Pleasure Boat / Water Cruise Spots in Ibaraki Area

  • Lacus Marina Excursion Ship White Iris
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Kawaguchi 2-13-6
    A Lake Kasumigaura sightseeing boat. The boat dock is located a 10-minute walk from JR Tsuchiura Station. Operating out of the Port of Tsuchiura year-round, the boat jets across the surface of Lake Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan. With a capacity of 86 people, the boat can also accommodate large groups. From fall to spring, the boat is followed by flocks of gulls, while in winter the boat has toasty kotatsu heated table seating. Tour-goers can enjoy views of the Mt. Tsukuba and Abukuma Mountain Range and, on clear days, see all the way to Mt. Fuji. Tours take from 30 to 40 minutes, and during which time tour-goers will be exposed to the vast natural beauty of Lake Kasumigaura.
  • Kaizokusen Pirates
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8253
    A sightseeing boat cruise operated by Oarai Shinsengumi which docks at the Oarai Town Fisheries Cooperative Wholesale Market in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture. Originally operated by Resort Outlet Oarai, after a change in the company which owns and operates it, the cruise began running again. The red and black tour boat, flying a pirate flag, leaves for a 30-minute round trip cruise on the Pacific Ocean from a dock close to Oarai Marine Tower. The exact course of the tour changes depending on circumstances, but tour-goers will get a sweeping view of Oarai from the sea. Seven tours are held every Sunday and on holidays.
  • Itako 12 Bridges Boat Tour
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Itako 109-12 tide boat boat association
    "This tour, a local sightseeing staple, is situated seven minutes from the Itako interchange on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway. Tour-goers board a small boat and visit beautiful area bridges via a canal system. The canals, which span a section of the rice paddies sandwiched between the Tone River and the Hitachitone River are called ""enma,"" and the canal in the Katozu area is known for the simple, narrow bridges which span it, connecting house to house. The tour's small ""sappa-bune"" boats visit and travel under the 12 remaining bridges in the area. The tour leaves from Suigo Sawara Ayame Park, a park where various irises bloom and which bustles with visitors from late spring through summer."
  • Hobikisen Cruising Sailboat
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasumigaurashi Saka 4784 (boarding reception place)
    These sailboats known as hobikisen ply Lake Kasumigaura. They were used for fishing on the lake from the Meiji to the Showa periods. The tour boats sail from the lakeside at Kasumigaura City, Tsuchiura City, and Namegata City. Visitors on the tour boats are easy to watch the sailboats moving across the lake with their large, billowing sails. The traditional net fishing done with these boats has been selected as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
  • Eureka Pleasure Boat (Kashima Port)
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Kamisu-shi Higashifukashiba 12
    A sightseeing boat operating from Higashifukashiba, Kamisu City. During a roughly 45-minute trip around Kashima Port, one of the world's largest artificially excavated harbors, you'll see huge anchored tankers and factories along the coast. While only available for groups during the week, it's open to everyone on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays when it sails at 1:30 p. m.
  • Itako Municipal Rowboat Cruise
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Itako-shi Ayame 1-5
    Pleasure boats at Suigo Itako Ayame Garden in Ayame, Itako City. Reproductions of the traditional sappa boats used for transportation in the Suigo area operate during the Ayame Festival held every year from late May to late June. Night cruises are held on Saturdays.
  • Hinuma Yacht Harbor
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Hokota-shi Minowa 2513
    This yacht harbor is located in Minowa, Hokota City. Membership rental of boats and yachts is possible from the marina, which faces onto Hinuma, the only brackish lake in the Kanto region. There is also a school where you can obtain a boat or water-skiing license.

Ibaraki Areas


Just a stone's throw from Tokyo, Ibaraki is a coastal prefecture that has mastered juxtapositions, where old shrines meet new scientific discoveries and traditional gardens are frequented by the inventors of some of the newest technology. Head to Mito City's Kairakuen - one of Japan's Three Great Gardens - in spring to experience the cellestial blooming of fantastic cherry blossoms at the annual sakura festival.

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