Horikawa Pleasure Boat

Pleasure Boat / Water Cruise
A pleasure cruise which goes on a 50 minute tour of the moat surrounding the National Treasure-designated Matsue Castle in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The cruise’s coarse is dotted with famous and elegant castle town sights such as Shiomi Nawate-dori Street and the Former Samurai District. The water birds, flowering plants growing by the water, and other highly seasonal scenery is also a must-see. The cruise boat itself is eight meters long, two meters wide, and covered with a small roof; a toasty kotatsu (table with a blanket and heater underneath) is provided in winter. The Hori River the boat travels is spanned by 17 bridges, and when the boat travels under particularly low bridges, the roof must be lowered to pass.

Spot details

Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 507-1
9:00-17:00(Depending on the season)
open everyday (However, there is a suspension in stormy weather, there is a change in the course due to the Wednesday position)
[Boarding fee] [Adult] 1,500yen [Children] 800yen
Parking Lot
Not available * Fee parking lot available near
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Available (Fureai Hiroba boarding area only)
Not available
English Menu
Available (Pamphlet, inboard guidance tape)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Possible (only the gage installed at our office)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

Articles about this spot


  • Great fun!
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.01.05
    The experience of having to duck down so that the roof can be lowered was fun. We had the additional pleasure of having two volunteer guides from the Matsue Goodwill Guide Group to assist us in...
  • HBH messing about on the canals
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.10.18
    Small narrow boat that tours the canals surrounding the castle. Taking only about 10 people, as you have to lie almost flat when the roof is lowered to enable the boat to pass under the very low...
  • Fun and quirky boats that make you duck!
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.10.14
    This is a pleasant tour around the castle moat. Guests sit on the floor of a boat, with a roof that cranks down to pass under some of the lowest bridges! You will have to duck! That was actually a...

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