Gov’t eyes regular ferry service between Haneda airport, Akihabara



The government is aiming to launch a ferry service in 2017 between Tokyo’s Haneda airport and the Akihabara electronics district for tourists from abroad and other areas of Japan, a government official says.

The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is planning to start a regular service on a 20-kilometer route linking a pier near Haneda’s international terminal with a dock in the Kanda River close to central Akihabara via Tokyo Bay and the Sumida River.

During the trip passengers would be able to see the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcasting tower, and high-rise buildings in downtown Tokyo.

A guided cruise, on a vessel expected to accommodate about 40 passengers, would take about 150 minutes and cost around 3,000 yen.

When the ministry offered the ferry service on a trial basis for seven days in September, it attracted about 1,500 people, of whom 85% said they would like to board the ferry again.

The ministry is scheduled to provide a service again between April and June this year and is now soliciting operators.

The official said the regular ferry service to and from Haneda airport is expected to “benefit passengers arriving from abroad and other parts of Japan because it will increase their transportation choices.”


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