The 918 metre long suspended Rainbow Bridge links the futuristic leisure town of Odaiba with the Tokyo Waterfront crossing Tokyo Bay underneath. Named after the beautiful rainbow coloured lighting that graces the structure in the evenings the bridge is one of the cities most popular and attractive landmarks.
Opening in 1993, the Rainbow Bridge has two decks stretching its 918 metres, one carries an express-way while the other carries a regular road, the fully automated driver-less Yurikamome Line railway and a walking path. The bridge is a popular walk with many great vantage points to see some of the futuristic architecture of Odaiba and Tokyo along the way. Taking about 30 minutes, there are several rest stops and plenty of vending machines for refreshments along the way.
The Yurikamome Line starts from near the Shiodome Exit of JR Shimbashi Stn and is the best way to get to Odaiba, and along the way you travel on the bridge. There is also a great boat ride called the water-bus which travels under the Rainbow Bridge for a different perspective of this 54 meter high giant structure. The water-bus leaves Hinode Pier on the Tokyo side of the Bridge and returns from a jetty near the Fuji Television Building.
The bridge is a perfect photo opportunity as dusk falls, when the lights of the city illuminate into the hazy skies. A great photo can be taken from near Pallet Town with Tokyo’s Statue of Liberty in the foreground. The statue was actually a copy of a statue of liberty France lent to Japan in 1998. There was a huge public appeal that was able to return a replica to the Odaiba area and is now known as the symbol of Odaiba.