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Tokyo Cruise To Odaiba by HOTALUNA

November 2018
Our exploration of Odaiba, the largest artificial island in Tokyo Bay starts by boarding the ‘Hotaluna’ from it’s pier on Sumida river in Asakusa. Operated by Tokyo Cruise, the Hotaluna is a futuristic looking vessel more like a spacecraft with gull-wing doors.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

The embarkation pier on Sumida river facing Tokyo Skytree & Asahi building.

We took the cruise down Sumida river from Asakusa Pier to Odaiba Seaside Park. There is lots of room on the boat and it is spacious, comfortable, air conditioned and fully enclosed. Good to know the vessel is wheelchair accessible. On the day we took the cruise, the weather was sunny and only a few passengers were on board. One would not feel nausea as the cruise was smooth and steady even when passing another vessel. The cruise took approximately 60 mins with a short stop at Hinode pier for passengers to get-off or onto the boat.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

The futuristic designed Hotaluna cruise boat.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

The Hotaluna ticket to Odaiba. You can book online here.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Not many passengers on this cruise. Spacious and comfortable ride.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

The sister vessel Himiko at the Asakusa pier.

Along the way, you’ll get to see Tokyo’s city scape of office buildings and apartments from a different perspective as well as cruising under a number of bridges. You can purchase refreshment and light snack onboard and there are three washrooms, one for disabled passengers.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Passing-by Bandai HQ.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Buildings along the riverbank.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Cruising under one of Tokyo’s bridges.

Before approaching Hinode pier, access to the upper deck was opened and we got onto the observation platform. Feeling the fresh breeze and being able to see attractions 360° makes for an enjoyable experience. The rainbow bridge is one of the main attractions as the cruise sails along and underneath the bridge.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Stairs to the observation deck of the Hotaluna.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Kachidoki bridge near Tsukiji market in the background. The red building is Sumitomo Life Insurance

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Passengers enjoying the 360° views on the observation deck of Hotaluna.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Tokyo Tower in-between skyscrapers.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

A floating restaurant moored at Hinode pier.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

The Rainbow Bridge across Tokyo Bay connecting mainland Tokyo To Odaiba.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

The massive structures of the Rainbow Bridge.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Underneath we go under the Rainbow Bridge.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

The arrival pier at Odaiba. The Rainbow Bridge in the background.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Sister vessel Himiko at the pier while the Hotaluna gets ready to sail.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Shores of Odaiba Marine Park.

Asakusa to Odaiba Hotaluna Tokyo cruise

Routes you can go from Odaiba pier.

Odaiba Marine Park & Daiba Park

Useful map of Odaiba Marine Park & Daiba Park                                                                 . Credit:http://www.tptc.co.jp

The Odaiba Seaside Pier is next to Odaiba Marine Park. It is to your left as you exit the pier. The park’s Odaiba Beach provide visitors enjoyable walks on it’s 800 meter long sandy beach. As this is a spot for seaside sports like paddle boarding and windsurfing, thus swimming is not allowed.

To the right is Daiba Park where you’ll find Isohama Beach. A short walk along the paved path along the beach brings you into view, a replica of the Statue of Liberty. It’s about 1/7th the size of the original statue in New York. Walk up the flights of stairs to the elevated concrete semi-circle Grand Observation Deck for a view of Tokyo Bay. Then proceed to the statue for a closer view and some photos. From hereon, several shopping complexes are nearby, including Aqua City and DECKS which are a couple of minutes walk away.

Daiba Park

The Rainbow Bride from Daiba Park..

Daiba Park

Sign post with the Rainbow Bridge in the background.

Daiba Park

The Grand Observation Deck, Odaiba.

Daiba Park

The 11 meters tall replica of the Statue of Liberty made of bronze weighs approximately 9 tons.

Daiba Park

A view of the statue from the observation deck.