Running across the Rainbow Bridge


We’re always on the lookout for something new to do in Tokyo. Something we’ve been meaning to but never got around doing was to be on the Rainbow Bridge on foot.

Rainbow Bridge is the enormous bridge that links Tokyo to the small island Odaiba, where I’m staying. We love the amazing view that we get when we cross the bridge. We’ve crossed it using the train and the bus, but it’s not until a few trips ago that we learned that the bridge can be crossed by pedestrians, too!

So just recently, while we were both admiring the parks that we pass by while riding the train, Reza suggested that we go run in Odaiba and then do it on the Rainbow Bridge — it’s going to be a looooong run. Although I’ve never done any real exercise for the past few years (when have I ever???) I said yes!

He was all set with his sports attire (always the athlete), while I was armed with the Superdry jumper he got me and sports bra and sneakers I got years ago (in hopes of going to the gym to be more fit… but after 4 1/2 years I’ve only gone to the office gym to take a shower or blow dry my hair).

So we ran across the parks, heading toward the direction of the Rainbow Bridge at every junction. Then, after an hour of walking/jogging/running we saw the entrance to the Rainbow Bridge for pedestrians!


Yay, finally here!

It’s not just us, there were plenty of people talking a walk and running there, too.

Sometimes we ran, sometimes we walked. When we walked, it was mostly Reza giving me space to breathe 😆 Quite enjoyable (I’m speaking from the perspective of a rookie in running). Since the bridge was almost flat, it wasn’t tough to run there. The bridge gives amazing views and you can switch side for different views, if you want to at several points before reaching the center. When we ran on the bridge, we also felt the sea breeze so it was literally cool.


Somewhere near the center of the bridge, we got a better view of Tokyo. There was also a specific spot for observing the city skyline.

The whole bridge is about 1.5km in length. By the time we reached the center of the bridge we decided that we’ve had enough, turned and went back to Odaiba for lunch.

Being the 1st time runner, I went home to map the route and check out how much I walked/jogged/ran:

Running in Odaiba

It was about 7KM yo. I feel so cool now to have finally walk/jog/run and did it on the Rainbow Bridge although halfway 😆

So if you feel like going for a run in Tokyo in the morning or in the evening, you might want to consider doing this.

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    Hani Lutfi
    September 15, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    I was in Japan for a school trip when I was 16 years old. That was my first time out of the country, and I wasn’t with my parents. Of course, being 16, I didn’t do any research and stuff so it’s crazy to me now that Odaiba and Yokohama and a bunch of other places I went weren’t even in Tokyo!!!! Hahahahahah!

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