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Tokyo Cruise (Sumida River)
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Owner description: Sumidagawa line, Asakusa・Odaiba Direct line, Odaiba line, Tokyo Big Sight Palette Twon line, Shogun line
Reviewed 8 November 2017

I went to see Asakusa Shrine, but got distracted and boarded Sumida River Bus instead.
It takes you from Aakusa to Hamarikyu Garden. About 40 minutes trip each way.
Every kilometer or so, you will float under a bridge and every one of them looks different than the one before. The vista changes by a minute. You drift by the banks of this town and spot super modern building you would expect, next to small dwellings with the laundry hanging out at the balconies.
Everybody is waving to everybody from the shore to the boat and another boat. I am not the one to engage in traditional tourist activities, but at the end of the trip I was waving to everything that moved.
With gusto.
Hamarikyu Garden is a magical park surrounded by Tokyo sky scrapers = drastic clash of styles.
You get tranquility of traditional Japanese garden, ancient Tea Houses surrounded by concrete and glass. Everybody is familiar with Bonsai Trees, no? Well, in this park they let them grow tall, but they are as sculptured and manicured as the miniatures. It is enchanting and very peaceful.
Having said that, the first thing you see while off the boat are the signs that say: ‘If you see any dead animals – do not touch them; just notify us immediately’. Sweet. I haven’t seen any dead animals BTW.
The boats look almost futuristic and are very comfortable. There is an ongoing information through PI System telling you where you are, but the sound is muffled by the engine, so I understood nothing.
Prices? You have to get tickets from the vending machine that ‘does speak English’, but is rather confusing. You need to choose from one/two-way ticket, or ticket that gives you an admission to the park, or one according to your age … all that while there is a long line of impatient tourists behind you.
But it is not expensive: I bought one-way ticket (by mistake), but it gave me an entry to Hamarikyu Gardens. Also by chance; I just did not know what I was doing as it was my second day only in Tokyo and I was overwhelmed by it all. Had to buy an extra ticket to return.
Anyway, it is not more than Yen 3000 both ways and you can wonder around that spectacular park as long as you wish.
Warning! The Public Toilets in the Park are Asian/squat style and also miniature in size, so you have to really aim, girls!
If you feel rich > there is an alternative: you can hire a private, traditional boat that picks up to 4 people and takes you around for about 4 hours Cruise. They supply traditional Japanese food and drinks.
They will charge you accordingly.
You need to book a day ahead. You cannot miss them while walking @ the river boulevard in Asakusa.
Be prepared to be completely ignored by the operators, but they will be super nice if you approach them.
Rather cool way to see Tokyo from different perspective.

6  Thank anka w
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

If you want to avoid the urban hustle of the frenetic Tokyo rail/subway system, the Tokyo Cruise is an excellent relaxing way to get between Asakusa and Osaiba/Minato areas.

Boarded at Hinode Pier to get to Asakusa and enjoyed the 13 bridges on the way up, all with different designs. Slow traveling speed and calm Sumida River all added to the relaxed feeling on board, greatly aided by beers from the bar.

Highly recommend if you're not in a hurry.

1  Thank bookem50
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Remember Cash only for tickets here. The two hour boat ride was just right for a scenic sunset cruise. The Sunset cruising definitely made the experience more enjoyable. Comfortable seats. Great View. Note there is no narration so this is not a 'guided tour' but it is a scenic cruise. Recommended.

Thank MandC0218
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We had walked till we nearly dropped and needed to sit down and relax
A two hour boat trip from Akakusa on the river was the perfect answer. A fine way to see the city all the way down to Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Bay and you come back recharged and refreshed to take on the rest of the day

Thank Howard D
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Aside from seeing Tokyo from the Sumida river's perspective, it's just another river cruise. From Asakusa, the cruise ends at Odaiba.

Though I have to say that ice cream served in the cruise is worth having.

Thank Carlo A
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