The Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo) is a suspension bridge across the northern part of Tokyo Bay in the capital of Japan, connecting Shibaura and Odaiba in the port area. The official name in English is Tokyo Port Link Bridge from its Japanese official name. Rainbow Bridge was the name that was later chosen by a public vote.
The Rainbow Bridge lasted about six years and was completed in the summer of 1993. Its purpose is to ease traffic congestion in Tokyo and become the main line into the coastal center of the capital (Tokyo Transport City).
The beautiful white structure has become an important landscape of Tokyo's seaside. The scenery of the Rainbow Bridge has made Odaiba a new tourist attraction in Japan in recent years, and the bridge has also appeared in many famous Japanese TV dramas. Let's find out more details about the design and size of this elegant bridge.
Size and Features of the Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo)
The Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo) is divided into upper and lower layers. The upper layer is the No. 11 Odaiba Line of the Capital Expressway. The central part of the lower layer is the rails of the New Transportation Rinkai Line, and the two sides are general roads, including National Highway 357. Lanes and sidewalks for pedestrians. However, bicycles and locomotives under 50cc cannot pass through the Rainbow Bridge.
The two towers that support the bridge are designed in white to harmonize the Rainbow Bridge with the surrounding scenery. The bridge's lighting is divided into four parts: the main tower, the suspension cable, the girder, and the anchorage. The lighting designs form a complete unity without losing their characteristics. Red, white, and green light bulbs are placed on the cables of the suspension bridge deck, and solar energy is used as the energy source to decorate the Rainbow Bridge at night. Lighting also changes according to the day and time of the season to create a rich landscape.
Dimensions of the Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo)
The Rainbow Bridge is the longest bridge in the capital, with a total length of 798 meters (2,618 feet) and a width of 49 meters. The bridge has three spans, with a main span of 580 meters (1,903 feet). The roadway stands 52.4 meters above sea level, with two 126-meter towers supporting the construction.
|Total Length||798 m (2,618 ft)|
|Width||49 m (161 ft)|
|Longest Span||580 m (1,903 ft)|
|Height||towers: 126 m (413 ft); roadway: 52 m (170.6 ft)|
The Rainbow Bridge is a huge and beautiful suspension bridge connecting Odaiba to central Tokyo in the northern part of Tokyo Bay. Odaiba is an ultra-modern, man-made island that is also incredibly popular with tourists. When night falls, all the lights on the Rainbow Bridge are lit, and Tokyo Bay reflects the night view of Tokyo, which is particularly charming. The bright and dazzling Rainbow Bridge is one of Tokyo's iconic symbols.