Sumida ward is in the northeast of Tokyo, It’s just in front of Katsushika on the other side of the river. This ward is very touristic due to the museums, Skytree and the festival who take place in the summer near the river. You can definitely find a modern japan mix with traditional streets and many foreigner here. The district is well deserved and really appreciated for its local food but also for all the departments stores you can find. Let’s discover this ward together, where to live, what to do and how to go !
Living in Sumida
Living around Sumida is perfect for people who like to discover everyday new things ! You never get bored in Sumida and you can see as much as tradition than modernity. Many people speaks English because of the touristic area of the district. There is many different restaurants, you can relax near the riverside or go for shopping. Also the university are well deserved from Sumida.
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Main points of interest
The famous Skytree is in Sumida. You can climb this broadcast and observatory tower and see an amazing view on all Tokyo. It make 634 meters and was created on 2010, there are 29 floors ! It should be on your Japan bucket list ! Under there is a big mall and aquarium.
Hours: 9:00 to 21:00 from Tuesday to Sunday Fees : 3,400 ¥ (All floors, holiday price)
In Sumida you can assist to practice of Sumo, this sport in really impressive and traditional, you can reserved tickets online and discover about the culture. There is also a museum dedicated to them. It is the most Japanese activity you can do.
This museum is dedicated to the Edo period in Japan, one of the most richest historical history of the country. The museum wants to preserved anything related to the period so it’s perfect for all the family, you can discover a little bit more about Japanese history !
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 closed the monday Fees : 600 ¥
Asahi Beer Headquarters
Visit this huge building near the Skytree, dedicated to the office of the famous beer brand Asahi. You can’t miss it, the shape of the building looks like a glass for beer and on the top there is a golden flame sculpture. You can visit the building to discover the history of the brand but also to grape a coffee or eat in restaurants.
Take a Ferry
As Sumida is near the river, you can take a ferry just next the Skytree to discover the district differently. Ferries are really futurist and are full of glasses, you can spot the sunset over the river. Some ferries can take you right to Asakusa !
The Sumida Hokusai Museum
You obviously know this famous artist, he did “The Great Wave of Kanagawa” and so many others ! So you can visit the dedicated museum to discover more about the history of the artist and his art. The building is also a wonderful architectural place to see.
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 closed the monday fees: 400¥