Tokyo Water Bus

The water bus, another way to enjoy your time in Tokyo

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There are many tourist spots along the Arakawa and Sumida Rivers. Moving by train is fine, but how about going by water bus while viewing the scenery from the river?
1 Chome-1-1 Hanakawado Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to
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There are 6 lines in operation. The pleasure boat, Atake Maru , used by the feudal lords of the Edo Era as a personal luxury passenger vessel, has been re-created. Among the 10 types of water bus, this one gets a lot of looks. It has a strong sense of entertainment, and the onboard meals and shows have an elegant atmosphere. Travel time is about 40 minutes. Also, there are a variety of events throughout the year such as a New Year’s cruise, a night cherry blossom-viewing cruise, cruises through Sumida River and Tokyo Bay to see firework festivals, a Christmas cruise, and a cruise to see Tokyo Sky Tree.

Go by water bus!

There are 11 courses in operation from shitamachi areas such as Asakusa and Ryogoku to seaside areas like Odaiba and Kasai with their own elaborate details. There are tours such as “The One-Day Relaxing Tour” that goes through Tokyo Bay and the surrounding rivers in 8 hours and 50 minutes and “The Kawasemi Asakusa, Hamarikyu Tour” that goes to the Hama Detached Palace while viewing the bridges over Sumida River that has been called the museum of bridges. On “The Kawasemi Nihonbashi River and Kanda River Tour”, relics of Edo and the current Tokyo can be seen from ship. The width of the two rivers is narrow, so you can view both riverbanks from close up, a valuable experience that cannot usually be seen.

Sea cruise

The “Tokyo Canal Cruise” is a tour of Tokyo’s famous bridges starting and ending at Nihonbashi. You can get a 360-degree view of places such as the underside of bridges from an open ship without a roof. You can experience going through Ougibashi Lock known as “the ships’ elevator” for ships to traverse through canals of differing water levels. Since there is no roof, you can enjoy the bridges passing over your heads one by one.

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9 years ago
Average experience and not really a bus
I took the Tokyo Water Bus from Asakusa. A ¥1580 boat ride down the Sumida river to Odaiba; an artificial island. The journey took about forty minutes, and, because of the heavy rain, I couldn't really enjoy the views as much as I had liked. In fact, due to the design of the Tokyo Water Bus, the windows are extremely difficult to see from. I imagine on a clear day the Tokyo Water Bus is an enjoyable ride, but in bad weather, I wouldn't recommend it.
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