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Sumida River (Sumida Gawa) Tours

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Sumida River (Sumida Gawa)
Flowing from Arakawa River and running for eight miles (27 kilometers) through the capital before emptying out into Tokyo Bay, the Sumida River (Sumida Gawa) is Tokyo’s lifeblood. Passing under 26 bridges and feeding a network of scenic canals and waterways, Sumida River offers magnificent views of Tokyo.

The Basics
A boat ride along the Sumida is a scenic way to explore Tokyo, and you can get on the water in a number of ways. Sightseeing cruises aboard spaceship-like cruise ships take in the districts of Asakusa, Hamarikyu, and Odaiba, affording views of Tokyo Tower, Hamarikyu Gardens, Asakusa Temple, Tokyo Skytree, and Rainbow Bridge. Alternatively water taxis hop between various waterfront destinations, and day cruises run out into Tokyo Bay. Boat cruises are often combined with other city tours and attractions, such as a tour of Tokyo's Asakusa area, a walking tour of Tsukiji Fish Market, or a visit to Tokyo Tower. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sightseeing cruises typically last about 40 minutes.
  • Most boats have an open-air viewing deck, as well as indoor seating with panoramic windows.
  • Audio guides are available onboard sightseeing boats in English, Chinese, and Korean.
  • Limited tickets are available day-of, so it’s best to book cruise tickets in advance.
  • Most boats are wheelchair accessible, but confirm with individual operators before booking.

How to Get to There
Boat cruises run from Hinode Pier, Asakusa, and Hamarikyu Gardens, and it’s possible to board at all three stops. The closest subway stations for Hinode Pier are Hinode (Yurikamome) or JR Hamamatsucho; the closest station for Asakusa is Asakusa (Ginza Line); the closest station for Hamarikyu is Kachidoki (Toei Oedo Line).

When to Get There
Sumida River cruises run regularly year–round, but for the most atmospheric views, opt for a sunset sightseeing cruise or a night cruise. For an even more unforgettable experience, book a cruise to coincide with Sumida River Firework Festival, held in July, and watch the spectacular firework displays against a backdrop of the illuminated city.

Views of the Sumida River
A boat cruise isn’t the only way to enjoy a view of Sumida River. Take a stroll around the waterfront Odaiba Seaside Park for a view with Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower in the background, enjoy a ride on the giant Ferris wheel at Palette Town in Odaiba, watch the sunset along the river from the Roppongi Hills, or soar overhead on a helicopter tour. 
Address: Tokyo, Japan
Admission: Free
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23 Tours and Activities to Experience Sumida River (Sumida Gawa)

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Tokyo Afternoon : Asakuasa, Sumida River Cruise Half Day TourDay Cruises

Tokyo Afternoon : Asakuasa, Sumida River Cruise Half Day Tour

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Take in some of the top sights in Tokyo during this sightseeing excursion and river cruise perfect for those short on time. Get a sky-high view of the city from the 40th floor of the Tokyo Tower, before exploring the sacred confines of Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji), and strolling the shops of Nakamise Street. Your experience ends with a relaxing cruise on the Sumida River.
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Dynamic Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day TourDay Cruises

Dynamic Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

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Take a whirlwind sightseeing tour of Tokyo as you visit the city’s top landmarks, observe a tea ceremony, and enjoy a river cruise during this full-day tour. Follow your guide to attractions including the Imperial Palace, Nakamise shopping street, Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji), and Tokyo Tower observation deck. You also enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and take a cruise on the Sumida River. This excursion in Tokyo, perfect for those with limited time, also includes lunch, all entrance fees, and a souvenir city map.
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Tokyo Night Yakatabune Crusing -Odaiba and Tokyo Sky Tree- on WeekdaysNight Cruises

Tokyo Night Yakatabune Crusing -Odaiba and Tokyo Sky Tree- on Weekdays

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Skip the crowds of central Tokyo and soak up nighttime views of such landmarks as the Rainbow Bridge, Sky Tree, and Tokyo Tower on a relaxing cruise. The cruise includes dinner, snacks, and unlimited drinks.
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Authentic Geisha Performance and Entertainment including a Kaiseki Course DinnerTheaters

Authentic Geisha Performance and Entertainment including a Kaiseki Course Dinner

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Slip on a kimono and savor a multi-course kaiseki dinner while you’re entertained by a geisha performance. A host greets you at an authentic Japanese restaurant in Tokyo during this 3-hour evening experience. Settle in with a small group as you’re served traditional dishes and converse with the geisha who are trained in dance, music and the art of communication.
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Japanese Traditional Yakatabune Dinner Cruise (Funasei)

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This is the perfect choice for travelers interested in an evening of panoramic views and incredible Japanese food. Cruise along Tokyo Bay and Sumida River on a Yakatabune boat. Pass by Tokyo’s illuminated landmarks, and enjoy lots of great photo opportunities that you wouldn’t see otherwise. If you’re looking for a way to delve into Japanese cuisine, this tour is the perfect way to do it—enjoy a 10-course menu with drinks included too.
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Tokyo Night Yakatabune Crusing -Odaiba and Tokyo Sky Tree- on Holiday

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Spend your evening far from the crowds of Tokyo, on a relaxing cruise. Take in the views after dark as the city lights up and you cruise by landmarks such as the Rainbow Bridge, Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower. Includes dinner and an open bar.
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Private Walking Tour of Tsukiji and Hamarikyu Garden with a Water Bus Ride to AsakusaDay Trips

Private Walking Tour of Tsukiji and Hamarikyu Garden with a Water Bus Ride to Asakusa

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Sample some of Tokyo’s top sights in one great trip during this 5-hour private walking tour. Start your day strolling the seafood at the outer Tsukiji Market. After a casual sushi lunch (at your own expense), explore a peaceful, 18th-century, Japanese garden and take a scenic cruise on Tokyo’s Sumida River. Finish the day by uncovering the unique historical sights of the ancient Asakusa area. A private guide, garden entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are all covered.
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  • 5 hours
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Challenging Full-Day Tokyo City Tour

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This is a great pick for travelers with limited time in Tokyo. You’ll combine the old and the new, as well as sightseeing on land, by boat, and from high up in Tokyo Tower. Take the stress out of figuring out Tokyo’s transport system by having morning pickup included. Exploring Tokyo with a guide means you won’t get lost, and you'll make the most of your time. Highlights include Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, a Sumida River Cruise, and Odaiba.
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Discover a historic township in the heart of Tokyo with this half-day walking tour. Join a local guide to see popular landmarks including the Sensoji Temple, the market street of Nakamise-dori, and the Rokku district. Taste traditional snacks such as Japanese sweets and wander among the bars, boutiques, and snack stands of Rokku.
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Watch powerful sumo wrestlers train during a practice session at the Chiganoura training stable. You’ll learn about this ancient sport on a private tour of Tokyo with your own personal guide. Then visit Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple in the popular Asakusa area. Afterward, ride a boat on the Sumida River and tour Hamarikyu Gardens and the outer Tsukiji Fish Market. You'll ride accompanied on the subway (own expense) to each attraction, with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Private Sakura-Cherry Blossom 1 Day Tokyo Tour

In Tokyo, cherry blossoms bloom in March and April, and the entire town turns pink favorably like by all age groups. See the cherry blossoms of Tokyo and marvel at the scenery where Tokyo is dyed pink. The driver will pick you up from the hotel and guide you to some of the best cherry blossom spots in Tokyo. 1)This is tokyo tour by a driver guide in English. 2) Customised sakura tour based on our best recommendations. 3) Provide us accurate hotel name and location for pick-up 4) Please respond to our email for confirmation and details of pick-up and logistics arrangement. 5) Special requests are subject to within the stated time of the itinerary. and availability. 6) The usual cherry blossom season in Tokyo is from late March to mid-April. However, the time may change depending on the flowering conditions of the cherry blossoms
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Adventurous Private Japanese Food Tour

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Family package in Asakusa: history tour with a visit to amusement parkHalf-day Tours

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Your guide acts both as knowledgeable guide and professional photographer. Besides a fun, interesting and entertaining tour filled with information, your guide will take a lot of photos of you along the way and send the high quality photos to you after the tour.
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  • 2 hours
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VIP tour - 3-geisha experience for private group of max 4Day Trips

VIP tour - 3-geisha experience for private group of max 4

After a 3.5-hour history tour, your local expert certified guide will provide you with an in-depth explanation of geisha including the history of geisha art, their training, and of course, proper etiquette to enjoy their exquisite company! Once you arrive, your geisha for the evening will be waiting for you in their splendid kimono; relax as they expertly pour your sake and let yourself be enthralled by their refined dancing. Your senses will instantly be delighted as you savor authentic and seasonal kaiseki cuisine to the sounds of traditional music. Later, you’ll have the unique opportunity to enjoy their laughter as you play traditional games with them. No Japanese skills are necessary to play games with geisha, but your guide will be available as an interpreter the entire evening should you have any questions. Photo-taking and video-taking is allowed. This experience is one of a kind in terms of maximum four guests having company with three geisha.
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  • 6 hours
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Cherry blossom viewing party on a cruise boatHalf-day Tours

Cherry blossom viewing party on a cruise boat

Savor cherry blossoms the Japanese have cherished for generations! This tour provides a perfect opportunity to view illuminated cherry blossoms from the vantage point of the boat on Sumida River. Marvel at the beauty of them filling the both banks. First, we will explore Asakusa, a historic township at the heart of Tokyo. See the 1400-year-old Sensoji temple and learn its secrets from your knowledgeable guide. Stroll along the river to see cherry blossoms. Then, we will set out for a night cruise on a boat. Enjoy nightly views of illuminated cherry blossoms on both banks and other landmarks including “Tokyo Skytree,” and “Golden Flame,” to name a few. Ladies in Kimono will perform traditional dance under the moonlight. Relish dinner and a drink (both included) . The boat will come back to the water bus terminal in Asakusa around 8 p.m., a perfect timing for a few more drinks. The guide will escort those who wish to Kamiya Bar, a modern but oldest western style bar in Japan.
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Pray for the end of COVID-19 pandemic in Japanese style on Tokyo Bus Tour

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This is the perfect tour for travelers interested in finding traditional experiences in Tokyo. Save hours of research time and enjoy having a comprehensive itinerary planned out for you. Highlights include Senso-ji Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street, a Sumida River cruise, a Matcha tea tasting at Hamarikyu Garden, and watching dancing and Shinto music performances at Meiji Jingu Shrine.
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  • 7 hours
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