TOKYO Mizumachi: New Attraction Opens
Between Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree®
A brand new commercial complex opened on June 18, 2020 under the elevated railway tracks between Asakusa Station and Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Skytree Line. Surrounded by the Sumida River, Kitajukken River and Sumida Park, TOKYO Mizumachi was conceived as a community spot to connect the popular district of Asakusa with the nearby Tokyo Skytree®. Literally meaning "Tokyo water town", the complex is a nice open space with a pleasant view over greenery and water.
Traveling Between Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree® Is Easier and More Fun!
The new complex is divided into East and West Zone. The first to open was the West Zone, closer to Asakusa, with 7 shops. Here's what it looks like!
LAND_A: a Dining Cafe With a Plentiful Take-Out Menu
From the deli corner with seasonal dishes to authentic art crepes made by a pastry chef, both adults and children can enjoy this place. There are a lot of options for both eating in and take-out.
Hard to choose between all these delicacies!
Tokyo Crepe Girl (from 430 yen, tax included). The chewy texture and mildly sweet cream are a perfect pairing
You can enjoy a plentiful meal inside
There is also a terrace with the option for barbecue. Perfect for enjoying the river and greenery while partying on a sunny day.
LAND_A | ランド・エー
Address: 1-2-4 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Currently closes at 8:00 p.m.)
KONCENT: Colorful and Unique Designer Goods
Approximately 200 products are lined up here between stationery and miscellaneous goods. Erasers that are too cute to be used, windmill magnets that spin, and general everyday goods are just some of them. You could get lost in here for hours.
KONCENT | コンセント
Address: 1-2-5 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 800 p.m. (currently closes at 7:00)
ichiya: Taking a Break With Japanese Wagashi Sweets
Ichiya is a Japanese pastry shop hailing from Hikifune, where it's very popular. Be sure you try their daifuku (a type of glutinous rice cake) made by expert sweets craftsmen. They have 5 different flavors to choose from, including the classic sweet bean filling and original versions like apricot daifuku, black sesame daifuku and grilled daifuku.
Other sweets available include Japanese-style parfait and anmitsu (a classic Japanese dessert). In summer they also make shaved ice topped with fresh fruit syrup.
ichiya | いちや
Address: 1-2-7 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (currently closes at 7:00 p.m.)
Holidays: closed on Tuesdays
MUYA: The Bakery Cafe Famous for Its Bread
These cute sandwich loaf cubes are what make this place popular. A sister location to the popular "Bread, Espresso &" cafe in Omotesando, MUYA's specialty is "Moo", the fluffy and moist bread made using plenty of butter. Available flavors include common ones like plain and chocolate, as well as interesting choices like seaweed and miso.
Their thick, soft French toast soaked in milky eggs is also a must-try. Other great options are the filling sandwich sets and parfaits.
MUYA | むうや
Address: 1-2-12 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (currently open until 7:00 p.m.)
We liked the fresh feel of this new area, also given by the fact that they chose to host smaller businesses rather than the big chains that you can find everywhere. More will open soon, including foreign cafes and craft beer store chains that will land on Japanese soil for the first time.
The East Zone is also scheduled for opening soon with hotels, sport facilities and more. We can't wait to see how it's going to look.
The New Sumida River Walk Also Improves Mobility
Along with TOKYO Mizumachi a new infrastructure has also been developed. The Sumida River Walk, a pedestrian bridge built alongside the Tobu Railway bridge crossing Sumida River. The bridge is connected to TOKYO Mizumachi and will make it even easier to move between Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree®.
If you're planning to visit either Asakusa or the Tokyo Skytree, definitely check out the TOKYO Mizumachi area and the Sumida River Walk. Relax with a drink on the terrace seats, have a picnic in Sumida park, or enjoy some shopping. There's lots of fun to be had!
TOKYO Mizumachi | 東京ミズマチ
Address: 1, Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Hours: different for each store
Holidays: different for each store
Access: 5 min. walk from Asakusa Station on the Tobu Skytree Line by crossing the Sumida River Walk / 8 min. walk to the West Zone from Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Skytree Line
Sumida River Walk | すみだリバーウォーク
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (may change depending on the season)
Passage restrictions: pedestrians only. Motorcycles not allowed. Bicycles only allowed if pushed
*The above article is based on information from a coverage made in June 2020.
*As of June 2020 some shops have reduced their business hours in an effort to prevent the spreading of Coronavirus. For the latest information please check the official website.
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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 07 09,2020 Author：Chiharu Matsunaga