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Rainbow Bridge is named for the tri-colored lights on towers supporting its suspension cables. Solar-powered red, white and green lights are often complemented with blue lighting on supports below the bridge. A rainbow spectrum is created, with muted reflections in the waters of Tokyo Bay.
The 2,618-foot (798-meter) suspension bridge is a major transportation route within Tokyo. The bridge has an expressway that connects Shibaura Pier to the Odaiba waterfront area in Minato. The expressway occupies an upper toll deck, while a lower deck contains a monorail and lanes for ordinary car and truck traffic, and pedestrians.
For one of the most interesting views of the bridge, go to Odaiba, near the Daiba station. A replica of the Statue of Liberty towers above the trees in the foreground. Beyond the statue, the bridge creates a striking image accompanying Tokyo’s skyline. In the background, Tokyo Tower is an eye-catching replica of France’s Eiffel Tower.
Odaiba has many waterfront vantage points and restaurants offering excellent daytime views of Rainbow Bridge. Even more impressive is the post-sunset view as the high-rises and bridge light up. Traveling under the massive structure by water bus provides a unique perspective. Take a trip on the monorail to enjoy the view from its wide windows as you cross the bridge.
Combine some exercise with photography on a walk across the bridge. To the north are views of Tokyo Tower, Skytree and the city skyline. To the south are the beach and Fuji television building of Odaiba. On exceptionally clear days you might see Mount Fuji.
For pedestrians, the bridge is free. It opens at mid-morning and closes overnight, with a pre-sunset close in the winter. Dress warmly for a winter walk! The bridge is also closed on the third Monday of the month, from December 29 to 31, and during bad weather. To access the bridge on the mainland Tokyo side, take a train to the Shibaurafuto station; from there it's 10-minute walk to the bridge. Odaibakaihinkoen station in Odaiba has a connecting walkway to the bridge.
This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Tokyo Bay, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo and Joypolis. DiverCity Tokyo Plaza and Zepp Tokyo are also within 1 mile (2 km). Daiba Station is only a 3-minute walk and Fune-no-kagakukan Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Odaiba, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Oedo Onsen Monogatari Hot Springs and MORI Building Digital Art Museum. Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Imperial Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km). Daiba Station is only a 3-minute walk and Fune-no-kagakukan Station is 8 minutes.
This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Happoen Garden, Tokyo Bay and Sengakuji Temple. Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum and Keio University are also within 2 miles (3 km). Tokyo Shinagawa Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tokyo Kitashinagawa Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kabuki-za Theatre, Ginza Wako Building and Zojoji Temple. Hibiya Park and Tokyo Tower are also within 2 mi (3 km). Shiodome Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tokyo Shiodome Station is 2 minutes.
Located in Minato, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Happoen Garden, Sengakuji Temple and Keio University. Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum and Tokyo Bay are also within 2 miles (3 km). Sengakuji Station is only a 4-minute walk and Shirokane-takanawa Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Odaiba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tokyo Bay and Tokyo Big Sight. Zepp Tokyo and DiverCity Tokyo Plaza are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kokusaitenjijo station is only a 2-minute walk and Tokyo Big Sight Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Tamachi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mita Hachiman Shrine, Keio University and Shiba Park. Shiba Toshogu Shrine and Shiba Rikyu Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tamachi Station is only a 5-minute walk and Mita Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Shinagawa, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tokyo Bay and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Tokyo Tower. Tokyo Imperial Palace and LaLaport Toyosu Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km). Tennozu Isle Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tokyo Shimbamba Station is 16 minutes.