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Getting lost around the Sumida River

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Saturday: Early departure at 6:45. Direction Imperial palace for a couple of 5K rounds. However, during the first round, I was thinking about doing 4 or 3 or 2 or 3. Difficult to decide. Then I decided to go for another route: The Tokyo marathon northern leg from Ginza to Asakusa. From Sakuradamon, I went straight ahead, along the brand new Peninsula Hotel to Ginza. Quite a few early birds already on the sideways. I went ahead till Kyobashi, then turn right then followed the marathon circuit up north. At one point, I didn’t turn to the left towards Asakusabashi and went up a large bridge over the Sumida river with bright yellow pillars. I was sure that I lost my way because Asakusa is not on the over side 🙂

I went on and followed the river up north. I recover my way at Ryogoku, the Sumo arena. I push still up along the river and the elevated highway until Philip Stark’s horror above the Asahi building. Beer foam is the shape of … can’t tell it here. Then I crossed the river to go to Asakusa big lantern at the entrance of the temple complex. I then went back down to Asakusa bashi, 2 km south, to take the Sobu line home to iidabashi. 15km according to Google Earth (Thanks Alex) and just 2 hours.


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