Toyosu: An Island in Tokyo Bay

Name: Toyosu

Kind: Town/City

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°39’16.52″ N 139°47’47.47″ E

Stations: Toyosu StationYūrakuchō Line, or Yurikamomé

Worth it? A must-see.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Updated 9/12/2021

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Toyosu is small man-made island in the upper northwest part of Tokyo Bay around 35°39’24.99″ N 139°47’48.54″ E built in 1938. Today, it is most well-known for the Toyosu Fish Market – a brand new relocation of the world-famous old Tsukiji Fish Market.

The island also has several other interesting attractions.

Don’t get the new station confused with the old Tsukiji Station on the Metro Hibiya Line in the old location southeast of Ginza – not on Toyosu.

There are also a large variety of high-rise condo residences + short-term apartments on the island.

For an excellent history of the fish market, see this article.

If you have time and also want to visit nearby Obaiba, check out this post.

Access

There are several ways to Toyosu island, but the 2 quickest are on the Metro Yūrakuchō Line, or on the Yurikamome Line from Shimbashi Station. Keep in mind the Yūrakuchō Line is one of the longest in Tokyo, but it also offers a multitude of stops around the city. Toyosu Station is only 4 stops from the world famous Ginza area on the line (from Yurakucho Station/Y18). Taking Yurikamomé has the advantage that there are many other stops around the cluster of islands in Tokyo Bay, including Odaiba and at Tokyo Big Sight. In fact, Yurikamomé runs a ring around most of the islands.

Toyosu Station is smack in the middle of the island, but the fish market is actually several long blocks west towards the bay out on the long narrow western part of the island. It’s still within walking distance for most people.

If you have a little extra time, also check out Toyosu Gururi Park at the far western shore of the island – it provides epic views of Tokyo Bay + the Tokyo skyline (incuding the Rainbow Bridge). It’s one of the best kept photo secrets in Tokyo. You won’t be disappointed.

If you’re up for a long walk, you can also actually walk to the island from the Ginza area by following Rt. 473 southeast across the Sumida River, then cutting over east on Rt. 304 into Toyosu.

Area Layout

Toyosu Island. Tokyo Bay is to the left (west). There are 2 parts to the island: the smaller square area on the right (east) side, and the longer western part. The station is on the east side, and the fish market is at the far lower left (west) corner. Toyosu Gururi Park is at the extreme west side. Ginza is in the upper left corner.

Toyosu Fish Market

The island’s main attraction is the huge new Toyosu Fish Market – where a huge variety of fish are bought, sold, and processed. Tours are available and parts of the facility are open to the public.

LaLaport TOYOSU

After the fish market, the next biggest attraction on the island is LaLaport TOYOSU – a huge mall with numerous attractions. There is also a Kinokuniya Bookstore, and a Tokyu Hands in the mall. There’s loads to do at LaLaport.

Toyosu Sanchome Park

2 blocks east of LaLaport TOYOSU is Toyosu Sanchome Park – an open-air mostly concerete park used for sports + concerts.

Super VIVAHome

Just across from Toyosu Sanchome Park is Super VIVAHome – a huge home furnishings store occupying an entire block. There is also a big Yamada Denki inside.

Tokyo Gas Science Museum

In the very northeast corner of the western 1/2 of the island is the Tokyo Gas Science Museum which also has a huge outdoor park for kids. There is also a long jogging path along the shore.

Just northeast of the Gas Museum are Toyosu Park + Harumibashi (Springtime Beauty Bridge) Park.

Toyosu Roku-chome Park

In the southeast corner of the western 1/2 of the island is another small park called Toyosu Roku-chome Park.

MIFA Football Park

On the very north side of the western 1/2 of the island are 3 large public soccer fields called MIFA Football Park.

teamLab Planets TOKYO

Just south of that is a small art collective called teamLab Planets TOKYO.

Tokyo Sport Playground

One block west of teamLab Planets TOKYO is a small exercise park popular with teens called Tokyo Sport Playground, which includes basketball, dance, and a skateboard park.

Conclusion

Well that’s it for now. Toyosu has lots to offer. Even besides the fish market, the views, parks, and other attractions make it a worthwhile stop. If you’re in the area, check it out.

Enjoy!

LINKS

Toyosu – Wikipedia

Toyosu Station – Wikipedia

Toyosu Station/Y22

Yurikamome – Wikipedia

Yurikamomé

Tokyo Railway Labyrinth: “Yurikamome”

Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line – Wikipedia

Toyosu Area Guide | Tokyo Cheapo

Toyosu Guide | JapanVisitor Japan Travel Guide

Toyosu – Tokyo Travel

Toyosu Market – Wikipedia

Toyosu Fish Market Guide

Toyosu Fish Market: Full Guide Including the Tuna Auction | Tokyo Cheapo

The Difference Between Tsukiji and Toyosu Fish Markets | tsunagu Japan

LaLaport TOYOSU

ショップガイド | アーバンドック ららぽーと豊洲

LaLaport Toyosu – Japan Travel

Toyosu – 🐟 Tokyo’s New Fish Market

Tokyo Travel: Toyosu Fish Market

tsukijiichiba.com

How to Go Toyosu Market (formerly Tsukiji Fish Market)

Toyosu Market Guide – Everything You Need to Know!

15 Closest Hotels to LaLaport Toyosu Mall

Royal Parks Toyosu Monthly

Super Viva Home Center Toyosu | Tokyo Cheapo

Super Viva Home Center, Toyosu

VIVAHome

teamLab Planets TOKYO

https://tokyo-sp.com/

How to photograph Rainbow Bridge from Toyosu Gururi Park

豊洲ぐるりパーク 江東区 豊洲ふ頭内公園

Gas Science Museum Tokyo | JapanVisitor Japan Travel Guide

21 Best Museums In Tokyo To Visit

https://www.yamada-denki.jp/

Tokyo in Pics

Tokyo Metro

Tokyo Railway Labyrinth

Condominiums

豊洲の歴史

Odaiba: Seaside Playground

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Odaiba: Seaside Playground

Name: Odaiba

Kind: Island/Town

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°37’14.70″ N 139°46’49.47″ E

Stations: Daiba Station, Tokyo Teleport Station, Aomi Station, Yurikamome Line, Rinkai Line, Saikyo Line

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Don’t miss it.

Updated 4/15/2021

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Name: Odaiba is a small man-made island on the west side of Tokyo Bay. The first of many man-made islands, there’s lots to do here. The biggest attraction is Aqua City Odaiba/Fuji TV complex. After that, be sure to check out DiverCity where the life-size Mobile Suit Gundam statue is. There is also a huge convention center called the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, better known as Tokyo Big Sight where the Tokyo Motor Show + Tokyo Game Show are held every year.

There’s also a large tech museum called the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

There are a number of large parks on the island and the Museum of Maritime Science, as well a many hotels + office parks.

There’s also a near-perfect 1/4 scale Statue of Liberty at the south end of Aqua City Odaiba.

The northeast side of the island is mostly residential high-rise buildings, including the most luxurious one called The Towers Daiba.

If you’re willing to walk to the east across the short Teleport Bridge, on the 2nd island to the east there are also the Tokyo Sewearge Museum (yes, they have museums about sewers in Japan) and a large hotel with a European-styled wedding venue called Anniversaraie. Anniversaraie also has a small replica European town on the premises. Just beyond that to the east is Tokyo Big Sight (see below). At the southeast end is a large park with a jogging path called Mizunohiroba Park.

Access

To get to Odaiba take the automated Yurikamome Line from Shimbashi or Shiodomé. Yurikamome runs in a loop around all the large artificial islands in Tokyo Bay – of which Odaiba is the first. You can also get to Odaiba on the Rinkai Line directly from the Saikyo Line from Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ebisu or any of the other stops on the Saikyo Line. If you’re feeling adventurous you can walk to Odaiba across the Rainbow Bridge from the west side of Tokyo Bay in around 1.5 miles.

Heading to Odaiba on the fully automated Yurikamome Line.

Yurikamome Line coming from Shiodomé to the north. Tokyo Bay is to the right.

Area Layout

Odaiba seen from the air. Up is north. The large hotels are in the upper left (northwest) corner, the West Promenade is in the center, and Aqua City Odaiba/Fuji TV/DiverCity are above that. The Yurikamome station is also just next to the hotels. Venus Fort/Megaweb Toyota City Showcase are off the right of the West Promenade. Odaiba Marine Park is at the very north end of the frame.

Aqua City Odaiba + Odaiba Marine Park + Fuji TV

At the very north end of the island is a very nice seaside park + wood boardwalk called Odaiba Marine Park. You’ll definitely want to check it out. It has great views of Rainbow Bridge + Tokyo.

Just south of the park is one of the island’s main attractions: Aqua City Odaiba. A multiuse complex with shopping + food, it’s a must-see.

1 block south of that is Fuji TV. One of the biggest broadcasters in Japan, Fuji TV is a must see. You can even take tours + watch shows being recorded in glass-sided studios.

All 3 areas are within easy walking distance of each other.

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Inside Fuji TV studios.

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At the Fuji TV building, you can view recording of some TV shows.

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The 1/4-scale Liberty Enlightening the World statue at the west end of Aqua City Odaiba. The bridge in the background is Rainbow Bridge which leads to Tokyo. You can also walk across it.

DiverCity

DiverCity is a large multi-use complex run by Mitsui Corporation just south of Aqua City. This is where the world-famous full-scale Mobile Suit Gundam statue is. Pretty impressive. You can wander around DiverCity all day. There’s lots of food + entertainment and it’s popular with kids. There’s also a bowling alley + a skateboard park.

West Promenade + Flame of Liberty Statue

South of DiverCity is the long West Promenade which runs east. It’s well worth a stroll. There’s a huge garden in the center and along the way there’s also a huge BMW dealership + showplace. If you head to the east end of West Promenade, you’ll find AIST Tokyo Waterfront (see below). At the very west end of the promenade is a sculpture entitled Flame of Liberty.

Tokyo Big Sight

On the 2nd island to the east is a huge convention center called Tokyo Big Sight. Various expo’s are held here every year. The entire convention center floor is elevated on 4 large posts. If you want to see the Tokyo Motor Show or Tokyo Game Show every year, this is the place. Lots of other conventions are held here as well. Yurikamome has a stop here so there’s no need to walk to it.

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Tokyo Big Sight

Venus Fort + Ferris Wheel + Megaweb Toyota City Showcase

Northeast of the West Promenade is a huge shopping/entertainment complex called Venus Fort. It’s worth a stop. You can get spectacular views of the island and of Tokyo + Rainbow Bridge from the top of the large Ferris wheel there. Toyota also has a large car exhibition here called Megaweb Toyota City Showcase.

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM

Just east of Venus Fort is a huge open-air modern techno art exhibition called MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM designed by teamLab:Borderless. It’s an interesting place, if not a bit unusual. You basically wander around the inside with each room being a different whole-room immersive experience. Worth a stop.

If you walk 1 block east from the digital art museum and cross Akemi Bridge, you’ll come to another huge shopping/mixed-use complex directly across from Tokyo Big Sight Station. Tokyo Big Sight is just to the southeast. If you make this your last stop you can easily hop on Yurikamome here for a direct return to Shimbashi or Shiodomé back in the city.

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)

Also known as Miraikan, it’s not to be missed. (Mirai means “future” in Japanese) – and as a footnote was also the subtitle of an astonishing 1999 album by Japanese pop star Imai Miki.

Shiokaze Park + Museum of Maritime Science

There are loads of parks on Odaiba and all of them are good. Just to the northwest behind the hotels is Shiokaze Park (Tidal Wind Park), which offers great views of the city. Check out this and other parks over on tokyo-park.or.jp

1 block south of the park is the massive Museum of Maritime Science – a huge museum of all sorts of stuff related to ships + the sea. Definitely worth a stop and well within easy walking distance to the station. You can easily spend 1/2 a day here.

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Museum of Maritime Science

AIST Tokyo Waterfront

South of the West Promenade is a large tech museum in an institute called the AIST Tokyo Waterfront. There’s a huge globe of the earth with realtime weather patterns on it, as well as various other exhibits to see. Well worth a stop.

Aomi Minami Terminal Park + Smile Garden + Akatsuki Terminal Park

A few blocks south of the maritime museum is another long park on the shore called Aomi Minami Terminal Park – adjacent to a huge shipping yard run by Tokyo Port Terminal Corporation (which actually runs a lot of parks in the area including the impressive Tatsumi Seaside Park on another island way to the east). Directly east of Aomi Minami Terminal Park on Odaiba is another TPTC park: Aomi Green Park.

Out in front of AIST is a huge green open space called Smile Garden. In the spring the park is planted with tulips and is spectacular.

As a footnote, on the extreme southeast corner of Odaiba is yet another park run by TPTC: Akatsuki Terminal Park, but there’s not much else to do on the south end of the island as it’s mostly industrial + involved in shipping.

Daiba Park

If you’re willing to walk a bit, at the very north end of Odaiba out on a tiny sqaure island around 35°38’03.91″ N 139°46’21.31″ E is Daiba Park. The park was mainly used during World War 2 for gun batteries and you can still see the their concrete housings on the island today. There’s not much else to do here, but it’s an interesting historical footnote anyway.

Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

Just south of AIST Tokyo Waterfront is Ooedo Onsen Monogatari – a full-scale onsen (hot spring) resort where you can stay + relax. The grounds are quite extensive with gardens + other stuff to do. Just be aware that if you are a foreigner, most onsen in Japan absolutely do not allow anyone with tattoos – mainly because of the Yakuza.

Tokyo Teleport Telecom Center

Just east of the onsen around 35°37’01.29″ N 139°46’49.68″ E is a huge complex called Tokyo Telecom Center which has all kinds of displays + an observatory. You can get a great view of the island + Tokyo from here. Yurikamome has a stop here at Telecom Center Station.

TTC has its own site for more info.

Hotels

The 2 largest + best hotels on Odaiba – both at the northwest corner – are Grand Pacific Le Daiba and Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba (お台場のホテル) around 35°37’32.47″ N 139°46’16.68″ E. Both are excellent, albeit slightly expensive. The first Yurikamome station at Odaiba is right next to the hotels.

Helicopter Tour

If you’re willing to spend a whopping $300 USD, you can take a 10-minute tour over Tokyo in a helicopter which includes a flyover of Odaiba + Rainbow Bridge.

Conclusion

There’s lots to do at Odaiba so plan on at least one full day. You may want to stay past dark to do things such as a night view of Tokyo from the Ferris wheel. The place has the feel of an amusement park to it and it’s lots of fun. Definitely on anyone’s bucket list when in Tokyo.

Enjoy!

Additional Photos

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One of the Yurikamome stations.

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A new Yurikamome station.

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Huge new high-rise apartments being completed on Odaiba.

LINKS

Daiba Station

Odaiba | The Official Tokyo Travel Guide

Tokyo Travel: Odaiba

Tokyo Teleport | Darrell in Japan

Tokyo Teleport Station Area Map

Yurikamome – Wikipedia

Yurikamome

Rinkai Line

Saikyo Line

https://www.aquacity.jp/

DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

Venus Fort

https://www.megaweb.gr.jp/lang/en/area/csc/

TOKYO BIG SIGHT – Tokyo International Exhibition Center

AIST Tokyo Waterfront

https://www.ooedoonsen.jp/

Tokyo Teleport Center

https://tokyocheapo.com/place/shiokaze-park/

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There are also quite a few live webcams around Odaiba:

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