Cruise the Waterways for a Whole New View
See a side of Nihonbashi available nowhere else: take a Nihonbashi river cruise.
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
Consortium of Rediscovery Edo-Tokyo Tourism Walk
- Consortium of Rediscovery Edo-Tokyo Tourism Walk
- Telephone: +81-3-3668-0700 Official website (Japanese)
- Limousine Boat
- Telephone: 0120-929-963 Official website
- Tokyo Bay Cruising
- Telephone: +81-3-5679-7311 Official website (Japanese)
Tokyo Bay Cruising
- Riverboat Mizuha
- Telephone: +81-70-6476-9827 Official website
Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
- Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
- Telephone: +81-3-5608-8869 Official website
ZEAL Co., Ltd.
- ZEAL Co., Ltd.
- Telephone: +81-3-3454-0432 Official website (Japanese)
NPO for Creating a Tokyo Water Metropolis
- NPO for Creating a Tokyo Water Metropolis
- Telephone: +81-3-5823-0441 Official website (Japanese)
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.