A beautiful garden that formerly entertained the elite of old Edo. The garden is surrounded by the Sumida River and the landscaping includes a large pool crossed with wooden pedestrian bridges. Wisteria, old pine trees, winding paths (with a small army of resident cats), and pavilions draw the visitor into the garden. More dragonflies than you have ever seen in one place in your life. Plan on spending several hours wandering (and taking some time to sit and enjoy the view). You can catch a ferry to Asakusa from the garden’s pier. The ferry begins running at 10 a.m., departs hourly (more or less) and costs about $6.