Cruises in Tokyo

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If you are considering a vacation to Tokyo, cruises are a great way to see the city, along with many more great tourists destinations in the area. The corridor that runs from Japan down to Australia is a favorite for cruise ships, because of the large number of major seaside tourist attractions in a relatively straightforward line. Only the Mediterranean can compete with the cruise itineraries that are possible in this area, with the ability to see both idyllic beach communities, major metropolises and sights of historical significance. Because Tokyo is one of the largest and most well known cities in the region, it is not difficult to find it as a major stop on your cruise itinerary. Still, there are a few different options you will have in selecting your cruise.

Cruise Itineraries

The first step in deciding on a cruise is how long you want to go for. Obviously, the longer the cruise, the more you will be able to see. Sometimes this translates into more destinations, but just as often it means more time spent in the major cities, where you will have 3 to 4 days available to explore instead of 1 or 2. This is definitely an advantage in a huge city like Tokyo. Another thing to consider is where you want your cruise to go. Most cruises that have stops in Tokyo stay in the area immediately around the Japan and China coastline, making stops in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong, among others, but it is also possible to get on a cruise that starts across the Pacific in Vancouver, Canada or Alaska. Other cruises start or finish in Australia. If you choose one of these cruises it will give you more diversity in what you are seeing, but you will typically not spend as much time in Tokyo or the surrounding area.

In Tokyo

Once you've got your cruise itinerary picked out, it is time to explore what you want to do with your time in Tokyo. Cruise Ships are generally pretty helpful in assisting you to get the most out of your time in port, but a little research of your own will make sure you see what you want to see. Particularly in a huge city like Tokyo, a good plan is a must. It is worth the visit just to see the city itself, but there's plenty to do besides just wandering the streets of city center.



Tokyo is the main city of Japan and all Tokyo cruises stop here. Besides seeing the city you can also take a cruise of the many islands. Many cruises begin and terminate in Tokyo while some cruises offer great excursions into and around the city. There are also many bays and harbors to explore around the city.

Cruising Along the River

Sumida River Line offers short cruises of the Sumida River. This river is well known as it has 12 unique bridges. The bridges are all lit up at night making it a perfect spot for a romantic night time cruise. There are old and new buildings on the banks of the river as well as Asahi beer building. Cruising times last from between 30 to 15 minutes.

If you pick up a cruise from Asakusa then you will stop at the Hamarikyu Onshi Gardens. These gardens were built in the 18th century. A popular time of year to cruise the Sumida River is in March and April as the cherry trees are all in bloom. The best place to view the cherry blossoms is from the river. If you in town for the Sumida River Firework festival in July, then the best place to see the fireworks is on a cruise.

Japanese Cruise Lines

The Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line uses boats that look like space ships, called Himiko. The Odaiba Cruise Line cruises around Tokyo and you can see all the boats around the pier and the Seaside Park Terminal. The Shinagawa Aquarium has its own cruise line and you can see the aquarium, Ooi Seashore Park and the Maritime Museum.

Some of the other Japan cruise lines that offer cruising in Japan include the Asuka Cruise, which is one of the largest cruise lines in Tokyo. Blue Moon Marine has party cruises, dinner cruises and night cruises around Tokyo Bay and Yokohama port. The Luminous Kobe 2 has a large restaurant ship that cruises Osaka Bay. Nippon Maru provides short and long cruises of Japan. The Royal Wing line provides restaurant and entertainment cruises in Yokohama Bay. Venus cruises have one night cruises that visit Yokohama, Kanazawa, Seto Sea and Kobe.

Longer Cruises that Stop in Tokyo

Silversea Cruises offers a 16 night cruise that starts in Vancouver and ends in Tokyo. Enjoy a cruise on the Silver Shadow. Princess Cruises has a 42 night cruise that starts and ends in Sydney and visits destinations in China and Japan. Princess Cruise Lines stops in Yokohama Bay. Royal Caribbean has a cruise that starts in Tokyo and ends in Shanghai.

February 09, 2010 new by cjr236
April 08, 2010 change by ctanios

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