The Sumida River Cruise (Sumida Line) is a great way to travel between Asakusa and the Tokyo Bay Area. You’ll see a totally different side of Tokyo and you’ll get a break from subways and trains.
Sumida River Cruise boat Himiko: Ned Snowman / Shutterstock.com
The Sumida River Cruise (Sumida Line in Japanese) connects several piers around the Tokyo Bay Area (Hinode, Hama Rikyu, Nihonbashi, Odaiba and Toyosu) with Asakusa (which is convenient for Senso-ji Temple and close to the museum district of Ueno, as well as Tokyo Sky Tree).
You’ll experience a totally different view of the city from the river and you’ll be reminded that Tokyo is indeed a port city. Three futuristic boats ply a variety of routes and stop in different places. Check the English-language website (below) for full details.
Sumida River Cruise
English address (Asakusa):
1-1-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0033
Japanese address (Asakusa):
Admission (Asakusa-Hinode Pier):
6-11 years old: JPY430
Nearest Transport (Asakusa):
Subway: 1 min walk from exit 5 of Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line, and Toei Asakusa line.
Train: 2 min walk from Asakusa Station on the Tobu Skytree line.
Official Website (English)
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