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Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo, Japan

February 27th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Rainbow Bridge (レインボーブリッジ, Reinbō Burijji?) is a suspension bridge crossing northern Tokyo Bay between the Shibaura Wharf and the Odaiba waterfront development in Minato Ward, Tokyo. It was completed in 1993.

The bridge spans 570 meters (1870 ft) and carries three transportation lines: Metropolitan Expressway No. 11 Odaiba Route on the upper deck, and Route 357 (also known as "Rinkou Douro", Portside Avenue) and the Yurikamome New Transit on the lower deck.

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.

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 the solar energy obtained during the day.

The bridge can be accessed by foot from Tamachi Station (JR) or Hinode Station (Yurikamome) on the mainland side.

In the 2003 film Lost in Translation The Rainbow Bridge appears during a dreamy post-party sequence in which the characters are taxi-ed across Tokyo on their way back to their hotel to the sound of My Bloody Valentine's Sometimes.

Again The Rainbow Bridge was seen in the 2003 film Kill Bill Vol. 1 as O-Ren Ishii and her gang, the Crazy 88, cross it on their way to the House of Blue Leaves for the final showdown.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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