Beautiful Night Views of Bridges over the Sumida River
The record hot summer of 2023 has faded from our memories, and the cold winter has just arrived. The winter sun sets much earlier than in the summer, resulting in considerably longer nights. The dry, cold air of winter offers clear vistas. Walking along the Sumida River reveals stunning views of its bridges, worth braving the cold. This time, I would like to highlight some of these sights.
The first picture showcases the nighttime spectacle of the Tsukiji Ohashi Bridge. This view, captured from the west side where the Tsukiji Fish Market once stood, extends toward the Kachidoki area, exuding a futuristic atmosphere.
Tsukiji Ohashi Bridge
Tsukiji Ohashi Bridge, the most downstream crossing over the Sumida River, assumed the position of the most downstream bridge from the Kachidoki Bridge after its construction. The main beam of the Tsukiji Ohashi Bridge was installed in just one day using a massive, special crane vessel in 2014. People were amazed by the sudden appearance of a bridge that did not exist the day before. The opening of Tsukiji Ohashi Bridge delayed due to the delay of the relocation of Tsukiji Fish Market, but it was officially inaugurated in December 2022 after a tentative opening for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. From the east bank of the Sumida River, one can behold both the Tsukiji Ohashi Bridge and the Tokyo Tower together. The Tokyo Tower shines as beautifully as a candle in the distance.
Tsukuda Ohashi Bridge
Tsukuda Ohashi Bridge was constructed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, connecting the Tsukuda area to the opposite bank, where a ferryboat service once operated for over 300 years, ferrying people from one bank to the other. With the opening of the Tsukuda Bridge, this ferryboat service ceased. Monuments commemorating the ferryboat service stand on both banks.
Chuo Ohashi Bridge
Chuo Ohashi Bridge was constructed in 1994 with redevelopment of Tsukuda area. On the upstream side of the bridge, an Ossip Zadkine’s statue "Le Messager," a gift from Paris, stands. It symbolizes the friendship between the Sumida River and the Seine River in Paris.
I captured this image from Paris-Hiroba Park, situated slightly upstream from the bridge on the east bank.
The original Eitai Bridge, inaugurated in 1698 to celebrate the fifth Shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa's 50th birthday, stands as the fourth oldest bridge over the Sumida River. Destroyed during the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923, it was reconstructed as one of the pivotal bridges for earthquake reconstruction by 1926.
In my photo taken from Sumidagawa Ohashi Bridge, the Eitai Bridge stands against the backdrop of high-rise apartments The River City 21, formerly the site of IHI shipyards. The blue lighting of the Eitai Bridge is a particular favorite of mine.
Kiyosubashi Bridge, inaugurated in 1928 as one of the critical bridges for earthquake reconstruction alongside Eitai Bridge, is a stunning suspension bridge often compared in design to Eitai Bridge. While Kiyosubashi Bridge is frequently described as beautiful, Eitai Bridge is regarded as powerful.
I captured this picture from Sumidagawa Ohashi Bridge as well. One can see beautiful Tokyo Skytree behind Kiyosubashi Bridge. Tokyo Skytree shines as elegantly as another candle “Tokyo Tower” in the night.
Shin Ohashi Bridge
Shin Ohashi Bridge is renowned for its appearance in a famous woodblock print by Hiroshige Utagawa. The current bridge was completed in 1977. Shin Ohashi Bridge was the only bridge over the Sumida River that did not burn down during the Great Kanto earthquake, saving many lives from the fires caused by the earthquake. There is a monument explaining how the bridge saved many lives at the west end of the bridge.
I captured this picture from the west side bank, adjacent to Hamacho Park. By a stroke of luck, the water's surface beautifully reflected red, yellow, green, and blue lights, enhancing the night view.
Ryogoku Ohashi Bridge
Ryogoku Ohashi, part of the Metropolitan Expressway spanning the Sumida River, was built at the convergence of Metropolitan Expressway routes 6 and 7. Its unique structure, featuring a bold curved design, maximizes the limited space over the river.
Despite its bustling traffic, my photo from the west bank portrays a serene scene. Ryogoku Bridge is visible in the far left of the picture.