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Tokyo Sightseeing Information for Japan Trip

TOKYO SIGHTSEEING AREA

Sumida River

[Seasonal Special!] [Nature] [River] [Cherry Blossom]

[Seasonal] Cherry Blossoms Viewing
★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8.0/10.0)

[Overall] Sightseeing
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6.0/10.0)

Features
△ Enjoyable
○ Beautiful
◎ Relaxing
○ Unique
◎ Japanese

TRY JAPAN recommends ...

1: to see the landscape with Tokyo Skytree® from Azumabashi Bridge
2: to move to other sightseeing places such as Odaiba by waterbus

River that flows east of Tokyo as water city

If you visit Sumida River, you can see the scenery of Tokyo as a city of waterways.

This river flows the eastern part of Tokyo Metropolis including Asakusa area. It starts from Iwabuchi Water Gate in Akabane, Kita City, Tokyo. There are a lot of tributaries and waterways around this river.

There are more than 10 bridges across this river. In particular, Kiyosu Bridge, Eitai Bridge, and Kachidoki Bridge are selected as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

You can find many famous places including Tokyo Skytree®, Ryogoku Kokugikan, and Hama-Rikyu Gardens around this river. Also, you can see skyscrapers of residential buildings in Tsukudajima island.

There are cherry trees along some parts of its riverside area. In particular, at Sumida Park, you can see cherry blossoms on both sides of this river in spring. "Sumida Cherry Blossoms Festival" is held on the western side, and "Bokutei Cherry Blossoms Festival" is held on the eastern side around from late March to early April, while it changes year by year.

Various kinds of events are held including "The Regatta: Waseda University vs Keio University" in spring and "Sumida River Fireworks Festival" in summer.

You can take a waterbus to see scenery along this river. Tokyo Cruise by Tokyo Cruise Ship and Tokyo Mizube Line by Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association have their waterbus stations in several places such as Asakusa and Hama-Rikyu Gardens.

It became a river with 23.5 kilometer long in 1965. It is a middle-sized river that Tokyo Metropolis manages. It flows seven cities including Taito City. Its nearest station is Asakusa station and so on.

Event Information

"THE GREEN MARKET SUMIDA" (Sumida City Office Uruoi Plaza (near Sumida River))
from December 2, 2017 (Saturday) to December 3, 2017 (Sunday)
from March 3, 2018 (Saturday) to March 4, 2018 (Sunday)

Finished Event Information

"Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival" (Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
March 20, 2015 (Friday) to April 13, 2015 (Monday)

"The 33rd Asakusa archery on Horseback (Kusajishi)" (Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
April 18, 2015 (Saturday)

"The 33rd Asakusa archery on Horseback (Yabusame)" (Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
April 18, 2015 (Saturday)

"The 38th Sumida River Fireworks Festival"
July 25, 2015 (Saturday)
*This firework festival is held at 2 sites: one around Sakurabashi Bridge and the other at Komagatabashi Bridge.

"The 7th Sumida River Noryo Waterfront Festival"
from August 1, 2015 (Saturday) to August 2, 2015 (Sunday), from August 8, 2015 (Saturday) to August 9, 2015 (Sunday) and from August 15, 2015 (Saturday) to August 16, 2015 (Sunday)
*At Higashi-Shirahige Park as second place, the food and Product Fair is held on August 2, 2015 (Sunday) from 10:00, Parent and child free market is held on August 9, 2015 (Sunday) from 10:00.

"Asakusa Summer Night Festival Paper Lantern Floating"
August 15, 2015 (Saturday)

"Sumida River Dance Festival 2015" (Sumida City Office Uruoi Plaza (near Sumida River))
from August 15, 2015 (Saturday) to August 16, 2015 (Sunday)

"Azumabashi Fest 2015" (Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace and Sumida City Office Uruoi Plaza (near Sumida River))
from August 21, 2015 (Friday) to August 23, 2015 (Sunday)

"The 8th Ryogoku Waterside Festival" (Sumida River Terrace (near Ryogoku Waterbus Station) (near Sumida River))
August 30, 2015 (Sunday)

"Shioiri Waterside Festa 2015" (Metropolitan Shioiri Park (near Sumida River))
September 13, 2015 (Sunday)

"Sumicul 2015: Scenic Beer Terrace" (Sumida Park Open Café Area (near Sumida River))
Only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and National Holiday during August 14, 2015 (Friday) - September 27, 2015 (Sunday)

"The 31st Edo Nagashi Bina (Floating Ceremony of Paper Hina Doll)" (Azumabashi Shinsui Terrace and Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
February 28, 2016 (Sunday)

"Sakusabashi Flower Festival" (Around Sumidagawa-River Sakurabashi Bridge (near Sumida River))
from April 2, 2016 (Saturday) to April 3, 2016 (Sunday)

"Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival" (Taito Municipal Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
from March 20, 2016 (Sunday) to April 10, 2016 (Sunday)

"Bokutei Cherry Blossom Festival 2016" (Sumida Municipal Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
from March 22, 2016 (Tuesday) to April 10, 2016 (Sunday)
*Light up is held from Sunset to 21:30.

"The 34th Asakusa archery on Horseback (Kusajishi)"
April 16, 2016 (Saturday)

"The 34th Asakusa archery on Horseback (Yabusame)"
April 16, 2016 (Saturday)

"The 85th THE REGATTA -WASEDA VS KEIO-"
April 17, 2016 (Sunday)

"The 8th Marine Sports Festival in Sumida River 2016" (Around Azumabashi Bridge and Around Kotototibashi Bridge)
May 29, 2016 (Sunday)

"The 39th Sumida River Fireworks Festival"
July 30, 2016 (Saturday)
*This firework festival is held at 2 sites: one around Sakurabashi Bridge and the other around Komagatabashi Bridge.

"Asakusa Summer Night Festival Paper Lantern Floating" (Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace (near Sumida River))
August 13, 2016 (Saturday)

"The 8th Sumida River Noryo Waterfront Festival" (Sumida River Waterfront Terrace (near Sumida River))
from August 5, 2016 (Friday) to August 7, 2016 (Sunday), from August 12, 2016 (Friday) to August 14, 2016 (Sunday) and from August 19, 2016 (Friday) to August 21, 2016 (Sunday)
*At Higashi-Shirahige Park as second place, the food and Product Fair is held on August 7, 2016 (Sunday) from 09:00, Parent and child free market is held on August 14, 2016 (Sunday) from 09:00.

"Sumida River Dance Festival 2016" (Sumida City Office Uruoi Plaza (near Sumida River))
from August 20, 2016 (Saturday) to August 21, 2016 (Sunday)

"The 9th Ryogoku Waterside Festival" (Sumida River Terrace (near Ryogoku Waterbus Station) (near Sumida River))
August 27, 2016 (Saturday)

"Azumabashi Fest 2016" (Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace and Sumida City Office Uruoi Plaza (near Sumida River))
from August 26, 2016 (Friday) to August 28, 2016 (Sunday)

"Along with the music of the traditional Moon Festival Moon Viewing" (Taito Municipal Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
September 15, 2016 (Thursday)

"THE GREEN MARKET SUMIDA" (Sumida City Office Uruoi Plaza (near Sumida River)
from September 24, 2016 (Saturday) to September 25, 2016 (Sunday)
from November 5, 2016 (Saturday) to November 6, 2016 (Sunday)
from December 3, 2016 (Saturday) to December 4, 2016 (Sunday)
from February 4, 2017 (Saturday) to February 5, 2017 (Sunday)
from March 4, 2017 (Saturday) to March 5, 2017 (Sunday)
from April 1, 2017 (Saturday) to April 2, 2017 (Sunday)
from May 6, 2017 (Saturday) to May 7, 2017 (Sunday)
from June 3, 2017 (Saturday) to June 4, 2017 (Sunday)
from September 2, 2017 (Saturday) to September 3, 2017 (Sunday)
from September 30, 2017 (Saturday) to October 1, 2017 (Sunday)
from November 4, 2017 (Saturday) to November 5, 2017 (Sunday)

"RIVERSIDE&TOKYO" (Sumida River Terrace (near Sumida River))
from September 23, 2016 (Friday) to October 2, 2016 (Sunday)

"The 32th Edo Nagashi Bina (Floating Ceremony of Paper Hina Doll)"
February 26, 2017 (Sunday)

"Sumida River Kimono Garden Party" (Taito Municipal Sumida Park (near Sumida River), Asakusa Shrine)
April 1, 2017 (Saturday)

"Sakusabashi Flower Festival" (Around Sumidagawa-River Sakurabashi Bridge (near Sumida River))
from April 1, 2017 (Saturday) to April 2, 2017 (Sunday)

"Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival" (Taito Municipal Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
from March 19, 2017 (Sunday) to April 9, 2017 (Sunday)

"Bokutei Cherry Blossom Festival 2017" (Sumida Municipal Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
from March 24, 2017 (Friday) to April 9, 2017 (Sunday)
*Light up is held from 18:00 to 21:00 from March 21, 2017 (Tuesday).

"The 35th Asakusa archery on Horseback (Kusajishi)" (Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
April 15, 2017 (Saturday)

"The 35th Asakusa archery on Horseback (Yabusame)" (Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
April 15, 2017 (Saturday)

"The 86th THE REGATTA -WASEDA VS KEIO-"
April 16, 2017 (Sunday)

"The 9th Marine Sports Festival in Sumida River 2017"
June 4, 2017 (Sunday)

"The 40th Sumida River Fireworks Festival"
July 29, 2017 (Saturday)
*This firework festival is held at 2 sites: one around Sakurabashi Bridge and the other at Komagatabashi Bridge.

"The 9th Sumida River Noryo Waterfront Festival" (Shirahigebashi Upstream Waterfront Terrace (near Sumida River))
from August 4, 2017 (Friday) to August 6, 2017 (Sunday)
from August 11, 2017 (Friday, National Holiday) to August 13, 2017 (Sunday)
from August 18, 2017 (Friday) to August 20, 2017 (Sunday)

"Asakusa Summer Night Festival Paper Lantern Floating" (Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace (near Sumida River))
August 12, 2017 (Saturday)

"Bolivia Festival 2017" (Sumida Municipal Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
August 13, 2017 (Sunday)

"The 10th Ryogoku Waterside Festival" (Sumida River Terrace (near Ryogoku Waterbus Station) (near Sumida River))
August 19, 2017 (Saturday)

"Sumida River Dance Festival 2017" (Sumida City Office Uruoi Plaza (near Sumida River))
from August 19, 2017 (Saturday) to August 20, 2017 (Sunday)

"The 9th Sumida River Noryo Waterfront Festival" (Shirahigebashi Upstream Waterfront Terrace (near Sumida River))
from August 25, 2017 (Friday) to August 27, 2017 (Sunday)

"Azumabashi Fest 2017" (Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace and Sumida City Office Uruoi Plaza, etc. (near Sumida River))
from September 2, 2017 (Saturday) to September 3, 2017 (Sunday)

"The 1st Edo Halloween" (Sakura Bridge, Taito Municipal Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
October 28, 2017 (Saturday)

"Asakusa Drum Festival" (Taito Municipal Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
November 3, 2017 (Friday, National Holiday)

"Light-up of Asakusa and Autumn: Sakura and Momiji and Thirteen Night" (Taito Municipal Sumida Park (near Sumida River))
from November 1, 2017 (Wednesday) to November 15, 2017 (Wednesday)

Necessary Time
It depends on purposes.

Opening Hour
It is available all day.

Closed Day
It opens every day.

Admissions Fee
It is free.

Access
It is different from the places to visit. For example, it takes about 5 minutes from Asakusa Sation to Asakusa boat stop on foot for waterboat cruising.

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Asakusa Station (Tobu: Tobu Skytree Line)
◎ Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line)
◎ Asakusa Station (Toei Subway: Asakusa Line)
◎ Asakusa Station (Metropolitan Intercity: Tsukuba Express)

Fellow Travelers
◎ Alone
◎ With Friends
◎ With Significant Other
◎ With Family
◎ With Children

Name in English
Sumida River

Name in Roman Letters
Sumidagawa

Name in Japanese
隅田川
すみだがわ

Address
1, Hanakawado, Taito City, Tokyo, 111-0033, Japan

Telephone Number
N/A

URL
http://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.jp/kasen/sumida/sumidagawa/

Map

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