So the much-anticipated weekend or holiday is approaching, and the kids are asking you to take them to Disneyland, Fujikyu Highland or perhaps even Universal Studios – but you don’t fancy the idea of travelling out of Tokyo and paying premium entry ticket prices just to spend time lining up just for a ride or two. You just want to go to a shopping outlet, or explore downtown Tokyo at wallet-friendly prices. Fortunately there are plenty of things to do in Odaiba, an entertainment island in Tokyo Bay that will save the day for everyone, providing a fun-filled weekend for adults and kids alike.
This man-made islet has its roots as a fort built near the end of the Edo period to ward off any gunboat diplomacy from the West, so it’s not surprising that “Odaiba” literally means fort. Today, it is known for having a Gundam Cafe as well as other bold and futuristic establishments such as the Fuji TV Building and Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center. With a whole array of cutting-edge theme parks, the only problem you may have is not what to do in Odaiba, but what not to! Here is an overview of the various types of activities available in Odaiba for kids.