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Ship

There are many types of ship but those that allow passengers on board are mainly ferries and pleasure boats. Ferries transport passengers and vehicles and their drivers at the same time and, instead of bridges, or in concurrence with railways and roads, etc., go into commission and are used instead of overland routes to provide links between channels and islands. Ships were used as a common means of transport in the past and although railways and bridges are currently prevalent, there are still many people who prefer to travel this way because they like the ships themselves. Further, the ship is a slow method of transport; however, fares are cheaper compared to other modes of transport.
Caution is required in rough seas such those as during typhoons as there are the issues of sea-sickness or ferry cancellations.

Long-distance Ferries

Long-distance ferries are passenger ferries with routes of over 300km. These are usually overnight services that depart at night and arrive in the morning and that run 1 – 2 services or less per day. Departure locations are limited and journeys take time but ferries are the cheapest long-distance mode of public transport and, in addition, they give a sense of freedom and make it possible to travel without stress. Recently, passenger ferry facilities have been expanded and journeys are comfortable and enjoyable. Ferries have restaurants, public baths and shops, etc. and there are even some that have lounges and cafes or on-board events.

Long-distance Ferries
Long-distance Ferries

Travelling by ship may give the impression of being dull but, in fact, on-board journeys can be enjoyed as an integral part of a trip.


Island Ferries

Island Ferries

As Japan has many remote islands, ferries are a convenient mode of transport when visiting islands that are not connected to the mainland by bridges. Depending on the distance to the island in question, there are two types of ferry: short-distance ferries that arrive at their destination in an hour or less and medium-distance ferries that arrive at their destination in around 3 hours and that have facilities to equal those of their long-distance counterparts.

Pleasure Boats

Pleasure Boats Pleasure Boats

Pleasure boats are a type of passenger boat that operates at sightseeing spots with beautiful scenery such as rivers, lakes and harbours. These services are mainly provided for tourists and in a wider sense water-buses and river boats can also be counted as types of pleasure boat. There are also such things as restaurant boats that operate with the aim of dining or having coffee on board while enjoying a view of the ocean.



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