Sumida-gawa from sakura bashi bridge

Japan: Cherry blossom celebrations by Sumida River

Date: 28th March 2015

After checking out Denboin Garden near Sensoji temple, I walked towards Sumida River next.

Skytree gold building Asahi Sumida
I was here to check out the sakura festivities on either side of the Sumida River
Tokyo Cruise building Sumida river
Plenty of boat tours from this station
Tokyo cruise map Sumida river
Here’s a map of the waterway service
Sumida river tour boat Tokyo
I would take one of these boats later
Sumida river two sides panorama
A wide panorama of both banks
Tokyo sky tree panorama Japan
The Tokyo Skytree, shot using my 70-200 mm lens
Asahi beer hall golden building Tokyo
I decided to check out this side of the river bank first

Tokyo Skytree reflection glass building

Cleaners Sumida-gawa sakura festival
Cleaners and volunteers all ready to keep things tidy
Sumida river bridge Tokyo Japan
There are many bridges crossing over Sumida river

Boats going under bridge Sumida river-tokyo

Sakura trees Sumida river Tokyo
I was happy to see cherry blossom trees finally in bloom
Sakura festivities Sumida gawa Tokyo Japan
Benches were placed on the sides and people were enjoying drinks and snacks
Food stall Sumida-gawa sakura festivities
Fresh snacks being fried
Sumida-gawa sakura trees panorama
Sakura trees line the entire boulevard
Cherry blossom trees Sumida-gawa Tokyo
Sumida river is one of the best venues to see the sakura trees in Tokyo
Sakura trees Sumida-gawa Tokyo
Is this the full bloom though?
Crowds Sumida-gawa sakura matsuri Tokyo
The crowds were out in full force today (it was a Saturday)
Sakura bashi bridge Sumida Tokyo
This is Sakura Bashi bridge
Sakura Bashi bridge shape Tokyo
This what the bridge looks like from up above
Sumida river boats Tokyo
LOTS of boat tours

Sumida-gawa from sakura bashi bridge

Sumida river panorama Tokyo
A panorama
Tokyo Sky tree Sony xperia Z1
Took this photo on my phone
Sumida river walkway Tokyo Japan
Sumida rivers seems like a nice place to come for a jog or a walk
Sakura bashi bridge Sumida river
I crossed the bridge to the other side
Sakura picnic Sumida river park Tokyo
There was more space on this side for picnicking
Sumida park sakura flowers yellow Tokyo
More flowers in bloom
Sakura tree Sumida Park Tokyo
Lots of people were drinking and some had even passed out, but nobody was ruining the atmosphere
Sumida river tour boat pier Tokyo
I decided to take a boat ride down to Odaiba today itself
Sumida river boat ride ticket office
I went to this office and bought my ticket. There are other boat service providers mind you.
Sumida boat cruise schedule Tokyo
It costs ¥1310 (₹750/$11.5/€10) for the one way ride to Odaiba
Tokyo Skytree Sumida river train bridge
Caught a train going over the river
Tobu Asakusa station building Tokyo
I guess it was stopping at Tobu Asakusa station
Takoyaki being made Tokyo Japan
I hadn’t eaten lunch yet so I stopped at this Takoyaki shop under the rail tracks
Takoyaki katsuobushi street food Japan
Takoyaki are made using wheat flour-based batter and filled with octopus bits, green onion and other fillings. That flaky topping is katsuobushi (fish shavings).
Sumida river cruise boarding area Tokyo
Post-lunch, I walked back to the boarding dock for my boat ride

The boat ride to Odaiba, the giant Gundam statue at Diver city Mall and more are all in the next post.

Next posts in this series:

Japan 2015: Boat ride to Odaiba; giant Gundam statue at DiverCity Mall

Japan 2015: Cherry blossoms at Tokyo Imperial Palace east garden

Japan 2015: Cherry blossom sightings at Shinjuku Gyoen

Japan 2015: Harajuku on a Sunday – Meiji shrine and Yoyogi Park

Japan 2015: Harajuku at night — Takeshita Street

Japan 2015 – Visiting Akihabara a second time, because why not?

Japan 2015: Cherry blossoms in full bloom at Ueno Park

Japan 2015: Rikugien garden’s weeping cherry blossom tree

Japan 2015: Getting to Hakone; Lake Ashi sightseeing cruise

Japan 2015: Hakone ropeway; onsen at Hotel Green Plaza

Japan 2015: Ōwakudani sulphur springs, views of Mt. Fuji — and last night in Tokyo

Japan 2015: Getting to Narita Airport — and flying an Airbus A380 for the first time

Previous posts in this series:

Japan 2015: Denboin garden, near Sensoji Temple

Japan 2015: Shopping in Shinjuku, and exploring Kabukicho

Japan 2015: Nishi-Shinjuku — views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building sky deck

Japan 2015: Shibuya – the busiest crossing in the world, and home to a loyal dog

Japan 2015: Ueno Zoo – pandas, a lonely polar bear, and more

Japan 2015: Nakamise street, Senso-ji temple, and Ueno Park sakura at half-bloom

Japan 2015: Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery, leaving Himeji for Tokyo — and my last bullet train ride

Japan 2015: Himeji Castle, and the unexpected air show

Japan 2015: Kyoto Station, and arriving at Himeji by shinkansen

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Monkey Park in Arashiyama

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Gion Corner Cultural Show

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu Dera temple

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Fushimi Inari-taisha, and climbing to the mountain top

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Nishiki market and Teramachi

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Nishi & Higashi Honganji, Shijo street, and Gion

Japan 2015: Riding a bullet train for the first time, Tokyo to Kyoto

Japan 2015: Walking around Akihabara and Ginza

Japan 2015: Going to Akihabara, and spending way too much time in Yodobashi Akiba

Japan 2015: Landing in Tokyo… and using a communal bath for the first time

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