Cruising through the history of Tokyo, Sumida river

Through a downtown area of Tokyo, the Sumida River which flowed into Tokyo Bay has been used for transportation by water for a long time.

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the Water-bus in Sumida River

Since the road network progressed now, water transport is not used positively. On the other hand, the Sumida River becomes the famous spot of sightseeing. The water bus navigates the distance of one-way approximately 9 kilos from Hinode pier to Asakusa for 30 minutes.

From onboard, the rows of houses of Tokyo can be viewed and the tourist who visits Asakusa takes a water bus in many cases. It’s also possible to look at Ryogoku Kokugikan and Tokyo sky tree from the water bus.

Bridge across the Sumida River

Many bridges concerning Sumida River can be seen from the water bus. The ship passes under 12 bridges in the route to Asakusa. These bridges are built in different architecture each. Therefore it’s also the feature of the water-bus sightseeing to enjoy watching the bridges.

Eitai Bashi

Eitai Bashi

The oldest Eitaibashi in the bridges exists since the Edo Era. Present Eitai bashi is the very old bridge completed in 1926. Moreover, the newest thing is the Chuo Oo Hasi bridge completed in 1993, is lit up and is delighting people with the beautiful figure night.

Photo : Chuo Ku

Photo : Chuo Ku

Fireworks in Sumida River

Photo : TENDON

Photo : TENDON

Ukiyoe by Utagawa Hiroshige

Ukiyoe by Utagawa Hiroshige

Sumida River fireworks is famous from the Edo era. The fireworks event of the biggest in Japan scale is held on the stage of this Sumida River in summer. 20,000 fireworks are launched in the event, and the viewer reaches as many as 1.15 million people.

Since ships on Sumida River is also perfect for a fireworks visit, the tourist ship of fireworks event that day is greatly crowded. A water-bus also serves as a reservation system and serves as no vacancy immediately after a receptionist start on the event day.

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