⚓Operation Info
🌸Information on Flowering
*Request* Masks to prevent Covid-19 spread will be an individual’s independent decision after March 13, and we ask that you please use your best judgment appropriately.

Take a Matsukawa sightseeing boat ride through a tunnel of cherry trees!




Our River Cruises

We have offered these cruises on the Matsukawa river since 1988, at the center of Toyama City.
This Matsukawa river is one of the Top 100 cherry blossom beauty spots in Japan.
It has 530 cherry trees on the riverbanks.
Not only in cherry blossom season but also throughout the year (except in winter), you can absolutely appeciate the amazing scenery from the boats.
Verdure, sunlight reflected on the water, fishes in the river, blue herons, kingfishers,
Sounds of water flowing, autumn leaves,etc
Very lovely nature welcomes you !!!
During the cruises, you would be absorbed in such rich nature althogh this is in a downtown.
Come and ride !!!

Round trip from Funa bridge to the confluence of Matsukawa river and Itachigawa river.
( 2km : 30-minute tour)
Boat returns to Matsukawa Teahouse.

Reservations are not available. Please check the operation calendar and operation information below and Twitter(Sorry, Japanese only!) ,and come directly to the boarding area (Matsukawa Teahouse) to purchase tickets and wait in line during busy times. You will board the boat in the order in which you sit on the bench.Group reservations will be given priority during times when group reservations are available. Boarding time is approximately 30 minutes. Please note that after the cherry blossom viewing season ends, the tent and benches at the temporary boat ticket booth will be gone.

▷Groups of 15 or more persons and travel agencies
Please call to confirm availability and make reservations according to the time of each season’s schedule by filling out the group application form from the following page and fax or web at least one week before the boarding date (two weeks before in the case of a solicitation type). 
(Reservations cannot be made on Saturdays and Sundays during the Spring Cruise period.Reservations can be made after “In Bloom” ends.)
For more information, please see “For Travel Agents and Groups“. **Sorry, Japanese only!**

*Operation is suspended in case of bad weather. (if inclement weather is forecast, the cruise will be cancelled earlier).






Our Individual fares are:

■Matsukawa Spring Cruise
 (Scheduled for 2023/3/20 – 4/25)
 *During the period when the cherry blossoms are not in bloom (the definition of “in bloom”), normal rates will apply.
Adults : 2,000 Yen
Children ( 3-12 years of age ) : 1,000 Yen
Babies ( 0-2 years of age ) : 1 baby per adult is Free

[Group rates are available]

We offer a 10% discount for a group of 15+ people.
Adults : 1,620 Yen
Children : 810 Yen ( 3-12 years of age )


■Matsukawa History Cruise(Normal rates)
 *Except during the flowering period from 3/20 to 4/25 (the definition of “in bloom”)
Adults : 1,600 Yen
Children ( 3-12 years of age ) : 750 Yen
Babies ( 0-2 years of age ) : 1 baby per adult is Free

[Group rates are available]

We offer a 10% discount for a group of 15+ people.
Adults : 1,440 Yen
Children : 680 Yen ( 3-12 years of age )




*You can find the timetable under this calendar.
* Please check our Twitter feed for the latest information! (Sorry, Japanese Only.Translation please.)


Time Table

2023/3/18、19、3/20 – 4/25 (Matsukawa Spring Cruise) 
Please check our Twitter feed for the latest information! (Sorry, Japanese Only.Translation please.)

<After the end of the cherry blossoms blooming>
10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
* May differ from the above for a while from 4/5. * If there are group reservations (15 or more people), group reservations will be given priority. * Holidays: Mondays except holidays, the day after holidays, and other temporary holidays.
* In case of bad weather, the cruise will be cancelled.
* The cruise may be cancelled due to sudden changes in the weather.

[Group reservation service during the spring cruise period (weekdays only, 15 people or more)]
9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00


2023/4/26 – 2023/10/9 (Matsukawa History Cruise)

10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00

2023/10/11 – 2023/11/30 Late fall time (Matsukawa History Cruise)

10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00

2023/12/1 – 2024/3/15 Winter time

There will be no winter cruise this winter.

Information common to each period
* In the event of worsening weather conditions, rising water, breakdown of the vessel used, or other unavoidable circumstances, the cruise will be cancelled or suspended.
* Even if the weather is fine, there may be cases when the ship cannot be operated (or the start of operation is delayed).
 (e.g., sudden weather recovery and the captain is unable to make arrangements and preparations in time, flooding of the pier and cleaning work is required, sudden deterioration of the weather is expected, illness of the captain, etc.)
* If there is a reservation for a vessel other than the regular schedule, the vessel with the reservation will be given priority in the vessel allocation process, and the sailing time may be irregular.
* The schedule is subject to change without notice depending on the spread of the new coronavirus. (For example, the Matsukawa History Cruise will be operated only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.)




Address : 1-34 Honmaru, Toyama-shi, Toyama prefecture, Japan
10-minute walk from JR Toyama station
20-minute bus ride from Toyama Airport. Get off at Toyama old castle park stop
15-minute drive from the Toyama Interchange on Hokuriku Expressway

For more details, click here … “Tourism Information in Toyama” Web Site


Audio Guide

The guide during the cruises is conducted by our experienced captains, who give a fantastic and insightful look into the history and culture of the area.
Although they cannot speak English, when the boat is occupied by only English speaking passengers we can offer the English version audio guide!!
Please feel free to let us know if you would like us to play it for your cruise.
[ The audio guide was recorded by Mr. John Gallagher of John’s English School (www.jestoyama.com)]



Not necessary. If 15 persons and over, please be sure to make a reservation !!
*Note: Reservation doesn’t mean you charter the boat. It is a SHARED boat.



Bad weather and boat malfunction will cause suspension of our service.


Reservation center / Office

Toyama Sightseeing Cruise Inc.
Address: 2-21 Marunouchi 2-chome, Toyama-shi, Toyama, Japan
Phone number : +81 76 425 8440
When you are in Japan, call this number 076-425-8440
( 9 am – 5 pm : weekdays only )



JINZU(神通) ; capacity : Up to 40 passengers
Matsukawa Cruise Jinzu


JINZU II(神通II) ; capacity : Up to 44 passengers
(Boarding will be limited to 40 passengers)
Matsukawa Cruise Jinzu II


TAKI RENTARO II(滝廉太郎II世号) ; capacity : Up to 51 passengers

(In recent years, this boat has rarely operated.)



…. for further information click “here“.


Tour Guide

Dear guests

Nice to meet you, and welcome to Toyama City.
I am Shiho, who is the organizer of Matsukawa River activities like Wagashi making, talk shows about Toyama artcrafts, yoga cruises, Rakugo cruises, and so on. The Matsukawa River flows in the center of Toyama City, which is a very historical place as it had been utilized as the natural defense moat for the northside of Toyama Castle in old times. It means around here there is a lot of attractiveness: history, arts, Toyama local tradition, the roots of our culture, and core essences.
I am a Toyama local licensed tour guide interpreter. I am willing to support your journey not only as the cruise guide interpreter but also as a guide for your private tours. I would design your private tour plan, adding the Toyama Glass Art Museum and so on. I would be so happy and honored if I could show you the must-see places.
Please feel free to contact me.
Further information please click “here

contact (at) matsukawa-cruise.jp  Replace (at) with @.