with grass and trees. Visitors can try water sports, such as paddleboarding and windsurfing, and see a smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty along with a statue of a robot from the anime series Gundam. It’s possible to access the park by public transport or see it as part of a guided tour of the city or from up above with a helicopter ride over Tokyo’s main landmarks.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Access to Odaiba Seaside Park is free—additional activities, such as water sports cost extra.
- Swimming is not allowed in Tokyo Bay.
- In July, the park hosts a popular illuminated lantern festival.
- Don’t miss the Daikanransha Ferris wheel close by the park. At 377 feet (103 meters), it’s one of the tallest in the world.
- The park’s observation deck offers impressive views of the Tokyo skyline.
How to Get There
Odaiba Seaside Park is located at 1-4-1, Daiba, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, across the bay from downtown Tokyo. It can be reached by train (Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station or Daiba Station are both walking distance), by water bus from Asakusa, on foot across the Rainbow Bridge, or as part of a guided tour of the city.
When to Get There
The park is open 24 hours, although public transport stops at around midnight. It is a popular spot through spring, summer, and fall when temperatures are more suitable for outdoor activities.
Odaiba Entertainment Options
Aside from the seaside park and big wheel, Odaiba is home to several other attractions, including the popular National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Aqua City shopping mall with Sony ExploraScience center, and Decks Tokyo Beach with stores, restaurants, an outpost of Madame Tussauds wax museum, plus a Legoland indoor entertainment center.