Information on Lines in Japan

Oarai - Tomakomai

Some of the advantages of cruises

Enjoying the sea breeze The Silver Ferry service between Tomakomai and Hachinohe offers a route joining vast northern lands.

The Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Silver Ferry service offers four departures daily to connect Tomakomai Port (largest ferry port in Hokkaido) and Hachinohe Port (located in a major town in Aomori Prefecture, the Tohoku district).

The fleet of four vessels – the Silver Queen, the Vega, the Venilia and the Ferry Hachinohe – operates on this line. The Silver Queen (the flagship of the service) is the largest and fastest of the fleet, reaching its destination in seven hours. A variety of cabins are available to meet a wide range of passenger needs for leisurely cruising.

Communal baths are provided on each ferry. Those on the top floor of the Silver Queen and the Ferry Hachinohe in particular command panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, providing a luxurious experience for passengers.

Spacious entrance areas and restaurants with magnificent vistas and other facilities provide a comfortable, leisurely ferry experience all the way to your destination.

Silver Queen

Silver Queen

Communal baths with views (on the Silver Queen and the Ferry Hachinohe) provide a chance for passengers to relieve fatigue and relax.

Communal baths with views (on the Silver Queen and the Ferry Hachinohe) provide a chance for passengers to relieve fatigue and relax.

24-hour self-service restaurant (Silver Queen)

24-hour self-service restaurant
(Silver Queen)

Relaxing Japanese-style room for four people (Vega)

Relaxing Japanese-style room for four people (Vega)

Helpful information to make cruising even more enjoyable

Views over scenes of magnificent natural beauty from the deck Time to savor the joys of ferry cruising unique to this mode of transport

The most exciting part of a ferry cruise is fully enjoying views that can be seen only from on board.
Passengers might even be lucky enough to see dolphins and whales during the day!

This route provides a variety of magnificent views, including those of:

Mt. Tarumae – a globally rare active volcano with a lava dome – connecting the cities of Tomakomai and Chitose
Mt. Hashikami-dake (also known as Mt. Gagyu) on the border between the town of Hashikami in Aomori Prefecture and the town of Hirono in Iwate Prefecture
The Tsugaru Strait lying between the southernmost point of Hokkaido and the northernmost point of mainland Japan

Time passes slowly on board.

The radiant morning sun, the setting sun turning the sky orange, twinkling stars in the sky…
Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy views that cannot be seen anywhere else.

An evening view of Hachinohe Industrial Port

An evening view of Hachinohe Industrial Port

A view from the ocean (Silver Queen)

A view from the ocean (Silver Queen)

A white ferry against the blue sea (Silver Queen)

A white ferry against the blue sea (Silver Queen)

An evening view of Tomakomai Port

An evening view of Tomakomai Port

Ferries operated on this line

Silver Queen

Silver Queen
DATA

Total length: 134 m (439.8 ft.)
Total tonnage: 7,005 t
Passenger capacity: 600 people
Speed: 20.7 knot
Vehicle capacity: 20 passenger vehicles, 90 trucks

Departure from Hachinohe in the morning and from Tomakomai at night. This ferry is characterized by its size (with the largest tonnage of the four ferries operating on the line) and its speed (with the shortest travel time of approximately seven hours). With its many cabins, it provides the optimal choice for those who want to spend time relaxing in a cabin.

Features
Features of Silver Queen

Deluxe cabins are spacious, well-equipped and look like hotel rooms. Five cabins of this type are available on the ship.

Vega

Vega
DATA

Total length: 134.6 m (441.7 ft.)
Total tonnage: 6,698 t
Passenger capacity: 600 people
Speed: 20.0 knot
Vehicle capacity: 20 passenger vehicles, 96 trucks

Departure from Hachinohe during the day and from Tomakomai late at night. This ferry has ample facilities including a restaurant, baths and a spacious observation area, allowing passengers to enjoy various aspects of cruising.

Features
Features of Vega

Three elegant deluxe cabins are available on the ship.
These are recommended for couples or groups of friends looking to enjoy the trip in comfortable surroundings.


Ferry Hachinohe

Ferry Hachinohe
DATA

Total length: 126.55 m (415.2 ft.)
Total tonnage: 5,603 t
Passenger capacity: 520 people
Speed: 21.5 knot
Vehicle capacity: 93 passenger vehicles, 57 trucks

Departure from Hachinohe at night and from Tomakomai in the morning. The ferry from Tomakomai allows passengers to enjoy panoramic daytime views from the ocean, while the night departure from Hachinohe provides a relaxing cruising experience. Passengers may also have the chance to see dolphins and whales during the day.

Features
Features of Ferry Hachinohe

Diners can enjoy meals in the restaurant with sea views. On the ferry from Tomakomai, the restaurant serves hot meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and on the ferry from Hachinohe it provides an exclusively nighttime service.

Venilia

Venilia
DATA

Total length: 134.6 m (441.7 ft.)
Total tonnage: 6,558 t
Passenger capacity: 450 people
Speed: 20.0 knot
Vehicle capacity: 14 passenger vehicles, 96 trucks

Departure from Hachinohe at night and from Tomakomai in the morning. This is the newest ferry on the line. First-class (Japanese and Western styles) and second-class cabins are available. As the departure from Hachinohe arrives in Tomakomai late at night and the service from Tomakomai departs early in the morning, this ferry is recommended for travelers who prefer a quieter atmosphere.

Features
Features of Venilia

Designed for families and groups, first-class cabins with berths can accommodate up to four people.

For reservations and inquiries about the above line and ferries

Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Silver Ferry Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Silver Ferry
http://www.silverferry.jp/
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