We talked about how cruising Tokyo Bay aboard some of these ships makes for a romantic setting on Valentine’s Day or any day with the one you love for that matter. But we didn’t really cover why this is a cool thing to cross off your bucket list. The reason is deceptively simple: The view of Toyko from aboard a ship is one that can’t be seen anywhere else! Plus it’s a good way to beat the heat of summer.
Turns out there are plenty of companies and different kinds of amenities aboard that will, of course, mean different price points, but the good news here is that there is something for everyone that will fit your budget and schedule.
Most ships leave from Hinode Piers near Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line unless otherwise stated. All will require a ticket that can either be purchased online, at a convenience store, or in some cases at the terminal.
The Salvia Maru will do summer matsuri style cruises of Tokyo Bay with a nomihodai menu and a Bon-Odori stage show. The ship itself is one big floating festival this time of year with food booths, vendors, dancing and more. Plus until the end of September, you’ll get ¥1000 off your ticket if you are wearing a yukata!
For more information, access nouryousen.jp
They offer 3 different times during the day to sail around Tokyo Bay aboard the replica samurai warship Gozabune Atakemaru. Lunchtime and evening cruises include dining options as well.
For more information, access samuraiship.tokyo
These are the low squat boats you find cruising the open waters and canals of central Tokyo and Yokohama, from Minato Mirai to Odaiba all the way up to Asakusa. Back in the days of yore, the aristocracy would use then to host dinner parties while taking in the scenery of old Edo and have been a fixture in Japan for over 1000 years. You can spend anywhere from ¥6000 to ¥10000+ and eat like a king. These boats call at the Asashio Pier in Harumi.
For information, access yakatabune-tokyo.com
All images courtesy of the restaurant’s websites.