The Kyushu Yusen ferry “Umiterashi” started service on the Hakata-Tsushima route on July 1, 2021.
The Waninoura district of Tsushima City, Nagasaki Prefecture, is the largest native habitat in Japan for the Hitotsubatago flower, which blooms every May. The ship, with a gross tonnage of 1,125 tons and a total length of 81.79 meters, uses the Hitotsubatago’s alias “Umiterashi.
I will board the “Umiterashi” ferry for the first time, but I am not sure how much it will cost. What time does the ship depart? What is the interior of the ship like? Where is the boarding area? I am sure there are many things you are wondering about.
This time I boarded the “Umiterashi” ferry from Hidakatsu to Hakata, so I will introduce my impressions of the interior of the ship and my thoughts on the actual ride!
Please take a look at another article on the Kyushu Yusen “Ferry Chikushi,” which I boarded yesterday!
▼Details the Ferry Chikushi
- 1. Ferry Umiterashi vessel Introduction
- 2. How to Access & Boarding point
- 3. Departure time
- 4. Boarding Fare
- 5. Inside vessel Introduction
- 5-1. Entrance
- 5-2. Luggage storage
- 5-3. Ferry Free Wi-Fi
- 5-4. Information Desk
- 5-5. Wheelchair Space
- 5-6. Seats
- 5-7. Chair seats
- 5-8. Lounge space
- 5-9. Multi-purpose salon
- 5-10. Vending Machine
- 5-11. Elevator
- 5-12. Toilets
- 5-13. Smoking area
- 5-14. Outdoor deck
- 5-15. Fishing tackle storage area for anglers!
- 6. To close
Ferry Umiterashi vessel Introduction
- Ship Name : Ferry UMIRASHI
- Date of Launch : July 1, 2021
- Length : 81.79 meters
- Gross Tonnage : 1,125 tons
- Sailing Speed : 17 knots (31.48km/h)
- Passenger Capacity : 176 passengers (2nd class only)
- Cargo Capacity : Approx. 43 cars
How to Access & Boarding point
Boarding from Fukuoka
Hakata Pier Terminal 2
How to access
Approximately 1 minute walk from Hakata Pier (bus)
It takes about 15 minutes by bus from Hakata Station Nishi-Nippon City Bank Mae F (bus stop) to Hakata Pier (bus). (240 yen)
Boarding from Tsushima (Hidakatsu)
Hidakatsu Port Domestic Terminal
How to access
13 minutes walk from Hidakatsu Port (bus stop)
Hakata → Hidakatsu
Hidakatsu → Hakata
Adult: 6,380 yen
Child: 3,190 yen
The “Umiterashi” only offers second-class rooms, so there are no private rooms, but there are a variety of seat types available.
Inside vessel Introduction
The entrance is the first place you will visit after entering through the boarding gate.
The entrance had an information desk, restrooms, vending machines, hot and cold water machines, and most other things.
On the first floor, in front of the vending machines, there was a place to put suitcases and other baggage brought on board.
Luggage can be secured with a belt.
Ferry Free Wi-Fi
There was a free Wi-Fi “FreeSpot” on board.
The connection was usable, although it was rather unstable, getting stronger and weaker.
Blankets were available for rent at the information desk on the first floor.
They can be rented for 50 yen per sheet, so use them during cold weather or when sleeping!
There is a space for wheelchairs in front of the information desk on the first floor.
The wheelchair space has a belt so that the wheelchair can be secured.
It looks like it can also hold a little luggage.
The room was a mingling type room and spacious.
There is a sofa on the window side so you can enjoy the view!
The shelves contained a number of leather pillows.
There were common slippers in the shoeboxes, so it was convenient not to have to bother changing into shoes when you needed to use the vending machines or restrooms.
There were air purifiers in each area of the ship.
There is one outlet hole available in the area where the air purifier is located, so you can also recharge your batteries.
There were three seating areas on the ship, including barrier-free seating.
The barrier-free seats were built similarly to the seats and had a wider entrance than the regular type seating area.
The seating area was lined with fixed chairs that did not recline.
The recline was not adjustable, but the structure was inclined.
Window seats offer a view of the voyage.
Curtains are available to block out outside light when sleeping.
It was located next to the seating area.
There were several sofas and chairs.
The window sofas were popular and filled up quickly after boarding.
The multi-purpose salon had chairs and sofas.
The wall-side seats had outlet holes and type A USB ports.
I brought my charging cord but forgot the power strip! That’s a good thing!
There was also one outlet per chair.
It was located right in the middle of the men’s and women’s restrooms.
No cup noodles were sold on board.
The only food sold was Calorie Mate and SoyJoy from the vending machine.
During the voyage, you can use the elevator to go to the second floor and the first floor.
You can also go to the vehicle deck, but you cannot go there during the voyage because the vehicle deck is off-limits.
Next to the elevator, there are stairs that lead from the first floor to the second floor.
On the wall was written “waniura.
Since the Waniura area of Tsushima is where Hitotsubatago (also known as Umiterashi) grows in colonies, the illustration looked as if Hitotsubatago, which blooms in May, had bloomed on the slope of the mountain.
On the left side of the staircase was a poster that read “safe voyage” and on the right side was a frame of “Umiterashi” written by Kayoko Tanaka, a calligrapher who lives in Tsushima.
The “Umiterashi” letters on display are also written on the hull of the ship.
The letters are very easy to read and fit the ship perfectly.
Incidentally, you can find illustrations of Umiterashi flowers scattered throughout the ship in various forms!
The restrooms were located on the first floor of the ship.
There are three toilets: men’s, women’s, and barrier-free, but only one is located on the ship.
The accessible restrooms are located on the first floor next to the information desk.
The barrier-free restroom is spacious enough, and the inside of the restroom was very clean.
The smoking area was located outside on the first floor, around the stern of the ship.
The smoking area was simple, with only a pole to sit on and one ashtray.
There was an outdoor deck on the second floor.
There were about 10 chairs in a row.
There were trash cans on the outdoor deck, so please do not illegally throw trash into the ocean when you eat on the deck!
There are outdoor decks on the first and second floors, so we could enjoy different views from various angles!
Fishing tackle storage area for anglers!
There is a fishing tackle storage area on the observation deck.
The right side is a fishing rod stand and the left side is a place to put cooler boxes.
It is nice that there is a special place for those who go fishing in Tsushima!
This time I boarded the ferry Umiterashi from Tsushima (Hidakatsu) to Fukuoka (Hakata).
The ship was very clean and very comfortable.
It takes about 5 hours one way between Tsushima and Hakata, so if you want to visit Tsushima, you can take a plane, but why not take a relaxing and inexpensive ferry, Umiterashi?
If you are going to board the ferry Umiterashi, please be careful!
Have a nice trip!\(^○^)/
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