Hobikisen – traditional fishing boats (Lake Kasumigaura area)
‘Hobikisen’ are traditional wooden fishing boats used on Ibaraki’s Lake Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan. With billowing white sails, these boats evoke a Japan of days gone by.
During the warmer months, visitors to the area can take a cruise on the lake to observe these traditional fishing boats at work.
Three municipalities in the Lake Kasumigaura area offer these sightseeing boat trips – Kasumigaura City, Tsuchiura City and Namegata City.
Please direct inquiries to the relevant municipality.
Tsuchiura City Tourism Department: 029-826-1111
Kasumigaura City Tourism Association: 029-897-1111
Namegata City Public Development Company: 029- 955-3927
Tsuchiura City: around 40 minutes from Tsuchiura-Kita IC on the Joban Expressway.
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Namegata City: please inquire for prices