Rainbow Bridge

Cheapo Article: Walking the Rainbow Bridge for One of the Best Views of Tokyo
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Area: Odaiba , Shibaura
Access: 0.8 km from Shibaura-futō Station Yurikamome (U5)
1.4 km from Daiba Station Yurikamome (U7)
1.5 km from Hinode Station Yurikamome (U4)
Address: Minato, Tokyo 105-0000, Japan [map]
Hours: +81 3-5463-0224
Website: http://shutoko.jp

Stretched across Tokyo Bay from Shibaura Pier to the Odaiba Waterfront , the rainbow bridge is a brightly lit suspension bridge familiar from tv, films and manga. The white bridge columns are illuminated on special occasions such as Christmas using solar power collected during the day. Built in 1993 and limited in height by its proximity to Haneda airport, the bridge has two decks: one for the expressway and one for the yurakamome and prefectural route. There are walking options on either side of the lower deck, and you’ll get some great views, but you’ll be paying for them with lung function. The distance is about 1.7km and takes roughly 30 minutes – the north side will give views of Tokyo Harbour and  Tokyo Tower,  while views from the south include Tokyo Bay and Mt. Fuji if you’re lucky.

You are forbidden from cycling across the bridge, and when crossing it with a push bike, a small piece of wood with little wheels is attached to the bike wheels and removed once you leave.