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Walking the Rainbow Bridge

Posted in Places by tokyobling on May 17, 2012

One of my best kept secrets on this blog must be walking the Rainow Bridge. I love walking, I take hours and hours of walks every week and I have trouble sleeping if I don’t take a random hour long walk every day. One of my favorite walks is the Rainbow Bridge, the circular Golden Gate look-a-like that connects mainland Tokyo with the artificial islands of Odaiba. Even many Tokyo people doesn’t know it’s possible to walk the bridge and even fewer would consider it a very good idea indeed. In winter it is bitingly cold with strong winds and sometimes fierce sun. In the summer, it can quickly become a good reminder of the importance of staying hydrated and out of the blazing sun. It’s a fun, safe walk though, with great views of Tokyo and some much needed fresh air in the summer. It’s also surprisingly quick, and for travelers on a budget it is easily the cheapest way to visit Odaiba! The entrance to the footpath on the bridge is easy enough to locate from the Odaiba side but it can be tricky to find from the Tokyo side, even though most people go from Tokyo to Odaibe on the bridge and not the other way around. A good way to find it though, is to exit Tamachi station, get out of the East exit and just follow the biggest road straight on, as far as you can go until you reach the massive foot of the bridge. It’s a good 15 minutes walk to the bridge and then maybe another 15 minutes to cross to Odaiba. It’s possible to take your bike over the bridge but there’s a rather complicated system for bringing it over on the “wrong side” of the bridge. You’ll get it when you go there though. Just let the guards do whatever they need to your bikes and you’ll be fine. There’s plenty of stops on the bridge where you can take photos and I always end up spending a lot of time there, I must have hundred of snaps taken up there on my computer but I keep putting this post off waiting for the better shots I’ll take next time I go over. Well, I’ll post them too, when I do. Enjoy!

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  1. arialuna said, on May 17, 2012 at 6:46 am

    I really hope to came back as soon as possible in tokyo and If I have the opportunity I’d like to follow your suggest. 🙂 thank you for you photo.


    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Great! Yes, walking over the Rainbow Bridge is a great walk and good exercise! (^-^)


  2. svensays said, on May 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Nice post! My son and me discussed walking the bridge when we had finished our visit to Odaiba, but I declined because I thought it was too windy right then.


    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Maybe a good idea if it was during the winter! But the next time you’ll have to give it a try! (^-^)


  3. Emma Reese said, on May 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I didn’t know there was a footpath for this bridge! I shall try walking here next time!


    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      I’ll come with you! (^-^)


  4. Carrie said, on May 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    What views! I have to walk or run at least 3 miles a day every day, so I hear you. Best medicine in the world, especially after a stressful day.


    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Absolutely! I will go on a full day hike tomorrow, so I’ll get my fix for the weekend! (^-^;)


  5. toddfong said, on August 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Great idea! Have you tried this walk early in the morning or late in the evening to catch the sunrise or sunset? I can’t picture from the orientation of the bridge what time of day might have the better light.


    • tokyobling said, on August 11, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Yes, but you can’t be too early as it doesn’t open until 0900 in the summer. I usually go around sunset! (^-^) There are two promenades and the view is quite different.


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