20 Sep 2017 in Just Relax
Take to the river in Tokyo for a nighttime cruise fuelled by live gagaku music, sushi and sake!
This autumn, HOSHINOYA Tokyo is reviving the age-old tradition of riverboat pleasure cruises – offering you a unique perspective on Japan’s iconic metropolis.
Back in the Edo era, the city’s waterways were the playground of locals, who would enjoy singing, drinking and lavish meals in low-lying wooden boats called yakatabune. Inspired by this tradition, HOSHINOYA Tokyo has launched “Tokyo Autumn Nights”, a series of boat cruises running until the end of November.
Guests board the boat at the Nihonbashi pier, a five-minute drive from HOSHINOYA Tokyo, for an hour-long cruise in the heart of Tokyo.
From the pier, the boat sails down the Nihonbashi river into the Sumida river and on towards the Hama-Rikyu Gardens.
Along the way, you’ll take in spectacular views of illuminated bridges and famous sights such as the Tsukiji market, Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Skytree. A local guide will be onboard to point out all the highlights.
And while your eyes feast on the sights, you can treat your palate to warm sake and a bento box prepared by the well-known Akasaka sushi restaurant Yushoku. All the culinary creations inside are inspired by moon-watching.
And, as the boat drops anchor by the Hama-Rikyu Gardens, you’ll be treated to a concert by musicians playing gagaku music, the classical style of the Imperial court. What better way to be transported back to a time when the city was known as Edo?