In June 2020, under the elevated railway tracks between Asakusa Station and Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, a new commercial complex, TOKYO mizumachi has opened. With 14 notable restaurants, shops and a hotel, this new complex along the Sumida River is the next new hot spot with a nice open space and a pleasant view over greenery and water.
TOKYO mizumachi is divided into East and West Zone with West being closer to Asakusa and the East being closer to Tokyo Sky Tree. There are 12 locally popular cafes and restaurants as well as a hostel all lined up under the elevated railway tracks along the river. These shops and restaurants offer pretty much everything from miscellaneous shops to sandwiches to craft beer, coffee and even Japanese sweets. By crossing the pedestrian bridge, Sumida River Walk, which is just on the end of the West Zone makes it easy to travel between Sky Tree and Asakusa in just about 20 minutes.
Sumida River Walk
While there are many cafe at Tokyo mizumachi, here are some of the notable places that musn't be missed. MUYA is a bakery and a cafe famous for its loaf of cube bread. Originally, this bread called Mu was sold at Bread, Espresso & cafe in Omotesando and was insanely popular that to purchase, customers had to grab a numbered ticket. As the first Mu bread specialty store, the fluffy and moist bread made using plenty of butter are available to be purchased and also, to be eaten on the spot. There are different flavors ranging from plain, chocolate as well as miso and seaweed which are rare and unique to this bakery.
Chocolate flavored Mu bread
Cafe inside MUYA
Ichiya is a Japanese sweets cafe run by a Japanese confectionary shop that is beloved in HIKIBUNE, the hometown of Tokyo Mizumachi. The main store in HIKIBUNE is so popular that it sells out by evening, and the dorayaki (red bean pancake) with seasonal fruits are recommended as souvenirs.
The store has a white-based interior which is dignified and furnished with carefully selected furnitures. In July, the popular shaved ice will be available but only during the summer months. This is a must-visit store when you feel like eating something cold and sweet during a stroll in the downtown area.
Based on the concept of "safety and security," LAND_A is a restaurant that boasts homemade dishes using ingredients from known sources. Freshly picked vegetables are sold at the entrance of the store too.
From takeout menus such as deli and cakes to kid's menus and BBQ menus served on the terrace, this stylish café-dining restaurant can be used in a variety of situations. Visitors can also take out crepes from the store and stop by at Sumida Park in front of the store for a quick picnic time.
WISE OWL HOSTELS RIVER TOKYO
Elegantly designed family-friendly and reasonably priced, WISE OWL HOSTELS RIVER TOKYO is a hostel with its own cafe/bar. Since the opening of the first "WISE OWL HOSTELS TOKYO" in Hatchobori in 2016 followed by Shibuya and Kyoto, WISE OWL HOSTELS has welcomed over 100,000 travelers and created a bustling atmosphere in the neighborhoodREAD MORE
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Cafe & Bike Shop
Lattest Sports is a cafe and a bike shop with a bouldering wall and a sandbox with a mini slide for children to play. As the name suggests, the cafe offers milky, espresso based coffee and has a brunch store in Omotesando.
Proposing a new lifestyle based on surfing and motorcycling, Deus Ex Machina from Australia first made its debut in Harajuku, the center of pop culture of youth in Japan in 2014. And for their second branch in Japan, they opened a retail store with a cafe here at Tokyo mizumachi.
Miscellaneous Goods Shop
Koncent sells designer goods ranging from stationery to miscellaneous goods. Many are unique in shape and color and some are so strange that instead of its actual usage, can just be an interior.
10 minutes from the North Exit of Asakusa Station Tobu Skytree Line,
across Sumida River Walk
8 minutes from Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Skytree Line to West Zone
4 minutes from Exit A3 of Honjo-azumabashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Line
7 minutes from Exit 5 of Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, across Sumida River Walk
9 minutes from Exit A5 of Asakusa Station on the Toei Asakusa Line, across Sumida River Walk