Listen to an announcement on a Sumida River cruise
The 27km-long Sumida River flows through the heart of Tokyo into Tokyo Bay and along with the Arakawa River (荒川) is one of the major rivers in the city.
The Sumida River passes under 26 bridges on its way to the sea near Odaiba and past some of Tokyo's main areas of interest including Asakasa, Ryogoku, Hamarikyu Gardens, Shiodome, Nihonbashi and Tsukiji Fish Market.
One of the best ways to get the feel of the river is on a Tokyo River Cruise. The journey takes in spectacular bridges, vast skyscrapers and the blue tarpaulin shacks of the homeless.
Tokyo Cruise Line operates five water bus lines:
Sumida River Line (Red)
Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line (Gray)
Odaiba Line (Green)
Tokyo Big Sight Palette Town Line (Blue)
Museum of Maritime Science/Shinagawa Aquarium Line (Purple)
There are water bus stops at:
Hinode Pier, Asakusa (Azuma Bridge), Hamarikyu Gardens, Toyosu, Harumi,
Tokyo Rinkai Fukutoshin Area, Palette Town, Tokyo Big Sight, Ooi Seashore Park and Shinagawa Aquarium.
Travel times are:
Asakusa to Hinode Pier (45 minutes)
Asakusa to Odaiba Seaside Park (50 minutes)
Hinode Pier to Odaiba Seaside Park (20 minutes)
Hinode Pier to Tokyo Big Sight (25 minutes)
Hinode Pier to Shinagawa Aquarium (50 minutes)
It is also possible to hire one of the company's boats starting at over 300,000 Yen for one hour.
Full information in Japanese, Chinese and English is available on the company's website.
Tel: 0120 977311
On the last Saturday of July, the Sumida River Fireworks Display can be seen over the river. Good vantage points are between Sakurabashi Bridge and Kototoibashi Bridge and between Komagatabashi Bridge and Umayabashi Bridge.
Tokyo's Sumida River Fireworks Festival is reputedly the oldest recorded fireworks tradition in the world, dating back to 1733 A.D.
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