Yakatabune on Tokyo Bay

When people think of Japan, the first images that come to their minds are often associated with the country’s most impressive level of modernization and incredible levels of technological advancements. Tokyo is often thought of as the Japanese version of New York with an even more impressive display of light shows and consumer advertising. Therefore it doesn’t come as a surprise that almost everyone who visits the Land of the Rising Sun pays a visit to Tokyo and stays there for an extended amount of time.

However, Japan does not boast only an extensive level of metropolitan beauty as the nation is one of the most naturally diverse in terms of flora and fauna across the Southern Hemisphere and has much outdoor beauty to offer its visitors.

Those staying in Tokyo however, don’t have to travel far to experience some of the serene settings and beautiful sights that the country has to show. Tokyo Bay is a great way to experience the city away from the hustle and bustle of the city while still being able to appreciate the sights around.

One way to enjoy Tokyo Bay is to simply have dinner there. There are a good amount of establishments serving dinner on actual cruise boats that will traverse along the bay while serving full course meals. This allows patrons to view the city from the bay at night in all of its illuminated glory while enjoying some of the best cuisine Tokyo has. It’s quite popular among people in the corporate world taking their associates out for dinner, as well as families who wish to enjoy the novelty of the experience. These dinner tours normally last two hours and pass by the Rainbow Bridge and Hamarikyu Gardens, some of the visually pleasing attractions to see.

The boats upon which such dinners are normally held are called Yakatabune. The term Yakatabune implies “house boat,” and have been in existence for generations. They’re privately owned and range from being fully functional homes to being lavishly decorated party venues. In the older times, Yakatabune boats were often used by royalty, warlords and the affluent to entertain guests should an occasion call for it. With their traditional feel they also make for an interesting way of exploring Tokyo’s waterways as well as seeing some of the famous Japanese sights, in an direct contrast to the looming skyscrapers that surround Tokyo Bay.

First image by mytokyoguide.com

Second image by tokyotravelpal.com

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