Take a yakatabune cruise on Sumida River from Asakusa or Asakusabashi and see the city from a new perspective while you enjoy a Japanese meal.
Yakatabune are traditional Japanese boats. Their history goes back for hundreds of years and old poems describe them as the pleasure boats of the imperial court. In the Edo Period (1603-1868) still only nobility and wealthy merchants went out on these boats and enjoyed lavish meals and sightseeing tours. Now anyone is welcome to join a yakatabune cruise.
The city looks different when viewed from the water. You have a good view of Tokyo Skytree, the buildings along the river, and the many bridges on your way downstream towards Tokyo Bay and Odaiba. Cruises are offered all year round. In the spring the riverbanks near Asakusa are full of cherry blossoms and in the summer the Sumida River Fireworks take place here. Special cruises are offered then.
Have a Japanese meal on a yakatabune cruise
Yakatabune tickets include drinks and a Japanese meal with delicious foods, typically including sashimi and tempura. There are different plans available and prices start at around 5,000 yen for lunch and 10,000 yen for dinner. On a shared cruise you can reserve a table for two or more. With a bigger group of 15 or more you can rent a whole boat and go on a private chartered cruise.
To make reservations, please see the information offered by the Tokyo Yakatabune Association http://www.yakatabune-kumiai.jp/en/. Using the reservation form on the site, the Association’s staff can help you find the best boat and cruise for you. If you have dietary restrictions or other concerns, please inquire well in advance so that arrangements can be made for you.
Enjoy seeing Tokyo from a new perspective!