Crossing Tokyo Bay and connecting the man-made island of Odaiba to Shibaura Pier is the Rainbow Bridge. Completed in the early ’90s, the Rainbow Bridge was constructed to allow people to visit the newly enlarged Odaiba island. (Although the island was created in the 1880s for defense purposes, it was greatly expanded in the 20th century. Since much of Tokyo’s water front is dominated by industrial ports, Odaiba’s accessible shore is somewhat of an anomaly.)
If the bridge’s fun name surprises you, you’re not the only one. Originally named “Shuto Expressway No. 11 Daiba Route – Port of Tokyo Connector Bridge”, its nickname was decided on by the public…and we definitely think it was a change for the better. Rainbow Bridge does have a public walkway, but the best way to see it is from below. Party boats can be rented out at night and float around the bay, offering incredible views.