Rainbow Bridge

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Rainbow Bridge showing a city, general coastal views and night scenes

Walk this suspension bridge for views of Tokyo’s skyline or see its rainbow lights from waterfront, monorail, boat cruise or restaurant vantage points.

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.

Top Hotels Close to Rainbow Bridge

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$1,523 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kabuki-za Theatre and Ginza Wako Building. Hibiya Park and Zojoji Temple are also within 1 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,197 reviews)
"Upgraded room was so great. It would be much greater if I could get other side of the building. My room was right next to Nippon TV building, the view wasn't so bad, but I could enjoy it if I was at the other side."

Reviewed on 2021/12/15

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$2,003 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
This family-friendly Tokyo hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Meiji Gakuin University and Happoen Garden. Tokyo Bay and Keio University ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,094 reviews)
"Everything was pretty good"

Reviewed on 2022/1/18

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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
4.5 out of 5
2-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$3,224 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Minato, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and MORI Building Digital Art Museum. Tokyo ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,243 reviews)
"nice hotel"

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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
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The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$1,523 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
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Shinagawa Prince Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$2,003 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
4.5 out of 5
2-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$3,224 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
Hilton Tokyo Odaiba
Hilton Tokyo Odaiba
4.5 out of 5
1-9-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
The price is NT$4,242 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Sotetsu Grand Fresa Tokyo-Bay Ariake
Sotetsu Grand Fresa Tokyo-Bay Ariake
3 out of 5
3-6-6 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$2,483 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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REGALO Shibaura 601
REGALO Shibaura 601
3 out of 5
Kaigan 3-17-9, Tokyo, Tokyo
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Daiichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort
Daiichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort
4 out of 5
2-3-15 Higashi-shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$1,791 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Daiichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort
Pullman Tokyo Tamachi
Pullman Tokyo Tamachi
4.5 out of 5
3 1 21 Shibaura, Minato, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$3,555 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Pullman Tokyo Tamachi
Hotel Gracery Tamachi
Hotel Gracery Tamachi
3.5 out of 5
3-8-1 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
Hotel Gracery Tamachi
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