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This guide covers the Tokyo Bayside areas of Harumi (from Kachidoki on the Oedo line), Takeshiba (Yurikamome line), Toyosu (Yurikamome and Yurakucho lines), Daiba, Aomi and Ariake (Rinkai line or Yurikamome), Shin-Kiba, Kasai, and Maihama (Disneyland/Ikspiari).
Legoland - Attraction: Daiba
[Open 10am-8pm (enter by 6pm; weekends one hour later) daily.]
The Legoland Discovery Center is a mini-theme park inside the Tokyo Decks shopping complex, offering fun activities and charming attractions for visitors of all ages. There are a couple of entertaining rides, a 3D adventure movie, and hands-on...
Daiba Itchome Shotengai - Attraction: Daiba
[Open 11am-9pm daily.]
This nostalgic recreation of an urban Tokyo neighborhood from the 1960s includes shops selling toys and novelty items of the era. An old-fashioned game arcade offers minature bowling and vintage games, and brave visitors can explore the miniature...
Sony ExploraScience - Museum: Daiba
[Open 11am-7pm (enter by 6:30pm) daily.]
Sony's contribution to the cause of popular-science education offers a number of hands-on exhibits focusing on light, sound and sensory perception. There's also a small planetarium (with a show in Japanese), and of course a showroom displaying the...
Fuji Television Headquarters Building - Attraction: Daiba
[Open 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.]
Designed by architect Kenzo Tange and completed in 1996, the Fuji TV building has become a landmark of the Odaiba area thanks to its unusual silhouette, featuring a giant floating sphere and a skeletal central section of pedestrian bridges and...
Gundam Base Tokyo - Attraction: Daiba
[Open 10am-9pm daily.]
Located on the seventh floor of DiverCity shopping mall in Aomi, this mini theme park is devoted to the popular Gundam anime series, and will be of interest to hardcore fans. It features a gallery displaying historic Gundam models through the years,...
Odaiba Seaside Park Pier - Boat pier: Daiba
Boats to Hinode Pier via Harumi on the Odaiba Line. 20/15 minutes travel time. Once or twice an hour from 11:15am-5:15pm or later. Boats to Asakusa via Toyosu on the Asakusa Odaiba Direct Line. Three times a day from 12:10-4:15pm.
Oedo-Onsen Monogatari - Onsen: Aomi
[Open 11am-9am (enter by 7am) daily.]
If Tokyo Disneyland had a 'Onsen-land' section this is what it might look like. "Soak in the ambiance of old Edo town life at one of Japan's largest onsen hot spring resorts." says the pamphlet. This pricey onsen caters mostly for day-tripper...
Miraikan - Museum: Aomi
[Open 10am-5pm (enter by 4:30). Closed Tuesdays.]
There is more than enough to keep you (or any children you happen to bring along) busy for a whole day in this beautifully housed and expertly presented museum. The personal cinemas in the library section alone have more than 600 science videos....
Daikanransha - Attraction: Aomi
[Open 10am-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm). Open every day.]
AKA the "Giant Sky Wheel," this 115-meter-high ferris wheel in located in the Palette Town shopping complex in Aomi, in the middle of Tokyo Bay. During the sixteen-minute ride it offers great views looking out over central Tokyo, Boso Peninsula and...
History Garage - Museum: Aomi
[Open 11am-9pm daily.]
If you're even the least bit interested in vintage autos and racecars, this automotive museum is well worth checking out. Walk-through exhibit areas are fashioned to resemble the streets of an Italian village in the 1960s, a small town in 1950s...
Toyota Mega Web - Showroom: Aomi
[Open 11am-9pm daily.]
Fun activities at Toyota's automotive theme park include a "motion theater" with moving seats, and racing simulators that are much more realistic than what you'll find at your local game arcade. The zone devoted to hybrid cars presents a lot of...
TeamLab Borderless - Attraction: Aomi
[Open 10am-7pm (Sat, Sun -9pm). Closed 2nd, 4th Tuesdays.]
Billed as the world's first digital art museum, this ambitious art installation is made up of fifty immersive display areas created with the use of 470 projectors and a similar number of computers. There's quite a bit to see here, with dozens of...
Palette Town Pier - Boat pier: Aomi
[Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.]
Boats to Hinode Pier via Tokyo Big Sight on the Tokyo Big Sight/Palette Town Line. 35/10 minutes travel time. Boats once an hour from 1:25-5:25pm, Wednesday-Sunday.
Water Science Museum - Museum: Ariake
[Open 9:30am-5pm (enter by 4:30). Closed Mondays.]
H2O from A to Z. Everything you ever wanted to know about water. Small and quiet, but it's free and fun enough to justify popping in if you are nearby. As with most museums in Japan, considerable thought and money has obviously gone into the...
Panasonic Center - Showroom: Ariake
[Open 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm). Closed Mondays.]
The RiSuPia portion of the Panasonic Center is one of the best science museums we've seen in Tokyo, with free admission for visitors under 18. (It's Y500 for adults.) Almost all the exhibits are set up as hands-on activities and interactive games,...
Tokyo Big Sight - Event space: Ariake
More than twelve million people a year visit the halls of this huge convention center, which hosts international conferences, trade shows and design festivals. Designed by the architectural firm of AXS Satow and completed in April 1996, the...
Tokyo Big Sight Pier - Boat pier: Ariake
[Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.]
Boats to Hinode Pier on the Tokyo Big Sight/Palette Town Line. 25 minutes travel time. Boats run 10:35am, then once an hour 12:35-5:35pm, Wednesday-Sunday.
Harumi Triton Square - Shopping complex: Harumi
[Open 10am-11pm daily.]
Although it's somewhat off the beaten track, this neighborhood shopping mall boasts an attractive waterfront setting and a pleasant multi-story outdoor terrace. There are 18 shops, 14 restaurants and a lively food-court area, plus office and...
Tokyo-Bay Yukata Cruise - Event: Kaigan
[Open 7-9pm daily.]
It's a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous Tokyo summertime beer garden - a beer party on a boat. The boat is quite big, with a capacity of 1500 partygoers spread out over six decks, including an event stage and dance floor, private party...
Hinode Pier - Boat pier: Kaigan
Hinode Pier is the main hub for the boat lines run by the Tokyo Cruise company. Boats travel back and forth among eight destinations around Tokyo Bay, including Hamarikyu Gardens and Asakusa. Boats to Asakusa on the Sumida River Line. About 40...
Lalaport Toyosu - Shopping complex: Toyosu
[Open 10am-9pm (restaurants -11pm) daily.]
A massive shopping and restaurant complex with more than 185 retail stores, "Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu" is located right on the Tokyo Bay waterfront, offering lovely nighttime views of central Tokyo. The complex is especially friendly to dog...
Kidzania - Amusement park: Toyosu
[2 sessions per day: 10am-3pm and 4-9pm; open every day.]
In this rather unusual amusement park, children ages 3-15 can "work" at more than eighty grown-up jobs - pilot, firefighter, chef - and earn Kidzania currency while they do so. Some of the activities are geared toward older or younger kids, and...
Toyosu Pier - Boat pier: Toyosu
Boats to Asakusa on the Asakusa Odaiba Direct Line. 40 minutes travel time. Boats run three times a day from 12:40-4:40pm. Boats to Hinode Pier via Odaiba Seaside Park. Boats run seven times a day from 11:00am-4:25pm.
Ageha - Club: Shin-Kiba
Ageha isn't a club per se - it's the name of the weekend club night held at Studio Coast, a huge event space on the outskirts of Tokyo. Internationally famous DJs often spin here, and patrons who have missed the last train and don't want to wait...
Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome - Park/garden: Shin-Kiba
[Open 9:30am-5pm (enter by 4pm). Closed Mondays.]
More than 1000 varieties of tropical and subtropical plants grow inside this 1500-square-meter dome-shaped greenhouse located in a park next to Tokyo Bay. Some highlights include giant water lilies, jade vines, Chinese banyan trees, flowering...
Kasai Rinkai Koen
Lotte Kasai Golf - Sports facility: Kasai Rinkai Koen
[Open 24 hours a day.]
Ninety-minute unlimited drive packages are available at certain hours, or you can pay by the ball (Y16-22 depending on time of day). Note that while the facility is open 24 hours a day, they take a 45-minute maintenance break every day from...
Tokyo Sea Life Park - Aquarium: Kasai Rinkai Koen
[Open 9:30am-5pm (enter by 4pm). Closed Wednesdays.]
This beautifully designed aquarium recreates more than a dozen marine environments from around the world, including the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans as well more local spots like Tokyo Bay and Japanese rivers. Sea bird afficianados can enjoy...
Excel Air Service Helicopter Tour - Attraction: Maihama
[Open telephone hours: 10am-7pm (weekends -5pm). Open every day.]
Leaving from Urayasu Heliport near Tokyo Disney Resort, Excel Air Service offers helicopter tours of Tokyo both day and night. Each ride lasts around 15 or 20 minutes, with fees ranging from Y9,800 to Y18,000 per person, depending on the type of...
Tokyo Disney Resort - Amusement park: Maihama
[Open 9am-10pm daily.]
Tokyo Disney Resort is the home to two theme parks - Disneyland (similar to other Disneylands around the world) and the only-in-Tokyo ocean-themed DisneySea. There's also a restaurant and shopping complex called Ikspiari, a Cirque du Soleil...
Terrada Art Complex - Art gallery: Tennozu Isle
[Open 11am-6pm (Fri -8pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays, holidays.]
By assembling several major galleries in one massive warehouse space, Terrada Art Complex has rather successfully pursued their mission of "making Tennoz Isle into a hub of artistic culture." The complex is now an important stop on any contemporary...
Pigment - Retail: Tennozu Isle
[Open 11am-8pm. Closed Mondays, Thursdays.]
Tokyo's most gorgeous art supply store, designed by architect Kengo Kuma, may tempt you to pick up a paintbrush, just for an excuse to shop here. The wall of pigments took a full week of chromatic coordination to get right, and they stock more than...
Archi-Depot - Museum: Tennozu Isle
[Open 11am-8pm (enter by 7pm). Closed Mondays.]
Hundreds of detailed architectural models, showcasing the current state of contemporary Japanese architecture, are on display at this impressive new museum. Visitors can explore numerous works by contemporary stars like Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban and...
Architecture Model Workshop - Retail: Tennozu Isle
[Open 10am-7pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays.]
Located next to the Archi-Depot architecture-model museum, this model-making workshop also doubles as the museum's retail shop, and it's well worth a visit on its own for anyone with an interest in architecture. The shop sells everything from...
Tribeca - Jazz club: Shinagawa
[Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.]
A popular jazz bar with live music every night.
Maxell Aqua Park - Aquarium: Shinagawa
[Open noon-10pm daily.]
A splashy, well-choreographed dolphin show, held nine times a day, is one of the main draws at this mid-size urban aquarium, and there are also shorter penguin and sea lion performances throughout the day. Other popular features are the Wonder...
Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center - Bowling alley: Shinagawa
[Open 10am-10pm daily.]
This 80-lane bowling alley is part of the Prince Hotel complex, located conveniently close to Shinagawa station. Child-size shoes and lightweight bowling balls (from five pounds) are available for younger bowlers. Lunch and dinner bowling party...
Hara Museum - Art museum: Shinagawa
[Open 11am-5pm (Wed -8pm). Closed Mondays.]
Originally built in 1938 as a private home for businessman Kunizo Hara, the elegant Bauhaus-influenced building was converted to use as a museum in 1979. It plays host to five or six yearly exhibitions of contemporary Japanese and international...
Shinagawa Aquarium - Aquarium: Omori
[Open 10:00-17:00 (last admission at 4:30pm). Closed Tuesdays (except during school holidays).]
With its out-of-the-way location and small size, Shinagawa is mostly a neighborhood attraction, but worth a look if you happen to be nearby. The highlights are an underwater tunnel where you can watch turtles and schools of fish swimming around you...
Omori Nori Museum - Museum: Ota-ku
[Open 9am-5pm daily.]
Learn all about nori harvesting and processing at this museum dedicated to the popular seaweed product. Admission is free.
Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park - Park/garden: Ota-ku
[Open 9am-5pm (Nov-Jan -4:30pm; last entry 30 minutes earlier). Closed Mondays.]
Open to the public since 1989, the Wild Bird Park (Tokyoko Yacho Koen in Japanese) is a 24-hectare nature preserve built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. Within the park are several diverse habitats fashioned to attract a variety of wildlife, with...