Down the Sumidagawa With iPod and Camera:
A walk along the two banks of Tokyo's famous river

This page is designed as a guide for walking down the Sumidagawa River in Tokyo. Starting upstream from Asakusa at the Suijin Ōhashi bridge and going down stream to the Kachidori-bashi bridge just before the Port of Tokyo. You can cover both banks with bridge crossings and travel a large amount of territory enjoying various locations in two or three days depending on your pace.

MAP NUMBERS: Included are the map numbers from the Bilingual Atlas of Tokyo (BAT) published by Tokyo Chizu Publishing. This atlas is now out of print but used copies show up on occasion on Amazon Japan. I am also including page numbers from the easy to obtain Tokyo City Atlas (TCA) published by Kodansha International. Both of these books cover the heavily built up older center of Tokyo which includes all of this walk, the Bilingual Atlas of Tokyo in greater detail. I highly recommend both of these books for travelers.
Map numbers are displayed from the map with the greatest detail and are in the following sequence:
BAT: = Bilingual Atlas of Tokyo
TCA: = Tokyo City Atlas

When something mentioned is not in one of the atlases I will list the area where it is and note it as Not Visible. In some cases for unnamed religious sites on the maps there is a torii symbol for a Shinto shrine or a manji (swastika) for a Buddhist temple, I will note when this is the case.

NOTES: I will also include notes with the abbrevated titles of books you can check for further information. I will also try to locate official, or just plain informative, web sites for many of the places in this guide.

This is very much a work in progress, I shall keep adding to the page so keep checking back.

STILL TO DO: Add map numbers for the Tokyo City Atlas for many entries, this may not happen until late November or early December as I am concentrating on adding new entries and am concentrating on using the Bilingual Atlas of Tokyo to do so.
           
  More than 500 meters (1/3 mile) from the West bank. Less than 500 meters (1/3 mile) from the West bank. THE BRIDGES Less than 500 meters (1/3 mile) from the East bank. More than 500 meters (1/3 mile) from the East bank.
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Suijin Ōhashi
BAT: 85 A1
TCA: 51 G5
  BAT: 85 A1 Not Visible
Tamonji Temple
3-31-13 Sumida
Dedicated to Bishamonten, one of the Mukōjima shrines and temples of the 7 lucky gods
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
              Mokuboji
BAT: 85 A1 Not Visible
TCA: 51 G5 Not Visible
Located on the East side of the river in the area between the Sujin Ohasi and Shirahigebash bridges.
TN&T p.217
     
 
 
     
 
 
              Sumidagawa Jinja
BAT: 85 A1
TCA: 51 G5 Not Visible
Located on the East side of the river in the area between the Sujin Ohasi and Shirahigebash bridges.
TN&T p.218
     
 
 
     
 
 
              Shirahama jinja
BAT: 85 A1 Not Visible
TCA: 51 G5 Not Visible
TN&T p.218
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Shirahige-bashi
BAT: 85 A1
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Senzoku 3 and 4
BAT: 26 C1
This is the former location of the famous Yoshiwara
          Shirahige jinja
BAT: 85 A2
TCA: 51 G6 Not Visible
Dedicated to Jurojin, one of the Mukōjima shrines and temples of the 7 lucky gods.
TN&T p.263-4
     
 
 
     
 
 
  Otori Jinja
BAT: 26 B1
          Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden
BAT: 85 A2 Not Visible
TCA: 51 G6
Next to Higashi-Mukojima Station
TN&T p.259-260
Dedicated to Fukurokuju, one of the Mukōjima shrines and temples of the 7 lucky gods.
     
 
 
     
 
 
  Sengen Jinja
BAT: 26 D2
          Choemiji
BAT: 85 A2
Dedicated to Benzaiten, one of the Mukōjima shrines and temples of the 7 lucky gods.
     
 
 
     
 
 
              Kofukuji
BAT: 85 A2
TCA: 51 G6 Not Visible
Dedicated to Hotei, one of the Mukōjima shrines and temples of the 7 lucky gods.
TN&T p.259-260
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Sakura-bashi
BAT: 85 A2
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
      Honryu-in (Matsuchiyama Shōten)
BAT: 26 D2
TCA: 59 F1
TN&T p.197-98
             
 
 
     
 
 
              Mimeguri jinja
BAT: 85 A3
TCA: 59 G1 Not Visible (torii marks the spot)
Dedicated to Ebisu and Daikoku, one of the Mukōjima shrines and temples of the 7 lucky gods.
TN&T p.218-19, 257-8
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Kototoi-bashi
BAT: 26 D3
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Hana-Yashiki Amusement Park
BAT: 26 C3
  Asakusa Jinja
Sensoji Temple
Asakusa Park
BAT: 26 C3
      Ushijima jinja
BAT: 85 A3
  Kameido Tenmangu
BAT: 85 B4
TN&T p.268-70
Note: This is at 18 A-3 in the Tokyo Metropolitan Atlas
 
 
 
     
 
 
  Kappabashi
BAT: 26 A2-A4
TN&T p.143
                 
 
 
     
 
 
  Sogenji Kappadera
BAT: 26 A3
TN&T p.143
                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Tōbu Isesaki Line
Rail Road Bridge
BAT: 26 D4
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
      Dembo'in Tanuki shrine
BAT: 26 C3
TCA: 23 G2
TN&T p.196
Nakamise
Kaminarimon Gate
BAT: 26 C4
             
 
 
     
 
 
      Angelus coffee shop
BAT: 26 C4 Not Visible
TCA: 23 F3
TN&T p.186
             
 
 
     
 
 
      Sumida Koen
BAT: 26 D3
TCA: 23 H2-H3
Just upstream on the West side from the Azuma-bashi is the station where you catch the Himiko water bus to Odaiba, or other buses down the river.
      Asahi Breweries
BAT: 26 D4
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Azuma-bashi
BAT: 26 D4
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Honzan Higashi-Hoganji Temple
BAT: 26 B4
  Asakusa Cultural and Sightseeing Center
BAT: 26 C4 Not Visible
TCA: 23 G4
             
 
 
     
 
 
  Inaricho
BAT: 26 A4
TCA: 58 D1
TN&T p.146-47
                 
 
 
     
 
 
  Seikyōji
BAT: 26 A4 Not Visible
On Asakusa St going toward Ueno it is the second temple after Kappabashidori, Hokusai's grave is there. - TN&T p.148
  Komagatado Temple
BAT: 26 C4
             
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Komagata-bashi
BAT: 32 C1
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
      Ace World Bag & Luggage Museum
BAT: 23 G5
             
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Umaya-bashi
BAT: 32 C2
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Torigoe jinja
BAT: 32 A3
TN&T p.129-30
Kyugetsu dolls
                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Kuramae-bashi
BAT: 32 C3
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
      Kuramae, Kuramaebashi dori
BAT: 32 B3
Toy wholesailers, Bandai HQ is in the area - TN&T p.127-30
             
 
 
     
 
 
              Yasuda garden
BAT: 32 C4
TCA: 59 E3
TN&T p.398-400
     
 
 
     
 
 
              Sumo Museum
BAT: 32 C4
TCA: 59 E3 Not Visible
TFF p.288
     
 
 
     
 
 
              Edo-Tokyo Museum
BAT: 32 C4
TCA: 59 F2
A great place to get an overview of the history of the city.
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Sobu Line
Rail Road Bridge
BAT: 32 B4
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
                     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Ryogoku-bashi
BAT: 38 B1
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
              Ryogaku station, sumo area
BAT: 38 C1
TCA: 59 E3 TN&T p.249
     
 
 
     
 
 
              Eko in
BAT: 38 B1
TCA: 59 E4
TN&T p.250-1
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Expressway Route #7 Overpass
BAT: 38 B1
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
                     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Shin-ohashi
BAT: 38 B3
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
              The Basho Museum
38 C3
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
              Basho-An Shiseki Tenbo Garden
BAT: 38 C4
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
              Fukagawa Inari Shrine
BAT: 38 C4
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Kiyosu-bashi
BAT: 38 B4, 44 B1
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
      Suitengu Shrine
BAT: 38 A4
TN&T p.121-22
          Reiganji Temple
There are many other small temples in this area.
BAT: 44 D1
 
 
 
     
 
 
              Kiyosumi Park & Garden
BAT: 44 C1
TCA: 59 F5
TN&T p.242
  Fukagawa Edo Museum
BAT: 44 D1
TCA: 59 F5
 
 
 
     
 
 
              Shingyoji temple
Hojoin temple
BAT: 44 C2
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Sumidagawa-ohashi
BAT: 44 B2
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
                  Fukagawa Fudo do (Narita temple)
BAT: 44 D3
TCA: 59 F6
TN&T p.237-240
 
 
 
     
 
 
                  Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine
BAT: 44 D3
TCA: 59 F6
TN&T p.237-240
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Eitai-bashi
BAT: 44 B2
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
                     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Chuo-ohashi
BAT: 44 A3
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
                     
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Tsukuda-ohashi
BAT: 49 D1
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
      St Lukes Tower
BAT: 49 D1
TCA: 66 D1
Views from the 47th floor - TFF p.445
      Tsukuda Park
Sumiyoshi Jinja
BAT: 50 A1
     
 
 
     
 
 
      Nishi-hongan-ji-gomon-ato temple [Tsukiji Honganji] (Jodo Shinshu)
BAT: 49 C1
EWG p.50
             
 
 
 
 
 
 
          Kachidoki-bashi
BAT: 49 C2
         
                     
 
 
 
 
 
 
      Nami-yoke Inari Shrine
BAT: 49 B2 Not Visible, marked by torii
TCA: 66 C1 Not Visible
TFF p.207
             
           

* Resources:
BAT = Bilingual Atlas of Tokyo
EWG = English Walking Guide to Old Edo-Historical Sights in Modern Tokyo
TFF = Pompian, Susan. Tokyo for Free. Note it is worth buying this book for your trip. Many free locations listed in it are too small to be on the maps above.
TMA = Tokyo Metropolitan Atlas
TN&T = Tokyo Now & Then: An Explorer's Guide by Paul Waley
TCA = Tokyo City Atlas

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Created October 10, 2009 | Content last updated October 27, 2009