Boat ride on the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay

From Asakusa, an alternative to walking for reaching Tokyo Bay is to take the Tokyo Cruise Ship water bus. It follows the Sumida River southwards until Hamarikyu Garden and Hinode Pier. It is then possible to switch boat to pass under the Rainbow Bridge and reach Odaiba.

Above, in Asakusa.

Above, Tsukiji Fish Market.

Above, Rainbow Bridge spanning Tokyo bay.

Above, Fuji TV Building in Odaiba.

Above, Yokoso Building.

Above, at Hinode Pier.

Above, looking north.

Above, Toyosu Island.

Above, under the Rainbow Bridge.

Above, Dai-San-Daiba Park.

Above, Odaiba and Fuji TV Building.

Above, in Odaiba.


Asakusa Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri is a festival held in Asakusa every year in May. It celebrates the three people involved in the creation of Senso-ji and later enshrined as Shinto kami in Asakusa Shrine, next to the temple. It is one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo, with about 100 mikoshi (portable shrines) paraded around the neighbourhood.

Above, cats on Kaminarimon.

Above, Asakusa Shrine.

Above, ema plaque for the festival, showing the legend of how Senso-ji was founded.

Observatory of Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is a modern building located in front of the Kaminarimon Gate of Senso-ji, in Asakusa. The top floor has a cafe, as well as a freely accessible observatory with a great view on Senso-ji and Tokyo Skytree.

Above, Tokyo Skytree.

Above, Kaminarimon Gate, Nakamise Street and Senso-ji.

Above, Azuma Bridge and Sumida River.

Tokyo Walk: Kameido, Arakawa River, Funabori Tower Hall, Kyu-Nakagawa River, Tokyo Skytree & Asakusa

In May, starting at Kameido station, I walked east towards Edogawa City, until I reached the Arakawa River. I then crossed it in order to visit Funabori Tower Hall and its observatory. I went back to the other side of the Arakawa and walked along the Kyu-Nakagawa River (旧中川) then turned west at the Kitajukken River (北十間川), which goes all the way to the Sumida River, passing in front of the Tokyo Skytree. I ended the day with the Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa.

Above, mini-Mount Fuji at Kameido Asama Shrine.

Above, Komatsugawa Shrine.

Above, Ojima Komatsugawa Park.

Above, Arakawa River.

Above, crossing the Arakawa River.

Above, Edogawa Boat Race stadium.

Above, Funabori Tower Hall.

Above, view from the observatory of Funabori Tower Hall.

Above, looking towards Tokyo Bay and Chiba.

Above, golf swing practice course.

Above, back on the other side of the Arakawa River.

Above, training for synchronized festival dancing.

Above, flood gate. There is a viewing platform on top of it (see below).

Above, view from the top of the flood gate.

Above, Kyu-Nakagawa River.

Above, south entrance to Ojima Komatsugawa Park.

Above, old floodgate.

Above, kayaking on Kyu-Nakagawa River.

Above, Kitajukkengawa River and Tokyo Skytree.

Above, mikoshi parade for Sanja Matsuri.

Above, people crossing in front of Kaminarimon gate leading to Senso-ji.

Tokyo Walk: Temples & shrines of Asakusa (Part 2)

Continuing the visit to the temples and shrines of Asakusa. First, Imado Shrine, which claims to be the birthplace of the maneki neko (beckoning cat).

Above, Imado Shrine, a love power spot.

Above, those are all enmusubi ema plaques.

Above, daikon at Matsuchiyama Temple.

Above, Matsuchiyama Temple.

Above, Sumida Park.

Above, Asakusa Shrine, near Senso-ji.

Above, swordplay.

Above, a pig!!! I also saw it at Sanja Matsuri.

Above, Senso-ji.

Above, kappa statue at Kappabashi-Hondori.

Above, golden kappa statue.

Above, Yasaki Shrine.

Above, Sougen-ji (aka Kappa Temple).

Above, arcade decoration in Kappabashi Street.

Above, back at Senso-ji for sunset.