The Tokyo Water Bus (formally: Tokyo Metropolitan Steamship Co. Ltd.) is a water bus that goes around the Sumida river and Tokyo Bay. There are a variety of tour lines provided that allow you to see the Tokyo sights from different perspectives from the rivers and the ocean.
Main Touring Lines
There are various routes that the Tokyo Water Bus takes. The main ones that appeal to tourists are the Sumida River line, the Sky Tree Route, and the Gozabune Atakamaru route. The Sumida River line takes you from Asakusa to Hinode in about 40 minutes and you can spot bridges such as Azumabashi and Kiyosu along the way, and there is in-transit commentary that tells you about Tokyo past and present as it introduces the various sites. The Gozabune Atakamaru route takes you to see a war ship that was built in 1632 under the orders of Ieyasu Tokugawa. You can eat on board and have a party if you set up reservations. On the Sky Tree boat you’ll see the unique Tokyo Sky Tree, a gorgeous scenic spot in Tokyo. There are English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese audio guides available for rent.
There is also an Asakusa-Odaiba direct line which has a design based after "Galaxy Express 999" by Matsumoto Reiji, a very famous and popular manga series in Japan, and the ship is populated with characters from the manga, which makes it a popular pick for kids and fans of the original series.
If you’re going to the Asakusa boarding location, it’s 3 minutes from Asakusa Station (浅草駅). If you’re going to the Hinode location it’s close to Yurikamome’s Hinode Station (日の出駅). Going to the Hama pier, it’s 12 minutes from Shinbashi Station (新橋駅).
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Description: Tokyo Water Bus
|Sights||Tokyo Water Bus (東京水上バス)|
1-1-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0120-97731|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Tokyo Water Bus