The Rainbow Bridge is an iconic bridge in Tokyo crossing northern Tokyo Bay between Shibaura Pier and the Odaiba waterfront development in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. While the bridge is very busy with heavy road traffic and the Yurikamome line (a new metro waterfront line), it is also a pedestrian bridge with walkways on both the north and south sides of the bridge.
It takes about half an hour to get from one side of the bridge to the other. Pets are not allowed and you may take your bicycle with you but not ride it!
To get to the bridge, you can take an elevator from the from the Shibaura side pier. You can take either the north or the south route. While the north route offers fantastic views of the Tokyo Tower and skyscrapers, the south route affords views of Odaiba and the neighboring islands.
I walked the bridge with another friend while I was visiting Tokyo earlier this year in spring. I was staying at the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba Hotel, from where the Rainbow Bridge was easily accessible by foot. While the traffic and the wind was a bit too much for me, the views of the Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo skyline were quite incredible. We took the north route.
- Summer (April to October): 9am to 9pm
- Winter (November to March): 10am to 6pm
- Closed third Monday of every month.
- Sometimes the walkways are closed due to bad weather conditions.