It's a 50-minute cruise of 17 kilometers going around Matsushima Bay. Passengers are able to view nearly 100 islands out of 260 inside and outside the Bay.
Nio-jima island, which has been eroded by wind and waves into a monstrous shape imaging a guardian of the temple, and Kane-jima island, which has cave-like tunnels are just a few of those to be enjoyed!
The boat goes out on the open ocean, outside Matsushima Bay. In contrast to the islands inside the bay, which are round-shaped and feminine, islands on the open ocean expose rock surface being eroded about by angry waves that makes them appear more masculine. Passengers may find it interesting how different these islands are.
The counter is located at Matsushima Rest House. Please make sure that the ticket is for "Matsushima round tour" as the next counter sells tickets for another destination (Shiogama.) Maps are available in English, Mandarin and Korean. The central jetty for departure and arrival is located in front of the rest house. Present your ticket to the staff (keep the stub during the cruise), and then get on board.
Announcements on the ship are made in English. Guided by frequent announcements, enjoy cruising while admiring the view or taking photos. To access to upstairs, an additional fare of 600 yen per adult is charged. If you wish to upgrade your seat, additional fare can be paid on board.
The cruise ends here at the Matsushima central jetty. When the boat arrives at the jetty, get off the boat following the instructions given by the staff.
|Applicable period||All the year round.|
|Time required||50 minutes per cruise|
Departure: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 (noon), 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00. *Additional departure at 16:00 during summer.
|Fees include:||Cruise fare||Fees exclude:||Additional fare for upstairs seat (600 yen per adult, 300 yen per child).
*Payment can be made on board.
|Preparation in advance:||Nothing in particular.||Meeting time & place||Jetty: Matsushima Central Jetty|
|Minimum participants count||One person.||Booking starting time & deadline||10% discount for advance booking.
*Please book from the Japanese website or print out the flyer on the booking page and present it at the ticket counter.
|Age limit||No.||Cancellation fees||No.|
|Fees||1,400 yen per person (700 yen per child.)
*From April 1, 2014 onward, 1,500 yen per person (750 yen per child.)
Please be careful not to be confused at the ticket counter and jetty as they are located at the same place of one going to Shiogama.
|Languages available for service||
1. Tourist information on board is available in Japanese as well as English.