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Sumida River

Tokyo, Sumida River Sumida RiverSumida River is a tributary of Arakawa River flowing through Saitama Prefecture and Tokyo Metropolis.
It flows through the northeast part of central Tokyo and into Tokyo Bay.
The width of the river is 150-200 meters and the water flows slowly. (The water is not so clean.)

It flows through the large city, so there are many bridges across the river.
Each bridge has a different form.

Sumida River flows near the popular spots such as Asakusa, Ryogoku and Tsukiji.
So pleasure boats (Tokyo Cruise Ship) are operated between Asakusa and Hinode Pier facing Tokyo Bay. They stop by at Hamarikyu Gardens.
We can enjoy the boat tour for about 40 minutes from Asakusa to Hinode Pier, or for 35 minutes from Asakusa to Hamarikyu Gardens.
(We can tour in the opposite direction.)

On the last Saturday in July, Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival are held around Sumida River near Asakusa.
It is one of the major fireworks festival in Tokyo, and 20 thousand fireworks are set off from around 19:00 to 20:30.

Tokyo Cruise Ship official website

Sumida River map

How to get to bording points of Tokyo Cruise Ship


  • About 2 minutes walk from Kaminarimon.

Hamarikyu Gardens

  • It is in the garden. When you want to tour the garden, you must buy the entrance ticket there.

Hinode Pier

  • About 8 minutes walk from JR Hamamatsucho station.
  • About 2 minutes walk from Hinode station on Yurikamome.

Azuma Bridge over Sumida River
Komagata Bridge over Sumida River
Bridge of JR Sobu Line over Sumida River
Kiyosu Bridge over Sumida River
Eitai Bridge over Sumida River
Kachidoki Bridge over Sumida River
Hinode Pier

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