Arakawa Ward Sightseeing Spots
Arakawa Ward is located slightly northeast of the center of Tokyo’s 23 wards. Arakawa Ward was created in 1932 when four towns – Minami Senju, Mikawashima, Oku and Nippori – were united.
The Sumida River, which runs through the northeastern part of Arakawa Ward, was called the Arakawa River until 1964, when it became the name of the ward.
The Sumida River is said to have been called from the Shirahige Bridge in the lower reaches of the Arakawa River.
The Sumida River today refers to the area downstream from the Iwafuchi floodgate, which is the junction with the Arakawa River drainage canal in Kita Ward.
Minowa Bridge – Arakawa Amusement Park, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
The Arakawa Line, the only streetcar line in Tokyo, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. The Arakawa Line celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. The line is 12.2 kilometers long (30 stations) from Minowabashi to Waseda (Shinjuku Ward). The Arakawa Line has 13 stations, or 4 kilometers, in Arakawa Ward. About 40 kinds of roses are planted in the plaza in front of Minowabashi Bridge, the first station. Along the Toden Arakawa Line, more than 13,000 roses of 140 varieties have been planted, and the line has won the grand prize for the creation of a flower tourism area sponsored by the Japan Tourism Association.
Arakawa Furusato Cultural Museum
6-63-1 Minami-Senju, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
The Arakawa Furusato Cultural Museum exhibits and displays archaeological, historical and folklore materials related to Arakawa Ward. Excavated from the Machiya 4-chome Mi-agari site in the lowlands of Arakawa Ward are earthenware from the Kofun period and wooden well frames. At the Arakawa Furusato Museum, you can see the skills of artisans. In Arakawa Ward, there are many holders of intangible cultural assets and traditional craft techniques. You can enjoy demonstrations and displays of sashimono, rasha scissors, metal forging, woodblock engraving, suri (printing), and more.
4-1 Minami-Senju, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
In commemoration of the friendship city affiliation between Arakawa Ward and the Donaustadt district of Vienna, Republic of Austria, the Danube Square and Danube Street were built. The Danube Square is located at the east exit of Minami-Senju Station, and the bronze statue in the square is named “Danube’s Music” with the inscription “Wishing for eternal friendship between Arakawa Ward and Donaustadt Ward”. In the Donaustadt district of Vienna, the Tokyo and Arakawa Streets were built.
Senju Seisakujo Brick Wall
6-43 Minami-Senju, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Senju Seijusho was a government-run factory for manufacturing clothing fabrics that operated from 1879 to 1960. The Arakawa Sports Center was built on the site of the first factory in Japan. The brick walls of Senju Seijusho, which contributed greatly to the textile and clothing industry in Japan, are the only reminder of the factory’s days.