Since I am living in Tokyo for over 10 years, I am proud of myself as Tokyo Trip Expert. Here, I will tell you everything I know about how travelers from all over the world can amazingly enjoy the journey with all reasonable hotels, tasty food choices, and amazing spots including my secret recommends with travel tips in this biggest metropolitan city in the world. For Tokyo trip, I believe 4 days stay should be minimum, and if you prefer including staying hot spring spots close to Tokyo, around one week would be ideal to maximize your all fantastic experience in this trip.

For Vol.5, I’ll talk about major shopping centors and unique hot spring spot in Tokyo, Odaiba.

Odaiba

From Wikipedia – Odaiba (お台場) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area. 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. For artificial sand beaches in the bay,[1] Sea Park in Kanazawa-ku is suitable for swimming, Odaiba has one, and there are two in Kasai Rinkai Park area looking over to the Tokyo Disneyland.

Odaiba has mainly three big shopping centors, one is Venus Fort, and the second is Aqua City, and the third one is DiberCity Tokyo Plaza. Aqua city has beach side view in Odaiba, and one of my favorite spots to walk round with my dog and wife. You can watch beautiful sunset from there. They also have an open terrace care there, so, you can relax yourself by watching beautiful sunset.

And, if you are the fun of Japananimation, you can watch real scale of Gundam. I watched them a lot in my childhood, so, I love it 🙂

 

And, once you feel a bit tired of walking around this area, there is cozy lunch and cafe spot in Odaiba. It’s located in 2nd and 3rd floors of Hilton Tokyo Odaiba. You can see amazing Tokyo view on their open terrace space. You should make reservation.

And, I primarily recommend to stay in Hamamatsucho area because of the convenience. But, If you need some special place to do something such as to celebrate your girlfriend or wife, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba will be the most fantastic choice in Tokyo because of this location. They have Tokyo view open spa, and you can stay in the beautiful night view room.


You can book this hotel from this link.

Also, to me, the best timing to visit to Odaiba is to watch fire work festival in August. This fire work event is one of the biggest ones in Japan, and you can watch Japanese amazing fire art works. Here is my video I took. You can watch this fantastic fire work in every August in Tokyo. Of course, we can watch this wonderful show from Hilton Tokyo Odaiba.


Here is some information about the event

 

Oedo Onsen

Another fun thing to do in Odaiba is to go to Oedo Onsen. It’s hot spring spot inside of Tokyo. What I like to do here is not only to enjoy hot spring, but also have Japanese traditional street festival play with wearing Yukata, Summer style Kimono.

Here is Google Map Link.

Also, if you stay in Hamamatsucho area based on my recommendations, Takeshiba Station or Shiodome station for Yurikamome line will be the closest stations, and you can take ship from Hinode-sanbashi to Odaiba.

Here is Yurikamome Line information on Google Map, and the ship information site.

Also, about my hotel recommendations, here is the link.

Tokyo Trip Vol.1 – Why you should stay in Hamamatsucho

For Vol.6, I’ll tell you about my most favorite and closest hot spring spots in Tokyo, Kusatsu Hot Spring.

Tokyo Trip Vol.6 – Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma