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Sumida River

#137 of 3,113 things to do in Tokyo
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Address: Tokyo Prefecture
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

During the Edo period, lords and ladies took a boat along the Sumida River...

During the Edo period, lords and ladies took a boat along the Sumida River to Asakusa and the Sensoji Temple. Today, a sightseeing boat takes a similar route departing from the traditional Hama Rikya Garden.

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Beautiful cherry blossoms

Lovely walk along the river during Sakura season. Lots of people brought along mats to picnic on. There were also lots of food and beer trucks dotted along the river.

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Brisbane, QLD
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely walk along the river during Sakura season. Lots of people brought along mats to picnic on. There were also lots of food and beer trucks dotted along the river.

Thank jesstacular
Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got the Sumida River waterbus from inside the Hamarikyu gardens to Asakusa- it only stopped twice and took about 45 minutes and cost ¥740. You can sit outside at the stern or inside there are two levels with bench seats and tables.

Thank moot
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Clean long river that takes you to Asakusa. Many bridges and lovely view of Japan's unique buildings. Various cruises are available .

Thank DB1076
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A cruise which was not very scenic and the voice over given was rather mundane was a waste of time. Spending time in ginza etc would be better

Thank KanwarTavy
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We actually crossed this large river while walking from Sumida park to the Asakusa area. The river looked clean and since it was cherry blossom season we saw some trees in full bloom in both sides. You can get s good view of the Tokyo Skytree. We also people queuing to get into river cruise. Would recommend spending some time... More 

Thank Dhiraj H
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

This is a typical large Tokyo river which passes through Asakusa and provides a good view of Tokyo Sky Tree. The river has many bridges crossing it and there are various river cruises available but the best way is to walk along its banks on a nice day around the Asakusa area and Sumida Park. Access is via the Gina... More 

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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Lucky find - we decided to walk from senso ji temple to sumo museum about 25 minute walk along the sumida river - there was nobody along the pathway alongside the river bank it was clean and peaceful and there are signs along the route explaining the influence upon Hokusai one of Japan's most famous artists .

Thank BAABAAchops1
Daly City, California
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

Nice view while cruising the River. High rise buildings around the area and nice view of the city. It's worth to visit.

Thank L. M
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Excelent view, where we see the tour boats, skytree( taller skyscraper of Tokyo), when the cherish flowers( they call Sakura), it is amazing view near the mitsubishi build, nice place to walk around, cycling, run, rest!!!

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

We found the riverfront near Asakusa to be great for pictures of the Asahi building, Tokyo Skytree, the bridge, and the river itself. The walk along the river is actually quite peaceful. There weren't many people walking or running along the river path there.

Thank theschuay86

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