Go with the flow in Tokyo
The Sumida River crosses the Japanese capital for 27 km and gives Tokyo its “aquatic city” side. Historically it has always played a leading role in the development of trade and transport in the city. Nowadays, it allows more visitors to immerse themselves in another facet of Tokyo.
Cruising on the Sumida
Whether you're on the river or on its banks, the Sumida will give you the opportunity to experience the city from a new angle. At night you can peacefully enjoy the city lights Two choices are available to you: river shuttles and traditional houseboats.
1. The river shuttles
- The Sumida River Line
- The Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line
- The Odaiba Line
- The Tokyo Big Sight-Palette Town Line
To take your experience on the water a little further you can opt for the traditional houseboats.
This type of boat allows you to spend an unforgettable moment on the water. For more information, please read our article about Yakatabunes .
Enjoy Tokyo on the water's edge
The Canal Cafe
The Canal Cafe is located at the edge of the moat of the old Edo Castle near Iidabashi Station on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line and the Tozai, Yurakucho, and Toei Oedo Namboku metro lines. This café is a must in terms of places to relax by the water. Created in 1918, the Canal Café was originally the first boat club in Tokyo. A few years ago it was turned into an Italian bar-restaurant. You can easily relax there over lunch or a snack. In spring, it offers a magnificent view of the cherry trees in full bloom on the opposite bank. In summer you can hire rowboats for 600 yen per 30 minutes.
The Ichigaya Fish Center
Located in the same area, the Ichigaya Fish Center is a fishing pond, which allows you to enjoy the water in the heart of the Japanese capital. It is also part of the moat of the old Edo Castle.
The entrance fee is 690 yen per adult for 1 hour. Count 100 yen to rent a rod and 80 yen for bait. On weekdays the pond is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tip: the Ichigaya Fish Center is even more fun in the afternoon. You can avoid the crowds and you can also admire the sunset over the surrounding buildings. Do not forget your camera!
Odaiba is a group of artificial islands built in the late 19th century. This group of islands may be a paradise for shopping and entertainment. But its coast can also become a very romantic destination. So after dark do not miss out on Odaiba Beach and the promenade with a view of the illuminated Rainbow Bridge.
TheTama is a river that runs through the south west of Tokyo. Away from the center, it is perfect for a quiet stroll or bike ride along the water’s edge. On weekends, many Tokyoites organize barbecues here. This is an opportunity for you to discover Japanese barbecues: a friendly atmosphere guaranteed. At nightfall, the views are just as enjoyable. You can enjoy the coolness of the evening and the city lights in the distance. Don’t forget to bring your mosquito repellent!
The banks of the Tamagawa are accessible from Tamagawa Station, which is located 16 minutes from Shibuya on the Tokyu Toyoko line.You can also get there from Numabe Station on the Tamagawa line.