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Boat

Ferries are pretty much never the cheapest way to get anywhere, and are always the least time-efficient, but the boat rides themselves can be fun: long-haul ferries in Japan have communal bathhouses, dining halls and even karaoke rooms.

On overnight ferries, 2nd-class travel means sleeping in common rooms on plastic mats or the floor; however, you can pay a little extra to upgrade to a dorm room (or a lot extra for a suite).

Most major ferry companies have English websites for booking tickets; otherwise book through a travel agency like JTB (www.jtb.co.jp).

Ferry Fares & Durations

Ferry fares fluctuate by season and by oil price; they change every three months.

Route2nd-Class Fare (¥)Duration (Hr)

Honshū–Hokkaidō

Hachinohe–Tomakomai50007-9
Maizuru–Otaru9570-16,35020
Niigata–Otaru6480-10,18018
Ōarai–Tomakomai8740-14,91017
From Tokyo
Shinmoji (Kitakyūshū)16,11035
Tokushima (Shikoku)11,69018-19½
From Osaka/Kōbe
Beppu (Kyūshū)11,200-12,00012
Miyazaki (Kyūshū)9460-10,70012½
Naha (Okinawa)19,33040
Shibushi (Kyūshū)12,880-13,40015
Shinmoji (Kitakyūshū)6170-648012½
Kyūshū–Okinawa
Kagoshima–Naha14,61025