Asakusa and Sumida, Tokyo (Day 5 Part 1)

June 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I have been to Kyoto several times before in the past but this was my first solo adventure. I love Kyoto and was really eager to re-visit some places I have been before and also to have an opportunity to explore some new places that I had yet to personally visit.

Before my journey to Kyoto though I wanted to explore Asakusa a little more and to say goodbye to this charming area of Tokyo. I left my tiny but welcoming room at the Chiisun Inn and went out for a morning exploration before checking out. I walked around my hotel and along the River for around an hour or so.

The weather was simply perfect. It was probably the best day yet. The sunrise over the Sumida river really felt so nice and comforting. I was really feeling so comfortable in my home away from home and decided to cross the River to explore Sumida a little. Sumida is Home to Tokyo Sky Tree and the Asahi Beer factory among many other things.

 I spent a good hour walking around the streets of Sumida with no real goal in mind other than getting a better view of Tokyo Sky Tree and seeing the town. It was early in the morning so very few people were out and there was no traffic either. I felt the city really took great pride in being home to Tokyo Sky Tree. I saw many flyers and signs around the streets.

I regret not having time to go to the viewing area of the Tokyo Sky Tree but I knew I would be going to Tokyo Tower when I returned to Tokyo and I have a special place in my heart for the more nostalgic Tokyo Tower.

After arriving at the base of Tokyo sky tree I decided to work my way back to Asakusa. I decided to go down a different series of streets and feeling confident in my sense of direction and with my growing knowledge of landmarks navigated my way towards my Hotel.

Along the way I came across a local shrine that I could not pass up without exploring in greater detail. A few people came to offer prayers before heading out to work and school while I was taking photos. After leaving I saw a beautiful pond and also saw the Asahi Beer Factory so I knew I was close to my Hotel. I took some time to explore the park. There were a few homeless people sitting on some park benches and one man came to join me in taking photos but the park was largely silent. I could see the freeway was starting to back-up now.

It was now time to get back to my Hotel and check out. I walked past the Asahi Beer Factory over the Sumida River one last time towards my Hotel. Next up it was time to take the Shinkansen to Kyoto.


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