VIDEO| Cold drinks, nice views and hula dancing on sunset ferry cruise near Yokosuka

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

VIDEO| Cold drinks, nice views and hula dancing on sunset ferry cruise near Yokosuka

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

As many escape Japan’s scorching summer heat by heading to the beach or mountains, why not make your escape aboard a ferry boat for a cool breeze, cold drink and some hula dancing?

Tokyowan Ferry connects Kurihama (Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Pref.) and Kanaya (Futtsu City, Chiba Pref.) ports with a 40-minute cruise. If you are in Yokosuka, using the ferry is a great way to explore Chiba because it gets you there quickly.

Through August 31, the Tokyowan Ferry offers a “Sunset Cruise” in the evenings departing from Kurihama at 6:15 p.m. Passengers can enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Tokyo Gulf with a view of Mt. Fuji, Cape Kannonzaki and Mt. Nokogoriyama with a refreshing beverage. On the weekends, hula dancers entertain passengers.

Although we didn’t actually participate in the Sunset Cruise, my family and I was lucky enough to come across the summertime campaign when we got on the 7:20 p.m. ferry at Kanaya Port after our one-day trip around Chiba Prefecture. The 40-minute cruise was a nice surprise to cool off from the summer heat.

Tokyowan Ferry Sunset Cruise 2022

Period: Now – August 31

Hours: 6:15 p.m. (Kurihama) – 7:20 (Kanaya) - 8:10 p.m. (Kurihama)

Charge including roundtrip fare and all you can drink at bar: adult: 3,000 yen; elementary school-age to 19: 1,700 yen

Location: Kurihama Port, 8-17-20 Kurihama, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture (a 30-minute drive from Yokosuka Naval Base)

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