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BIWAKO CRUISE

CHIKUBUSHIMA CRUISE

Lots to see!
Explore the island of legends and mystical energy

Since ancient times, Chikubushima has been revered for its Hogon-ji Temple which is No. 30 of the 33 temples of the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. It is a small island with a circumference of 2km, at almost equal distance from Imazu Port and Nagahama Port. The trees that cover the island (mainly conifers) are beautiful throughout the seasons. There are lots to see, including the national treasures of the Hogon-ji Karamon Gate and the main hall of Tsukubusuma Shrine, as well as the important cultural property of Hogon-ji’s Funa Corridor. Recently, it has been used as a location for television and film productions, and in addition to the fact that it is known as a place of mystical energy with a mysterious atmosphere, many visitors come to claim their own share of that energy. The benzaiten goddess happiness dolls and ‘kawarake-nage’ earthenware tile throwing (to ward off evil) are also popular. A regular sightseeing boat stopping at Chikubushima leaves from Nagahama Port and Imazu Port (see note).

Note: Cruise schedules are subject to change due to the season or the day of the week.

Local information

  • Chikubushima Hogon-ji Temple

    Click here for details

  • Tsukubusuma Shrine

    Also called Chikubushima Shrine, where ‘kawarake-nage’ (earthenware tile throwing) is popular

Schedule / Fares

Nagahama Route(Nagahama Port ←→Chikubushima Port – round trip)

Fares (round trip)

Adult ¥3,070  Students ¥2,450  Children ¥1,540

Daily cruises from April 1, 2017 to Dec. 3, and Mar.11 2018 to Mar. 31

Sailing Dep.
Nagahama Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Nagahama Port
  (9:00) (9:30) No sightseeing stop 9:35 10:05
9:00 9:30 80min. 10:50 11:20
10:15 10:45 80min. 12:05 12:35
11:30 12:00 80min. 13:20 13:50
12:45 13:15 80min. 14:35 15:05
14:00 14:30 80min. 15:50 16:20

Extra sailings

Daily cruises from April 29, 2017 to May 7, and Aug. 11, 2017 to 15, and group reservation
(with the exception of the Lake Biwa Fireworks Display day)

Sailing Dep.
Nagahama Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Nagahama Port
Extra sailing 15:15 15:45 75min. 17:00 17:30
Extra sailing 16:25 16:55 No sightseeing stop (17:00) (17:30)

Winter schedule for the Nagahama Route

Daily cruises from Dec. 4, 2017 to Dec. 31, and Jan.4, 2018 to Mar. 9

Sailing Dep.
Nagahama Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Nagahama Port
10:15 10:45 80min. 12:05 12:35
12:45 13:15 80min. 14:35 15:05

New Year’s sailings

1-3 Jan. 2018

Sailing Dep.
Nagahama Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Nagahama Port
9:00 9:30 80min. 10:50 11:20
11:30 12:00 80min. 13:20 13:50
14:00 14:30 80min. 15:50 16:20

Imazu Route (Imazu Port ←→ Chikubushima Port - round trip)

Fares (round trip)

Adult ¥2,590  Students ¥2,080  Children ¥1,300

Daily cruises from April 1, 2017 to Dec. 3, and Mar.11 2018 to Mar. 31

Sailing Dep.
Imazu Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Imazu Port
  (9:40) (10:05) No sightseeing stop 10:10 10:40
9:40 10:05 75min. 11:20 11:50
10:50 11:15 75min. 12:30 13:00
12:00 12:25 75min. 13:40 14:10
13:10 13:35 75min. 14:50 15:20

Extra sailings

Daily cruises from April 29, 2017 to May 7, and Aug. 11, 2017 to 15, and group reservation.
(with the exception of the Lake Biwa Fireworks Display day)

Sailing Dep.
Imazu Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Imazu Port
Extra sailing 14:20 14:45 70min. 15:55 16:25
Extra sailing 15:25 15:50 No sightseeing stop (15:55) (16:25)

Winter schedule for the Imazu Route

Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays from Dec. 4, 2017 to Dec. 31, and Jan. 4, 2018 to Mar. 9.

Sailing Dep.
Imazu Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Imazu Port
10:30 10:55 80min. 12:15 12:45
13:00 13:25 80min. 14:45 15:15

New Year’s sailings

1-3 Jan. 2018

Sailing Dep.
Imazu Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Imazu Port
9:40 10:05 75min. 11:20 11:50
12:00 12:25 75min. 13:40 14:10
14:20 14:45 70min. 15:55 16:25

Biwako Traverse Route (from either Imazu Port or Nagahama Port)

Fares

Adult ¥2,830  Students ¥2,260  Children ¥1,420

1. Imazu Port→Chikubushima sightseeing→Nagahama Port

Daily cruises from Apr. 1, 2017 to Dec. 3, and Mar. 11, 2018 to Mar. 31

Sailing Dep.
Imazu Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Nagahama Port
9:40 10:05 45min. 10:50 11:20
10:50 11:15 50min. 12:05 12:35
12:00 12:25 55min. 13:20 13:50
13:10 13:35 60min. 14:35 15:05
14:20 14:45 65min. 15:50 16:20

Extra sailings

Daily cruises from April 29, 2017 to May 7, and Aug. 11, 2017 to 15, and group reservation.
(with the exception of the Lake Biwa Fireworks Display day)

Sailing Dep.
Imazu Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Nagahama Port
Extra sailing 15:25 15:50 70min. 17:00 17:30

2. Nagahama Port→Chikubushima sightseeing→Imazu Port

Daily cruises from Apr. 1, 2017 to Dec. 3, and Mar. 11, 2018 to Mar. 31

Sailing Dep.
Nagahama Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Imazu Port
9:00 9:30 40min. 10:10 10:40
10:15 10:45 35min. 11:20 11:50
11:30 12:00 30min. 12:30 13:00
12:45 13:15 25min. 13:40 14:10
14:00 14:30 20min. 14:50 15:20

Extra sailings

Daily cruises from April 29, 2017 to May 7, and Aug. 11, 2017 to 15, and group reservation.
(with the exception of the Lake Biwa Fireworks Display day)

Sailing Dep.
Nagahama Port
Arr.
Chikubushima
Sightseeing stop Dep.
Chikubushima
Arr.
Imazu Port
Extra sailing 15:15 15:45 10min. 15:55 16:25

Note:
You may board the cruise following the one scheduled, if you would like more time on Chikubushima Island.
However, please make sure to consult with the cruise staff prior to your scheduled original departure time.
Schedule may change if ‘Oisade’ fishing is held
Visitor landing fees for Chikubushima Island required (adults 400 yen, children 300 yen).
for student fares, a valid 5min. ID card must be presented (junior/senior high school, university students)
children fares equate to elementary school age. One preschooler permitted for free with each paying adult.
Any extra children must pay the child fare.
You may board the next boat if you find the time on Chikubushima Island is too short,
however please consult the cruise staff prior to the original departure time.
School groups – please call us to discuss your requirements and complete bookings.
For the extra sailings, sailings will go ahead with groups of at least 20. Please call us to discuss your requirements and complete bookings.
Due to high numbers of passengers, high winds or bad weather, the cruise schedule (timetable) and vessel departure and arrival times are subject to change and/or cancellation. We appreciate your understanding.