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Photographing Rainbow Bridge from Daiba Park

Rainbow Bridge is one of my favorite places in Tokyo.  I often go to Daiba Park, which is on an island, to photograph it.  It’s a bit underutilized by photographers.  One of the city’s most iconic architectural structures will be so close that you’ll almost be able to throw a stone at it!  Go there, and you’ll go home with great pics.

night Rainbow Bridge with light trails

You’ll also see another city legend from the park, Tokyo Tower.   But there’s more.  Ships and boats pass under the bridge.  Buildings are everywhere.  Planes will be above.  Odaiba and the Statue of Liberty will be behind you.  It’s a fantastic place for photos.

Rainbow Bridge with clouds above

Daytime is great to shoot it all.  But, you might be better waiting for the sun to go down.  The night will be alive, and the scene will look better.  Daiba Park is an incredible spot.   

A brief history of Daiba Park

Daiba Park is a historic place.  It is on one of a series of artificial islands the Shogunate built in the nineteenth century.  They created them to house cannon batteries to defend Tokyo from a feared foreign attack.  Today, you can see some of the mounts where the guns sat.  

Rainbow Bridge golden hour

What Tokyo landmarks are visible from Daiba Park?

  • Shinagawa Wharf area
  • Sunsets (during the warmer months when the sun will be near the bridge)
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Water traffic (occasionally, large passenger ships will make their way through the area)

When to photograph Rainbow Bridge from Daiba Park?

Disclaimer – all these are my personal opinions:

  • Sunset and later is the best time to photograph the bridge.  
  • Wait to press the shutter until water traffic passes under the bridge.
  • After sunset, the bridge lights come on.  It is a picturesque scene;
  • The sun sets to the far left of the bridge in late winter.  In the warmer months, it will be closer to or behind the bridge;
  • For this location, both HDR and long-exposure photos work well.
  • The island is very close to the bridge.  The 16-55 mm has been enough for me.  I haven’t found much need for a wide-angle or long zoom.
Rainbow Bridge sunset

Problems with this Daiba Park

  • In winter, it can get bitterly cold.
  • Daiba Park is on the water, so the wind can be powerful.
  • The location is a long walk from Odaiba-Kaihinkoen station.  It’ll take about fifteen minutes.
  • Be careful if you put your gear on the ground because there are ant nests.

Where is Daiba Park?

Daiba Park is close to Rainbow Bridge.  The closest station is the Yurikamome line’s Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station.  Here is a Google map:

Location shot from Odaiba beach:


Wrapping up

Daiba Park is one of my favorite places to photograph Rainbow Bridge.  And as it is near Odaiba, there are many other places to photograph.  There is the beach and the Statue of Liberty.   

Rainbow Bridge with lights

Of course, the main thing is the view of the bay, especially Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower.  Fans of them won’t be bored.

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