Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo)

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It is a suspension bridge crossing northerh Tokyo Bay between the Shibaura Wharf and the Odaiba waterfront development in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Completed in 1993, the raibow bridge spans and carries three transportation lines on two decks:

-Upper deck: Shuto Expressway No. 11 Odaiba Route
-Lower deck: Route 357 (also known as “Rinko Doro”, Portside Avenue) and the Yurikamome automated train

Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo, Japan, Kawasaki Heavy Industries

The bridge has separate walkways on the north and south sides: the north side offers views of inner Tokyo Harbor and the Tokyo Tower, while the south side offers views of Tokyo Bay and occasionally Mount Fuji. The walkways may only be used during certain hours (9 am to 9 pm in the summer; 10 am to 6 pm in the winter). Bicycles and light motorcycles (under 50cc) are not permitted on the decks or the walkway of the bridge. Motorcycle pillion passengers are also banned.

The towers supporting the bridge are white in color, designed to harmonize with the skyline of central Tokyo seen from Odaiba. There are lamps placed on the wires supporting the bridge, which are illuminated into three different colors, red, white and green every night using solar energy obtained during the day.

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