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Matsue Horikawa Pleasure Boat

Matsue, Japan
About Matsue Horikawa Pleasure Boat
Matsue retains a canal system and townscape with 400-year-old character, and this 50-minute boat tour is the quintessential way to see them. The boatmen will tell you about the local history and culture while you enjoy the natural scenery that changes with the seasons. The tour is open all year long with boats departing roughly every 15 minutes from three convenient locations surrounding the castle. You will remove your shoes and relax on board, enjoying the cool breeze in summer or the warm kotatsu (heated blanket) in winter. The roof provides shelter from the rain and sun, but watch your head! One of the characteristic features of the Horikawa Sightseeing Boat is that the roof lowers to fit under a few of the 17 bridges around the course.
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Tours and Tickets by Matsue Horikawa Pleasure Boat
[One-day boarding pass]
Purchase date is free during business hours and you can get on and off at any of the three piers.
You can see seasonal trees and flowers on the route. Wild birds and fish, insects and boatmen
Not only guide, but also fun to see with the eyes. If you are lucky, rays etc.
海 You can see the sea creatures.
コ ー ス It is a varied course where you can also feel the historic townscape of the castle town and the life of the citizens
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Mamapickels wrote a review Sep 2021
315 contributions52 helpful votes
What fun this was to slowly explore the canals around Matsue castle. We did the 50 minute (4km) tour - spotting birds and turtles, passing historic sights and laying flat on the boat’s tatami under the very low bridges. The recorded narration (in Hearn’s lovely Irish accent) paired with a colourful map, helped locate points of interest and best photography spots along the way. The smiley boatman even sang us a song in one of the acoustically perfect tunnels.
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Andrew N wrote a review Jan 2020
Honolulu, Hawaii34 contributions41 helpful votes
The experience of having to duck down so that the roof can be lowered was fun. We had the additional pleasure of having two volunteer guides from the Matsue Goodwill Guide Group to assist us in translation about the moat, castle, boats, and other information as we cruised around Matsue Castle for 50 minutes. (for contact information for the Matsue Goodwill Guide Group, go to the JNTO website, and search for "volunteer guides"). As it was December, we sat in the small boat around a kotatsu, a low wooden table draped by heavy futon, with a heat source underneath. It was warm and toasty inside the boat. We started off with 6 people in the boast (each boat can fit 10 passengers), which allowed us to stretch our legs under the table. However at a certain point in the ride, the boat took on 4 more people. At that point it was a little cramped, especially for my legs. Overall, an interesting and fun tour!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Fearless04792875219, 広報担当者 at Matsue Horikawa Pleasure Boat
Responded Jan 23, 2020
Thank you for boarding!! Did you enjoy? As cherry blossoms bloom in April, please come again. I am not good at English. sorry m(。≧Д≦。)m
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Robina wrote a review Oct 2019
Perth, Australia325 contributions88 helpful votes
Small narrow boat that tours the canals surrounding the castle. Taking only about 10 people, as you have to lie almost flat when the roof is lowered to enable the boat to pass under the very low bridges. Quite a different experience, but well worth the mild discomfort. Take in the sights of the backwaters as the boat passes municipal buildings, roads and traditional houses as well as the trees and bushes that line the banks. May not be suitable for less able visitors.
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Date of experience: September 2019
roler wrote a review Oct 2019
Olympia, Washington66 contributions69 helpful votes
This is a pleasant tour around the castle moat. Guests sit on the floor of a boat, with a roof that cranks down to pass under some of the lowest bridges! You will have to duck! That was actually a really entertaining part of the trip!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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georgematthews wrote a review Oct 2019
Bangor, United Kingdom368 contributions173 helpful votes
We were part of a group and it was great fun . Families will have great fun. They lower the roof of the boat to get under the lower bridges so you have to be able to hunker down. A great way to spend an hour going around the castle. The actual trip is 50 minutes but you can take a shortened trip of 30 minutes which you have to book in advance. If you show foreign Id the rate is ¥1200 adults and ¥600 children for the full tour.
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Date of experience: October 2019