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The Noto Peninsula Earthquake and this year’s cruise operations
 We would like to express our deepest condolences to those who lost their lives in the Noto Peninsula Earthquake on January 1, 2024, and our sympathies to all those affected by the disaster. The side of Matsukawa river also suffered damage to its revetment, riverwalk, and other facilities, but after an investigation by the prefectural government, it was determined that there were no problems with the safe operation of the vessel for which we are responsible. Based on the results of the survey, we have decided to operate the boat after making temporary repairs to the slightly damaged landing area. However, on March 18, 19, and 21, the service will be suspended because the government is scheduled to conduct an examination for full-scale restoration work. After the full-scale restoration work starts (timing to be determined), we may have no choice but to suspend the service or shorten the service section, but we will inform you as soon as we know.

*Winter Holiday Information
 Matsukawa sightseeing boats will be closed from December 1, 2023 to March 15, 2024.
 Matsukawa Tea House will be closed from December 11, 2023 to March 8, 2024.

⚓Operation Info
🌸Information on Flowering
*Request* Masks to prevent Covid-19 spread will be an individual’s independent decision after March 13 2023, and we ask that you please use your best judgment appropriately.

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

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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.

 

▷Individuals
Reservations are not available. Please check the operation calendar and operation information [X (old Twitter)] **Sorry, Japanese only!**, then come directly to the boarding area (Matsukawa Teahouse) and purchase tickets at the cashier inside the store (during the cherry blossom viewing period, at the temporary boarding ticket booth tent in front of Matsukawa Teahouse). Then, please wait nearby (during the cherry blossom viewing period, please go down the stairs and sit on the benches in order). During times when there are group reservations, those with group reservations will be given priority over the general public. Boarding time is approximately 30 minutes. Public restrooms are located behind Matsukawa Tea House.

▷Groups of 15 or more persons and travel agencies **Sorry, Japanese only!**
 お花見期間は「旅行業者の皆様へ(2024年・スプリングクルーズ期間)」、お花見期間以外は「旅行業者の皆様へ(2024年・歴史クルーズ期間)」をご確認ください。

*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 2024/3/20 – 4/25)
*During the period when the cherry blossoms are not in bloom (the definition of “in bloom”), normal rates will apply.
Adults : 2,600 Yen
Children ( 3-12 years of age ) : 1,300 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 : 2,340 Yen
Children : 1,170 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 : 1,800 Yen
Children ( 3-12 years of age ) : 900 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 )

 

Calender

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

Time Table

2024/3/16、17、3/20 – 4/25 (Matsukawa Spring Cruise)

Before the cherry blossoms begin to bloom, a limited number of cruises will be available.

Confirmed scheduled cruise dates: March 16(Sat.), 17 (Sun.), 20(Wed. national holiday), 23(Sat.), 24(Sun.)
*Departure ceremony is scheduled for 3/22. Please inquire about the operation.
Around 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
* Basically, it operates on weekends and holidays.(After March 25, we will also operate on weekdays, subject to weather conditions.)
* The service will be cancelled in case of adverse conditions such as extremely low temperatures.
* When weather conditions are favorable, the first departure may be earlier and the last departure later.
* If there is a group reservation for a vessel other than the regular schedule, the reserved vessel will be given priority.


Cherry blossom in bloom

From x/x, the following schedule will be in effect
Weekdays  9:30-17:00
Saturday and Sunday  9:00-17:30
All operate at intervals of 15 to 45 minutes
*Group reservations (15 or more people, on weekdays only) have priority over individual passengers.
*The first and last departure times are subject to change slightly due to conditions on the day of the tour.
*In case of bad weather, the boat cruise will be cancelled. The boat cruise may be cancelled in the middle of the day due to sudden changes in weather conditions.
*Boats are very crowded during the cherry blossom viewing period, so please allow plenty of time for your visit.


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 x/x.
* 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, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 18:00(Private reservation only.Only during this time, reception is also available on Saturdays and Sundays.)


2024/4/26 – 2024/10/6 (Matsukawa History Cruise)

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


2024/10/8 – 2024/11/30 Late fall time (Matsukawa History Cruise)

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


2024/12/1 – 2025/3/14 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.)

 

Place

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

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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)]

Reservation

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.

Note

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 )

 

Boats

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
2seigo

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

 

Activity

…. 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 @.

Links: for more enjoyable stay

[Information]
Visit Toyama … Toyama City’s Website
Official Toyama City Travel Guide … Toyama City Tourism Association
Cherry Blossoms on the Matsu River
MATCHA … JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE
TOKYO-NARITA JAPAN EXPLORER
KYOTO JOURNAL … Presenting cultural and historical insights from all of Asia.

[Activities]
Umekama … Kamaboko fish cake Decoration
Ikedaya Yasubei Shoten … Shaping the traditional pills
YKK Center Park; Zipper Museum … Making own zippers
Rakusuitei Museum… Modern art works, tea ceremony things, and beautiful Japanese garden

[Hotels]
River Retreat Garaku
Hotel Grand Terrace Toyama

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