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!
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.