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New trending places to visit in Sumida, Tokyo, in 2020

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ReleaseOctober 16, 2020

Known as home to TOKYO SKYTREE℠, Sumida now features some new must-see attractions that opened in 2020. The list of these trending spots includes Sumida River Walk and TOKYO mizumachi, which were newly opened earlier this year as well as well as Sumida Aquarium, which reopened after renovations. Below you will find some tips to maximize the fun in these attractions as well as some picture-perfect spots of the TOKYO SKYTREE℠ area!

Sumida River Walk


TOKYO SKYTREE Sumida River Walk
Though TOKYO SKYTREE℠ was not so easily accessible from Asakusa as you would imagine, this is no longer the case after a dream bridge connecting these signature Tokyo spots opened this summer!

TOKYO SKYTREE Sumida River Walk
TOKYO SKYTREE Sumida River Walk
The shortest walking route connecting Asakusa and TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN, this pedestrian bridge is one of Japan’s few bridges that run along a railway.

TOKYO SKYTREE Sumida River Walk
This convenient bridge’s elaborate features include a section of glass flooring as well as the SKYTREE’s official mascot Sorakara-chan, hidden in two spots.

TOKYO SKYTREE Sumida River Walk
Recognized as a “lover’s sanctuary,” this new landmark bridge is a prefect date spot.

TOKYO SKYTREE Sumida River Walk
Getting here: 2-min walk from Asakusa Sta. (Subway, Tobu)

TOKYO mizumachi


Walking across Sumida River Walk from Asakusa to TOKYO SKYTREE℠, you’ll find TOKYO mizumachi, a newly opened complex combining commercial facilities and hotels that stretches under the elevated railway. Featuring new types of businesses and first Japan stores of international chains, this urban complex is naturally this year’s new buzzing attraction.

TOKYO SKYTREE TOKYO mizumachi

Best cafes and restaurants you have to try!


① LAND_A


TOKYO mizumachi LAND_A
Stop by empty-handed for BBQ in an open terrace, or pick your favorites from the takeout menu including chicken in a basket, authentic savory crepes and 10 types of ready-to-eat foods that are always available – a picnic in Sumida Park just across the street would certainly make your day.

TOKYO mizumachi LAND_A

② Ichiya


TOKYO mizumachi Ichiya
A traditional Japanese cafe run by a popular Japanese dessert shop in Sumida City, this dine-in cafe serves sundaes topped with shiratama mochi dumplings as well as anmitsu (traditional Japanese dessert featuring sweet red beans and jelly cubes). Ichiya’s special dorayaki (sweet red bean filling between two slices of pancakes) and daifuku (a small round of mochi stuffed with sweet filling) are available for takeout.

TOKYO mizumachi Ichiya
TOKYO mizumachi Ichiya

③ MŪYA


TOKYO mizumachi MŪYA
Newly opened by a popular Tokyo chain, MŪYA boasts luxurious butter-rich bread. This Tokyo bakery serves French toast that’s crispy on the outside and moist inside as well as colorful sandwiches with plenty of ingredients.

TOKYO mizumachi MŪYA
TOKYO mizumachi MŪYA

Sumida Park


TOKYO SKYTREE Sumida Park<
Stepping into this recently renovated park, you’ll be greeted with neat and beautiful lawns and a magnificent close-up view of TOKYO SKYTREE℠. This urban oasis is a perfect place to loosen up and spend a relaxing time.

Sumida Aquarium is back after large-scale renovations!


After its first large-scale renovation project since opening, the popular Tokyo attraction Sumida Aquarium is back with two new areas. This urban undersea paradise has been renovated into one unified space that brings visitors even closer to marine life.

The new sensations of two innovative fish tanks in the jellyfish area


Sumida Aquarium TOKYO SKYTREE©すみだ水族館

About twice larger than its previous size, the new jellyfish area features Big Schale, one of Japan’s biggest fish tanks that is seven meters in diameter. An oval-shaped basin, this open-top fish tank offers a sensational experience of directly observing about 500 moon jellyfish that are fantastically illuminated with blue, green and red lights.

Sumida Aquarium TOKYO SKYTREE©すみだ水族館

Another interesting feature of the jellyfish area is the drum-shaped continuum of three fish tanks. Learning about differences among the three types of jellyfish varying in color, pattern and move will make your visit a fulfilling experience.

Feed your curiosity in Aquaspace by observing aquarists’ work up close


Sumida Aquarium TOKYO SKYTREE©すみだ水族館

Aquaspace consists of the kitchen and the lab: while the former obviously plays an essential role in preparing foods for these living creatures, the latter will allow you to learn how aquarists take care of jellyfish as well as these marine animals’ reproduction process.

Sumida Aquarium TOKYO SKYTREE©すみだ水族館

Observing aquarists’ behind-the-scenes work will certainly boost your interest in living things.

Sumida Aquarium TOKYO SKYTREE
Sumida Aquarium TOKYO SKYTREE
Sumida Aquarium TOKYO SKYTREE

Penguins’ feeding times!


Sumida Aquarium Penguin TOKYO SKYTREE©すみだ水族館

In the penguin pool of Sumida Aquarium, you can enjoy a close-up view of 48 penguins’ feeding time three times a day. You’ll find that each penguin has unique preferences in fish and eating styles. Few other places provide an opportunity to observe interactions between animals and keepers, who demonstrate exquisite teamwork in managing these animals’ health.

Sumida Aquarium Penguin TOKYO SKYTREE©すみだ水族館

Sumida Aquarium Penguin TOKYO SKYTREE©すみだ水族館

Getting here:
●0 min from TOKYO SKYTREE Sta. (Tobu SKYTREE Line)
●5-min walk from Oshiage Sta. (Subway, Keisei)

Picture-perfect spots for shooting TOKYO SKYTREE


Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center


Best time of the day for photos: afternoon
Getting here: 1-min walk from Asakusa Sta. (Subway, Tobu)

Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center TOKYO SKYTREE

Koume Jido Yuen


Best time of the day for photos: afternoon
Getting here: 3-min walk from TOKYO SKYTREE Sta. (Tobu SKYTREE Line)

TOKYO SKYTREE

Fukujinbashi


Best time of the day for photos: morning
Getting here: 10-min walk from Kameido Sta. (JR, Tobu)

TOKYO SKYTREE

Kameido Tenjinja Shrine


Best time of the day for photos: morning
Getting here: 13-minute walk from Kameido Sta. (JR, Tobu)

TOKYO SKYTREE Kameido Tenjinja Shrine
*The information herein is as of August 2020.