Sumida River: Exploring Tokyo's iconic waterway

  • Published on : 29/04/2024
  • by : Japan Experience

The Sumida River is one of Tokyo's most iconic and historically significant rivers, winding its way for 27 kilometers through the heart of the city. Lined with famous landmarks, charming parks, and vibrant neighborhoods, the river offers a wealth of opportunities to explore and enjoy Tokyo from a unique perspective. From its picturesque cherry blossoms in spring to its dazzling fireworks displays in summer, the Sumida River is a must-visit destination for any traveler to Japan's capital.



 

The Sumida River's 37 bridges are attractions in their own right, each with a unique design, history, and vantage point. Some of the most well-known include:

  • The iconic Eitai Bridge dating back to 1924
  • The Ryōgoku Bridge originally constructed in 1932
  • The Sakura Bridge connecting Sumida Park and Bokutei-dori Avenue
  • The Kachidoki Bridge, the river's only drawbridge, built in 1940 to commemorate Japan's victory in the Russo-Japanese War
Boy looking at a boat on the Sumida River

Little boy looking at a boat on the Sumida River, Tokyo.

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Parks, gardens and green spaces

The Sumida River is bordered by a variety of tranquil parks and gardens that provide a welcome respite from the bustle of urban Tokyo:

  • Sumida Park extends along both banks and is one of Tokyo's top spots for cherry blossom viewing in spring
  • Hamarikyu Garden, a landscaped oasis near the river's mouth with tidal ponds and teahouses
  • The Sumida River Walk, a promenade connecting several parks that provides a convenient walking route from Asakusa to TOKYO SKYTREE

La Sumida River Walk, la promenade qui traverse la rivière la plus célèbre de Tokyo

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