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Matsue Horikawa Pleasure Boat

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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

松江の堀川めぐりは、屋根の下げあるボートで約50分間の楽しみがあります。お濠の周りの景色をガイドさんが紹介してくださり、途中で降りることもできます。冬もこたつがあり、暖かく楽しめます。おすすめです。                In a cold season, the Horikawa boat ride at canal surrounding Matsue castle is still interesting and comfortable fun ride with Kotatsu (Japanese foot warmer). Matsue city keeps the canal system build in Samurai period, about 400 years ago. The boat ride is about...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank yoshihiros863
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This sightseeing boat ride around Matsue is definitely one of a kind. The boat is only 8 meters long and 2 meters wide. You sit on the bottom of the boat and when going under very low bridges, the roof lowers. And it is low....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank DERtravels
Reviewed November 17, 2018

A well justified cruise, much more fun than I imagine before embarkation. We join at the pier adjoining to Matsue Castle. In the first 20 minutes, we cruise around the nice and beautiful greenery, with many traditional Japanese houses; offering you a different perspective to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ErnestChoy
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

The boat ride was undoubtedly the best part of my trip. The view from the water is unique and worth riding. It gets somewhat cramped as the boat goes under low bridges which require passengers to bend forward lowering heads to knees just like airplane...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank loafin2005
Reviewed May 1, 2018

Enjoyed this more than expected to. Nice scenery from boat, very peaceful. Hilarious when roof is lowered to go under bridges, had to lie almost flat on bottom of boat!. A good way to see scenery and have a bit of a rest too!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed November 17, 2017

The people were very nice. Since I am from Korea, they turned on the Korean instructions so that I can also fully enjoy the tour. The tour was around 30 mins, and during that time, tourists can enjoy the view of lakes, bridges and mountains,...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank limreyinfinite
Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

Always good esp When the boat guide is speaking the local Japanese dialect which other Japanese and myself found hard to understand Ha ha

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Yawara
Reviewed August 18, 2017 via mobile

On a hot summer day, I enjoyed this a lot. As the boat goes under the low bridges, the roof moves down when needed. The captain explains the historical and artistic items during the ride. And, as you are on the water, the breeze is...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank W7927SH_
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

After visiting the castle it is charming to take these boats on the channels. As there is a discount for foreign people it is not expensive (We paid 2460 yens - about 20 euros- for 3 people for 50 minutes). So don't hesitate. The single...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank alain2124
Reviewed June 19, 2017

Sadly enough the comment is a recorded message of a woman's voice and your boatsman decides whether or not he'd shut up and roll the tape, but the ride is great. You even have to bend down to avoid the real low bridges of this...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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