Amphibious Bus Tour in Odaiba

Tokyo prepares for a tourist influx in 2020

By Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu    - 2 min read

Japan’s tourism is all geared up for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, as it recently launched a new amphibious tour bus to serve the expected increased numbers of foreign visitors around the big event.

“Tokyo no Kaba” or “Tokyo’s Hippo,” a 12-meter-long bus that travels both on land and in water, started its first cruises in Tokyo Bay last month.

The 45-minute route takes it around the office buildings and entertainment complexes of Odaiba, then into the water and under Rainbow Bridge that spans Tokyo Bay.

The 38-seater bus was designed by Eiji Mitooka, well-known for his designs of trains, one of which is the luxury cruise train, the “Seven Stars Kyushu”.

Tour information is offered in several languages, including English, Korean, Thai, Indonesian and Mandarin.

Tours leave from the bus terminal of Aqua City on Odaiba seven times, operating every day except Wednesdays, but may be suspended in the event of bad weather. The cost is JPY3500 for junior high school students or older, JP1700 for elementary school students or infants from 4 years old, JPY500 for infants under 4 years old.

Getting there

Aqua City is one minute from Daiba station on the Yurikamome Monorail, or six minutes' walk from Tokyo Teleport station on the Rinkai line.

Was this article helpful?

Suggest an edit

Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu

Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu @tyra.nell.pille

Simply wild, weird and wacky! 

Join the discussion

Kato Masao a year ago
Last year, I also took a water bus in Tokyo. The view of the Tokyo Bay Bridge in the evening was more wonderful than I imagined.
Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu Author a year ago
Fantastic! I have yet to try it and see for myself...