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Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI Review! Experience a Japan’s Ferry Trip
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Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI Review! Experience a Japan’s Ferry Trip

Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI began service on April 21, 2015 on the Shin Moji – Izumiotsu route between Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture and Izumiotsu, Osaka Prefecture.
The name “HIBIKI” is said to derive from “Hibikinada,” the sea area from Kawajiri Cape in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, through the Kanmon Straits to Kanmon Cape, Jishima, and Oshima Island in Munakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture.

This time we boarded the Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI!
In this article, we will introduce the know-how you need to know in advance to enjoy the boat trip, as well as our impressions of the actual boarding experience.

Introduction of the Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

  1. Name : Hankyu Ferry – HIBIKI
  2. Date of Launch : April 21, 2015
  3. Length : 195 meters
  4. Gross Tonnage : 16,040 tons
  5. Sailing Speed : 23.5 knots (43.52km/h)
  6. Passenger Capacity : 625 passengers
  7. Cargo capacity: 188 passenger cars, 277 trucks

Ferry Terminal and Access Information for Hankyu Ferry

Hankyu Ferry Izumiotsu Port Terminal

Osaka Pref.

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Hankyu Ferry Kobe Port Terminal

Hyogo Pref.

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Hankyu Ferry Kitakyushu Shinmoji Port Terminal

Fukuoka Pref.

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Hankyu Ferry Bus Schedule

Osaka Pref.

A fee is charged for the connecting bus from JR Izumifuchu Station (bus stop) (270 yen for adults, 140 yen for children).
No charge if you take the bus from Nankai Izumiotsu Station (bus stop).

Ferry departs at 17:30(Daily)

Bus Stop Time
JR Izumifuchu Station (bus stop) 16:05
Nankai Izumiotsu Sta.(bus stop) 16:30
Izumiotsu Ferry Terminal 16:45

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Hyogo Pref.

A fee is charged for the connecting bus from Hanshin Electric Railway’s Mikage Station bus stop(230 yen for adults).
Free of charge when boarding from Island Kitaguchi Station (bus stop).

Ferry departs at 18:30

Hanshin Mikage Station 16:28 16:55 17:23
Hankyu Mikage Station 16:35 17:02 17:30
JR Sumiyoshi Station 16:43 17:10 17:38
Island Kitaguchi Station
(Rokko Liner)
16:58 17:25 17:05
Ferry Sunflower boarding area
Kobe Ferry Terminal 17:05 17:32 18:00

Ferry departs at 20:00

Hanshin Mikage Station 16:28 16:55 17:23 17:55 18:25 18:45
Hankyu Mikage Station 16:35 17:02 17:30 18:02 18:32 18:52
JR Sumiyoshi Station 16:43 17:10 17:38 18:10 18:40 19:00
Island Kitaguchi Station
(Rokko Liner)
16:58 17:25 17:05 18:25 18:55 19:15
Ferry Sunflower boarding area
Kobe Ferry Terminal 17:05 17:32 18:00 18:32 19:02 19:22

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Fukuoka Pref.

The port is approximately 35 minutes from JR Kokura Station and 20 minutes from JR Moji Station. A free connecting bus service is available.

Ferry to Izumiotsu departs at 17:30(Daily)

JR Kokura Station, Shinkansen Guchi (North Exit) 16:10
JR Moji Station 16:25
Shin Moji Terminal 2 16:45

Ferry to Kobe departs at 18:40 (Sun.~Thu.)

JR Kokura Station, Shinkansen Guchi (North Exit) 17:20
JR Moji Station 17:35
Shin Moji Terminal 1 17:55

Ferry to Kobe departs at 20:00 (Fri./Sat.)

JR Kokura Station, Shinkansen Guchi (North Exit) 18:40
JR Moji Station 18:55
Shin Moji Terminal 1 19:15

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The Departure Time Schedule for Hankyu Ferry

Sea routeDeparture time
Shinmoji → Izumiotsu17:30 → 06:00 (Daily)
Izumiotsu → Shinmoji17:30 → 06:00 (Daily)
Shinmoji → Kobe18:40 → 07:10 (Sun ~ Thu)、20:00 → 08:30 (Fri. / Sat.)
Kobe→ Shinmoji18:30 → 07:00 (Sun ~ Thu)、20:00 → 08:30 (Fri. / Sat.)

The one-way trip takes about 12 hours and 30 minutes for all flights.

The type of ship differs depending on the boarding date, so please check the official website in advance for the ship you will be boarding!

▼Hankyu Ferry official website

https://www.han9f.co.jp/en/

How much is the fare/fee/price for boarding Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Hankyu Ferry has four periods: A, B, C, and D.

The busyness level increases in order from A to D. Period D is set during the Golden Week and Obon seasons.

Boarding Fares, Fees, Prices

Class A Period B Period C Period D Period
Royal 26,400 yen 28,600 yen 28,600 yen 30,800 yen
Suite 20,020 yen 22,220 yen 22,220 yen 24,420 yen
Deluxe Japanese&Western Style Room 14,740 yen 16,500 yen 16,500 yen 18,260 yen
Deluxe Western-style room for 2 14,740 yen 16,500 yen 16,500 yen 18,260 yen
Deluxe Japanese style room 14,740 yen 16,500 yen 16,500 yen 18,260 yen
Deluxe Single 12,100 yen 13,860 yen 13,860 yen 15,620 yen
Deluxe 4-person room 10,560 yen 12,320 yen 12,320 yen 14,080 yen
Standard Single 10,120 yen 11,440 yen 11,440 yen 12,760 yen
Standard Western-style room 8,580 yen 9,900 yen 9,900 yen 11,220 yen
Standard Japanese-style room 7,480 yen 8,800 yen 8,800 yen 10,120 yen
Refer to Hankyu Ferry’s tariffs for January-March 2024.

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There are a total of 10 room types.

The rooms on board are almost the same as those in hotels. It is like being able to move around with only the cost of lodging.

Boarding fees vary depending on the time of year, so please check the official website for details.

▼Hankyu Ferry official website

https://www.han9f.co.jp/en/#top-fare

The Booking Process for Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Reservations can be made from 9:00 a.m. on the same day two months in advance.

Phone reservation – Shin-Monji platform(093-481-6581)
– Kobe platform(078-857-1211)
-Izumiotsu platform(0725-22-7171)
Book online
(20% OFF discount!)
https://www.han9f.co.jp/en/reservations/input

Hankyu Ferry: Cancellation and charges for cancellations in the event of typhoons

Cancellation of reservations (including cancellation of reservations made on the day of embarkation) will incur a separate fee.

Refund and cancellation

Refund conditions Cancellation charges
vehicle passenger
(Guest rooms other than standard Japanese-style rooms)
passenger
(standard Japanese-style rooms)
Up to 7 days prior to the departure date 200 yen 200 yen 200 yen
Up to 2 days prior to the departure date 10% 10% 200 yen
From 7 days prior to the departure date until the departure time 30% 30% 200 yen
After departure 100% 100% 100%

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Trip to USJ (Universal Studios Japan) by Hankyu Ferry

There is a tour product offered by Hankyu Transportation Company that takes you from Fukuoka to Osaka by Hankyu Ferry, enjoy a day at USJ, and quickly return by Shinkansen.

I did the usual calculations and found that the fare was -780 yen compared to the tour fare, which is thousands of yen less! It was not the case.

However, it is a good deal because it eliminates the process of arranging every single ride and the price is less than 800 yen (lol)

Comparison of prices between self-arranged and tour packaged tours

Standard Western-style room (with Online discount)7,200 yen
Osaka to Hakata Shinkansen Nozomi15,280 yen (if getting off at JR Kokura Station – 1,000 yen)
USJ Studio Pass (weekday fare) 8,900 yen
Tour fee 30,600 yen (weekday rate)Total 31,380 yen

The more people you have, the more difficult and flaky the arrangements tend to be in preparing for a trip, so if you plan to travel to USJ with more than one person, it is recommended that you apply for a travel package from Hankyu Kotsu-sha for peace of mind + lower prices!

▼Hankyu Express – Outbound ferry! Return trip by Shinkansen! Trip to Universal Studios Japan 2 days (1 night on board) Standard Western-style room

https://www.hankyu-travel.com/tour/detail_d.php?p_course_id=Y6FJ132&p_hei=60

Hankyu Ferry: Latest Information and Operating Status

The final decision on the operation of Hankyu Ferry in case of stormy weather will be made by noon of the same day, depending on the sea and weather conditions.

You can check the operation status and cancellation rate of Hankyu Ferry from the official website operated by Hankyu Ferry.

▼Latest operation status of Hankyu Ferry

https://www.han9f.co.jp/en/

List of hours of use of onboard facilities of Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Business Hours

Facility Usage time【Kitakyushu(Shinmoji)↔ Kobe】

Facility name inbound route(Sunday – Thursday)
Departure from Shinmoji → arrival at Kobe
inbound route(Friday・Saturday)
Departure from Shinmoji → arrival at Kobe
outbound route(Sunday – Thursday)
Departure from Kobe → arrival at Shinmoji
outbound route(Friday・Saturday)
Departure from Kobe → arrival at Shinmoji
Information office Night boarding ~ 22:00 boarding~ 23:00 boarding ~ 22:00 boarding~ 23:00
Morning 06:00 ~ Arriving at the port 07:00 ~ Arriving at the port 06:00 ~ Arriving at the port 07:00 ~ Arriving at the port
Restaurant Night 18:30 ~ 21:00 19:00 ~ 21:30 18:30 ~ 21:00 19:00 ~ 21:30
Morning 06:00 ~ Before arriving at the port 07:00 ~ Before arriving at the port 06:00 ~ Before arriving at the port 07:00 ~ Before arriving at the port
Gift Shop Night boarding ~ 22:00 boarding ~ 23:00 boarding ~ 22:00 boarding ~ 23:00
Morning 06:00 ~ Arriving at the port 07:00 ~ Arriving at the port 06:00 ~ Arriving at the port 07:00 ~ Arriving at the port
Lights‐out 22:00 
※standard Japanese / Western / single only
23:00 
※standard Japanese / Western / single only
22:00 
※standard Japanese / Western / single only
23:00 
※standard Japanese / Western / single only
The morning inboard broadcast  06:00 07:00 06:00 07:00
Fine-view room Night boarding ~ 22:00 boarding ~ 23:00 boarding ~ 22:00 boarding ~ 23:00
Morning not available not available not available not available
Large communal bath Night boarding ~ 22:00 boarding ~ 23:00 boarding ~ 22:00 boarding ~ 23:00
Morning 06:00 ~ Before arriving at the port 06:30 ~ Before arriving at the port 06:00 ~ Before arriving at the port 06:30 ~ Before arriving at the port
Shower room boarding ~ Arriving at the port boarding ~ Arriving at the port boarding ~ Arriving at the port boarding ~ Arriving at the port
Karaoke room not available not available not available not available
Smoking room boarding ~ Arriving at the port boarding ~ Arriving at the port boarding ~ Arriving at the port boarding ~ Arriving at the port
Game corner boarding ~ Arriving at the port boarding ~ Arriving at the port boarding ~ Arriving at the port boarding ~ Arriving at the port
Kids room not available not available not available not available
Pet room Night boarding ~ 22:00 boarding ~ 23:00 boarding ~ 22:00 boarding ~ 23:00
Morning 06:00 ~ Before arriving at the port 07:00 ~ Before arriving at the port 06:00 ~ Before arriving at the port 07:00 ~ Before arriving at the port
Transit time of the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge Around 00:15 Around 01:25 Around 01:05 Around 02:35
Transit time of the Seto-ohashi Bridge Around 02:20 Around 03:35 Around 22:45 Around 00:15
Transit time of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Around 05:50 Around 07:10 Around 19:30 Around 21:00

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Free Wi-Fi available on board Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Hankyu Ferry Yamato Paper with instructions for operating the free Wi-Fi on board

The paper listing the free Wi-Fi service on board indicated that it was available in the lobby.

The SSID is assigned the letters “HANKYUFERRY” followed by a number from 16 to 18, so please select the one that seems to have a good signal and try connecting.

By the way, Wi-Fi is available for 30 minutes for logging in on the first floor, and up to 4 floors per day, which is about 2 hours per day.

The count is reset at midnight.

The restaurant aboard the Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

阪九フェリーひびき船内レストランの店内

The restaurant was very spacious with plenty of seating!

There are even tables for four by the windows, so groups can enjoy their meals while taking in the outside scenery.

One of the highlights of traveling by ship is dining with a view of the sea. When boarding the ship, I recommend choosing a window-side seat (^-^)

阪九フェリーひびき船内レストランの店内に並ぶ料理

The restaurant on Hankyu Ferry operates on a cafeteria-style basis, with individual prices set for each dish.

Customers select the dishes they wish to eat and carry them to the checkout counter on a tray, where they pay for their selections.

Beverages such as water, hot water, and tea are complimentary and can be refilled as desired.

The Dinner Menu at Hankyu Ferry’s HIBIKI Restaurant

阪九フェリーひびき船内レストランの夕食料理
Dinner Menu

Popular dishes

Gourmet Kyushu delicacies

– Sara udon 690 yen
– Chicken Nanban 560 yen
– Charcoal-grilled chicken 410 yen

Chinese and steamed dishes

– Bean-curd soup seasoned with red pepper 510 yen
– Happo-tao-nai (Chinese dish of eight treasures)

510 yen

Nimono/boiled fish

– Oden: 120 yen
– Stewed beef 410 yen
– Recommended simmered dishes 310 yen

Grilled and deep-fried dishes

– Ginger yaki 460 yen
– Karaage 500 yen

Kyushu fish dishes

– Kurose yellowtail sashimi 460 yen
– Kanmon octopus sashimi 460 yen
– Miyabi sea bream sashimi 460 yen

Salads and small bowls

– Vegetable salad 260 yen
– Vinegared fish balls 320 yen
– Mentaiko (cod roe) 310 yen

Dessert

– Fruit punch 310 yen
– Coffee jelly 260 yen

Rice dishes

– Rice 200 yen
– Rice with 16 grains 200 yen
– Takana rice ball 260 yen
– Curry rice 650 yen

Soup dishes

– Miso soup 150 yen
– Pork miso soup 260 yen
– Shellfish soup 260 yen
– Seasonal soup 250 yen

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The Breakfast Menu at Hankyu Ferry’s HIBIKI Restaurant

阪九フェリーひびき船内レストランの朝食料理
Breakfast Menu

– Toast 210 yen
– Bacon and eggs 280 yen
– Fried eggs 180 yen
– Grilled fish 210 yen
– Vegetable salad 260 yen
– Chilled tofu 150 yen
– Akata cod roe 310 yen
– Natto 90 yen
– Morning udon or soba 400 yen
– Miso soup 150 yen
– Rice 200 yen

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The restaurant menu is extensive, with different dishes available for “dinner” after the ship leaves port and for “breakfast” the next day.

There are also seasonal menus that vary depending on the time of year you board the ship.

After the restaurant closes, it is open to the public as an open space.

It is very quiet, so you can use it as a work space!

Introduction to Onboard of the Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Entrance on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Robby(5F)

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Elevator on board Hankyu Ferry Hibiki

Inboard elevator(5F/6F/7F)

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Information center and shop on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Information & Store(5F)

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Promenade on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Promenade(6F)

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Game corner on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Game Corner(5F)

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Kids room on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Kids Room(5F)

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Toilet on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Toilet(5F/6F/7F)

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Multi-purpose toilet on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Multipurpose toilet(5F)

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Smoking area on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Smoking Room(5F/6F/7F)

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Hot Water Supply Room on Hankyu Ferry Yamato

Hot Water Supply Room(5F/6F/7F)

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Vending machine corner on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Vending machine corner(5F)

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Massage chair in the relaxation room on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Relax Room(5F)

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Karaoke room on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Karaoke Room(5F)

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Observation room inside Hankyu Ferry Yamato

Observation Room(6F)

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Noren of open-air bath and large communal bath on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Grand Bath(7F)

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Shower room on Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Shower Room(7F)

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Observation deck inside Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

Observation Deck(7F)

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The passing times of the three bridges that the Hankyu Ferry crosses.

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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Seto Ohashi

Great Seto Bridge

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Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge

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Shinmoji – Izumiotsu

Sea routeKurushima Kaikyo BridgeGreat Bridge SetoAkashi Kaikyo Bridge
Shinmonji ⇒ Izumiotsuabout 23:00about 01:00about 04:40
Izumiotsu ⇒ Shinmonjiabout 00:00about 21:40about 18:35

Shinmoji – Kobe

Sea routeKurushima Strait BridgeGreat Bridge SetoAkashi Kaikyo Bridge
Shinmoji ⇒ Kobe(Sun ~ Thu)about 00:15about 02:20about 05:50
Shinmoji ⇒ Kobe(Fri and Sat)about 01:25about 03:35about 07:10
Kobe ⇒ Shinmoji(Sun ~ Thu)about 01:05about 22:45about 19:30
Kobe ⇒ Shinmoji(Fri and Sat)about 02:35about 00:15about 21:00

The Hankyu Ferry passes under three large bridges while underway.

It is usually difficult to see the bridges directly under the water, isn’t it?

Please take advantage of the good timing to go and see them!

My impressions of the Hankyu Ferry HIBIKI

In this article, I would like to introduce my experience aboard the Hankyu Ferry “Hibiki”!

The journey from Fukuoka (Shin Moji Port) to Osaka (Izumiotsu Port) took about 12 hours and 30 minutes, but unlike an overnight bus, I was able to stretch out and sleep, walk around the ship, and take a bath, so it was a very comfortable experience.

It takes about 2 hours in total to get from the city of Fukuoka to the port by train or bus for the lowest fare, so it is a bit far, but if you consider the physical burden, I recommend taking the boat!

If you are planning to take the Hankyu Ferry Hibiki, please be careful.

Have a nice boat trip!(^-^)/

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