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Sumida river cruise

The Sumida River flows through crosses the north part of Tokyo and drains into Tokyo Bay. Now many ships are running along the river. Among them, there are cruise ships called water buses. It is refreshing to see Tokyo from a ship.

Most of the water buses connect sightseeing spots along the Sumida-river such as Asakusa, Odaiba and Hamarikyu gardens. It is interesting to see various buildings and facilities including the Rainbow bridge and high-rise condominiums at Toyosu area.

Among water buses are two truly unique boats: the Himiko and the Hotaluna, designed by Reiji Matsumoto, the manga creator of Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999. These futuristic boats look very cool.

Odaiba is an ultramodern area on Tokyo Bay. There are futuristic buildings including the Fuji television, shopping malls and array of entertainment options such as the Gundam statue. Asakusa is a traditional district having old fashioned atmosphere. The Sensoji temple is the most popular and largest Buddhist temple in Tokyo.

There are some routes operated by river cruise companies. I recommend the followings:
(1) From Asakusa to Odaiba, about 1 hour, 1720 JPY, Himiko
(2) From Hamarikyu to Asakusa, about 50 min., 800 JPY
(3) From Odaiba to Asakusa, about 1 hour, 1720 JPY, Himiko
For detail, please look at the website of the cruise company.

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Written by Eddy

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