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Take a hotaluna water bus ridein Tokyo, Japan

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Glass roof of the vessel offers a 360° panorama view of the city.
How to take a hotaluna water bus ride in Tokyo
The design of Hotaluna and Himiko water buses was inspired by Japanese anime - at first sight they look like a spaceship.

The vessels depart from one of seven quay piers - Hinode, Asakusa, Hamarikyu, Toyosu, Odaiba Seaside Park, Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight.

Odaiba Seafront Park pier, Tokyo
Photo: Odaiba Seafront Park pier

On board you can order mojito prepared following a unique recipe and Italian recipe.

Hotaluna Water Bus inside, Tokyo
Photo: Hotaluna Water Bus inside

How to do?

1. The most well-liked itinerary is from Asakusa quay pier to Odaiba Seaside Park going through Hamarikyu Gardens. Asakusa quay pier is located at address 1-1-1 Hanakawado at the Sumida river near the metro station with the same name. You can order a water bus ticket in advance here.

2. In 40 minutes of the river trip, you'll moor at Hamarikyu station - get off the boat here to take a walk in the national park (entrance ticket ¥300 is included into the price). Then wait for the neat water boat to Odaiba Seaside Park - it'll take another 10 minutes.

Where to do?

#7Sumida riverSumida river

The river flows through Tokyo and disgorges its waters into Tokyo Bay. The Sumida is 27 kilometers long.

When to do?

All year round from 9:50am till 7:15 pm every 15-30 minutes. Look up the details of the timetable here. The cruise can be cancelled due to weather conditions.

How much?

One-way adult ticket (over 12 years old) to Hamarikyu station - ¥980, for 6-11-year-olds - ¥370. To Odaiba Seaside Park station - ¥1260 for adults and ¥930 for 6-11-year-olds.


Guest19 May 2024

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