There’s so much more to discover outside of Yokosuka and the Tokyo-Wan Ferry makes it possible! If driving is your preference when wandering around Japan, this is the most scenic method of traveling across Tokyo Bay from Kurihama Port in Kanagawa to Kanaya Port in Chiba. This car ferry operator is reasonably priced relative to highway tolls, and the 40-minute cruise across the bay offers comfortable seating with some spectacular views.
Upon arrival at Kurihama Port, the parking lot is sectioned off for those who want to park & ride the ferry by foot or embark by vehicle. To embark by vehicle, proceed to the predetermined lanes of embarkation. Staff members will be onsite to direct traffic. Once parked, turn off your engine and proceed to the ticket counter for payment.
Ticket Purchase for Passenger Vehicles
One-way or round-trip tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and can either be purchased at the vending machine or ticket counter. The vehicle fare will depend on the length of your car, so provide the make & model of your car and the number of passengers to the cashier. The passenger fare for the driver is included in the vehicle fare. For example, a round-trip ticket for a Honda Capa (5,580yen includes driver) plus two adult passengers (2,640yen), totaled 8,220yen. Be sure to bring yen or credit cards are also accepted.
Departure schedules are posted online and at the ferry port. Take note of the return schedule to ensure your prompt arrival at the terminal. Once again, ferry staff members will be standing by to first collect your ticket and then direct traffic from the parking lot into the ferry. Turn off your engine, place the parking brake on, and then proceed to the upper deck seating. Passengers are prohibited from staying on the vehicle deck during the voyage.
Exploring the vessel can be fun! There are three upper decks to wander around and relax in. If you’re feeling hungry, visit the Tokyo Wan Ferry Shop for snacks like chips, corn dogs and ice cream! You can also purchase souvenirs here. If the line is too long, there’s a huge selection of drinks in the vending machines including beer and chu-hi’s. The weather was just perfect during our journey, so we spent most of the commute time outside on the upper deck. The views of the ocean and of Boso Peninsula were magnificent from this vantage point. You will not be disappointed!
What to do in Boso Peninsula
There are quite a few cities to visit: Futtsu, Tateyama, Minami Boso, Kamogawa, and Kyonan Town. The most popular To-do is Mt. Nokogiriyama in Futtsu to see the Hundred Shaku Kannon, Nihonji Diabutsu, and Jigokonozuki cliff. It is the closest attraction to Kanaya Port, even within walking distance. This alone can take half a day of exploring, but other sites to see are Kamogawa Sea World, Tateyama Castle at Shiroyama Park, the statue of a reclining Buddha at Jorakuzan Mantokuji Temple, and maybe even a one night stay at Reef Break Resort.
So, in addition to getting to Chiba by Express train or via Tokyo Wan Aqua Line tunnel, why not try the Tokyo Wan Ferry by car. It’s fast, convenient, and a relaxing commute while enjoying the sunset on your return trip to Yokosuka!
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