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Horikawa Pleasure Boatぐるっと松江堀川めぐり

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.


Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 507-1 (MatsueArea)

phone 0852270417

[3/1-6/30, 8/16-10/10] 9:00-17:00 (20 minute intervals)
[7/1-8/15] 9:00-18:00 (20-minute intervals)
[10/11-11/30] 9:00-16:00 (20-minute intervals)
[12/Jan.-Feb. end] 9:00-16:00 ( (30 minute intervals)

Review of Matsue Horikawa Pleasure Boat

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/10/18 HBH messing about on the canals
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...
Reviewed:2019/10/14 Fun and quirky boats that make you duck!
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...
Reviewed:2019/10/07 Children will love it
We were part of a group and it was great fun . Families will have great fun. They lower the roof of the boat to get under the lower bridges so you have to be able to hunker down. A great way to spend...

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Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 507-1 [ map ]
[3/1-6/30, 8/16-10/10] 9:00-17:00 (20 minute intervals)
[7/1-8/15] 9:00-18:00 (20-minute intervals)
[10/11-11/30] 9:00-16:00 (20-minute intervals)
[12/Jan.-Feb. end] 9:00-16:00 ( (30 minute intervals)
open everyday (suspended during stormy weather, or course changed)
[Boarding fee] Adults1,500yen, Children800yen
Fees for groups (20people and above) Adults1,300yen, Children700yen
Parking Lot
Available (Shiroyama west parking lot (Charge))
Credit Card
English Menu
Available (leaflet, homepage, inboard guidance)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          What Shimane prefecture lacks in size and population, it makes up for in scenery and ancient mythology. Izumo-taisha, in the middle of the prefecture, is said to be Japan’s oldest Shinto shrine, where stories that delve into the creation of the Japanese race have been passed down over centuries. The 180 Oki Islands, a 40-minute ferry ride north of Sakaiminato, offer an undiscovered paradise well off the beaten track.

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