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Sumida River

Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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As featured in 3 days in Tokyo
Ranked #136 of 789 attractions in Tokyo
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Type: Bodies of Water
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Walking or biking or running along Sumida Gawa (the river) provides great views day or night. Especially evening when lights from nearby buildings reflect off the water's surface. The several bridges crossing over give access to Asakusa for Sensoji Temple, Ueno for the Zoo and many museums and Ryogoku for Sumo! But personally, Sumida Gawa was a great, quiet spot... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

If you are staying in the Asakusa area, go down to Sumida River for a run. There are parks and sidewalks on both sides. The river is especially beautiful during cherry blossom season with many sakura trees planted along the river.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We took a very pleasant boat ride on the sumida, from Hama rikyo gardens (check my review) to asakusa. The boat takes a southward journey first before turning north. There are tons of good photo opportunities and the lady in the speaker explains what you are seeing although most of it is in Japanese.

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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I enjoyed many morning and evening walks along the Sumida River near Asakusa and Sumida. There is a long park that runs along it which is very enjoyable. You can take in nice views of Tokyo from either side of the River. The most popular area from a tourist perpective is in Asakusa near Senso-ji and Azumabashi (Azuma Bridge). You... More

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Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

There is a sidewalk on the side of Sumidagawa river called "Sumidagawa Terace" which is great for walking, jogging, and taking good pictures of old fashioned bridges over the river. It is also cleaner on Chuo district side and safe to do those activities at night time since a lot of people including female is jogging at night as well.... More

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Luzon, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Very good cruise. A must try if you would like to see a little preview of Japan and a bit of its history. There are different types of boats. I suggest that you pick the cheapest one as it is pretty much all the same. Today we took the one to Odaiba and went home by train. Either way it... More

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

The extremely modern boat is very cool. The sites along the river are interesting but are pretty similar to any other city river cruise. Tall buildings and lot of barges transiting. It is great to board at one location and depart at another location on the one way trip.

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Calgary, Canada
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We were on a JTB / Sunrise Tour. We really enjoyed going on this cruise under 12 bridges. The seating was a little crowded. You got less of a breeze than the bay cruise. The crew was less noticeable; did not interact with the guests as much. Lots of scenery to see. If you only have time for one cruise... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

There are many cherry trees in Sumida River. The time when the flower of a cherry tree blooms seems to be the Paradise. It will visit around March or April. Sumida River has many methods of pleasure also at the time to be different. For example, river cruise tour is also one of them. You can look many beautiful bridge's... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Took one from Asakusa area to my hotel near Takeshiba, quite costy and not much things to see,tho when passing by the garden is pretty cool.

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