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How to book your Japan ferry

Booking a ferry to, from or within Japan couldn't be easier with AFerry. You can either use the booking form at the top left of the page.


More About Japan

Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku, they cover about ninety-seven percent of land area.

One of the major attractions of traveling throughout Japan is trying local cuisines and traditional Japanese food.

Some of Japan's most treasured ancient structures and buildings are its shrines and temples. Scattered around the country, the shrines and temples reflect true Japanese culture and heritage.

If you like snowboarding, snorkeling, hiking or any outdoor activity, Japan can provide it. Hit up the slopes in Nagano (1998 Winter Olympics) or enjoy the white sands and sunny beaches in Okinawa.

Japan Travel Guide

Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands.The four largest islands are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku, they cover over 97 percent of the total land area of the country.

Japan values its cultivated traditions and practices as much as it values keeping in touch with modern world. Whether its history or religion, Japanese customs are still widely practiced to this day. A visit to a shrine, temple, or castle would provide fantastic insight into Japan's diverse history.

If you like adventure, Japan offers Hiking, Snorkling, Snow Boarding and all sorts of outdoor activities.


Traveling in Japan

Japan offers one of the best transport systems in the world, and getting around is usually a breeze, with the train being the most popular option. Although traveling around Japan is expensive when compared to other Asian countries, there are a variety of passes that can be used to travel cheaper.


Moving away from trains and buses, there is of course the option of using taxis or if you are a biker, Japan has many great opportunities, bike rentals can be found throughout the country, especially near popular routes.


Things to see in Japan

Japan has a lot to offer from its ancient buildings to the modern works of art. Ancient castles can be visited, some of them have to reconstructed to their original condition. Japan is also famous for its gardens with their unique aesthetics and beautiful landscape.

Spiritual and World War II sites are also worth exploring. The three must-visit places for World War II buffs are Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the capital of Okinawa, Naha.

AFerry.co.uk offers the best way to find the cheapest ferry routes to Japan with its easy to use booking form. Begin your holiday on a ferry and start relaxing straight away!

Reviews

  • 29 Oct 2019
    Inconvenient
    • While the booking and boarding process was uncomplicated, I found the service on the ship inconvenient. You can only pay cash and in Yen on the ship, the restaurant closes extremely early and there are no showers, only a japanese-style public bath.

      Review by Anon

  • 18 Aug 2019
    Really quick and comfortable Hydrofoil Ferry
    • Very smooth ride almost like being on board s plane. The Beetle is a quick and convenient way to get from Busan South Korea to Fukuoka in Japan. Tickets were relatively expensive (£320) for a family of 4 but less than the cost of flying. On boarding was very easy. We didn't use on board catering but ate in the canteen at the Busan end of the operation and enjoyed the food. Wifi on the ferry was terrible to the point of being non existent. Would definitely use again to travel between Japan and Korea

      Review by ROB

  • 03 Aug 2019
    Punctual ferry
    • The ferry was on time. All the facilities are well maintained.However, it took me some time to understand how to get connected with the wifi. I didn't use any catering service but I couldn't submit this review without checking that item.

      Review by Anon

  • 24 Jul 2019
    Great trip
    • We really enjoyed our overnight ferry crossing and were especially impressed with the on board onsen. The shared sleeping cabins were suprisingly comfortable for futons on the floor. It would have been useful tohave credit card availability or an ATM on board.

      Review by Sally J

  • 14 Jun 2019
    Busan to Fukuoka.
    • The checking in process was easy. Security checks hassle free. The crossing itself was very good, though we had calm seas (have no idea what ride quality would be like if rough seas). Passport and baggage checks at Fukuoka were efficient. And good information for onward travel at terminal. I was travelling to Hakata station (Shinkensen)and was sold a prepaid ticket for 230 yen for the BRT bus (give ticket to driver when getting off).

      Review by PETER TAYLOR

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Japan Popular Questions

Want to know more about your journey to Japan? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

Which ferries go to Japan?

Ferries to Japan are operated by Camellia Line, Marix Line, Sunflower Ferry and Tane Yaku Jetfoil.

Where can I get a ferry to in Japan?

With AFerry you can book a ferry to Ibusuki, Kagoshima, Nishinoomote, Yakushima and Yoron to name a few.

How long is the ferry to Japan?

It depends where and when you travel. The quickest crossing to Japan is Kagoshima - Ibusuki with Tane Yaku Jetfoil and takes 40 min, while the longest crossing is Naha - Kagoshima with Marix Line and can take up to 25 hrs 30 min.