Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge spans a portion of Tokyo Bay, connecting Odaiba and Shibaura. This 918m long suspension bridge has two decks and carries cars, trains, and those on foot. On each side of the bridge there is a pedestrian walkway which runs the length of the span. I walked the span starting from the Shibaura side.
While the Rainbow Bridge was completed in 1993, it looked like it had just opened. The bridge’s super structure looked in pristine condition, and its roadway was clean and smooth. The pedestrian walkway was also in great shape and super clean. I wasn’t surprised by this. Tokyo is not only the largest city in the world, it is arguably the cleanest, most well-run, and best maintained city in the world. Tokyo represents what can be achieved when a country makes significant and ongoing investments in its infrastructure. The result is simply amazing.
Walking across the Rainbow Bridge was a great experiencing, and one that no visitor to Tokyo should miss out on. From the north side of the span, there are great views of the Odaiba marine park and the odd looking Fuji TV building, with its strange silvery orb. From the south side of the span, there are great views of the Shiodome section of the city.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit the bridge at night, when it is light up in a spectrum of colored lights. I also didn’t have time to visit the Odaiba marine park, which looked so interesting from the span. Hopefully i’ll be able to visit Tokyo again someday.