4 days in Japan -05/19/ - 5/23-2018

Sumida River

The Sumida River (Sumida-gawa) is a river that flows through Tokyo, it branches from the Arakawa River at Iwabuchi and flows into Tokyo Bay.

The Sumida runs through Tokyo for 27 kilometers, under 26 bridges spaced at about one bridge per kilometer. 

We are now departing from Asakusa


On the left is the he Tokyo skytree (pointy top) and on the right is Asahi Beer tower with the unique ďAsahi Flame".

You can tour the Asahi Brewery and get 3 free beers...so I was told! 

The bridge (corner right) in red is the Azuma-Bashi bridge.



View of buildings along the river.









Skyscrapers close to the fish market


Eitai-bashi used to be a wooden bridge that was demolish and rebuilt with iron and steel.  However the base were retained from the original wood which lasted until the Great Earthquake of Kanto in 1923. When the earthquake struck the wooden base burnt and gave away,  bringing the structure down once again. It was in 1926 that the final structure which stands today took shape.

The back of the Tsukuji Market fish


We are getting close to the Tsukuji Market fish


We are now sailing toward Hamarikyu Gardens.


Skyscrapers lining the Tokyo bay.




We are now approaching the Hamarikyu Gardens.  The boat stop here to let passengers off and to board new customers heading toward Hinode Pier.


We now leaving Hamarikyu Gardens.


Rainbow bridge in the far distance.


The tall building you see in the background on the left is the Fujitsu building located on Odaiba.


Tall buildings on Odaiba.


As we are getting close to the shore here is a better close up of the Rainbow bridge which is a suspension bridge .

Crossing northern Tokyo Bay from the Odaiba waterfront to Shibaura Pier, Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge took six years to build and was finished in 1993. Almost 800 meters long, the bridge accommodates both vehicles and pedestrians. Pedestrians may not enter the walkaway at nighttime, and while bicycles may be pushed on the walkway they may not be ridden across. The bridge is a dominating view from the Odaiba Seaside Park observatory.


We had to made a quick stop at Hinode pier and then took another boat to Odaiba


Odaiba waterfront


We are in the back of the boat looking behind us...Rainbow bridge in the distance.










Close look at the Rainbow bridge

The towers supporting the bridge are white in color, designed to harmonize with the skyline of central Tokyo seen from Odaiba. There are lamps placed on the wires supporting the bridge, which are illuminated into three different colors, red, white and green every night using solar energy obtained during the day.


    NEXT.......... Odaiba Bay





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