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.
Whether a Tokyo Bay cruise or Sumida River tour is preferred, both have many advantages. 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 the twelve historical and architecturally concise bridges bisecting the river. A Sumida River cruise debarks from Hamarikyu Gardens, travels to Asakusa, and returns, and vice versa. For the price of a low-cost meal, passengers can enjoy this 35-minute Tokyo river cruise.
Other cruise options include trips to Odaiba (a man-made island on Tokyo Bay), Hinode Pier, and Tokyo Sea Life Park. At the end of the cruise leaving from Asakusa, passengers are ideally located at the gateway to Old Edo where plenty of historic points can be explored, and dining and shopping is available. When traveling the opposite route, take some time to visit eighteenth-century Hamarikyu Onshi Garden, one of the prettiest pictures on Tokyo Bay. The Tokyo river cruise is a nightlife option too, and is particularly lovely with city lights illuminating the water. Getting to the departure points for Tokyo Bay cruise or a Sumida River tour is easy via Tokyo’s subways and trains.
A Tokyo dinner cruise along Tokyo Bay is a spectacular way to see the city at night. The two to three hour tours offers a full-course meal and drink aboard an upscale cruise ship. A Tokyo Bay cruise is also available as a regular excursion lasting about an hour. Passengers are treated to great views of Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba, and many other attractions. All cruise ships have large, open-air decks as well as covered indoor cabins. With five daily departures, this cruise offers optimal flexibility.
A Sumida River cruise or Tokyo Bay excursion can also be paired with other sightseeing opportunities in which tourists have a chance to see several attractions in one day. Combining tours such as these can maximize vacation time and create an exciting day in the city. Tour combinations can include visits to Tokyo Tower, participation in a traditional tea ceremony, shopping and Ginza, and much more. A Tokyo river cruise is an ideal way to see both the slower-paced side of the city along with the common buzz of Tokyo’s fast-paced rhythm, which illuminates the fascinating paradox between traditional Tokyo and the now modern metropolis.