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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Sumida Park (Sumida River Terrace) : an amazing sight in Asakusa!

October 7, 2015

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The view of Tokyo Skytree and Asahi Beer Tower

Outline

Sumida Park is located near Asakusa station and along the Sumida River where you can see amazing views such as Tokyo Skytree. Especially you can see beautiful scenery at the season of cherry blossoms. The park is open space and it is very fun to walk around. It has landing places for popular waterbuses that tour the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay. The park is a part of Sumida River Terrace that is a promenade built along the Sumida River. In this article I would like to introduce the area of Asakusa side between Azumabashi Bridge and Sakurabashi Bridge.


Sumida Park


Cherry blossoms at Sumida Park

Scenery

The representative scene of Sumida Park is that of Tokyo Skytree and Asahi Beer Tower. They are both located Sumida ward opposites Asakusa and you can enjoy whole views of them from Sumida Park. Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting tower completed in 2012. It is 634 meters tall and the tallest tower in the world. As a new landmark it is very popular for people. Asahi Beer Tower is the headquarter building of Asahi Breweries, one of the major breweries in Japan. The building is shaped like a beer mug. There is also an objet d'art called “Flame d'Or” (that means golden flame in French) on the roof of Asahi Beer Hall adjacent to the building. It is familiar with people as one of the representative views of Asakusa.

Waterbuses


HOTALUNA; quoted from TOKYO CRUISE

There are two landing places for waterbuses; “TOKYO CRUISE” and “Tokyo Mizube Cruising Line” (that for “TOKYO CRUISE” is located near Azumabashi Bridge and that for “Tokyo Mizube Cruising Line” near Nitenmon Gate of Sensoji Temple). Each has plural courses and you can enjoy cruise in the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay. HOTALUNA and HIMIKO that are ships of TOKYO CRUISE were produced by Leiji MATSUMOTO, a manga artist famous for “Galaxy Express 999” and “Space Battleship Yamato”. They are shaped like a spaceship and their futuristic appearance is worth seeing.


The landing place of TOKYO CRUISE

Bridges

In Sumida Park there are four unique bridges across the Sumida River and you can take a nice picture at each bridge.


Azumabashi Bridge

Azumabashi Bridge is an iron bridge whose vivid vermillion color attracts notice. It was constructed in 1931. It is located at the southern edge of the park and near the center of Asakusa. With Tokyo Skytree and Asahi Beer Tower, Azumabashi Bridge creates a good picture.


Azumabashi Bridge, Tokyo Skytree and Asahi Beer Tower


Hanakawado Railway Bridge (Tobu Railway Sumida River Bridge)

Hanakawado Railway Bridge (Tobu Railway Sumida River Bridge) is a railway bridge on the Tobu Isezaki Line. The combination of a train and Tokyo Skytree is wonderful. It is also constructed in 1931.


The view of Tokyo Skytree from Kototoibashi Bridge

Kototoibashi Bridge is a light blue iron bridge and features its powerful liner design. It was built in 1928. When you stand on the bridge you will see in front of you Tokyo Skytree. Also you can see Tokyo Skytree alone from near Kototoibashi Bridge because there is no tall building around.


Kototoibashi Bridge


Sakurabashi Bridge

Sakurabashi Bridge is a pedestrian walkway and features its X shape. At the season of cherry blossoms you can enjoy cherry blossoms along the Sumida River.


The view of Sumida River from Sakurabashi Bridge

Cafe


Cafes in Sumida Park

In the park there are two cafes; Tully's Coffee Sumida Park store and Cafe W.E. You can spend relaxing time viewing scenery of Sumida Park and the Sumida River. On weekend during the summer you can drink beer!

Night view


The night view of Tokyo Skytree and Asahi Beer Tower

I also recommend the night view of Sumida Park. The night view of Tokyo Skytree, Asahi Beer Tower and Azumabashi Bridge are wonderful in particular.

Cherry blossoms


Cherry blossoms in Sumida Park

It is the season of cherry blossoms when Sumida Park is crowded the most. Cherry blossoms in full bloom along the Sumida River are worth seeing. It is one of the representative spots for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo.


Sumida Park


Sumida Park

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