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  • Address: Tokyo, Japan
  • Admission: Free

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Sumida River Tours

Flowing from Arakawa River and running for eight miles (27 kilometers) through the capital before emptying out into Tokyo Bay, Sumida River 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. 

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

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This is a walking tour to experience historical and traditional spots in Tokyo. You will visit Tsukiji fish market and feel the immense energy of the people. ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.78
Private Kimono Experience in Asakusa with Tsukiji Fish Market Walking Tour and Water Bus Ride, ... 
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Private Kimono Experience in Asakusa with Tsukiji Fish Market Walking Tour and Water Bus Ride

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On this tour you'll get the option to stroll the streets of Asakusa in a Kimono, visit the historical Hamarikyu Japanese garden and the popular Tsukiji Fish ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.93
Yakatabune Cruising-Odaiba Tokyo Sky Tree-Sat Sun Holidays, Tokyo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Yakatabune Cruising-Odaiba Tokyo Sky Tree-Sat Sun Holidays

This is a plan on a boat with a friendly atmosphere and where you can enjoy the night view. You can spend a luxurious time enjoying the views of Japan such as ...  Read more

Location: Chūō, Japan
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour, Tokyo, Day Cruises
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Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour

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Climb aboard a traditional Japanese rickshaw for an unforgettable view of the Asakusa district in Tokyo. Your knowledgeable guide will steer you to some of ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.85
Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour, Tokyo, Half-day Tours
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Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

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See Tokyo at its dynamic best on this jam-packed day of sightseeing — perfect if your time in Tokyo is limited. A professional guide points out highlights such ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Tokyo Highlights Afternoon Tour and Sumida River Cruise, Tokyo, City Tours
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Tokyo Highlights Afternoon Tour and Sumida River Cruise

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See the highlights of dynamic Tokyo on this afternoon sightseeing tour, perfect if you have limited time. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the 40th floor ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.93
Private Tokyo Helicopter Tour, Tokyo, Half-day Tours
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Private Tokyo Helicopter Tour

[10minutes] Helicopter tour in TOKYO!! There is no better way to enjoy the mesmerizing view of Tokyo than from the sky! Fly over some of the most symbolic ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $143.92
9-Day Tokyo and Seoul Highlights from Tokyo, Tokyo, Helicopter Tours
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9-Day Tokyo and Seoul Highlights from Tokyo

This 9-day tour's itinerary covers the most popular sites in the major cities of Japan and South Korea, Tokyo and Seoul. This package will take you to all the ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

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Private Asakusa, Tsukiji Fish Market and Sumo Stable Tour Including Water Bus Ride, Tokyo, ... 
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Private Asakusa, Tsukiji Fish Market and Sumo Stable Tour Including Water Bus Ride

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Your day starts with the chance to observe a sumo wrestling practice session. Sumo is an ancient sport dating back some 1,500 years. You can feel a Japanese ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.74
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Walking Tour in Asakusa, Tokyo, Full-day Tours
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Tokyo Cherry Blossom Walking Tour in Asakusa

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There’s hardly a more iconic place to view the breathtaking Japanese cherry trees (called ‘sakura’) in bloom than the Asakusa district of Tokyo. See brilliant ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.91

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