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Monday, April 17, 2017

Japan Info: 10 Fantastic Spots for a Photographer on Tokyo’s Sumida River

Above, the control room of the Kachidoki Bridge. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Japan and photography pretty much are "a match made in heaven". Anywhere in Japan provides plenty of sights to see and photograph.

This is also true of the sights along Tokyo's Sumida River.

Japan Info has an article on ten fantastic spots for a photographer on the Sumida River. Two years ago, I took a Sumida River cruise and photographed many of the things the article described. The article is a walking tour along the river.

Of course, the Sumida River is an important draw for Godzilla fans, even though it isn't listed as one of the 10 "fantastic sights". In 1954, the great monster toppled the Kachidoki Bridge into the river. So, for our purposes here, let's call it fantastic sight number 11.

They begin the article with:
The Sumida River (Sumidagawa 隅田川), one of Tokyo’s classic waterways, is a photographer’s dream. With waterside terraces, appealing atmosphere, and breathtaking views, it’s a definite “must” on any tourist’s list. Yet sadly, many fail to take advantage of this fun, free opportunity. 
Originating in Chichibu (秩父), Saitama (埼玉), the Sumidagawa breaks off from the Arakawa River (荒川) at Akabane-Iwabuchi (赤羽岩淵) in Tokyo’s far north. Passing attractions such as Asakusa (浅草), Tokyo Skytree, and Nihonbashi (日本橋), it neatly divides Tokyo before flowing into Tokyo Bay. During the Meiji (明治) period, the threat of floods forced the government to split the river, sending most of the water into a manmade channel. This new riverway retained the name Arakawa. The water that continued to follow the original Arakawa route was named the Sumidagawa.
Above, an upriver view of the Sumida River from the Tokyo Skytree. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

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