Rainbow Bridge レインボーブリッジ
Linking Odaiba and Shibaura Pier, the colorful Rainbow Bridge and its light displays have become a major tourist attraction
Sometimes a bridge isn't just for getting you from one place to another. The Rainbow Bridge, which links the mainland to the artificial islet of Odaiba , is also a tourist attraction in its own right at night. Built in the 1990s, the structure has enabled this part of Tokyo Bay to flourish, and is surrounded by top tourist attractions.
- Panoramic views of the Odaiba waterfront
- Dazzling solar-powered illumination every night
- Having a picnic on the bridge's benches or at nearby Seaside Park
How to Get There
The bridge is accessible on foot from Odaiba-Kaihinkoen and Shibaura-Futo stations, or by taxi.
Tokyo's most colorful crossing
The supporting towers of the bridge have been painted white, but they are lit up at night in rainbow colors in December, giving the bridge its nickname—it is officially known as the Tokyo Bay Connector Bridge. The lights charge up during the day by solar panels.
The bridge and its views are quite beautiful even when illuminated in regular lights during the rest of the year.
Savor the view
Crossing northern Tokyo Bay from the Odaiba waterfront entertainment district to Shibaura Pier, Rainbow Bridge accommodates both vehicles and pedestrians. You can't cross the walkway after 9 p.m. in the summer or 6 p.m. in the winter, however, and while you can push your bicycle across, you can't ride it over the bridge.
It takes around 20 to 30 minutes to cross the bridge on foot, although most visitors linger at the benches in the middle and enjoy the view. There are pedestrian walkways on either side of the bridge, so pick the side with the view you most want to see. The view of Odaiba Seaside Park is the most popular.
Things to do in Odaiba
While the Rainbow Bridge is an attraction in its own right, there is a ton to enjoy on the Odaiba side. Check out the shopping and entertainment complexes Aquacity and DiverCity, the headquarters of Fuji TV, the over-the-top hot spring center Oedo Onsen Monogatari, and the Toyota Mega Web showroom.