Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Northwestern Sumida Ward
This page is for corrections and additions to the Northwestern Sumida Ward chapter of Tokyo Stroll. Updates will be announced on my blog.
Sumida River Walk and Tokyo Mizumachi (すみだリバーウォーク & 東京ミズマチ)
As the writing of Tokyo Stroll was winding down a new 160-meter (524 foot) wood floored pedestrian walkway across the Sumidagawa was under construction alongside the Tōbu Isesaki Line railway bridge. The walkway ias part of an easier route to reach Tokyo Skytree and the Tokyo Solamachi shopping center. One that is more direct than crossing at the Azumabashi and winding your way through the regular streets. It crosses the river and connects to a pathway through the southern part of the Mukōjima neighborhood. The bridge is a good place to observes boat traffic on the river. There is even a window on the walkway providing a direct vertical view to the river.
The bridge connects the west side of the river at Sumida Park to the east side just upstream from the Kitajūkengawa canal close to the Makurabashi bridge. From there the pathway continues between the Kitajūkengawa and Tokyo Mizumachi, a new series of shops and restaurants built under the elevated train tracks which opened in June 2020.
All of this was still under construction when I visited Tokyo in October 2019 to do additional photography for Tokyo Stroll.
Tōbu Museum / Tōbu Hakubutsukan (東武博物館)
A museum devoted to the history of Tōbu Railway since 1989. To enter you buy a ticket from the same type of machine that you find in train stations, you can even use your Pasmo or Suica card. Exhibits include steam locomotives, buses, and historical information. And many of the exhibits are hands on making them popular with both children and adults. The beautifully restored hardware on display includes engine number 5 made in 1898 which was decommissioned in 1965, a wooden electric street car in use from 1924 to 1981, and more. There are no restaurants in the museum, you can bring in outside food and eat in the rest area. The well-stocked museum shop has many items for rail fans.
Created July 10, 2919 | Content last updated
May 10, 2019