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Matsue Horikawa Pleasure Boat

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Address: 507-1 Kurodacho, Matsue 690-0876, Shimane Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 852-27-0417

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It was cold, but the boat has a kotatsu (Japanese heater with blanket) that keeps you warm. It was fun to take the small tour around the city by boat.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed March 1, 2016
Mia K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

It was cold, but the boat has a kotatsu (Japanese heater with blanket) that keeps you warm. It was fun to take the small tour around the city by boat.

Thank Mia K
Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2015

I’d watched the boats & taken photographs from various places around Matsue There are lots of them & they all looked as if they were having a great time around the canals & the moat of the castle. It wasn’t until I got on my boat that I realised (a) everyone was sitting on the carpeted floor of the vessel,... More 

1 Thank Jeffrey F
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2015

Foreigners can get ~33% discount on the ticket, price becomes 820JPY instead of 1230JPY, just show your passport/mention when buying the ticket. The ticket is a one-day free pass, so you can hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like in that day. Went in end-winter when it was still coldish, so inside the boat there was the heated... More 

2 Thank ciramisu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

This is a great way to experience Matsue's dense network of canals. Take it slow and watch the world go by...

Thank Suzanne B
Versailles, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2015

The most memorable memories always come from the most unexpected experiences. This is why I won't detailed here what to expect on this boat cruise but believe me, it might be the most charming and heartwarming experience I've had in Japan for a year ! Try to take one of the last boats, when the sun sets, and don't expect... More 

Thank JC S
Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

The boat ride is via the moat around Matsue Castle. However the moat now surrounds much of the commercial district as well. It is a low boat. Some of the bridges are very low. The canopy is a permanent fixture above the boat and does drop down when you are under a low clearance bridge. Would not recommend this if... More 

3 Thank marc m
Quedlinburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

There are many old castle towns in Japan, but what makes Matsue so unique is its water landscape. Lake Shinji and many small rivers and canals create a really beautiful scenery. Around the castle of Matsue you can still explore the moats with their numerous old bridges, every one with a special name and history. Therefore the best way to... More 

2 Thank Rika P
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

We took the boat from Matsue castle till Kyomise Karakoro Square. It was a small boat (even with one of those heated blankets) with a really nice driver, however he spoke only Japanese, so it was rather difficult to understand the historical background of the area which we passed through. But never the less, I actually did not mind this,... More 

3 Thank Olga I
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

The trip around the moat was extremely relaxing and pleasant and a number of attractions can be scene on the way around. During the tour, the gentlemen driving the boat gave us explanations and interesting facts about the history of the buildings and landmarks in the vicinity. It was a great way to view Matsue!

3 Thank Andy L
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

My friend and I got on the first Boat at 10:30 am and we were the only passengers!! It was fun having our own private boat tour. The people were very nice to us. They had us take off our shoes, something that you get used to when in Japan, and sit around a kotatsu that lined the middle of... More 

3 Thank Annie N

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