What better way to see the beauty of the Hiroshima Bay and surrounding islands than from the deck of a boat or cruise ship? Though you can rent different water vehicles throughout the day for your own personal use, like kayaks or paddle boats, there’s something positively relaxing and wonderful about a cruise experience on a summer evening. In addition to the beauty of an evening time cruise, the summer opens up opportunities for dining, shrine illuminations, and other entertainment on the water; an extra treat for friends, family, couples, and co-workers alike!
From July-August various Hiroshima Bay cruises offer evening or sunset rides to fit all budgets, schedules, and social groups. From private ships to rent among 10 friends to large ones to share among all guests, there is certainly a summer cruise option to suit your fancy.
Ginga (Galaxy) Dinner Cruise
For a luxurious dining experience, treat yourself to a gorgeous sunset dinner cruise or standard dinner cruise to Miyajima and the Itsukushima shrine on the Galaxy. Though a bit pricey, this option for evening cruising also includes a tasty meal so you can enjoy the sights of the sea while dining on fine cuisine.
Sunset Dinner Cruise
When: Sundays only
Boards: 5:15 p.m.
Departs: 5:30 p.m.
Arrives: 7:40 p.m.
When: Monday—Saturday evenings
Boards: 6:35 p.m.
Departs: 6:50 p.m.
Arrives: 9:00 p.m.
Dining Options and Prices for Both Cruises: *prices include all tax and service charges*
Galaxy Dinner Course: ￥9,000
Chef’s Specialty Full Course: ￥15,000
For reservations/inquiries call: 082-255-3344
Miyajima Light Up Cruise with Aqua Net
Book a cruise onboard the Daisan Mikasamaru through Aqua Net and you won’t be disappointed. This ship runs six different 30-minute cruises nightly where the glowing Miyajima O-tori gate and Itsukushima Shrine can be viewed against the dark sky and sea.
Departs from: Miyajima Third Pier- the end pier of ferry terminal
Price: Adults: ￥1,600, Children (4-12 years): ￥800
Booking: You must reserve your seat at least 2 hours before departure and reservations can be made completely online here or by fax.
Time table: View the timetable of evening rides on their website here. You can even check dates and availability to plan your trip ahead of time!
Private Yacht or Cruise Liner from Luxury Yacht Japan
There are many options for hiring private boats along the Bay and this is a reputable option! Commercial liners tend to focus on daytime cruises, so if you’re interested in an evening ride along the Bay without the hassle of crowds or time schedules, you might want to check out an option like Luxury Yacht Japan. Various styles of ship, sizes, and time options are available, and inquiries or reservations can be made in English on their website.
There are also many private cruising options as well as daytime opportunities for touring the Bay. Be sure to check out this map and infographic for more details!
By Jordy Meow (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons