Add dates

Sumida River

Sumida River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

1. Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruises on Yakatabune houseboats have a long tradition and are very popular throughout Japan, especially in Tokyo. See the nighttime skyline while enjoying a meal on the water for a one of a kind experience. The 2.5 to 3-hour cruise will usually take you from Shinagawa to Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, and Odaiba. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Odaiba and Tokyo Skytree from the observatory deck on top of the boat and take memorable photographs.  On this cruise, enjoy high-quality dishes and the assistance of the friendly and helpful staff. Your dinner will consist of a 10 course meal of Japanese-style dishes, which are freshly prepared on that day. The courses include appetizers (shikidashi, vegetables, kobachi), a sashimi boat, fresh tempura, a seasonal rice dish, vegetables (konomono), salad, noodles (shime no men), and dessert. The dining room is fully air-conditioned and you can either sit at a table with chairs or at a low table over a hole in the floor.

Tokyo: Asakusa Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

2. Tokyo: Asakusa Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

Cruise the bustling streets of Tokyo in your own private chariot on a fun sightseeing tour of the Asakusa district by rickshaw. Admire the beautiful Asakusa Shrine next to the city's oldest temple, and experience the everyday street life en route to the famous shoe shopping district of Hanakawado. Venture inside Sumida Park, most resplendent in spring when thousands of cherry trees are in bloom. Check out quirky Tanuki-doori, and the adult theaters of the historic Rokku Ward. Take souvenir photos of Hanayashiki, the oldest amusement park in Japan. Ride down Denpoin Street, where little has changed since World War II as you make your way back to the starting point. Book the 2-hour or 3-hour tour options and you will also see the Sensoji Temple, while guests on the 3-hour option can choose a memorial gift of a special Hello Kitty doll or original T-shirt.

Tokyo: Asakusa to Odaiba Mizube Line River Cruise

3. Tokyo: Asakusa to Odaiba Mizube Line River Cruise

Navigate the canals and waterways of Tokyo, during a river cruise from the Asakusa district to Odaiba. This river cruise, or water taxi, is a convenient mode of transportation across the Tokyo Bay, allowing you to enjoy the scenery from the river during the journey. Start the river cruise at the Asakusa Pier or Odaiba Marine Park by showing your e-voucher at the ticket counter to receive your physical ferry ticket. Enjoy a 1-hour cruise to Odaiba, a district known for its entertainment and shopping. Admire the incredible skyline of the city along the way including sights such as the Tokyo Skytree, Hamarikyu Garden, and Rainbow Bridge. Arrive in Odaiba or Asakusa where this tour ends and you can discover the vibrant areas at your own pace.

Tokyo: Asakusa Guided Tour with Tokyo Skytree Entry Tickets

4. Tokyo: Asakusa Guided Tour with Tokyo Skytree Entry Tickets

After having our flagship Asakusa in-depth history tour, we will enjoy a 10-minute hike on the Sumida River Walk, a pathway across the Sumida River connecting the historical neighborhood of Asakusa with the Tokyo Skytree area - two major and popular sightseeing spots in the city. The tour includes two major activities after we arrive at the Tokyo Skytree. 1) Climb to the lower and upper observation decks to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. We will use a smartphone app providing information on major tourist spots using the VR technology. Download this app to your smartphone; the guide will do the rest with the app helping you locate major landmarks and their information as you enjoy the panorama. 2) Stroll in the mega shopping complex and the guide will take you exactly to the shops you are looking for. You will find there what you genuinely want to take back home, not to mention Japanese souvenirs. For groups of three or more, we will use a headsset to hear the guide's voice clearly.

Asakusa: Live music dinner after history tour

5. Asakusa: Live music dinner after history tour

1) After having an in-depth Asakusa history tour, we will take you to a Japanese restaurant for live performance of traditional Japanese musical instruments over dinner. Since it is a small restaurant with a limited number of seats, the performance is presented just in front of you. Enjoy the powerful but adroit performance in close proximity to the musicians. 2) And of course, the tour preceding the visit to the restaurant is one of a kind; an in-depth history tour in Asakusa. 3) If the group size is 3 or more, we will use an earphone guide system which enables you to clearly listen to the guide from a distance.

Asakusa: Japanese Traditional Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

6. Asakusa: Japanese Traditional Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

Enjoy the beautiful view of Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Bay on this traditional dinner boat cruise! Yakatabune is a traditional dinner boat cruise popular among locals and tourists to enjoy meals and view The boat depart from Azumabashi, located in heart of Asakusa. Form here you get onboard to the Yakatabune, traditional Japanese dinner boat cruising down the Sumida river. The boat cruise thru the city down the river to the Tokyo Bay while start serving with you a Japanese style food. At Tokyo bay, you can see a beautifully illuminated Tokyo city with the Rainbow bridge and Odaiba. we make a stop here for you to climb up the roof of the boat and enjoy the panoramic view of the City and Take memorable photos. Dinner cruise continue cruise while serving rest of the meal to the Tokyo Skytree where we make the another stop for the view and photos. after that boat return to the Azumabashi bridge where the cruise ends. Yakatabune dinner cruise comes with a full course Japanese style dinner and a free-flow of drinks including Beer, Sake, Whiskey, wine, Plum wine, tea, and various soft drinks.

Asakusa: Culture exploring bar visits after history tour

7. Asakusa: Culture exploring bar visits after history tour

This tour focuses on food and drink which constitute an integral pillar of Japan's culture and history. The tour starts with a non-gastronomical part. Away from daytime bustling and jostling, immerse yourself in incredibly serene Asakusa and listen to our guide recounting its history. Savor subtle and profound beauty of historic landmarks lit up by night illumination. Step back and forth in time with us as we help you navigate the softly illuminated charming streets of Asakusa, guiding you to the best spots to satisfy your eyes and curiosity. After discovering Asakusa's charm, make your way to three distinct but typical izakaya restaurants. Izakaya is a place where locals come typically with co-workers and friends to relax away from the daily grind. Since Izakaya is commoners' favorite place, the offerings there are unassuming but closely tied to Japan's history and culture. The guide will help you unlock the myth of Japanese cuisine as you see how locals unwind there. The first izakaya visit is to the Hoppy Street. This 80-meter street is lined up by izakayas with lanterns and outdoor street-side seating. They are open day and night but become festive and lively especially after dark with happy customers. Their typical offerings are Hoppy and stew made from beef tendons and vegetables. Both are cheap and come from the post-war era when people could not afford decent meals or beer. Hoppy is a a beverage with a taste similar to beer but a very low alcohol content. It is typically mixed with shochu to make a cocktail. People back then substituted Hoppy for beer. Nowadays many enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere there and rediscover the charm of their offerings. We are now heading to Kamiya Bar - almost a legend in that the bar was established in 1880 making it the oldest Western-style bar in Japan. However, quite unlike the way its name sounds, it is actually a Western-style izakaya which caters to locals in a friendly and raucous setting as typical izakayas do. Since its inception, its specialty cocktail "Denki Bran” literally means electric brandy - has been a centerpiece of its offerings and loved by many. When the cocktail was invented, electricity symbolized modernization. Therefore, electricity meant everything modern that was adored. Enjoy Denki Bran - a sweet blend of wine, gin and brandy - whose recipe has been and is still now a secret. The last izakaya we visit specializes in sake with incredible varieties in stock. The guide will help you understand key factors about sake such as ... 1) Why it developed in Japan. 2) Which ingredients play a key role to make good sake. 3) What are key differences in the production process between sake and wine. 4) What determines its grades. Taste several types of sake. Discover how distinctly different it is in terms of its appearance, aroma, texture, and flavor. Toward the end of this tour, you will find what types of sake suit your taste.

Other Sightseeing Options in Sumida River

Want to discover all there is to do in Sumida River? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Sumida River

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 128 reviews

Walking directions to the boat station from the train station was a bit confusing but we found it in time. Suggest to be at the train station 30 minutes before the boat sked.

We had a wonderful night on board with delicious food and prefect night view of Tokyo! We will definitely come here again!

Highly recommended! The entire experience was so unique and enjoyable. The food was good. Ambiance was spectacular.

it's an amazing experience to be there really love it and I'm coming back this month...

What a beautiful experience, the food was very good, the trip was very nice