Sumida Park

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Location

Tokyo, Japan

Address

1-1, Hanakawado, Taito Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

Getting there

Access

By train:Approximately 5 minutes from Asakusa Station (Ginza Line/Toei Asakusa Line/Tobu Isezaki Line).
By bus:Take a Toei bus To42 Ko or To42 Otsu and get off at the bus stop Hanakawado.

Telephone

+81-3-5246-1321

More information

http://visit-sumida.jp/spot/6133/, http://www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/kurashi/kotsu/jitensha/rental.html, http://www.city.taito.lg.jp/smph/index/event/kanko/sumidasakuramatsuri.html, https://web.facebook.com/pages/Sumida-Park-and-River/

Prices

Admission is free.

Opening hours

Always open

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Sumida Park is one of the best 100 Sakura Spots in Japan located right next to Sumida River. There are about 1000 Sakura planted along with the riverside. Those Sakura make beautiful flower tunnel in Spring. During the Hanami period which is between end of March to middle of April, there are a lot of ceremonies or events, such as traditional dance, music or Nursery rhyme song. Also, there many Yatai which sell food, toys or snacks in this time. This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters. In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot, while on the last Saturday of July it becomes the site of the Sumida River Firework.

It was used to be the private park of Shogun family. 8th Shogun of Tokugawa, Yoshiie opened some spots of park so that everyone can enjoy Hanami. He planed a lot of Sakura on both side of Sumida river. Now, it's opened for public.

Sumida Park between the Azumabashi and Sakurabashi bridges is a great place to have a hanami cherry blossom viewing party. There are 640 cherry blossom trees and you can sit by the Sumida river as residents of Edo – Tokyo’s former name – have been doing for hundreds of years. These days, however, you also get a view of the Tokyo Skytree. You can see cherry blossoms on both sides of the river.

Flanking both sides of the Sumida River, this park offers a welcoming retreat after you've worn yourself out sightseeing in nearby Asakusa. Spring is the best time to visit, when more than 1,000 sakura trees lining both banks burst into bloom, although people visiting later in the year haven't missed out on all the excitement – the last weekend in July brings an enormous fireworks display. There are also plenty of attractions nearby, including shopping streets, Asakusa Shrine and Sensoji Temple.

A party here could also be combined with a boat trip along the river. Bring something to eat, drink, a ground-sheet to sit on and warm clothes for when the sun goes down. Naturally, the actual dates of this ‘festival’ very much depend on when the cherry blossoms bloom.

Scenery

The representative scene of Sumida Park is that of Tokyo Skytree and Asahi Beer Tower. They are both located Sumida ward opposites Asakusa and you can enjoy whole views of them from Sumida Park. Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting tower completed in 2012. It is 634 meters tall and the tallest tower in the world. As a new landmark it is very popular for people. Asahi Beer Tower is the headquarter building of Asahi Breweries, one of the major breweries in Japan. The building is shaped like a beer mug. There is also an objet d'art called “Flame d'Or” (that means golden flame in French) on the roof of Asahi Beer Hall adjacent to the building. It is familiar with people as one of the representative views of Asakusa.

Waterbuses

There are two landing places for waterbuses; “TOKYO CRUISE” and “Tokyo Mizube Cruising Line” (that for “TOKYO CRUISE” is located near Azumabashi Bridge and that for “Tokyo Mizube Cruising Line” near Nitenmon Gate of Sensoji Temple). Each has plural courses and you can enjoy cruise in the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay. HOTALUNA and HIMIKO that are ships of TOKYO CRUISE were produced by Leiji MATSUMOTO, a manga artist famous for “Galaxy Express 999” and “Space Battleship Yamato”. They are shaped like a spaceship and their futuristic appearance is worth seeing.

Bridges

In Sumida Park there are four unique bridges across the Sumida River and you can take a nice picture at each bridge.

Azumabashi Bridge is an iron bridge whose vivid vermillion color attracts notice. It was constructed in 1931. It is located at the southern edge of the park and near the center of Asakusa. With Tokyo Skytree and Asahi Beer Tower, Azumabashi Bridge creates a good picture.

Hanakawado Railway Bridge (Tobu Railway Sumida River Bridge) is a railway bridge on the Tobu Isezaki Line. The combination of a train and Tokyo Skytree is wonderful. It is also constructed in 1931.

Kototoibashi Bridge is a light blue iron bridge and features its powerful liner design. It was built in 1928. When you stand on the bridge you will see in front of you Tokyo Skytree. Also you can see Tokyo Skytree alone from near Kototoibashi Bridge because there is no tall building around.

Sakurabashi Bridge is a pedestrian walkway and features its X shape. At the season of cherry blossoms you can enjoy cherry blossoms along the Sumida River.

Cafe

In the park there are two cafes; Tully's Coffee Sumida Park store and Cafe W.E. You can spend relaxing time viewing scenery of Sumida Park and the Sumida River. On weekend during the summer you can drink beer!

Night view

We also recommend the night view of Sumida Park. The night view of Tokyo Skytree, Asahi Beer Tower and Azumabashi Bridge are wonderful in particular.

Cherry blossoms

It is the season of cherry blossoms when Sumida Park is crowded the most. Cherry blossoms in full bloom along the Sumida River are worth seeing. It is one of the representative spots for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo.

Reviews by visitors

This was one of the top attractions I did in Tokyo. Go on a clear day. Go early morning (9:00 AM) to see the sun reflecting off the buildings. It is beautiful. Plan to take many pictures.

~honda

Nice to stroll especially at night time. Lots of restaurants nearby. Many high rise buildings and very clean area.

~matt

Didn't have much time before check-in after our visit to the Skytree, so had a walk down to this park - unexpected gem! Beautiful picturesque paths through a riverside garden. Was very quiet when we went, barely any people, and the adjoining shrine was just closing so didn't get to go in. Still, a nice peaceful area - imagine it would be beautiful during Sakura season.

~liam

This park wasn't on my radar until my third stay in Asakusa, but it will be a favorite spot for future visits. Just a few blocks away from the crowds at Senso-ji, the well-landscaped park runs alongside the river. Numerous hydrangeas were coming into bloom when I was there, and it was obvious that other flowers would be equally beautiful in other seasons. 

I had read that there are art installations in the park, but didn't find them this time. Even so, this was a lovely way to take a break from the pace of the city.

~steve

The park sits along the river and is a great place to see cherry blossom. There were lots of Japanese people having picnics wherever you looked and we joined them in having lunch there. It was a really nice atmosphere.

~chelsea

This park, almost devoid of tourists, is a pleasant quiet place where older people go to relax and enjoy nature. There are no particular activities, however.

~travis

Sumida Park was our favorite park in Tokyo for viewing of cherry blossoms because it is a riverside park affording beautiful views and interesting buildings across the river. The river cruises leave from a landing at Sumida Park, which adds to the spectacle. A couple of gift shops between Sumida Park and the Senso-ji temple complex had interesting and imaginative souvenirs. We had the unusual opportunity to visit Sumida Park both at the very beginning of the blooming of cherry trees and when they approached full bloom.

~staid

We visited this park on our first day back in Tokyo. We walked a long way from our hotel in Taito, looking for the first sakura blooms and we found ourselves in this little park. The scene was so peaceful, and the silence was occasionally broken by birds playing and chirping. We sat by the lake on boulders that must have been placed there hundreds of years ago. It was the perfect place to clear our minds, rest our weary feet and commune with nature.

~cesbreyn

I visited on the 1st of April, sakura, cherry blossoms were going to be full bloomed. It's so beautiful. It's very closed to subway station and other attractions in Asakusa area. There are other flowers in the garden. A small playground will also make your kids smile..more and more :) If you like picnic, you may prepare an easy meal or supper and sit besides the river. There are some seats near pier (Tokyo cruise). You'll see Tokyo Sky Tree with sakura blossoms and a cruise.

~benjawan

The Sakura blossoms seemed to have faded when we arrived here with just a few fallen petals in evidence. The weather the day before, did not help. Seems to be freqented by several, but harmless, people who like to drink early in the morning. A nice spot close to,the Sumida River and not far from The imposing Sky-tree Tower.

~kim

I visited this park to watch rowing match in Spring. Many tourists from overseas were walking around the park and enjoyed good view of Asakusa and the sky tree building. The park was located between the heart of Asakusa to northern Asakusa district. Its size was 2km, I took 20 mins by foot. You can see the sky tree tower, Beer tower of Asahi corporation over the river and there were many Sakura trees and art works in the park. It is a public park, and it's free for admission. you can feel Asakusa time in the park.

~jennifer

It is a tranquil and small park on the other side of the river from Asakusa. I went there during sakura and I can say i wasn't disappointed. It has a lot of cherry trees and at least 3 or 4 species of them so the spectacle is beautiful. There where a couple of couples taking photos for their wedding.

~david

During the spring, Sakura will bloom and you will see the Sky tree tower very clear with cherry blossom. Of course, by the Sumida River.

~harry

We visited the park on a Saturday right in the middle of Cherry Blossom season. 
The trees were blooming and just about to start dropping. With hundreds of trees on both sides of the Sumida River it was quite a site.
However what made it memorable for us was the huge and I mean HUGE number of Tokyo citizens enjoying a picnic as part of Cherry Blossom celebrations. This was quite an event and each group was well organised. All covered the ground with plastic sheets and then laid out food on everything from cardboard boxes to simple plates. We even saw one group with a keg of beer. 
There were some families but the majority were friends, either from work or university...sport groups, and extended family gatherings. Outstanding.
We were lucky as it did not rain despite being an overcast day...but this did not dampen anyone's spirits....a lively time was had by all.
A must do if you are visiting the nearby Asakura Tepmple complex.

~philip

This park should be your "To Do List" during cherry blossom festival. It is picturesque with cherry blossoms, River, boats and sea gulls. It is very near the Sensoj-hi temple, Sky Tower, Asahi Headquarters and pier for river cruise. So, you can cover many places in your visit.

~mosto

the park is just a walkway beside the Sumida river which is where the River Bus Pier is located. we rode the river bus from here to Odaiba. Trip to Odaiba from Asakusa is just a few times a day.

~pinoy

Allow me to summarize my itinerary that day.
Started at Ueno Park and then to Asakusa by Metro. walk in Asakusa and lunch there. Walk to Sumida river and consider the river cruise. Then walk across to the Asahi Building and visit. Then walk to Sumida Park and watch the birds (strangely, it was rather peaceful). May come back during cherry blossom season. you will see Tokyo Skytree about 1 km away. walk there and go up the tower or just hang around the mall. Enjoy

~alvin

Sumida Park has a lot of trees with flowers. Also it is located next to river, so it is very relaxing place for both locals and travlers

~mark

Sumida Park is quite small but filled with hundreds and hundreds of sakura trees which had started to turn slightly when we visited but apart from that its just another park nothing special unless you want a early morning jog.

~kim

Although a little crowded, overall the experience was very nice. There were shops lining the streets on either side and shops through the middle of the street as well, but if you get through the crowd and up to the temple, it is calm and nice.

~lee

A garden is treated to decorate the city, and does not constitute a special visit for tourists. While it can be used as for the rest in this park. This place seems the goal is to beautify the area and as reforestation in the area.

Here we can see a partial view of Tokyo city, and the population is quite dense housing located on the street next to the park.

~jack

Sumida Park is rather small but filled with hundreds and hundreds of gorgeous sakura trees. During full bloom the sight was quite breathtaking and the river makes it extra picturesque. We really enjoyed walking all through it after visiting the nearby Sensoji Temple. There is a great view of Skytree across the way too. Wonderful people watching and there are a couple little snack/sandwich shops with nice views of the water too. Very convenient to the Asakusa metro station. Definitely recommend a visit for a quiet respite from bustling Tokyo.

~miley

Though pretty small, it was a nice experience strolling around this cosy park. Blossom was in full bloom(end of March) and many groups of people were picknicking throughout the park that day. Might be nice to walk through on your way to or from the Sky Tree tower (very close). No admission fee required.

~gody

Sumida park is one of the 100 sakura spots in Japan located right next to Sumida river.
It is free and places to climb and get nice views of the river.
Here you see how Japanese people enjoy their gardens, eating and drinking with big groups.
You can take boat tours from one side of the park and man pulled chariots from the other side of the park.

~ted

1000 trees of cherry blossoms are panted in Edo period for Shogun to see the great view from Sumida River. As it's all along the river and tenparature by the river is lower than other places, if u miss the Cherry blossoms in Tokyo, it last longer than others.

~david

with bathroom facilities
with coffee shops
near sensoji temple
near a hotel 
with an antique store nearby
nice to bring kids or family here
no entrance fee
very safe at night
sandy place

~ang

We walked through this park to get to the river boat tour but got lost several times. the signage was poor but many friendly people helped us get to our destination. The park is supposed to be beautiful in the spring, with lots of cherry blossom trees that spread over 1 kilometer. There is a small fee to walk through the park which seemed unnecessary. There are a few park benches along the way to sit and relax.

~carol

This was the first thing we visisted when we arrived in Tokoy. Our hostel was situated not far from here. It's a nice little park and if you go during spring you'll have some great Cherry blossom views. The view on the river is also really nice. Certainly a must do if you are in Asakusa.

~juliie

A good place to slow down and just take a break from busy Tokyo, admiring the surroundings. The place is quiet and you have a good view of the Tokyo Sky Tree from the other side. You can also ride the river boat from here.

~karl

It's a big park near Sumida river; actually there's two parks one each side. It's ten minutes walking away Tokyo Sky Tree. I went in October so I couldn't see the cherry blossoms, but it was a nice walk still!

~suarez

A riverside park with glorious cherry trees. I wouldn't expect it to be too exciting if it's not the cherry blossom season, but I heard that on the last Saturday of July they have a firework extravaganza there called the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival.

~peter

Nice for a stroll through the cherry blossoms and below near the river one can also catch a ferry down the river. It was not busy when I went, which was just at the very beginning of the blossoming, but my guid said it can get very busy so keep this in mind.

~eric

Sumida Park is located along Sumida river near Asakusa. It is especially nice to visit during cherry blossom season in the spring. There are sakura trees planted along the river on both sides. Just take a walk here and enjoy the season. 
The park has good views of Tokyo Skytree and the golden Asahi Brewery buildings. There are a number of good spots to take photos here. This is a nice place to go with small children. They can run around and go to the playground inside the park.

~kaiser

The park is famous for it's beautiful Cherry Blossoms but that only lasts a few weeks a year. The rest of the year is nice too! 

There is not a lot of exciting things to do but if you enjoy walking or running or just want to take in a nice sunrise/sunset this is a really nice place to come. You will see some birds, cats and people walking their dogs or running. It is a very friendly kind of mood in this area. Take in some terrific views of Tokyo Sky Tree, Asahi Buildings and from the other side of the river enjoya a nice view of Asakusa and a interesting small temple and garden. 

Again this is not a place you would want to go for excitement. I enjoyed grabbing a can of coffee and watching the ships go down the river. You can also take a water bus to Odaiba from here.

~chan

Lovely in the spring as the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Take the cruise and sit back. The cruise is nothing special but it serves its purpose..

~chris

We went on a cruise on the Sumida river, while the cruise was not up to much, this place at the end was gorgeous. Its a garden off the river and very pretty. its landscaped as aremost of the parks or gardens here. There is nearly always a kimono clad lady or two being photographed too. public amenities and drinks machines are plentiful everywhere in Tokyo. Nearly all the public loos are kept clean and in good order.

~katherine

Highly recommend the Sumida River cruise to Asakusa. Great, peaceful way to see Tokyo with no traffic or congestion.

~amy

Getting off the Boat from the Sumida River Cruise, you can visit Sumida Park with it's rows of Cherry Trees. Across the park is the Asahi Building and the Tokyo TV tower where at a certain time of the day, the TV tower is reflected off the gold windows of the Asahi building

~mark

The perfect cherry blossom viewing park especially in the evening with old fashioned river boats in Sumida River, lanterns above our heads and a beautifully lit Tokyo Sky Tree.

~tangarini

With few others such as Shinjuku gyoen and Ueno park, Meguro river or Chidorigafuchi, Sumida Park is one of the most popular places for visitors to admire sakura (cherry blossom) during their short flowering in the spring.

What is called "Sumida Park" includes the aisles located on both banks of the eponymous river, which runs through the heart of Tokyo towards Odaiba. It is located only a few dozen meters from the famous Senso-ji, the great temple of Asakusa so popular with tourists (and sellers of all kinds).

The walk in Sumida-koen has the merit of providing a significantly less confined perspective, which spreads over several hundred meters. Certainly, urban style is not magically avoided all around it, as shown by these bridges crowded with traffic or the inevitable Tokyo Skytree nearby. But, filled with Yakatabune (restaurants on the water) or short cruises (as Himiko), the vastness of the river offers a very valuable aquatic lung.

Photos accompanying this article were taken during a (very) rainy early afternoon, but in normal times and at this level of flowering, crowds flock at Sumida Park to stroll under the cherry trees. In early evening, some sakura are also lit to prolong the experience.

Note that fireworks is also shot on the last Saturday of July, draining again many (many) onlookers.

~simeone