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Sightseeing boat / Sail off on an elegant cruise of Tokyo

Tokyo is home to waterways from Tokyo Bay to the Sumidagawa River that offer a completely different view of the familiar cityscape. This section introduces water bus and yakatabune houseboat services that take you on a magnificent voyage. Cruise by popular tourist spots like Asakusa and Odaiba, watch planes take off around Haneda Airport, and discover sights of Tokyo you’d never seen before.

Gozabune Atakemaru

Entertainment cruise with theater and dining

The sightseeing boat is a replica of the gozabune luxury vessel owned by third shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. It runs a 30–40 minutes course linking Hinode Pier, at Shibaura, with Aomi offering a view of Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, and the skyline of Odaiba. The medium-size boat featuring a classic Edo-style plush exterior and interior accommodates a total of 500 in three guestrooms. Popular plans include dining and a show by characters from the Edo period.

Operator Tokyo Cruise Ship
Departure Hinode landing (2-min. walk from Yurikamome Hinode Station)
Aomi landing (8-min. walk from Yurikamome Fune-no-kagakukan Station)
Reservations By phone or via website reservation form
TEL 0120-532-150(English acceptable)
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Oedo Nihombashi Cruise

A journey to reflect on Edo-period history

The cruise is organized by the Consortium of Rediscovery Edo–Tokyo Tourism Walk, established to present to tourists the history and culture of premodern Edo through present-day Tokyo. Guide and guests board an eco-friendly electric boat and explore the rivers in the heart of the city. Of the six available courses, the most recommended is the Nihombashigawa River Course. It departs Nihombashi—the commercial center of Edo-period Tokyo—and runs through the Nihombashigawa River, Kamejimagawa River, and Sumidagawa River in one hour. The countless sights along the way include Tokiwa-bashi Bridge representing Tokyo’s oldest stone bridge, and Eitai-bashi Bridge designated a national important cultural property.

Photo: Junichi Waida

Operator Consortium of Rediscovery Edo–Tokyo Tourism Walk
Departure Nihombashi landing and other locations
Reservations TEL 03-3668-0700 (Japanese only)
Contact information (English acceptable)
URL (External link)

Haneda Airplane Observation Course

A dynamic view of jumbo jets from the water

The cruise is operated by a company with a fleet of six vessels, from a small boat to a 28-meter-long party ship, on which it also conducts sightseeing tours. Various cruises depart from the base in Tennozu, Shinagawa, including the Tokyo Bay Full Course, the Rainbow Bridge Course, and the unique Haneda Airplane Observation Course, which travels the coast off Haneda Airport for a close-up view of jumbo jets and by Oi Terminal serving large container ships. A deluxe version of this plan is the Tokyo Gate Bridge and Haneda Airplane Observation Course.

Operator Zeal
Departure Shinagawa (Tennozu Yamatsu Pier)
Reservations By phone or via website reservation form
TEL 03-3454-0432 (Japanese only)
URL (External link)

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