This suspension bridge is a symbol of the Odaiba area, a Tokyo hotspot. A representative structure of Tokyo Bay, this bridge often appears in movies, TV dramas and novels.
When the bridge is illuminated, the arches seem to be floating and the rainbow bridge name comes actually comes from the multi-colored lights that are featured at night.
Mt. Fuji is visible on a clear day from the bridge which is open to pedestrian traffic. The walkway is closed every third Monday of the month so plan accordingly. There is a replica of the Statue of Liberty on the Odaiba side of the bridge and Tokyo Tower can be seen in the distance beyond the harbor.
At 333m in height, this is one of Tokyo’s representative structures. The tower is illuminated with two patterns known as “Landmark Light” and “Diamond Veil”, which make Tokyo’s nightscape special. The tower is synonymous with Tokyo and can be seen in countless movies, TV shows and animated features.
Completed in 1958, Tokyo Tower is more than a landmark. It is a reminder of the city’s rebirth after WWII. According to the Tower website over 700 million people had visited as of 2013. The tower also serves as a broadcast beacon.
Visit Club 333 and be entertained by music from all genres, from jazz to pop. There are also DJs pumping out the latest tracks.
Ooi Wharf is the largest container terminal in Tokyo Bay and one of the busiest in the world. The giant cranes that look like giraffes are a must-see.
This wharf is especially suited for extra-large ships which help fuel Japan’s vibrant international trade. Ooi wharf is part of the larger Tokyo Port which is full of fascinating points of interest.
One of the greatest aspects of the port area is the surprising number of parks. One example is Ooi Central Seaside Park which includes Ooi central Seaside Park Sports forest, Ooi Central Seaside Park Nagisa Forest and Jonanjima Seaside Park.
Visit several parks and enjoy bird-watching, a jog, or just a casual stroll.
TOKYO GATE BRIDGE
This huge bridge is 1,618m in length. Because it looks like two dinosaurs facing each other, the bridge is also called “Dinosaur Bridge”. It took its form due to height restrictions placed on structures near Haneda Airport. Opened in 2012, it took nine years to complete. The amount of time and money that went into the project speaks to its importance. The bridge was intended to reduce the traffic congestions in the area.
There is a pedestrian bridge that affords a view of Mt. Fuji on a clear day. It’s a great way to stretch your legs and get a bird’s eye view of the city. The bridge can be accessed by train or car but parking is limited.
Odaiba is Tokyo’s famous leisure spot. The Fuji TV building is a modern building nicknamed “Hachitama”, and is located here. In 1853, when Commodore Perry arrived with his fleet of black ships, this fort area was referred to as “Daiba”. In old times, the area was called “Shinagawa Daiba”, in order to show respect for the Shogunate who made the fort, the honorific prefix “o” was added, and the area is now called “Odaiba”.
Easily accessed from both Narita and Haneda Airports, Odaiba is considered an entertainment hub of Tokyo. The entire area is known for its promenades and priceless cityscape. There are also a number of parks alongside the waterfront.