TRIPPERS TIP: Voyage Across the Rainbow Bridge

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By Claire D'hooghe | April 10, 2016

Rainbow Bridge. The voyage across the Rainbow will take you about 30 minutes on foot. Unfortunately, bikes aren't allowed.

Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo. The voyage across will take you about 30 minutes on foot. No bikes allowed, bummer dude.

Even though we have been to this city a shitload there’s still some trips we haven’t taken. Tokyo is insane in size and to try to see and do everything in a short number of days is near on impossible, especially if you want to immerse yourself in the culture and character of your experience.

If you’re on a shoestring or an intense timeline you’re going to miss out on some stuff. But if you ever find yourself outta money with a couple of hours, take a walk across the rainbow: the biggest bridge in Tokyo.

Rainbow Bridge connects Tokyo to the man-made island of Odaiba and is one of the lesser-known free things to do in Tokyo city. The 1.7 kilometre journey across the bridge will take 20-30 minutes on foot (no bikes allowed) and will reward you with a panoramic outlook of Tokyo and a view of Mt Fuji in the distance, while you watch ships sail beneath you. The lower deck walkway is open ‪from 9am to 9pm April through October and ‪10am to 6pm November through March (but closed every 3rd Monday of the month).

So, if you have already enjoyed the Dionysian nightlife of Tokyo and already taken a trip through it’s best districts, take it easy and go for a dawdle across one of the coolest bridges in the country. And hey, if you’re lucky and it’s a clear day, you might get a glimpse of the seaside park or Tokyo’s underwater road tunnel.

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