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Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruise

Miyako, Japan
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Rabindra wrote a review Jul 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia21 contributions7 helpful votes
Very short boat ride to visit the blue cave. 1500 yen per person plus a small bag of crab chips to feed the sea gulls. The sea gulls will poop on you, happened to a few people in my boat. It would have been better if the operator's don't feed the gulls. Other than that it was a fun filled few minutes
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Date of experience: July 2019
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SenkaWalks wrote a review Aug 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina45 contributions28 helpful votes
I found a tour to go inside Hachinoheana, also known as the Blue Cave, on a small fishing boat called sappa. It was a really nice 20-minutes trip. It was wonderful. The scenario is amazing, the colour of the water changes from light blue, green to deep blue. And during the whole trip you are accompanied by very friendly and naughty seagulls. The price was 1,500 yen per person I got there by car as we rented one to travel around JApan.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Bargainhunter wrote a review Nov 2016
San Francisco, California7,152 contributions25 helpful votes
The coastline in Miyako is rugged and stunningly beautiful, even to someone like me who is generally apathetic about the beauty of the natural environment. The boat cruise gives you a different perspective than walking along the coast. The crew is friendly and makes a real effort to make the trip a good experience. Narration is entirely in Japanese, but a crew member came over and pointed carefully to make sure I saw one of the more dramatic natural features. They do the bread crumb thing, with passengers throwing bread crumbs into the air to attract seagulls, and then the crew immediately sweeps the entire deck to keep it tidy! They also photograph the passengers; you can buy your souvenir photo for 1000 yen--mine was actually an excellent photo, so I'm glad I bought it. Note that Miyako was hit hard by the 2011 tsunami. The tour company lost two of its three boats in the tsunami, so by taking this tour, you can help the area's recovery. I got here using public transportation from Morioka. The #106 bus goes from the Morioka train station to the Miyako train station. From the Miyako train station, take the A2 bus (bus stop #3) to the Jodogahama Visitor Center. Buy your boat ticket in front of the Visitor Center, then go down the hill to the green-roofed shelter on the shore. To get back to the Miyako train station, use the A2 bus from the Visitor Center. The bus back to Morioka leaves from bus stop #6 across the street from the Mitako train station. Start your trip early in the day--aim to get to the Miyako station by 11:30--so that you don't miss the last boat. The Japan Rail Yamada Line goes from Morioka to Miyako, but service has been disrupted by recent storms. Japan Rail Passholders can get free bus tickets for this route from the JR transfer sgent.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Belgonzo wrote a review Aug 2015
Los Angeles, California68 contributions35 helpful votes
The coastline along this stretch of Iwate prefecture is spectacular, and alone makes the boat ride worthwhile. That being said, the true allure of this cruise can be observed by the sheer number of seagulls which circle the boat as it cruises around. The crew makes a point of selling large amounts of dried bread for the passengers to feed the seagulls. Unlike in most places, where you might throw the food onto the ground, here you can toss it in the air where hundreds of soaring gulls will compete to catch it. If you are a bit braver, you can hold out some food in your fingers and the gulls will snatch it quickly before gliding away. Make sure to bring a good camera- both for the gulls and the gorgeous scenery.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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Banda-in-Japan wrote a review Jan 2014
Tokyo, Japan452 contributions196 helpful votes
We had a great time on this little boat ride for which we had to be outfitted with both life vests and hard hats. Yes, hard hats. After a little cruise around the sheltered harbor, the boatman took us into the blue cave (aodokutsu). While it wasn't as spectacular as the grotto azure of the Isle of Capri, the principle was the same--water in the cave lit bright blue by the daylight outside the cave. According to the boatman, the light is best in the morning, since the mouth of the cave faces east. Alas, we visited in the afternoon, and because of the tide, we were close enough to the ceiling of the cave that the hard hats came on handy. Another interesting feature of this trip was the opportunity to feed the birds on the bay as the boat made it's circuit. One very talented bird spent at least a minute perched atop my husband's hard hat! This wasn't the best little boat ride we've ever had, but it was a fun little respite on the water and probably the best thing we did on Miyako
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