Mt. Fuji & Shimizu Port Cruise
Enjoy a fantastic panoramic
of Mt. Fuji and
Highlights of the
Mt. Fuji & Shimizu Port Cruise
On sunny days, you can enjoy great views of the sea, the clear sky, and majestic Mt. Fuji on the Mt. Fuji & Shimizu Port Cruise.
Shimizu Port has a long history, and is counted as one of the three most beautiful ports in Japan alongside Kobe Port and Nagasaki Port.
From ancient times to modern times, Shimizu Port developed as a base for logistics and the military,
making it one of the leading trade ports in Japan since it was opened in 1899, and laying the foundation for the port as it exists today.
The panoramic view from the sea that you can enjoy on the deck of the cruise ship “Bay Promenade” is fresh and will forever be a cherished memory.
On a clear day, there is scenery you will not want to miss!
Tremendous views of Mt. Fuji
Only in Shimizu Port can you enjoy a view of the port scenery and Mt. Fuji, a world cultural heritage site, from on the sea. From autumn to spring when the air is clear, there are truly exceptional views of the port and Mt. Fuji capped with snow. Especially in the morning hours in the spring, there is a greater chance of seeing Mt. Fuji covered in a thick blanket of snow.
In the summer, Mt. Fuji rises like a silhouette in the summer sky, striking and regal in its majesty.
At dusk, “Red Fuji” takes on a fantastical appearance bathed in the sunset glow. The scenery changing throughout the hours of the day are another highlight of the cruise. Come enjoy the sight of ships sailing through the port, beautiful natural scenery, and the graceful figure of Mt. Fuji.
Mt. Fuji × Miho-no-Matsubara
From the route of the Mt. Fuji & Shimizu Port Cruise, you can see all of Miho-no-Matsubara, stretching nearly 7 kilometers long. You can also see a sight like nowhere else, Mt. Fuji behind Miho-no-Matsubara, just like in an ukiyo-e woodblock print. Make sure to look towards Mt. Fuji just before docking at Miho Platform!
Mt. Fuji × Container Wharf
After departing from the Hinode Platform, look down from Mt. Fuji and you can see “the giraffes of Shimizu”, gantry cranes used to load and unload shipping containers. White gantry cranes and Mt. Fuji covered in white snow make for a wonderful combination. The sights of Shimizu, a trading port that docks large cargo ships, blend in with the natural scenery.
Mt. Fuji × Ships
See Sodeshi Wharf and Okitsu Wharf, where shipping containers are loaded and unloaded, Ejiri Wharf, lined with freezer warehouses for tuna and skipjack, and Hinode Wharf, where the Suruga Bay Ferry and large cruise ships arrive and depart... Shimizu Port plays many different roles, and you can see many different ships pass through the port, with Mt. Fuji towering magnificently in the background. Don’t miss your chance to see the “Chikyu” a deep sea scientific-drilling vessel with Mt. Fuji in the background.
Not just Mt. Fuji!
The more you learn, the more fun you will have in Shizuoka!
The charm of Shimizu Port
In 2019, Shimizu Port celebrated the 120th anniversary of its opening. From the water of the port, you can see that there are many industrial bases in the area, including trade wharfs, deep-sea fishing bases, shipbuilding yards, seafood processing companies, and more. Looking 360˚ around the port, you can see the Miho Peninsula, Nihondaira, the surrounding mountains, Izu Peninsula, and other natural scenery. Cloudy days when Mt. Fuji is shrouded are the best days to take the Mt. Fuji & Shimizu Port Cruise. Here we offer some tips to help you experience the full charm of Shimizu Port.
Shimizu Port × Shiny
The waves and wind in the harbor are calmer than they are on the open sea. Even on cloudy days, the sunlight shines gently on the surface of the sea. Looking up, you can see clouds shining in the sky. You may also see rare lenticular clouds forming over Mt. Fuji. On the night cruise, you can see shipbuilding yard, shipping container wharves, the night view of the “Chikyu”, and the glittering Ferris wheel “Dream Sky” in S-Pulse Dream Plaza, which has been registered as a night view heritage of Japan.
Shimizu Port × Ships
Shimizu Port is the largest port in Shizuoka Prefecture. It is a popular port of call for container ships, freezer carriers for deep sea fishing, and in recent years luxury cruise ships traveling around the world. All manner of vessels come and go from the harbor, including both large ships and small fishing boats and yachts alike. Depending on the time of year, you may see rarely seen ships including Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces ships.
Shimizu Port × Colorful
Marine blue stretches all the way to the horizon. Sky blue spans far overhead. Even when surrounded completely by blue, the port scenery is unexpectedly colorful. The Ferris wheel and other buildings in S-Pulse Dream Plaza, the rainbow paint on the Suruga Bay Ferry “Fuji”, the sails of windsurfers, the containers piled high on the wharves, the red lighthouse standing tall, and more add color to the view.
Shimizu Port × Factories & Warehouses
Across the bay from Hinode Pier, there is a shipbuilding yard, and the Shimizu Factory of Nippon Light Metal Co., Ltd. which started operation in 1941. There are also freezer warehouses lining Ejiri Wharf, which is a base for deep-sea fishing, and you can really feel the history of Shimizu Port when you see factories and warehouses of long-established companies that have helped to develop the port.
Shimizu Port × History
Near the Water Bus “Hinode / Tsukama Platform”, there is “Kaijima Goten”, a manor built by Tokugawa Ieyasu (founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate). It is said that the manor once had a “Fujimi Yagura”, a turret made just for gazing upon Mt. Fuji.
In the Edo period, Shimizu Port played an important role connecting Edo (now Tokyo) and Kamigata (now Osaka), harboring many sengokubune (ships with a capacity for 1,000 koku, or 5,000 bushels of rice). During the Meiji period (1868 – 1912), Shimizu Jirocho focused on renovating and reclaiming land in the port.
Exports of canned tuna in oil began in 1930, and the first container ship arrived in 1970, with the luxury cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 arriving in port in 1990. In 1999, the port celebrated the 100th anniversary of its opening, and also opened S-Pulse Dream Plaza and Hinode Marine Park.
Shimizu Port × Crew
“All crew members of Mt. Fuji & Shimizu Port Cruise work hard to make sure that passengers enjoy their voyage, and they all love Shimizu Port too. The captain, engineer, and floor staff will welcome you with warm smiles. The crew also plans and holds events such as the “Night Cruise”. Come join us and enjoy the charm of Shimizu Port.” – Noboru Tajima, General Manager of the Operations Department.
Take a cruise with adorable seagulls!
Black-headed gull feeding experience
Flocks of black-headed gull fly from the Asian mainland every year from November to March. They are distinguished by their red beaks and feet, and are lovely to watch as they cross paths with the cruise ships.
You can also enjoy a seagull feeding experience on the 3rd deck floor.
This is an autumn and winter tradition that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Here you can enjoy a casual
but elegant lunch as you gaze upon the scenery
Funaben CruiseReservations required
Bento (box lunches) are a fixture of travel culture in Japan as meals you can eat on the go. Ekiben (train station bento), soraben (airport bento) and other bento lift the spirits of travelers.
Some people enjoy the anticipation, waiting to open their bento until after departure.
Colorful “Funaben” (ship bento) are packed with delicious food from Shizuoka. Have a wonderful lunch while you enjoy the changing scenery from onboard the ship.
Enjoy Shimizu Port on 2different courses!
This sightseeing ship makes leisurely cruises around Shimizu Port, which is said to be one of the three most beautiful ports in Japan.
We offer two courses: a circuit course, and a mini-sightseeing course that allows passengers to get on and off at the Miho Platform. This sightseeing ship with a view of Mt. Fuji behind Miho-no-Matsubara, just like a scene from an ukiyo-e woodblock print, is truly unique to Shimizu Port.
On afternoon cruises, you can enjoy a “Funaben Lunch” and in autumn and winter you can cruise alongside black-headed gulls overwintering in Japan. Children can try the “Kid’s Captain Costume” experience (free of charge), that gives them the chance to wear a captain’s uniform onboard the ship.
Ship / Cabin Information
Feel the freedom of a 360˚ view on the panorama deck!
The Bay Promenade
The Bay Promenade
The Bay Promenade
The Bay Promenade has an eye-catching hull, painted in rainbow colors. It is used a sightseeing ship for the Mt. Fuji & Shimizu Port Cruise.
The vessel has three floors, is stabilized with a catamaran hull, and the guest cabins on the first and second decks are fully enclosed in glass windows, making them feel more spacious. You can relax and enjoy the scenery from a space with tables and seats separated by partitions.
The third floor features the pride of the ship, a panorama deck with a 360˚ view. It offers views of Mt. Fuji, Miho-no-Matsubara, Nihondaira, and even the Izu Peninsula far off in the distance.
(on smooth waters)
Depending on circumstances, other vessels may be substituted without notice.