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The Rainbow Bridge


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One of the most famous bridges in Japan, Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge, spans the Tokyo Port, connecting the Shubaura Wharf and the Odaiba in Minato-ku ward. This massive illuminated bridge blends striking from and efficient function, making it a must see – and hard to miss – Tokyo landmark, as well as a convenient way to access to the numerous attractions at Odaiba island. Workers completed construction of the Rainbow Bridge – intended to become the most prominent symbol of Tokyo’s bayside – in 1993. This truss-decked suspension bridge uses vertical steel cables to support its dual decks. It spans 1,870 feet in length and measures more than 416 feet tall. The bridge features a bright white hue, chosen to accent the Tokyo skyline as seen from Odaiba. Three lamps – one red, one white and green – illuminate the bridge at night using solar energy collected throughout the day. Three lines of transportation operate along Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge. The bridge’s upper deck hosts the Odaiba Route of the Metropolitan Expressway Number 11 while the lower deck supports Route 357 – commonly known as Rinkou Douro, or Portside Avenue – and the Yurikamome New Transit. Drivers on the Tokyo Rainbow Bridge are not subject to tolls. The Rainbow Bridge features a pedestrian-friendly walkway, which presents visitors with a great opportunity to walk from Tokyo’s industrial Shubaura Wharf to Odaiba island, a man-made island that mixes business and pleasure.

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