You might be wondering how one can take a cruise around the densely-populated Tokyo but there are actually many cruise plans available for those, who are visiting Tokyo, from luxury ones to simple ones for you to enjoy the city and its Edo period features. Hence, this article will be telling you more about the available cruises.
1. Tokyo Skytree Cruise
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You can now enjoy Tokyo’s latest landmark, Tokyo Skytree from on board a liner. The view of the tower from ground and from the river will definitely be different. The ride is also at a very reasonable price at \1240 per person. Unfortunately, the cruise doesn’t run from April to June.
Available cruise plans： http://www.gotokyo.org/en/discovery/vol1/special03.html
2. Off-Haneda Cruise
Now you can also hop onto a cruise liner and take a trip round Haneda Airport, which now serves as an entryway for planes flying in and out from around the world. Naturally, the main feature of this cruise would have to be that you are able to watch closely planes landing and taking off. The ship offers an open deck for passengers to catch the bay’s scenery and the view is just as breathtaking as it is in the morning and at night. Naturally the night scene might be a little more romantic than the day one. This cruise also offers an all-you-can-eat dessert spread.
Available cruise plans：http://www.symphony-cruise.co.jp/event/15spr_haneda/ (Japanese Only)
3. Anniversary Cruises for Couples
For those who are planning to make their anniversaries a little more special, we recommend you to take this cruise. Not only will you be able to celebrate in style on a cruise liner but the staff will pamper you with a delectable French lunch menu and organize a photo-taking session for you too and if you would like to present a bouquet of flowers to your loved ones too, you can let them know beforehand too.
Available cruise plans： http://www.anniversary-cruise.com/lp/english/
4. Asakusa Odaiba Cruise
This is probably the most popular cruise among our foreign visitors as this cruise allows you to choose where to board and where to get off. Get on the liner and you’ll get to enjoy views of the Kachidoki Bridge and the famous Rainbow Bridge. Boarding the liner in the evening to catch the beautiful sunset is highly recommended.
Available cruise plans： http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/waterbus/download/pdf/sanpo_en.pdf
5. Nihonbashi Cruise
This cruise gives you the opportunity to experience Tokyo in a nostalgic way as it brings you to view the city’s oldest bridge, Tokiwa Bridge and the city’s famous landmark, Nihonbashi Bridge. Nihonbashi just turned a century old in 2011 and the current bridge is the 20th one. This cruise definitely provides its passengers a historical experience.
Available cruise plans：http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/en/rivers/
6. Hanabi (Fireworks) Cruise
One thing you shouldn’t miss in Japan during summer would have to be their fireworks. This cruise brings you around the harbor to enjoy the fireworks and we are confident that your breath will be taken away from the views of Tokyo’s nightline as the fireworks explode into the sky. The cruise will only be carried out from July to August and you get to choose from the three available plans, which are the Sumida River Fireworks Festival, Urayasu Summer Fireworks Festival and Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival.
Available cruise plans：http://www.yumenoshima-marina.jp/crusing_map/006.html (Japanese Only)
7. Heart-shaped-route Cruisesymphony-cruise.co.jp
From the name of the cruise, we are sure that you would know by now that this cruise caters mainly for couples. The liner really does follow a route that has been meticulously planned to resemble a heart shape. Catch the dinnertime cruise to take in Tokyo’s romantic nightline. The liner will also bring you under Tokyo Gate Bridge to close the night off with a bang.
Available cruise plans：http://symphony-cruise.co.jp/crusing/map/index.html
8. Houseboat Cruise (Yakatabune Cruise)
For visitors that truly want to capture the Edo period experience, this cruise might just be your answer. You get to cruise on a traditional Japanese houseboat as you view some of Tokyo’s famous old structures. You can also savor some really good tempura on the boat too, which apparently has received good reviews from past foreign visitors.
Available cruise plans：http://www.funasei.com/fsei_yaka.htm (Japanese Only)
9. Cruising on the liner designed by Leiji Matsumoto
For non-manga fans out there, you might wonder who Leiji Matsumoto is. Well he didn’t just design this liner, Himiko but he is also a very famous manga artist known for his space themes. Hence, it is of no surpise that Himiko resembles something like a spaceship. Manga fans will also appreciate the fact that this cruise plays special video clips of [Galaxy Express 999]’s characters on the liner during the ride.
Available cruise plans：https://www.suijobus.co.jp/cruise/line/as_od_line.html (Japanese Only)
10. Party Cruise
This is the cruise for those that would like to gather with friends over a meal in style. You can also rent the whole liner for your very own private party. They offer a wide variety of plans and there are different liners to cater to different occasions and to your budget. Another plus point about this cruise is that you also get to choose the route the liner sails.
Available cruise plans：http://www.anniversary-cruise.com/lp/english/
Now that you know the available cruises in Tokyo, you can start planning your own casual cruise outing or romantic cruise date or a big cruise party for your next visit to Tokyo!