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Updated: February 4, 2021

Cool breezes along a cooler riverside area

Tokyo is home to a network of riverways that flow through the city like veins through a body. In the past, these rivers were used to move people and goods from one location to another in old Edo. Today, these rivers provide a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of an ever-moving and ever-changing cityscape.

Take a day to escape Tokyo’s need-for-speed and instead stroll along the Sumida River, near one of the oldest stations in the heart of the city. Revel in the cool air coming off of the riverfront, take in the many vistas that you can only see from the side of the river, and then enjoy the rest of your day at Tokyo Mizumachi® for shopping and dining complex housed in a modern, green park. This popular shopping spot in Tokyo will lead you to places near Tokyo Skytree® as well!

Tips

  • Arrive early to enjoy an alfresco breakfast and beat the crowds
  • Watch for cyclists and other pedestrians as you cross the river via the under-bridge pass.
  • Wear comfortable shoes if you plan on walking from Asakusa Station along the Sumida River to Tokyo Skytree
  • Don’t lean over the sides of the foot bridge or hold your electronics over the edge

A waterfront shopping paradise

Just a short walk from Tokyo Skytree, the largest manmade structure in Japan, you can find Tokyo Mizumachi. This spacious facility offers the best of the local area while giving you a chance to fully enjoy a park and river environment at the same time. Go café hopping and dine alfresco on the grassy lawn to enjoy the beautiful weather to the fullest. While there is no vehicle parking available, there are parking spots for bicycles for Tokyo Mizumachi visitors. Traveling Tokyo by bicycle is a great way to see the city and enjoy everything that it has to offer.
This waterfront destination lets visitors explore the magic of this Tokyo community with easy access to famously popular downtown areas. Sprawl out on the park to watch the clouds float by, or take a walk around the grounds, or perhaps use Mizumachi as a starting point for any wonderful Tokyo daytrip adventure. And do not forget to bring your pet along with you as dogs are allowed at Tokyo Mizumachi as long as they remain leashed. Be sure to visit in springtime when the sakura cherry trees are blooming in the park and create a landscape of fluffy pink snowflake-like petals. The possibilities are endless when you visit this waterside district that connects the places that you want to see the most.
From Tokyo Mizumachi you can easily visit any of the nearby culture areas. Asakusa Station, being only 5 minutes by foot, offers a traditional and shopping excursion as you walk up to Senso-ji Temple and witness the beauty and tranquility of the grounds, large red gate lantern, and nearby pagoda. Nakamise Street, leading up to Senso-ji Temple, lets visitors to the area peruse a large variety of goods and souvenirs. Head in the other direction from Tokyo Mizumachi and find yourself at Tokyo Solamachi shopping and aquarium complex along the Sumida River—and perhaps even pay a trip up to the top of Tokyo Skytree. Whatever you decide to do, the possibilities are laid out for you from Mizumachi.

Cross this footbridge to find new part of Tokyo

If you find yourself wanting to explore the city on foot instead of looking out of a train window as the city zips by, then perhaps the Sumida River Walk is the perfect way for you to get across the Sumida River. Cross the 130-meter wide river on this steel and reinforced-concrete bridge. The Sumida Riverwalk opens to pedestrians at seven in the morning and remains open to foot traffic until ten at night.
This new footbridge spans the Sumida River and offers visitors a stunning view of the river as they cross it by foot. Above head, the Tobu Railway trains rumble by but from the bridge you see so much more of the surrounding cityscape. Travel from Asakusa Station and the surrounding Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street areas to reach Tokyo Mizumachi and Tokyo Skytree Town.
The cool riverside breeze will refresh your senses and offer you a new perspective of Tokyo life. While you cross the bridge keep your eyes open for the small glass-covered foot walk area where you can watch the water flowing beneath your shoes. You will also be able to enjoy various riverside views of Tokyo that you won’t be able to enjoy any other way. See locals cycling by the Sumida River and take some splendid photographs of Tokyo Skytree looming over the river and nearby Tokyo Mizumachi shopping and park area.

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