The Gundam series is a worldwide phenomenon with fans all over the globe. It is characterized by a "mecha" giant robot called "MOBILE SUIT" that has been developed since 1979, and is set in the futuristic universe.
Odaiba – Tokyo Wangan area – is definitely a place to entertain Gundam fans. Even if you're not a super fan, the statue at Odaiba is still worth a look for its incredible craftsmanship.
Here are the 3 places that you have to visit when you are in Odaiba.
The Gundam statue "RG1 / IRX-78-Z Gundam Ver.GFT" RX-78-2, which was established in 2012, has become one of the most iconic landmarks in Odaiba. This statue was exhibited in the spring of 2017, and a new full-scale unicorn Gundam was installed in September 2017.
This full-scale unicorn Gundam statue is designed to reproduce the transformation (deformation) from unicorn mode to destroy mode as much as possible with a stunning height of 19.7m.
In normal unicorn mode, one antenna protrudes from the head. At the designated time, Gundam switches to destroy mode, its armor shifts and glows pink, and its iconic unicorn horn splits in two. The whole process takes around 10 seconds to complete, so get your cameras ready!
This performance takes place four times a day at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm (*1). In the evenings at half an hour intervals from 7:30 pm to 9:30pm, anime clips are projected onto the exterior of Diver City along with various Gundam theme songs, making for a truly immersive experience.
(*1) The time is subject to change. For details, please check the statue's official website https://www.unicorn-gundam-statue.jp/
There are two Gundam Cafes in Tokyo, one of which is in Odaiba. Another store is in Akihabara. You can enjoy Gundam-themed dishes such as hot dogs, pizzas, and the famous "Gunpra Yaki" (cream, chocolate, mentai potatoes).
Gunpla-Yaki is a snack similar to Obanyaki, only that this is shaped like a 1/144 scale Gunpla.
The cafe also sells various merchandises such as mugs, t-shirts and key holders. If you are looking for more varieties, do head up to Gundam Base Tokyo.
Notice: Do note that this cafe is take out only. For a dine-in concept, do visit their other branch at Akihabara.
Located at the 7th floor of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Japan's first Gunpla-focused center opened in 2017. Featuring a collection of more than 2000 types of Gunpla, this is the largest Gunpla line up in Japan!
Customers can even assemble their models straight after purchase, thanks to dedicated model-building spaces equipped with tools.
New to Gunpla? Not a problem, professional builders are also on site to help advise on which models to get depending on your experience level, as well as provide building tips and tricks. There are also multilingual staff stationed to accommodate foreigners.
Whether you are a Gundam fan, anime fan or even if you know nothing about this series, visiting Odaiba is still highly recommended! You will be able to immerse and learn more about one of Japan's most iconic cultural exports. There are also many interesting tourist sites nearby, such as the popular Rainbow Bridge and the mesmerizing Team Lab planets exhibition.
For more information, please check out this guide.