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.


Walk along the Sumida River (Part 3): Arakawa City

This is where the Sumida River borders both Arakawa City (on the south side) and Adachi City (north). It is a bit out of the way but it is a nice and quiet walk.

Above, ferris wheel at Arakawa Amusement Park (荒川遊園).

Walk along the Sumida River (Part 2): From Asakusa to Tsukiji

A nice thing to do after visiting Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree is to walk south along the Sumida River. It is possible to go all the way to Tokyo Bay on foot (for example, ending at Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal). In this post, I stopped at Tsukiji, after making a detour by Tsukishima Island, where the Sumida River forks into 2 channels before reaching Tokyo Bay.

Above, Sumida River from Asakusa to Ryogoku.

Above, Sumida River from Ryogoku to Tokyo Bay.

Above, Tokyo Skytree.

Above, a story teller near Azuma Bashi.

Above, Azuma Bashi.

Above, sleeping dog.

Above, one of the many bridges spanning the Sumida river.

Above, Ryogoku.

Above, Tokyo Cruise Ship “Himiko”, designed by Leiji Matsumoto.

Above, towards Toyosu.

Above, buildings on Tsukishima Island.

Above, Chuo Ohashi bridge.

Above, on Tuskishima Island.

Above, Sumiyoshi shrine.

Above, sleeping cat.

Above, Paris Square.

Above, lobby of Saint Luke’s Tower.

Above, sun reflections on Kachidoki Island, with Harumi Triton Square in the background.

Above, bridge between Kachidoki Island and Tsukiji.

Walk along the Sumida River (Part 1): From Asakusa to Minami-Senju

The Sumida River (隅田川; Sumida-gawa) is a river in eastern Tokyo that starts at the Iwabuchi Sluice Gate in Kita and flows into Tokyo Bay. There is a walkway along its bank almost everywhere along the way. Here are photos of the walk starting from Asakusa and going north to Minami-Senju, in Arakawa City.

Above, Sumida River from the Tokyo Skytree observatory.

Above, Tokyo Skytree, a near constant sight when walking along the river.

Above, homeless settlement.

Above, Ishihama Shrine.

Above, in Shioiri Park (汐入公園).

Above, north of Minami-Senju station. The walkway stops there and starts again upstream (a bit far away though, so I stopped there).

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.