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Departing Asakusa! Enjoy Japanese style Tokyo cruising on a ‘yakatabune’ Japanese Houseboat!

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2021.08.12 (Thu)

By Charlotte, long-term Tokyo resident & history-loving traveler

For many people, the word "cruising" brings to mind a ferry trip across the sea. If you're a fan of cruising, try Japanese-style cruising on a ‘yakatabune’ Japanese Houseboat.

This style of boat is truly a Japanese-style luxury passenger ship. The tables and sunken-floor ‘horigotatsu’ tables inside the large vessel let guests enjoy grand meals and banquets. The roots of the ‘yakatabune’ are said to lie in Japan's Heian period, around the 8th century. Aristocrats of the day apparently reveled in boating on rivers and ponds, enjoying the scenery while reciting ‘waka’ poems and performing music. Later in the Edo period, ‘daimyo’ lords made the boats lavish inside and out to show off their financial prowess, transforming boating into the ‘yakatabune’ of today.

From Azumabashi Bridge in Tokyo's Taito City, you can board the Yakatabune Amisei. Aboard, you'll enjoy crisp tempura, fresh sashimi, and Tokyo's famous conger eel on rice as you tour the Sumida River. You'll also see the famed TOKYO SKYTREE from the Sakurabashi Bridge area, also in Taito City. The night view on a Sumida River cruise is very romantic.
*As of August 12, only the charter plan is available due to the impact of COVID-19.

See the URL below for more information about Amisei!
https://amisei.com/

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