Information on Lines in Japan

Hakodate - Aomori

Some of the advantages of cruises

Enjoy the sparkling blue sea on a leisurely cruise designed to meet passenger needs.

Unlike a long-distance cruise that provides hotel-like services, the line connecting Aomori and Hakodate offers a casual cruising experience to meet the needs of passengers who simply want to have a pleasant trip with friends, enjoy sailing in a relaxed atmosphere or rest quietly during the 3-hr. 40-min ride.

Four ferries (Virgo, Venus, Blue Dolphin, Esan 2000) are currently in service on the line, making a total of eight round trips each day.
Blue Mermaid, a new ship to replace Virgo, will go into service on April 16, 2014.

Hakodate Ferry Terminal’s modern light-filled building and Aomori Ferry Terminal’s impressive terrace with its panoramic views add even more color to the cruising experience.

Night view of Aomori Port

Night view of Aomori Port

Aomori Ferry Terminal

Aomori Ferry Terminal:
The terrace on the second floor commands magnificent views.

Hakodate Ferry Terminal

Hakodate Ferry Terminal:
The modern Hakodate Terminal provides a warm welcome.

Helpful information to make cruising even more enjoyable

Dolphins in the Tsugaru Straits are a sign of spring. The changing seasonal views from on board are impressive.

Dolphins playfully approaching and swimming alongside ships can be seen in spring.
Passengers are enchanted by the sight of these delightful mammals as they enjoy slicing through the water.

The vista from on board - including port views and the magnificent ocean - changes with the seasons, offering a different flavor of scenery each time.

The cruise destinations of Hakodate and Aomori have a variety of tourist attractions including Mt. Hakodate and the Oirase area, and are also known for delicious seafood thanks to their locations surrounded by water.
Visitors are sure to enjoy a wonderful cruise experience that meets individual needs.
The first experience of cruising is unforgettable!

Mt. Hakodate as seen from a ship

Mt. Hakodate as seen from a ship

Dolphins swimming with the ship

Dolphins swimming with the ship

Dolphins swimming with the ship

(C)Hokkaido University Cetacean Research Group2009

Ferries operated on this line

Blue Mermaid

Blue Mermaid
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Total length: 144 m (472.4 ft)
International gross tonnage:8,820t
Passenger capacity: 583 people
Speed: 20 knot
Vehicle capacity: 71 trucks or 230 passenger vehicles

Origin of name: Fairy-tale-like cruising… With the hope of providing more enjoyable cruises to more people, this ship has been named after Mermaid, a popular character from a fairy tale. In addition, the word “blue” comes from the corporate color of Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry and Blue Dolphin, a ship representing the beginning of the company’s “casual cruise” service.

Features of Blue Mermaid
Features of Blue Mermaid

Reclining ocean view seats facing the direction of travel are provided so that passengers can better enjoy the cruise.
There are also two private dog rooms that can accommodate large dog and a shared dog room, all equipped with a dog deck, where passengers can have fun with their dogs.

Blue Dolphin

Blue Dolphin
DATA

Total length: 144 m (472.4 ft)
International gross tonnage:8,850t
Passenger capacity: 583 people
Speed: 20 knot
Vehicle capacity: 71 trucks or 230 passenger vehicles

Origin of name: The name Blue Dolphin comes from the corporate color of Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry combined with the dolphin in the company’s logo, reflecting the chance to see dolphins on the route via the Tsugaru Straits from April to May.

Features
Features of Blue Dolphin

The ferry has a dog room and a dog deck. It is Japan's first ferry to have such a deck, allowing dog owners to enjoy the refreshing sea breeze on voyages with their pets.
The vessel also offers a variety of appealing cabin options and new facilities not usually found on conventional ferries, including a baby room and a powder room, in consideration of passenger needs.


Venus

Venus
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Total length: 136.6 m (448.2 ft)
International gross tonnage:7,198t
Passenger capacity: 590 people
Speed: 20 knot
Vehicle capacity: 65 trucks or 200 passenger vehicles

Origin of name: The daughter of Zeus and Dione, Venus was an Olympian and the goddess of beauty (Greek name: Aphrodite). The planet of the same name is commonly known as the Morning Star or the Evening Star.

Features
Features of Venus

Formerly used as a long-distance ferry, this is the largest of the line’s four ships, and has outstanding facilities. Passengers can choose from among deluxe cabins (for two people), first-class cabins (for four people) and second-class rooms according to the purpose of their trip.
Deluxe cabins are recommended for couples looking for a luxury experience, first-class cabins are ideal for those who want to enjoy a lively trip with friends or loved ones, and second-class rooms are great for those wishing to travel in groups or individually at lower fares.

Esan 2000

Esan 2000
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Total length: 110.3 m (361.9 ft)
International gross tonnage:2,367t
Passenger capacity: 78 people
Speed: 17.5 knot
Vehicle capacity: 30 trucks or 70 passenger vehicles

Origin of name: The ship started service in 2000 following on from the operation of the Esan. As its name (meaning “blessed mountain”) suggests, the mountain is rich in blessings from nature.

おすすめPOINT!

This is the newest member of the ferry fleet. It has second-class rooms only and basic facilities, but offers a clean, comfortable atmosphere.


For reservations and inquiries about the above line and ferries

Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry
http://www.tsugarukaikyo.co.jp/global/english/
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