I have not had an opportunity to do the Rainbow Bridge part of the Tokyo tourist pilgrimage in a few weeks but I still have lots of photos to post. Here are six more that I took as I was walking northwards on the south promenade, towards mainland Tokyo. The bridge closes early in the winter so it is best to be prepared, and to wear warm clothes – the wind can be fierce up there!
I often get asked where to go and what to do by tourists and visitors to Tokyo and one of my standard answers is always “walk across the Rainbow Bridge, preferably at or near sunset”. It might be a little complicated to find the access point near Tamachi Station but not impossible, and no problem at all if you have a smartphone. The better way if you are afraid of getting lost on the way to the bridge is to start the walk from the Odaiba side, and then you can deal with getting lost at your leisure, after having finished the purpose of the walk with not time pressure. I took these just as the sun was setting, on that short walk between Odaiba beach and the bridge.
About 30 years ago it was decided that the legendary Tsukiji fish market (the world’s largest wholesale fish market) needed a new and more convenient location here in Tokyo and it was decided that Odaiba would be the place for it. Due to natural causes (Odaiba being reclaimed land) it took slightly longer then usual to start building but a last year the construction started in earnest at the new spot, as you can see from these photos. The new fish market is planned to open in March 2016 but it will likely take a bit longer. For anyone traveling on the Yurikamome Line from Toyosu station the new location will be familiar, as it was for many years (since 2006 at least) the home of a station that was almost invariably completely deserted, no one getting on or off, in the middle of nowhere. The Shijomae (市場前駅) station also happens to be the least used train station anywhere in Tokyo. I expect the number of passengers at the station to increase by a thousand fold this time next year.