A Walk in Kiyosumi-shirakawa

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Name: Kiyosumi-shirakawa

Location: 35°40’55.63″ N 139°47’56.02″ E

YouTuber TokyoCityscape has provided this excellent vid on the small town of Kiyosumi-shirakawa just east of Tokyo Station.

This delightful little town is full of all kinds of interesting stuff such as coffee shops and wine bars. In fact the area is known as Tokyo’s “coffee city” due to the dozens of top-flight cafes in the area.

On a nice day it’s a pleasant stroll. Most of the sidewalks and streets in the area were renovated in 2018-2019 as the above photo shows. This gives the whole place a clean and fresh feel.

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The town is on the Hanzomon Line and is directly east of Tokyo Station, and one stop after Suitengumae. Beyond that, is Sky Tree. Sky Tree is the eastern terminus for the Hanzomon Line. You can jump on the Hanzomon Line at Tokyo Station, and head east in just a few minutes.

It’s also close enough to walk – although it is several miles and depending on your fitness can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. If you do walk, you’ll cross the legendary Sumida River, and arrive almost immediately at Kiyosumi Garden – a small Japanese garden worth a look.

Upon exiting the station you’ll be greeted with a large street map right in front of you, so check it out before you proceed.

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Hanzomon Line Map. The station is indicated in red. ©2019-2024 tenmintokyo.com
The Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art is also located nearby. ©2019-2024 tenmintokyo.com


If you’re looking for an expanded park experience, there are many more great ones in the area. Namely, Toyosumi Park + Sendaiborigawa Park and the epic, fabulous Kiba Park just a few miles east. If you do, you’ll also pass through another great little town called Kinshicho along the way. There’s also another small park just north of Kiba Park called Motokaga Park.

Kinshicho, just north of Kiba Park. Just to the left, hidden behind the large skyscraper is Sky Tree. ©2019-2024 tenmintokyo.com

Kiba Park is huge, and if you make a north (left) turn at Kiba Park onto Rt. 319, it will take you directly into Sky Tree.

Kiba Park in eastern Tokyo, lower right. Just to the north is the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (M0+), and in the upper left corner northeast of that is Kiyosumi-Shirakawa. Central Tokyo is to the west, out of view. Kiyosumi Garden is in the upper left corner, and just out of view to the east of that is the Sumida River.
A delightful stroll in Kiyosumi-shirakawa. ©2019-2024 tenmintokyo.com
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At the intersection of Mitsume-Dori – one of Tokyo’s main thoroughfares.

Tokyo Cheapo also did a cafe review guide of the area.

If you’re looking for an easy, quiet Tokyo Experience, check this town out.


Hanzomon Line Posts


Kiyosumi Cafe Guide for Coffee Aficionados

Koto City

Kiba Park | JapanVisitor Japan Travel Guide

Motokaga Park



Suitengumae Superguide

Tokyo Sky Tree Superguide

APA Hotel Tokyo-Kiba

Tokyo Kiba Hotel, Tokyo


Be sure to check out Tokyo Drew’s channel too.
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