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Bridge Over Shuttered Waters: Azuma-bashi's Picture-Perfect Charm in Asakusa



2023.07.13 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism advisor and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

If you find yourself strolling through the vibrant streets of Taito City’s Asakusa, make sure to stop by the Azuma-bashi Bridge. This historic wooden bridge, built in 1774, is one of Asakusa's oldest structures and holds a special place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike. It stands proudly over the Sumida River, connecting the famous Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Sky Tree areas.

As you approach the Azuma-bashi Bridge, its vermilion hue catches your eye, making it a picturesque sight that begs to be captured on camera. In fact, the bridge has become renowned as a photogenic spot, offering the perfect backdrop for a memorable snapshot, especially with the towering Sky Tree in the distance, and Asahi Building’s "Golden Flame" closer by. The best time to capture this beauty is morning when the air is crisp and the sunlight bathes the surroundings in a warm glow.

For those seeking a bit of tranquility amidst the bustling city, a leisurely walk in the neighboring Sumida Park of Taito Ward is highly recommended. The park offers a serene escape, where families with children can joyfully explore playground equipment. It's a perfect spot to let the little ones run wild while you relax and soak in the surroundings. And don't forget to visit the park's Riverside Gallery, where you can admire captivating art displays held here from time to time.

If you're visiting in the evening, make sure to experience the night view from the Azuma-bashi Bridge. The scenery takes on a whole new character as the city lights up and casts a magical glow on the Sumida River. The bridge becomes a vantage point for capturing stunning vistas, making it an unforgettable experience.

You might consider renting a bicycle from Hello Cycling and exploring the neighborhood at your own pace. This way, you can quickly access the various attractions, including the Sky Tree photospot, which offers the perfect angle for capturing incredible photos of the iconic tower.

Azuma-bashi Bridge is not just a bridge; it's a symbol of Asakusa's rich history and charm. So, whether you're a photography enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply someone looking to immerse themselves in the unique culture of Tokyo, make sure to include this charming landmark in your itinerary.

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