Sumida River Cruise

Sumida River Cruise

Travel Guide

A fun vantage to view Tokyo is by water, and one of the most popular ways to do so in on the Sumida River Cruise. You can enjoy a modern boat ride along the historic waterway, seeing famous sites and passing beneath bridges on the journey along the historically significant Sumida River. The cruise gives you a different view from your daily life.

Sumida River cruise options, along with abundant choices in Tokyo cruises, introduce tourists to another side of the city, and one that can offer a whole new perspective on Tokyo. Traditionally, the water has long played a role in Japanese culture. A Tokyo river cruise taken along the Sumida illuminates a wealth of history about the modern mega-metropolis. As far back as the twelfth century, people relied on the Sumida, a life force responsible for providing a living for thousands of Japanese people.

Much like Bangkok’s Chao Praya, Sumida River carves straight through Tokyo for more than sixteen miles crossing seven distinct districts. One of the biggest attractions of Sumida cruise tours in Tokyo are famous sites such as the Asahi Beer Building, Ryogoku sumo center and Skytree tower, and the 12 historical and architecturally concise bridges such as Kachidoki Bridge, Chuo Bridge and Komagata Bridge bisecting the river.

The most popular option is to take a cruiser from Asakusa to Hinode Pier which is a 40 minute tour (one way). Most tourists get off at Hamarikyu Garden (a stoppage after 35 minutes) en route to enjoy the beautiful Japanese garden.

For the price of a low-cost meal, passengers can enjoy this 40-minute Tokyo river cruise.

The symbol of modern city – tower buildings - Sumida River Cruise Historical and architectural bridges - Sumida River Cruise The view of cherry blossom - Sumida River Cruise
The symbol of modern city – tower buildings Historical and architectural bridges The view of cherry blossom

Travel Advice

Course Information

Tokyo Cruise Ship offers the courses as follows:

Courses Price and duration  
Hamarikyu→Hinode Pier
Hinode Pier→Asakusa
740 yen(35 minutes)
210 yen (5 minutes)
780 yen (40 minutes)
Price is for round trip.

- Other than regular routes, event cruises are operated during some seasons. They are hatsuhinode cruise on January 1, cherry blossom viewing cruise in spring, the firework festival cruise in summer, and Christmas cruise in December. Cruise for cherry blossom viewing and fireworks festivals are especially popular. You can appreciate beautiful cherry blossoms or fireworks.

- For groups of more than 15 visitors, please make reservation.



Address Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0120-977311 (Tokyo Cruise Ship)
Admission May vary according to the course.  
Hours 09:30 to 17:30 Reception hours
Closed Open 7 Days a Week
Required Time May vary according to the course.
Getting There Boarding place: Asakusa
By train
1 minute walk from Asakusa Station on subway Ginza Line or Isezaki Line.
2 minutes walk from Asakusa Station on subway Asakusa Line.

By Car
Take Shuto Expressway to the Mukojima exit. It is approximately 1 kilometer, 6 minutes from exit.

Boarding place: Hamarikyu
By train
12 minutes walk from Shinbashi Station on JR Line.
12 minutes walk from Shinbashi Station on subway Ginza Line.
12 minutes walk from Shinbashi Station on subway Asakusa Line.
12 minutes walk from Shiodome Station on subway Oedo Line.
12 minutes walk from Shiodome Station on Yurikagome Line.

Boarding place: HInode-sanbashi
By train
2 minutes walk from Hinode Station on Yurikagome Line.
8 minutes walk from Hamamatsucho Station on JR Line.
Parking No parking available

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