History of Tokyo Water Bus
The water bus is the most scenic way to get from Asakusa to the serene Hamarikyu Gardens or the very modern Odaiba shopping area. Cruise the Sumida River on the futuristic Hotaluna and Himiko ships, or opt for the colorful, traditional vessels.
City’s iconic structures
See some of the city’s most iconic structures such as the scaled-down replica of the Statue of Liberty near Odaiba and the beautiful Japanese landscape garden Hamarikyu in the heart of Tokyo.
Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line
Hop on the strikingly modern Hotaluna boat, and enjoy the view from the water as you make your way between Asakusa and the shopping mecca of Odaiba. The cruise departs every two hours, connecting Asakusa to Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park. A one-way journey takes about 60 minutes.
The Himiko follows a similar course and it offers a good view of the skyline from the ship’s panoramic windows. In addition to stopping at Odaiba Seaside Park, the route extends all the way to Toyosu in Chiba.
This line connects Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park. It departs every 45 minutes.
Tokyo Mizube Line
Sit back and watch Tokyo’s skyline and bridges pass by on this leisurely sightseeing cruise. A full roundtrip takes two and a half hours, but you can decide to disembark at any of the stops, such as Ryogoku or Odaiba Seaside Park. Check the Tokyo Mizube Cruising Line website for the exact departure times.
Best time to ride the Tokyo Water Bus
The Tokyo water buses operate all throughout the year, including public holidays.
The departure time of the water buses differs from line to line. Schedule of trips are available on their Tokyo Cruise official website.
- Visitors may get their tickets on the day itself on a first come, first served basis.
- One luggage with a two-meter dimension per person is allowed.
- The water buses are wheelchair accessible.
How to get there
There are several points where you can embark, but the most convenient points are in Asakusa, Hamarikyu Gardens and Odaiba Seaside Park.
- From Asakusa: the pier is a 1-minute walk from Asakusa Station, right beside the Azumabashi Bridge.
- From Hamarikyu: the boarding point is actually inside the garden, which has a 300 yen entrance fee. Follow the signs posted throughout the park.
- From Odaiba Seaside Park: boats stop in front of the Tokyo Teleport mall, about a 5-minute walk from Odaiba Seaside Park Station.
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