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Updated: April 2, 2018

Cruise Tokyo's waterways in style via water bus, from historic Asakusa to futuristic Odaiba

Catch a unique perspective of Tokyo, riding aboard a comfortable water bus. Cruise through narrow canals and open sea, venturing from an old historic center all the way to a modern reclaimed island.

General Tips

  • Spend a few minutes browsing food and souvenir shops in Asakusa
  • Check the timetable in advance for water bus departure times
  • Only a few Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line boats are available per day, so come early
  • Save lunch for the final stop in Odaiba

Map Legend

  • Walking
  • Taxi
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Water Bus

1

A small, but lively station servicing a historic center

Asakusa Station

Exit via the Park Rokku Entrance for a straight shot to Sensoji Temple—be sure to check out the vast array of stalls lining the streets leading up to the temple.

5 mins

2

One of Japan's most well-known temples—vibrantly colorful and filled with vestiges of a long and storied history

Sensoji Temple

Pass through the Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate, and marvel at the massive ancient structure and picturesque huge red lantern. Take time to wander through this cultural site with a backdrop that perfectly juxtaposes the traditional-modern duality of Japan. Purchase some incense at the entrance to light and offer your prayers.

5 mins

3

Convenient and unique way to see Tokyo traveling its waterways

Tokyo Water Bus

Board at the Asakusa Pier and purchase a ticket for the Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line ticket office. Enjoy the pleasure cruise as it smoothly sails down the Sumida River into Tokyo Bay. Take advantage of the panoramic windows to get some fabulous shots of riverside Tokyo.

50 mins

4

A reclaimed park with luscious greenery, fun leisure activities and stunning views

Odaiba Marine Park

Take a leisurely stroll along the sandy beaches, taking in the sights at each of the park areas, including a gorgeous fountain and Edo-period naval batteries that were never used at Daiba Park. Climb up to the observatory and snap a few iconic pictures of Rainbow Bridge and the downscaled Statue of Liberty.

6 mins
A space dedicated to Japan's most famous noodles, treat yourself to a delicious bowl at one of the six unique shops

Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai

Walk down the street from Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station, or through the park towards AQUACiTY. Inside the massive shopping mall, you'll find Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai on the 5th floor. Take your time to peruse each of the shops before settling on your bowl of choice, but don't worry, each of the shops boast delicious flavors and unique ramen styles. Grab an outdoor veranda table for spectacular ocean views while you dine.

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