Cruising in the central Tokyo
Taking a private tour during the COVID 19 pandemic is the perfect way to experience the hidden spots and little known gems of central Tokyo. We promise to give you opportunities and experiences that you could never have by taking a train, subway, or a bus. We’ll even take you to places you can’t reach by walking.
Revival of waterways
Do you know that during the Edo era Tokyo was home to an extensive canal network which was used on a daily basis in a similar manner to Venice Italy? Unfortunately almost all of the waterways were abandoned in favour of road and rail transportation.
The importance and allure of these ancient waterways has, in recent years been rediscovered as a way to leisurely enjoy taking in the sights and Sakura cherry blossom viewing from aboard a boat.
●Where we visit
Kurofunebashi bridge jetty
Our cruise tour departs/arrives at the jetty near Monzen Nakacho subway station. In the town Monzen Nakacho, there are some historic places such as Fukagawa Fudo Temple, Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, and a lot of nice restaurants and Izakaya bars.
Departing the jetty, we cruise on the Oyokogawa river and cross the Sumida river, which is one of the widest rivers in the central Tokyo.
We enter a small tributary of the Sumida river. This river, the Nihonbashigawa, is actually an artificial waterway which was constructed in the Edo era.
The Nihonbashi bridge, one of the bridges on the Nihonbashigawa waterway. In the Edo era, this area was home to the largest fish market and lots of shops that sold various commodities nearby.
Among the many bridges on the Nihonbashigawa waterway, the Tokiwabashi bridge has remained in its original state since being built in the Edo era, although the others have been replaced with modern bridges.
Around the Kudanshita area, the waterway runs past the former Edo castle; the present Imperial Palace. The canal may well have been used as an important transportation method for both the Edo government and its citizens.
We arrive at the T-junction of Nihonbashigawa and Kandagawa. Kandagawa is also one of the waterways which was constructed in the Edo era. After entering Kandagawa, we pass under the Suidobashi bridge. The crossing is said to date back to the early Edo period when the bridge included a wooden pipe funneling water from the Kōrakuen side to Kanda.
Around Ochanomizu railway station, our journey takes us through an impressively deep valley, which was, hand excavated without the use of machinery.
It can be photogenic from both water and land!
Next, we pass near Akihabara town, which is the spiritual home of Japanese sub-culture such as anime and Manga, computer geeks and maid cafes. A now long gone railway station called Mansebashi once existed here to facilitate the loading and unloading of freight from canal boats to trains.
You can see many Yakatabune boats (party boats) in the Asakusabashi area. This area is also famous as a place where wholesalers, dealing in a wide variety of goods operate from.
We now join the Sumida river again, and approach the jetty where we boarded.
13:30 Meeting at the Kurofunebashi bridge jetty and sailing
14:00 Nihonbashi bridge
14:30 Suidobashi bridge
15:00 Arriving at the Kurohunebashi bridge
Route map is available here.
※The itinerary above can be changed according to your request.
●Fare：12,000JPY/1 person（tax incl.）
※Fare is payable before sailing. Major credit cards are accepted.
●Including：Boat fare, 1 bottle of water
●Not including：Other your personal expenses
●The number of passengers：2 persons min. – 8 persons max. We accept only 1 group at a time.
・Please wear a supplied buoyancy aid at all times while aboard.
・A toilet is available on the boat, but please use toilet before sailing if possible.
Tokyo Backsteets Bike Tour are now concerning health and safety both of our guests and local community members on our bike tour course.
To stay safe, please follow the descriptions below;
・We provide face masks for our guests. Guests are requested to put them on when you are asked to do so.
・Please keep a reasonable social distance during our tour.
・We check your body temperature on your arrival. If it is over 37.5℃, your participation will regrettably, not be accepted.
Thank you for your understanding.
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