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Rainbow Bridge – South Promenade Sunset

Posted in Places by tokyobling on April 25, 2014

Whenever I meet people visiting Tokyo or planning to visit Tokyo I always get asked the one question: what should I see here? Not wanting to be too obvious and giving the examples everyone has already heard of, my answer is recently this: walk across the Rainbow Bridge around sunset. Surprisingly few people do this. It is not a difficult walk, there is no entrance charge and the views are spectacular. At the end of the walk you are usually rewarded with an interesting visit to Odaiba, or you can do it the other way around and use the walk as a starting point for an interesting evening tour of the city. In the summer season the bridge entrances close at 20:30 and in the winter it close at 17:30. After closing you have 30 minutes to get out before the bridge is shut down for the night. I usually recommend the North promenade (see my previous blog posts about the Rainbow Bridge by clicking the tag) as it is much more scenic than the South promenade. A couple of weeks ago I decided to try the south side by myself and while not as good as the South promenade it is still worth a visit. The South promenade is also the one you have to use if you want to bring a bicycle over.

From the South promenade you have a splendid view of Odaiba island itself, as well as the Odaiba Island Battery Park, an old gun battery set up over a hundred years ago to protect Tokyo harbor from seaborne assaults. Luckily it was never really used and parts of it today is a just huge almost wild series of islands, one of which is accessible from Odaiba by a walkway. For the others you will need a boat.

The South promenade is also a good place for boat spotting if you are into that, as most passenger ships using Tokyo harbors pass underneath.
















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  1. stephan said, on April 25, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Nice post with beautiful photos – as always 😉
    I’ve been to Tokyo a couple of months ago and I indeed followed your advice to walk the North promenade. It was one of the adventure I liked the most. And the view was astonishing, really!
    Unfortunately, I did not manage to put my photos online yet, but I’ll drop you a line when this is going to happen.
    So, thanks again for all your efforts you put into this blog – it was a great source of information for me when I planned my trip to Tokyo back in 2013.


  2. D... said, on April 26, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I think when I get the chance to visit I would be stricken with an extreme case of wanderlust. I don’t think it would be a bad thing. Something tells me I’d best find some sensible walking shows.
    Just looking at your pictures takes my thoughts on journeys. Satiating the immediate desire for travel but allowing for future ambitions. ‘Tis good my friend, and so the Rainbow Bridge is on the list of places to go. Actually the list is quite long given the places you’ve taken us too.


    • tokyobling said, on April 28, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Thank you for the kind comment D! Yes, extreme wanderlust is a common condition striking people who visit Tokyo. The streets are so varied, so interesting. There is just so much to see everywhere you go.


  3. Jonelle Patrick said, on April 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    How did I never think to do this? O_O I am immediately going to the North Promenade to take pictures of the boats at yuugata! Thank you for posting such lovely shots, as always.


    • tokyobling said, on April 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Thank you Jonelle! Bring your best walking shoes and don’t be late – the bridge entrance closes at 20:30! (^-^)


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