Nothing beats free when it comes to tourism right? And few things are as much bang for your buck when it comes to experiencing Tokyo as a walk across the Rainbow bridge. Of course, it requires the physique to be able to walk briskly for at least 30 minutes and still enjoy it, but if you can manage that I see no reason not to put this destination on your to-do list as a tourist in Tokyo! My favorite time to do the walk is around sunset, but it is great any time of the day, just make sure bridge is open for foot traffic before you head over! It closes early in the summer and even earlier in winter. Either way you go you save on the train ticket, which is one of the pricier ones in central Tokyo at about a hundred yen more than what you would normally pay for a ride this long.
Funny thing happened when I was taking the last photo though. There was a fairly large Earthquake in the general area, and the bridge started making some small noises as the anti-earthquake engineering kicked in to keep the wobbliness to a minimum. I felt very safe to be on the bridge!
The warmth and the sun is finally back in Tokyo after what has been an extremely wet and quite chilly spring. Today the temperature was well over 20 in most parts of Tokyo and the sun was magnificent. In other words, it is perfect weather to enjoy the walk over the amazing Rainbow Bridge, easily one of the best things to do in Tokyo for free. From April to October the opening hours are extended from 0900 to 2100 (although entrances close at 2030 so be in time!) so you can enjoy the walk from the morning sun to the darkness of the night.
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!