|Tokyo Taito Asakusa | Sumida Park and Sumida River|
|Monday, 26 April 2010 00:00|
If the bustling atmosphere is not your cup of tea, take a few steps from Asakusa Subway Station, walk towards the river side. It poffers you something of total opposite. The highly energetic mood is transformed into a calm and peaceful ambiance with a tunnel of cherry trees (Sakura) by a river. Being one of the favorite spots in Tokyo during spring, the venue is Sumida Park.
Sumida Park which is named after the river that flows adjacent to it - Sumida River, is one of top 100 best spots to view cherry blossom in Japan during spring. A thousand trees of Sakura were planted along the river side and when the spring greets with blooming Sakura, it creates the atmosphere of affection. The best sighting period usually falls between end of March until mid of April. Folks from near and far would flock to enjoy the spectacle of Sakura and Hanami or an outdoor party under these flowering cherry trees. Dancing and singing are also common sights during this season of spring celebration.
At the beginning, Sumida Park was a private park of Shogun family. The reign of 8th Shogun of Tokugawa, Yoshiie decided to open some parts of the park to public to enjoy Hanami. Since then, it serves as a public park for everybody.
Besides Sakura and Hanami, Sumida River Cruise can be boarded here at Asakusa Pier. It provides a pleasant sightseeing opportunity. On top of that, one gets to go through a few bridges, survey the geography of this historic town and senses the spirit of old Edo.
If you are here in July, do not miss the Sumida River Firework Festival which is usually held on the last Saturday of the month.
Board subway to Asakusa Station (by Ginza Line or Asakusa Line).
Then, walk 100 m towards east or river bank.
|Last Updated on Monday, 26 April 2010 13:41|
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