Waterfront sights in Tokyo
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Travelling by suijo-bus (water bus) down the Sumida River not only gets you a faceful of fresh air, but brings you closer to Tokyo’s riverborne heritage, showing off a more home-grown perspective of the city than a subway spin will. When you’re hemmed in by concrete and glass, it’s easy to forget that Tokyo’s vibrant river systems are the arteries through which its commerce has traditionally flowed, from the Edo period to the present day.
Down at water level, you see the huge timber- and landfill-hauling barges, the occasional lone fisherman and the yakata-bune – floating restaurants where, traditionally, customers seated on tatami (woven-floor matting) eat ayu