Tokyo Skytree and rows of cherry blossoms along the Sumida River

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「東京スカイツリーと桜」


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Tokyo Skytree with cherry blossoms

Stunning view

Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest freestanding radio tower at 634 meters, has become completely famous as a new landmark in Tokyo. Looking out over the whole of the Kanto region from the observatory is one of the pleasures, but it is also fun to gaze at the towering Skytree. In particular, Tokyo Skytree seen with cherry blossoms is a stunning view that can only be seen in spring.

Sumida Park, located near Tokyo Skytree, stretches about 1 km along both banks of the Sumida River, from the Azuma Bridge to the Sakura Bridge. This park has been famous for its cherry blossoms since the Edo era, and its beautiful cherry tree banks are called “Bokutei no Sakura.” (“Cherry Blossoms of Bokutei”) A total of about 1,000 cherry trees, including Someiyoshino, Oshima-zakura, and Sato-zakura, are in bloom, about 600 trees on the Taito Ward side and about 350 trees on the Sumida Ward side in Spring. It is now selected as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.

Why not walk along the Sumida River in the park while viewing the cherry blossoms on the Taito Ward side, then cross the Sakura Bridge and walk to the Sumida Ward side?

Cherry blossoms in Sumida Park, Taito Ward
Cherry blossoms in Sumida Park, Taito Ward

The Sakura Bridge, which connects the Taito Ward and Sumida Ward sides of Sumida Park, is the only pedestrian bridge over the Sumida River. In early April, when the weather is still cold, it is pleasant to be wrapped in the warm spring sunlight while feeling the cold wind from the Sumida River. I was somewhat proud to see Tokyo Skytree looking up in front of me.

Tokyo Skytree from the Sakura Bridge
Tokyo Skytree from the Sakura Bridge

The view of the Sumida River, cherry blossoms, and Tokyo Skytree from the bridge is different from that from the shore.

Tokyo Skytree and cherry blossoms from the Sakura Bridge
Tokyo Skytree and cherry blossoms from the Sakura Bridge

Cross over to the Sumida Ward side and walk along Sumitsutsumi toward the north for a while, and halfway down the bank and across the road, you will find two famous long-established Japanese confectionery shops. One is famous for Chomeiji Sakura Mochi, located behind Chomeiji Temple, and the other for Kototoi Dango, located north of Chomeiji Temple. Both are long-established shops that have been running since the Edo era.

On this day, I stopped by the Kototoi Dango Shop. When I was tired from walking, I enjoyed a cup of green tea and dumplings with just moderate sweetness, and was blissfully happy.

Kototoi Dango and Green tea
Kototoi Dango and Green tea

Why not include a Hanami walk while looking for a spot with a stunning view of the Sumida River, cherry blossoms, and Tokyo Skytree in your candidate sites for Hanami next spring?


「東京スカイツリーと桜」

絶景

高さ634mを誇る世界一高い自立式電波塔である東京スカイツリーは、東京の新たなランドマークとしてすっかり有名になりました。展望台から関東一円を見渡すのも楽しみの一つですが、高くそびえるツリーの姿を眺めるのも楽しいものです。中でも桜と一緒に見る東京スカイツリーは、春にしか見られない絶景です。

東京スカイツリーのすぐそばにある隅田公園は、隅田川にかかる吾妻橋から桜橋まで、約1kmに渡る両岸沿いに広がる公園です。江戸時代から続く桜の名所で、美しい桜堤は「墨堤(ぼくてい)の桜」と呼ばれています。ソメイヨシノ、オオシマザクラ、サトザクラなど台東区側に約600本、隅田区側に約350本、あわせて約1,000本もの桜が咲き乱れます。現在では「日本さくら名所100選」にも選定されています。

台東区側の桜を眺めながら公園内を隅田川沿いに歩き、桜橋を渡って墨田区側へ歩いてみてはいかがでしょうか。

隅田公園の台東区側と墨田区側を結ぶ桜橋は、隅田川にかかる橋の中で唯一の歩行者専用橋です。まだ寒さの残る4月上旬、隅田川からの冷たい風を感じながらも、春の暖かい日差しに包まれるのは心地よいものです。目の前に見上げる東京スカイツリーの姿はどこか誇らしくもありました。

橋の上からの隅田川と桜と東京スカイツリーの眺めは、岸辺から見るのとではまた一味違います。

墨田区側へ渡ってしばらく北へ向かって墨堤沿いに歩き、途中で土手を降りて道を渡ると、有名な老舗和菓子屋が2軒あります。一つは長命寺裏にある長命寺桜もち、もう一つは長命寺北にある言問団子で有名です。どちらも江戸時代から続く老舗です。

この日は言問団子屋さんへ寄りました。歩き疲れたところで程よい甘さのお団子とお茶を頂き至福の時でした。

隅田川と桜と東京スカイツリーが見える絶景スポットを探しながらのお花見散歩、来春のお花見の候補地に入れてみてはいかがでしょうか。

Ikuyo.K.


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