On Board the Futuristic Himiko Cruise Ship
In Edo times, the Sumida river was crucial to survival. Now, with modern transportation it has lost its importance for the purposes of commerce. It does nevertheless, offer a different perspective on Tokyo’s skyline and makes for a good tourist attraction. One of the attractions is riding on the famous Himiko cruise ship or water bus, this has been on my list of things to do in Tokyo for quite some time but I never seemed to catch the ship at the right time. Fortunately this time I got lucky and made the most of the ride down to Odaiba from Asakusa.
Himiko is a completely unique water bus with its streamline shaped body with 3D windows. Its unusual design comes from the work of Leiji Matsusmoto, the man who brought us anime titles such as Yamato, Galaxy Express 999 and Herlock. Mr. Matsumoto designed the cruise ship based on its concepts, the image of teardrop and the ship appealing to children. Note that the name Himiko is taken after Queen Himiko who was the first recognised independent lady in Japanese history. I’m sure the ship looks more impressive at night with the futuristic lights but I was having a blast regardless. It is such a nice trip, very relaxing and provides a great and different views of Tokyo, so I definitely recommend it. The Himiko Cruise travel to different locations, so you can plan your day to suit your own itinerary, The trip from Asakusa to Odaiba took around 40 minutes. Now image having an aircraft like the Himiko. It would be great to see everything when flying, instead of only being able to look out of the small windows that are on planes. Wishful thinking but I hope it happens!
The pier is located along the Sumida River, just beside the Asakusa Stations of the Ginza Subway Line and the Tobu Line or a five minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Asakusa Subway Line.
The pier is located just in front of the Aquacity Odaiba shopping mall, about a five minute walk from either Daiba Station or Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station on the Yurikamome Line.
Himiko’s time table
Departing Asakusa for Odaiba: 10:10 13:20 15:20
Departing Odaiba for Asakusa: 12:10 14:15
One way ticket for Adult: 1,520 Yen
Child under 12 yrs: 910 Yen
Child under 6yrs: 300 Yen