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Updated: July 30, 2019
Walk across one of Tokyo’s most famous landmarks, see the skyline from a park with an unusual history, and step back in time at an Edo-themed onsen.
Take the east exit and continue walking south for about 13 minutes.
Rainbow Bridge connects mainland Tokyo with Odaiba, a man-made island. Its nickname comes from its solar-powered lights which are usually red, white, and green, but are lit in rainbow colors at special times throughout the year. The bridge has a lower deck with two separate walkways on the north and south sides. From the north, you can see views of Tokyo harbor and Tokyo Tower, while from the south you can see Tokyo Bay and even Mount Fuji on a clear day. You can walk the length of the bridge, 1.7 km, in about 30 minutes. Biking isn’t allowed, but you are free to walk your bike across.
At the end of Rainbow Bridge, turn right onto the Rainbow Promenade to access Odaiba.
Daiba Park, which juts off reclaimed island Odaiba, is one of the remaining fortresses built in 1853 by the Tokugawa shogunate as a defensive measure to protect the area from enemy attack. The park is still surrounded by a stone wall, and you can see the remains of a barracks, an explosives warehouse, and an ammunition storehouse. It is five minutes from a man-made beach on Odaiba.
Walk about 10 minutes south to Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station. Take the Yurikamome Line three stops (5 minutes) to Telecom Center Station. Walk for a couple of minutes.
Oedo Onsen is one of the largest “onsen theme parks” in Japan. Be sure to try the several types of baths on offer, including jet pools, open-air barrel baths, and a silky bubble bath with special micro bubbles. There’s also a rock salt sauna and many extra services like massages for an extra cost. The highlight of the onsen is Edo Hall, a large space that takes you back in time to Edo-period Japan during a summer festival. The room is lit by lanterns and there are festival games and traditional street foods to snack on. There are several restaurants serving various cuisines as well as an old-fashioned sweet shop. Go after you bathe and dine in your gown-like cotton yukata to get the full experience.