Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge

March 26, 2016

Gear:
Camera: Sony A7
Gear: Tokina Plastic Fantastic


Tokyo Bay

One of the best photo ops in Tokyo is definitely Rainbow Bridge. There are several ways to photograph Rainbow Bridge, be it morning or sunset. I have found that mornings are great photographing under the bridge while sunsets are fantastic from Daiba. Beware however, you'll find a lot of competition on the beach for the best spot. 

Rainbow Bridge is a favorite spot for many photographers.

In the following shot, I had to climb on and over some rocks to get nestled in on this spot. Fortunately for me, there weren't many other people around at the location I picked. 

Sunset at the Bay (Coordinates: 35°37'41.8"N 139°46'16.8"E) Click through for google maps. 

Sunset at the Bay (Coordinates: 35°37'41.8"N 139°46'16.8"E) Click through for google maps. 

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
— Dorothea Lange

Two Options: 1. Tokyo Side or 2. Daiba Side

Tokyo Side

If you look at the map there are a couple of areas around the bridge that offer great vantage points. The ones I found to be quite compelling is the one directly under the bridge on the Tokyo side. Here's the map: 

 

I took the train to Shinagawa Station and decided to walk the rest of the way to see if there were any other available vantage points (without breaking the law) near the area. Most other parts of the bay area are closed off. As I got to the bridge, I found a small park with a couple of tennis courts that sit directly under this beautiful bridge. From here sunrise is the best time of day, right after blue hour. But as always, it's what you make it that tells the story. 

Excuse the map rendering but here's what it looks like from above: 

The star indicates a public park area and the beautiful part is that it's free of tourists. Take your time. Click through for google maps. 

The star indicates a public park area and the beautiful part is that it's free of tourists. Take your time. Click through for google maps. 

Click through for google maps. 

Click through for google maps. 

Now if you decide that this point of view is not enough and decide to go to the Daiba side, I highly suggest you quick hop on the bridge and walk your way across. You can try the Daiba side for a different view. Here are a couple of shots from the Bridge. I believe this Bridge is not accessible in the winter season, however I'm not sure. You may want to check before you go there rather than go home empty handed. 

(Coordinates: 35°38'08.0"N 139°46'18.9"E) Click through for google maps. 

(Coordinates: 35°38'08.0"N 139°46'18.9"E) Click through for google maps. 

The first picture in this post is the vantage point from Daiba. I found that staying down near the beach is the best location for taking pictures of the Bridge at night. If you take it from the deck of the mall behind the beach, you'll be met with a tidal wave of flashes from tourists trying to take take pictures of the bridge. 

Here another photo from the Rainbow Bridge this time with a slow shutter:

Your imagination here is the limit. You're the photographer and it's your memory, make it what you want. 

Your imagination here is the limit. You're the photographer and it's your memory, make it what you want. 

Beware the tourist. Take the path less taken and find those little areas of peace and quiet. I am well aware that there are plenty of other vantage points yet to be uncovered and probably better vantage points than these, however, if you're on the run and need to do something quick perhaps these will help you along the way. 

As always, I try to recommend some great shooting locations to encourage you to get out there and continue shooting. Inspiration is valuable and I have been inspired by so many great photographers to continue doing what I do. Best wishes and godspeed on your next adventure. If you enjoy this content and would like to see more, feel free to leave me a comment or subscribe to this site. If you want to learn more about who I am, click the about section above. 
 

Yours truly,