On Board the 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 however, 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. This time though I got lucky and made the most of the ride down to Odaiba. 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. 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.
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