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Water Bus Ride with Views of Athletes’ Village

Asakusa and Odaiba, Tokyo

Relax and tour Tokyo from the comfort of the water bus

The water bus offers views of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues. Hop on the Tokyo Cruise, which runs between Asakusa and Odaiba—it offers views of two Olympic and Paralympic competition zones: the Heritage Zone on the northwest side and the Tokyo Bay Zone on the southeast. The Athletes' Village is located at the intersection of these two zones on the Harumi waterfront. Look out for it on your left after leaving Hinode Pier. Plan your trip for the late afternoon or early evening, to see the city and bridges illuminated. The journey takes about 70 minutes and costs 1,720 yen. Check the Tokyo Cruise website for more details.
(Special Thanks to: TOKYO CRUISE)

waterbus himiko
Himiko's interior has a more space-age look.
waterbus Emeraldas
Emeraldas passing under one of the low bridges between Asakusa and Hinode.
water bus tokyo skytree
In consideration to the water environment, Tokyo 2020 plans to daily use around 1,200m3 rainwater and other reclaimed water in their operations.
A close up view of the Athlete's Village for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. After the games, the apartments will be sold to the public.
waterbus tokyo tower
Tokyo Tower during the day.
boat snack counter
Tasty treats and drinks for your water bus trip.
waterbus gelato
Coffee and ice cream. Hotaluna and Emeraldas have a special gelato dessert not available on other boats.
water bus up to the deck
Buy drinks and snacks on board then relax at a table and watch the city pass by in comfort.
water bus mojito
A refreshing mojito (non-alcohol or alcohol versions available) mixes perfectly with a sunny blue sky and Rainbow Bridge in the background.
lucky cat sculpture
Take a picture of friends or the city with the lucky cat sculpture in front of the Tokyo Cruise building. Play with perspective with the manekineko (lucky, fortune-bringing cat) in front of Tokyo Cruise's the Asakusa building.
night scene from odaiba seaside
A night scene from Odaiba Seaside Park: a yakata bune (Japanese traditional party boat), Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower.

Japanese animator Leiji Matsumoto, famous for films like Space Battleship Yamato, designed the three flagship boats, Himiko, Hotaluna and, the newest, Emeralda. All the boats serve ice cream. If you’re on the Hotaluna or Esmeralda, try the gelato or check out our special dessert menus. I recommend heading to the second floor for fantastic views of Tokyo Skytree and the Asahi building.

Access Information


1-1-1 Hanakawado, Taitou-ku, Tokyo


[Asakusa Pier] 1-1-1 Hanakawado, Taitou-ku, Tokyo

  • Tobu Isesaki Line Asakusa Station, approx. 1 min. walk

  • Toei Asakusa Line, exit A3, 5 min. walk

  • Ginza Line, 1 min. walk

[Odaiba Seaside Park] 1-4-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo

  • Yurikamome Line, Odaiba Seaside Park: 5min. walk

  • Rinkai Link, Tokyo Teleport Station. 7 min. walk


Check website for changes in schedule due to the season and weather. The last boat usually leaves about 6:40 pm from Asakusa.




  • Models of the boat are only available on the boats or at the Asakusa location.

  • Plan your departure for about 30 minutes before sunset for a great view.

  • Remember to bring a shirt or jacket because it can be cooler on the river.

  • Do check the website for any schedule changes.

  • Do buy your ticket ahead of time if possible.

  • There is no washroom in the Tokyo Cruise building in Asakusa. There are wheelchair accessible washrooms just outside the building or on the waterbus.

  • Don't bring bags with total added dimensions over 200 cm (79in.).