Originally a series of islands that were turned into fortresses, the islands have since been consolidated into one expansive tourist destination. Even though the district is a short distance from city center, accessing Odaiba can be a challenge. A taxi to the area can be costly, but the trip across the Rainbow Bridge provides visitors with one of the most picturesque views of the area. Alongside shopping mega-malls, Odaiba offers a 400-foot tall Ferris wheel, a 24-hour arcade center called Tokyo Leisure Land, the Toyota Megaweb exhibition hall and international exhibition center Tokyo Big Sight. Odaiba even sports its very own Statue of Liberty replica, perfectly bookended between several of the area's most popular shopping centers.
Getting Around Tokyo
The best way to get around Tokyo is by subway or train. The system is incredibly efficient. The only downside to the subway and train system is that it shuts down nightly between midnight and 1 a.m. and doesn't start again until 5 or 6 a.m. Be careful when staying out late as Japan's subways and trains are known to stop half-way through their routes, leaving travelers stranded and facing an expensive cab ride. Check to see if you qualify for a Japan Rail Pass (http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html) before you depart for Japan. There are two classes: "Green" and "Ordinary" (Green indicates a first-class experience). Passes can be purchased for 7, 14, and 21 days.
Nearby Airports
  • Narita International Airport-NRT
  • Haneda International Airport-HND
Airport Taxis
  • $200 from Narita International Airport
  • $30 from Haneda International Airport
Things to Do and See Near Odaiba