Temple Sightseeing - Cruise Style

Trip Start Dec 03, 2010
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Sunday, December 5, 2010


Our first full day in Tokyo and we need YEN! Thankfully, this was an easy task with the assistance of the front desk staff at the hotel. (Note to other travelers:  We did find this exchange rate quite fair compared to the other options we saw throughout the day).

Our first sightseeing jaunt started with a 35-minute river cruise up the Sumida River.  Thankful for our research, we avoided the over-priced tourist trap cruises and joined the locals on a commuter ferry up the river to the Asakusa District where our next destination was the Sensoji Temple. Our cruise departed from Hinode Pier which was easily accessible from our hotel in Shinjuku by the metro.

First, a bit about the Tokyo Metro...
Amazingly complex, yet easy, efficient and clean pretty, much sums it up! Of all the subways/metros/(they each have different names) on our trip, this was by far the easiest to navigate with stations at almost every other corner. 

(Note to other travelers - here is a link for a good start to plan using this system: http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/index.html. There are actually a few companies that run train & metro (above and below ground) transportation within Tokyo and this may be confusing in your initial research, however, the maps provided reflect all of the companies' lines into one consolidated map.)

But a bit more about the cruise....
The Sumida River carves straight through Tokyo for more than sixteen miles crossing seven distinct districts. One of the biggest attractions of the Sumida cruise are the twelve historical and architecturally concise bridges bisecting the river. We learned from our homework that there is an audio tour available on the cruise, so for a few Yen we rented one, and while Lori snapped away photos, I played tour guide!  I wish I could label all the bridges for you in these pictures, but unfortunately the map that accompanied the audio tour had to be returned.  I guess I will just have to go back to provide a more detailed report :) 

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