Since Japan is surrounded by water, one of the best ways to see the sights is to take a cruises japan!
Imagine yourself sitting on deck taking in the scenery as you pull into Tokyo bay. Here is an overview of some of Japan’s major waterways and how you can see them!
There are a variety of different cruise ships and ferries if you’re interested in ship travel. You can take a less expensive, short-term ferry ride, or a pricier but longer cruise trip lasting up to two weeks around the pacific!
There are ferry routes all over Japan. You can take a majestic tour from practically any major port city to another. If you are planning to do some sightseeing in Japan, this might be an unusual way to see some of the countryside.
You can also take ferries and boats from one island to another. For example, there is a boat line that goes from the northern tip of Honshu to the beautiful city of Hakodate in Hokkaido. Some of the remote, outlying islands are only accessible by boat travel!
Of course, it is much faster to travel by train or airplane, but with a boat trip, you can see the countryside at a more leisurely pace. An overnight boat trip might be a good opportunity to make some friends!
For domestic ferry travel, it is difficult to find information in English. However, there are a few international companies that can help you book ferry tours. Here is the most-suggested company, JTB Travel:
There are a variety of long-term cruises offered in Japan. With many of them, you can also go to Hong Kong or Korea and see more of the world for you dollar! Here is a website in English that will help you choose which cruise is for you:
Also, wherever you are staying in Japan, go to the local travel bureau and see what information they have. At most major cities they can assist English-speaking travelers.
Doing Japan by sea is a great way to see the sights at a leisurely pace, and see some of the out-of-the-way places you might otherwise not have a chance to!