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Tokyo Sightseeing Accessibility Guide

Last updated March 22, 2019

18. Ryogoku-Oshiage

Exploring Tokyo’s 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]*The elevator at Exit A3 of Ryogoku Station on the Toei Oedo Line is unavailable due to construction until approximately December 2019. Use Exit A1 (which has a chair lift) instead.

    About 7 minutes on foot foot About 400 meters

  2. Spot1 Edo-Tokyo Museum

    About 6 minutes on foot foot About 330 meters

  3. Bus Stop Sumida Loop Bus Nambu RouteKokugikan/Suijo Bus Noriba Bus Stop

    About 25 minutes by bus bus 12th 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 2019
  • Indicated route travel times are calculated based on a speed of about 60 meters/minute

Route Details

There is also useful information for the actual visit of 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.
    The elevator at Exit A3 of Ryogoku Station on the Toei Oedo Line is unavailable due to construction until approximately December 2019. Use Exit A1 (which has a chair lift) instead.

    East Japan Railway Company website

  2. About 2 minutes on foot foot About 120 meters

  3. Spot1 Edo-Tokyo Museum About 2 hours

    Edo-Tokyo Museum

    The theme of this museum is the history and culture of Edo and Tokyo. Highlights of the permanent exhibition hall include a model of Edo Castle’s Honmaru (inner keep) and Ninomaru (outer citadel) from the end of the Edo period, as well as a replica of the Hibarigaoka public housing from the late 1950s to early 1960s. There are also a number of hands-on exhibits.

    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

    Wheelchairs, strollers, and Braille guides are available at General Information on the 1st floor and the entrance to the permanent exhibition hall entrance on the 6th floor. Audio guides for the permanent exhibition are available at the rental counter on the 6th floor. The exhibits incorporate hands-on elements, and are installed at a height easily visible to wheelchair users.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 1st floor

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with diaper-changing stations) located on 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th floors. Ostomate facilities are available inside wheelchair-accessible restroom near 1st floor elevators.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3626-9974
    Address
    1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    ¥600 (free of charge for those with impairments; inquire for details.)
    Hours
    9:30 - 17:30 (closes 19:30 on Saturdays)
    *admission until 30 minute before closing
    Closed days
    Mondays (the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
    Official Website
    https://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en/

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  4. About 6 minutes on foot foot About 330 meters Travel Tips There is a long gradual slope from the front of the Kokugikan arena to the area near the Kokugikan/Suijo Bus Noriba 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 Route Kokugikan/Suijo Bus Noriba Bus Stop

    About 25 minutes by bus bus 12th 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

    • 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 park is wheelchair-accessible but some surfaces are made of dirt and may be muddy on rainy days. For accessible restrooms, use the ones at Sumida City Office.
    (Wheelchair-accessible restrooms will be installed in the park after April 2020.)

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with ostomate facilities and diaper-changing station) located inside Sumida City Office and in Kototoibashi public restroom along National Route 6.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-5608-6951 (Sumida City Tourism Association)
    Address
    1-1 Imado / 7-1 Asakusa / 1-1 and 2-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku/ 1-1, 2-1 and 5-1 Mukojima, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Free
    Hours
    Unrestricted
    Closed days
    None

    *Repair work is scheduled to take place on the south side of the park from September 2018 to the end of March 2020.
    *This information was current as of January 2019. 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 ritual handwashing trough.

    Restroom Information

    No restrooms on 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 2019. 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. 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 and Information desk on the 4th 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) located on 1st floor; Information side of 4th floor; 5th floor; TEMBO DECK Floors 340, 345, and 350; and TEMBO GALLERIA Floor 450. Regular diaper-changing stations available inside wheelchair-accessible restrooms on 4th floor (Main Entrance side); 5th floor; TEMBO DECK Floors 340, 345, and 350; and TEMBO GALLERIA Floor 450. Diaper-changing stations (multipurpose bench) available inside wheelchair-accessible restrooms on east side of 1st floor Group Ticket Counter and Information side of 4th floor.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    TOKYO SKYTREE® Call Center:0570-55-0634 (9:00〜20:00)
    Address
    1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Same-day adult tickets for the TENBO DECK: ¥2,100 (holiday: ¥2,300); fixed date/time adult tickets (advanced purchase possible): ¥1,800 (holiday: ¥2,000). Same-day adult tickets for the TENBO GALLERIA: ¥1,000 (holiday: ¥1,100). Combo tickets for the TENBO DECK and TENBO GALLERIA are available. Discounts are available for visitors with impairments. Inquire for details.
    *Fees from April 1, 2019.
    Hours
    8:00-22:00 (admission until 21:00)
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.
    *This information was current as of January 2019. Please see the Universal Service Guide on the website to confirm details.

  10. Elevator foot Travel Tips Take the elevator down to TOKYO Solamachi.

  11. Spot5 TOKYO Solamachi About 1 hour

    TOKYO Solamachi

    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) available on all floors except B3 and 10th.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    0570-55-0102 (TOKYO Solamachi Call Center)
    Address
    1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku
    Hours
    Entire building open 10:00-21:00 (restaurants on 6-7th and 30-31st floors 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 2019. 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 and the Tobu website and the Keise website.

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

    Tokyo Metro website

    Tobu website

    Keisei website

Sightseeing spots around the area between
Ryogoku and Oshiage

  1. Spot6 Sumo Museum

    Sumo Museum

    Changed six times a year, the exhibits 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

    No wheelchair-accessible restrooms available inside 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 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  2. Spot7 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

    Wheelchair-accessible restroom (with ostomate facilities and diaper-changing station) available in the garden.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-5608-6951(Sumida City Tourism Association)
    Address
    1-12-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Free
    Hours
    9:00-16:30 (open until 18:00 June through August)
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://visit-sumida.jp/spot/6085/

    *Repair work is scheduled to take place at some locations within the garden from early December 2018 until late March 2019.
    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  3. 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
    • オストメイトの対応設備なし
    • 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. A wheelchair-accessible restroom and nursing area are available inside the Reconstruction Memorial Hall. 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

    Wheelchair-accessible restroom (with diaper-changing station) located at end of 1st floor of Reconstruction Memorial Hall.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3622-1208(Yokoamicho Park Office)
    Address
    2-3-25 Yokoami, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Free
    Hours
    Unrestricted (park area)
    Reconstruction Memorial Hall hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
    Closed days
    None (park area)
    Reconstruction Memorial Hall closed Mondays (the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
    Official Website
    http://tokyoireikyoukai.or.jp/yokoamichopark-en/

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  4. Spot9 Sumida Heritage Museum

    Sumida Heritage Museum

    The 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

    Wheelchair-accessible restroom located near stairs on 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 (the following day if Monday is a national holiday) and 4th Tuesday of each month 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 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  5. 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 seen if there are too many worshipers.

    Restroom Information

    No restrooms on premises.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3622-2672
    Address
    2-5-17 Mukojima, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    Free entry to grounds
    Hours
    7:00-17:00
    Closed days
    None

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  6. Spot11 SUMIDA AQUARIUM

    SUMIDA AQUARIUM

    This aquarium designed around the concept of the “cradle of life” is home to approximately 5,000 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)) located inside aquarium on 5th and 6th floors.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-5619-1821
    Address
    TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi 5-6F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku
    Fee
    ¥2,050 (may be discounted for visitors with impairments; inquire for details)
    Hours
    9:00 - 21:00 (admission until 20:00)
    Closed days
    None (closes for maintenance, etc.)
    Official Website
    http://www.sumida-aquarium.com/en/

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  7. Spot12 TOKYO SUMIDA CITY POINT

    TOKYO SUMIDA CITY POINT

    Located on the 5th floor of TOKYO Solamachi, this facility offers information on the history, traditional crafts, and culture of the Sumida district as well as sightseeing and dining. It also hosts a number of events.

    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 facility has wide corridors and is easily wheelchair-accessible. Accessible restrooms and other facilities are available at TOKYO Solamachi.

    Restroom Information

    Restrooms (including wheelchair-accessible facilities) available inside TOKYO Solamachi. *See description of TOKYO Solamachi for facility details.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03‐6796‐6341
    Address
    TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi 5F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku
    Hours
    10:00-21:00 (varies by zone)
    Closed days
    Irregular holidays
    Official Website
    http://machidokoro.com/

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

Note 1:
This document has been created based on information as of January 2019.
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 2018 to January 2019.