We took our 6-year-old Lego loving son and 4-year-old daughter to Legoland on a rainy Sunday and had a wonderful time. While there are plenty of places to just sit and build with Legos or build Lego race cars and race them; there are other things to do as well. As you enter Legoland, you walk through an amazing lego replica of Tokyo that goes from day to night. It is so detailed and imaginative. Inside the main section there is a small ride called Merlin’s Apprentice, a large play area that invites kids to climb, crawl, and go down slides (for kids only) and a 4-D movie. The movie plays every 30 minutes and is about 15 minutes long. They provide 3-D glasses. The movie is really loud and rather intense with lights that flash, wind that blows and even rain! There was a long line when we entered for a ride called Kingdom Quest, so we skipped that one but it looked great too. Stopping for one snack break at the snack bar inside, our kids played here for about 3 hours. Couple this trip with walking along the beach in front of Decks Mall and enjoy the sand, view of Rainbow Bridge and a replica of the Statue of Liberty. There are plenty of restaurants on site, some shopping, and nearby there is a large Ferris wheel.
Legoland is located in Decks Mall in Odaiba. It is open from 10am to 9pm with last admission at 7pm. Go to their webpage to purchase tickets ahead of time and save money on the entrance fee and avoid standing in a long line. We had pre-purchased our tickets through their webpage for a day that snowed. Though we couldn’t go on our appointed time, this wasn’t a problem. We just took our receipt a few weeks later and for an extra ¥200 each we got right in. There is a large parking lot for the mall for ¥500 per hour. We went on a Sunday and got there in just under an hour. The rail line Odaiba-Kaihin Kouen station on the Yurikamome Line is a 2 minute walk away. For more information go to their webpage. – Sarah Straus, March 2014.