Cruise the Waterways for a Whole New View 水

See a side of Nihonbashi available nowhere else: take a Nihonbashi river cruise.

“Nihonbashi Boarding Dock” was completed in 2011 when Nihonbashi bridge celebrated its 100th anniversary. The posts seen on either end of the pier in the above photo are decorated at the top with “Giboshi,” recalling the design of the original wooden bridge.
Today various ferries and boats take an average of 50,000 people on river tours every year. The number of passengers surpassed 100,000 in September 2013, and the cruises are an increasingly popular Nihonbashi attraction. Sights from the deck of a river cruise are not visible anywhere else in Nihonbashi.
Access to Nihonbashi Bording Dock
From Mitsukoshimae Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon/Ginza Line): 1 min. walk from Exit B6.From Nihonbashi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza/Tozai Line): 2 min. walk from Exit B12.

Nihonbashi Cruise Highlights

  • Nihonbashi Bridge An enduring symbol of Nihonbashi. There are 32 statues along the bridge (“bridge” has the same pronunciation as “8×4” in Japanese). Four of them can be seen from the river cruises.

  • Tokiwabashi Bridge Located upstream from Nihonbashi. It is the oldest bridge in Tokyo. There is another bridge bearing the same name, but written in different Kanji characters.

  • Kiyosubashi Bridge This is one of the most famous bridges crossing the Sumida River. Its design takes after a suspension bridge over the Rhine River in Germany. You can spot Tokyo Skytree in the distance.

Cruise Information *Please contact the cruise companies for details.

Cruises from the Nihonbashi Boarding Dock are available through advance reservations or direct sign-up at the pier. *Some cruise companies may only accept advance reservations. Please contact each company for how to sign up, fare, and cruise schedule.

Major cruise companies

Nihonbashi River

The history of Nihonbashi River we see today, which flows in the center of Nihonbashi with and is crossed by the Nihonbashi Bridge, goes back to the 16th century. The river’s current path was set when Tokugawa Ieyasu altered the embankment for his renovation of the Edo Castle; and later, when some of the land the river flowed through was reclaimed during the Meiji period. Nihonbashi Pier, next to the Nihonbashi Bridge, was completed in April 2011, serving as the launch point for a variety of excursion cruises along the historic river. Over three years, more than 100,000 people have enjoyed the unique view of Nihonbashi from the water.

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&EARTH Mitsui Fudosan