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Tokyo Sightseeing Accessibility Guide

Last updated March 29, 2022

18. Ryogoku-Oshiage

Exploring the past and present in Sumida

18. Ryogoku-Oshiage

The Sumida River was once the border between two great provinces, Shimosa and Musashi. During the Edo period, a unique culture centered on the merchant class flourished along its banks, and the rich atmosphere lingers here to this day. In recent years, the area has drawn attention as the home of TOKYO SKYTREE®.

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Route

Select a spot to see details such as tourist information and barrier-free information.

  1. Start JRRyogoku Station [West Exit]

    About 5 minutes on foot foot About 300 meters

  2. Spot1 Former Yasuda Garden

    About 1 minutes on foot foot About 80 meters

  3. Bus Stop Sumida Loop Bus Nambu RouteToukenhakubutsukan(kyuYasudateien) Douaikinenbyouin Bus Stop

    About 27 minutes by bus bus 13th stop

  4. Bus Stop Sumida Loop Bus Nambu RouteSumida Kuyakusho (Katsu Kaishu-zo Iriguchi) Bus Stop

    About 3 minutes on foot foot About 150 meters

  5. Spot2 Sumida Park

    About 5 minutes on foot foot About 280 meters

  6. Spot3 Ushijima-jinja Shrine

    About 15 minutes on foot foot About 860 meters

  7. Spot4 TOKYO SKYTREE®

    Elevator foot

  8. Spot5 TOKYO Solamachi®

    Direct access from TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN® foot

  9. Goal Toei Subway/Tokyo Metro/Tobu/KeiseiOshiage Station
  • Information used in the creation of this website was current as of January 2022
  • Indicated route travel times are calculated based on a speed of about 60 meters/minute

Route Details

There is also useful information for when you actually visit a spot, such as the time required, details on restrooms, and travel time between spots.

Explanation of PictogramsNote Items are indicated in dark blue if applicable.

There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
Wheelchair-accessible restroom (located within the ticket gates at train and subway stations unless noted otherwise)
There are nursing areas
Nursing area (with diaper-changing table, unless noted otherwise)
Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
Osotomate-friendly facility
Osotomate-friendly facility
Parking for the impaired
Parking for the impaired
Explanations, etc.  available through tactile maps or in Braille
Explanations, etc. available through tactile maps or in Braille
START!
  1. Start JR Ryogoku Station [West Exit]

    The course starts at the West Exit of JR Ryogoku Station.
    For station details, refer to the website of the East Japan Railway Company.

    East Japan Railway Company website

  2. About 5 minutes on foot foot About 300 meters

  3. Spot1 Former Yasuda Garden

    Former Yasuda Garden

    Thought to have been developed during the Genroku era (1688-1703), this large garden for strolling has a tidal pond at its center.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • 筆談ボード、もしくは紙などで筆談対応不可
    • Explanations, etc.  available through tactile maps or in Braille
    • 車いす貸出なし

    There are many uneven surfaces, etc., however, the path from the entrance to the area around the pond is wheelchair-accessible and offers a view of the whole garden.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom inside rest house

    Restroom Information

    There is a wheelchair-accessible restroom (with ostomate facilities and diaper-changing station) available in the garden.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-5608-6661 (Sumida-ku Roads and Parks Department)
    Address
    1-12-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Free
    Hours
    9:00-19:30 (open until 18:00 October through March)
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://visit-sumida.jp/spot/6085/

    *This information was current as of January 2022. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  4. About 1 minutes on foot foot About 80 meters Travel Tips From the Toukenhakubutsukan(kyuYasudateien)Douaikinenbyouin bus stop, take the Sumida Loop Bus Nambu Route (Ryogoku/Kinshicho Route) and get off at the Sumida Kuyakusho (Katsu Kaishu-zo Iriguchi) bus stop. Go over the bridge and cross the street at the first traffic light to get to Sumida Park.

     Sumida Loop Bus Nambu RouteToukenhakubutsukan(kyuYasudateien)Douaikinenbyouin Bus Stop

    About 27 minutes by bus bus 13th stop

    Sumida Loop Bus Nambu Route Sumida Kuyakusho (Katsu Kaishu-zo Iriguchi) Bus Stop

    About 3 minutes on foot foot About 150 meters

  5. Spot2 Sumida Park About 30 minutes

    Sumida Park

    Stretching along the east bank of the Sumida River, this park opened in 1931 on the former site of the gardens of the Mito Tokugawa clan’s Tokyo residence. Since the Edo period, the area has been well-known for its cherry trees along the river.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • 筆談ボード、もしくは紙などで筆談対応不可
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出なし

    The plaza on the south side of the Japanese garden is wheelchair accessible. Some dirt-paved paths may become muddy on rainy days.

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with ostomate facilities and diaper-changing station) are located inside the park on the south side of the Japanese garden, in the Kototoibashi public restroom along National Route 6.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-5608-6661 (Sumida-ku Roads and Parks Department Planning Coordination Section)
    Address
    1, 2, and 5 Mukojima, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Free
    Hours
    Unrestricted
    Closed days
    None

    *This information was current as of January 2022. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  6. About 5 minutes on foot foot About 280 meters

  7. Spot3 Ushijima-jinja Shrine About 20 minutes

    Ushijima-jinja Shrine

    This historic shrine is thought to have been constructed in 860 by the Buddhist priest Jikaku. Built entirely from Japanese cypress in the gongen-zukuri style of Shinto architecture, it is famous for its Nadeushi cow statue. Touch the part of the cow’s body where you yourself suffer from an ailment, and it is said that the statue will heal you.

    Accessibility Information

    • 車いすのまま入れるトイレなし
    • オストメイトの対応設備なし
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • 筆談ボード、もしくは紙などで筆談対応不可
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出なし

    The shrine grounds are flat and paved, making them easily wheelchair-accessible. The Nadeushi (healing cow statue) is on a base, so wheelchair users may not be able to touch it directly. There are steps up to the Main Hall and the ritual handwashing trough.

    Restroom Information

    There is no restrooms on the premises.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3622-0973
    Address
    1-4-5 Mukojima, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Free entry to grounds
    Hours
    Free entry to grounds
    Closed days
    None

    *This information was current as of January 2022. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  8. About 15 minutes on foot foot About 860 meters Travel Tips As you proceed along Koume Ushijima-dori Street from the Ushijima Jinja intersection, you will be able to see TOKYO SKYTREE ahead of you. Watch out for cars as there is no guardrail.

  9. Spot4 TOKYO SKYTREE® About 1 hour

    TOKYO SKYTREE®

    TOKYO SKYTREE ® is the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower with a height of 634 meters. Visitors can ascend to the TEMBO DECK at 350 meters and even further to the TEMBO GALLERIA, a skywalk located at a height of 450 meters, giving you the feeling of walking in the air. The views are breathtaking.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • There are nursing areas
    • Parking for the impaired
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • Explanations, etc.  available through tactile maps or in Braille
    • 車いす貸出あり

    The entire facility is barrier-free. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms with diaper-changing stations (adult changing table) can be found near the 1st floor Group ticket counter on the first floor and ticket counter on the fourth floor.
    *For mobility-impaired parking, use the TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN parking area.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on east side of 1st floor Group Ticket Counter

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with ostomate facilities) and Regular diaper-changing stations are located on the 1st, 4th, and 5th floors; TEMBO DECK Floors 340, 345, and 350; and TEMBO GALLERIA Floor 450. Regular diaper-changing stations those on the 1st and 4th floors can be used by adults.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    TOKYO SKYTREE® Call Center: 0570-55-0634 (11:00 - 19:00)
    Address
    1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Adults: 2,100 yen on the day(2,300 yen on holidays)
    Advance tickets for adults: 1,800 yen (2,000 yen on holidays)
    There is also a set ticket that allows admission to the TENBO DECK and TENBO GALLERIA.
    Discounts for the disabled are available for both.
    Hours
    10:00 - 21:00 (admission to TEMBO DECK until 20:00)
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

    *This information was current as of January 2022. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  10. Elevator foot

  11. Spot5 TOKYO Solamachi® About 1 hour

    TOKYO Solamachi®

    There is a large shopping complex at the base of TOKYO SKYTREE®. It contains over 300 establishments including restaurants, fashion boutiques, and shops selling miscellaneous goods.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • There are nursing areas
    • Parking for the impaired
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • Explanations, etc.  available through tactile maps or in Braille
    • 車いす貸出あり

    Priority elevators for wheelchair users are available. The visitor-friendly facility has tactile paving and maps, and easy-to-understand signage. There are also many benches near the escalators and on the terrace.

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with ostomate facilities and diaper-changing stations) are available on all floors except B3 and the 10th floor.

    You can check real-time information about available and crowded restrooms using the following link.
    https://vacan.com/en/building/ywre41z9

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    0570-55-0102 (TOKYO Solamachi® Call Center) (11:00 - 19:00)
    Address
    1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku
    Hours
    Entire building open 10:00-21:00 (restaurants on the 6th-7th and 30th-31st floors are open 11:00-23:00); differs for some stores
    Closed days
    Irregular holidays
    Official Website
    http://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/english/

    *This information was current as of January 2022. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  12. Direct access from TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN® foot Travel Tips The B3 level of Tokyo Solamachi® is directly connected to Oshiage Station (all lines) for comfortable passage during rainy weather.

  13. Goal Toei Subway/Tokyo Metro/Tobu/Keisei
    Oshiage Station

    The course finishes at Toei Subway/Tokyo Metro/Tobu/Keisei Oshiage Station.

    For station details, refer to the Toei Subway website operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Transportation and the Tokyo Metro website, the Tobu website, and the Keisei website.

    Toei Subway website operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Transportation

    Tokyo Metro website

    Tobu website

    Keisei website

Sightseeing spots in the area between
Ryogoku and Oshiage

  1. Spot6 Sumo Museum

    Sumo Museum

    Changed six times a year, the exhibits here consist of precious artifacts relating to sumo wrestling, including woodblock prints, rankings lists, and kesho-mawashi, the embroidered ceremonial aprons worn by wrestlers in the uppermost divisions.

    Accessibility Information

    • 車いすのまま入れるトイレなし
    • オストメイトの対応設備なし
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出あり

    The exhibition space consists of one room with a flat floor. The exhibits are at a height easily visible to wheelchair users. One free rental wheelchair is available.

    Restroom Information

    There are no wheelchair-accessible restrooms available inside the museum building.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3622-0366
    Address
    Kokugikan 1F, 1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Free (sumo tournament tickets needed during Tokyo Grand Tournaments in January, May, and September)
    Hours
    10:00-16:30 (admission until 16:00)
    Closed days
    Weekends and public holidays as well as other temporary closings (no closings during Tokyo Grand Tournaments)
    Official Website
    http://www.sumo.or.jp/KokugikanSumoMuseum/

    *This information was current as of January 2022. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  2. Spot8 Yokoamicho Park

    Yokoamicho Park

    Historic structures and precious documents are preserved in this park that commemorates the victims of natural disasters and war.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • There are nursing areas
    • Parking for the impaired
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出あり

    The entrances to the Ireido (Hall of Repose) and Reconstruction Memorial Hall are sloped. There is a nursing room in the Reconstruction Memorial Hall. The guide video in the Ireido has Japanese subtitles. Contact the park in advance to use a parking space for visitors with impairments, etc.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 1st floor of Reconstruction Memorial Hall

    Restroom Information

    There are wheelchair-accessible restrooms in the park and at the back of the 1st floor of Reconstruction Memorial Hall (with diaper-changing stations). Both are available 9:00 - 16:30.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3622-1208 (Yokoamicho Park Office)
    Address
    2-3-25 Yokoami, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    The park, Tokyo Memorial Hall, and Reconstruction Memorial Hall are all free
    Hours
    Park: Always open
    Tokyo Memorial Hall: 9:00 - 16:30
    Reconstruction Memorial Hall: 9:00 - 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
    Closed days
    Park: None
    Reconstruction Memorial Hall: Mondays (the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
    Official Website
    https://tokyoireikyoukai.or.jp/

    *This information was current as of January 2022. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  3. Spot9 Sumida Heritage Museum

    Sumida Heritage Museum

    This museum displays artifacts and materials related to the history and folklore of Sumida City, which developed around the Sumida River.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • オストメイトの対応設備なし
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • Parking for the impaired
    • 筆談ボード、もしくは紙などで筆談対応不可
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出あり

    Elevators offer access to exhibition rooms on the 1st through 3rd floors. The corridors are wide and the exhibits are at a height easily visible to wheelchair users. One rental wheelchair is available.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 3rd floor

    Restroom Information

    There is a wheelchair-accessible restroom located near the stairs on the 3rd floor.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-5619-7034
    Address
    2-3-5 Mukojima, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    ¥100 (free for visitors with impairments; inquire for details)
    Hours
    9:00 - 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
    Closed days
    Mondays and the 4th Tuesday of each month (the following day if they are national holidays) as well as some other temporary closings
    Official Website
    https://www.city.sumida.lg.jp/sisetu_info/siryou/kyoudobunka/

    *This information was current as of January 2022. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  4. Spot10 Mimeguri-jinja Shrine

    Mimeguri-jinja Shrine

    Built in the early Heian period, this shrine was established as the guardian shrine of Tokyo by the Mitsui Family during the Edo period.

    Accessibility Information

    • 車いすのまま入れるトイレなし
    • オストメイトの対応設備なし
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出なし

    The stone monument in the rear is not accessible to wheelchair users, but visitors can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere around the main shrine. Written requests may not be supported if there are too many worshipers.

    Restroom Information

    There is no restrooms on the premises.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3622-2672
    Address
    2-5-17 Mukojima, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Free entry to grounds
    Hours
    9:00-17:00 (until 16:30 November 1st through February, except January 1st to 7th)
    Closed days
    None

    *This information was current as of January 2022. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  5. Spot11 SUMIDA AQUARIUM

    SUMIDA AQUARIUM

    This aquarium designed around the concept of “the closer you get, the more you like it” is home to approximately 7,000 aquatic lifeforms from 260 different species.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • There are nursing areas
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出あり

    The wheelchair-accessible restrooms in the aquarium contain diaper-changing stations (adult changing table). The exhibits are designed for visitors to enjoy close-up views.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom near entrance on 5th floor

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with ostomate facilities and diaper-changing stations (multipurpose bench)) are located inside the aquarium on the each floor.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-5619-1821
    Address
    TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi 5-6F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    ¥2,300 (may be discounted for visitors with impairments; inquire for details)
    Hours
    10:00 - 20:00 (Monday - Friday)
    9:00 - 21:00 (Sundays and national holidays) (admission until 1 hour before closing)
    Closed days
    None (closes for maintenance, etc.)
    Official Website
    http://www.sumida-aquarium.com/en/

    *This information was current as of January 2022. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

Note 1:
This document has been created based on information as of January 2022.
Note 2:
The travelling time for the routes is estimated at 60 meters per minute.
Note 3:
It is recommended that you make preliminary confirmations of the information listed here by phone before your outing as there may be changes in the data.
Note 4:
Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any loss or injury that may be incurred due to this information.
Note 5:
Consumption tax is included in all listed fees as a general rule. Fees such as admission fees are those for adults unless stated otherwise.
Note 6:
It is recommended that visitors with physical impairments make preliminary inquiries at facilities that they wish to visit such as through their websites. They might be offered discounts or exemptions from fees for the disabled, although the conditions for the presentation of physical impairment certificates may differ.
Note 7:
As a general rule, holiday seasons such as the year-end and New Year's holidays, the Obon holiday break, and Golden Week are not listed.
Note 8:
As a general rule, the hours listed here are the opening and closing hours. Please note that the final time for admission listed here is generally from 30 minutes to 1 hour before closing time.
Note 9:
Please make confirmations with the transit agency you are travelling with before your outing as traffic information may change due to natural disasters or depending on the season.
Note 10:
Map information is the result of investigation from September 2021 to January 2022.
Note 11:
Due to the effects of COVID-19, business hours and closed days may differ from those listed. Please check with each facility and store for details.