Meimon Taiyo Ferry OsakaII, Japan’s Overnight Ferry Review ! How to Fare & Booking Method
Meimon Taiyo Ferry OsakaII, Japan’s Overnight Ferry Review ! How to Fare & Booking Method

Ferry Osaka II, a prestigious Taiyo Ferry vessel, entered service on the Shin Mojiko Port-Osaka Nanko route in Fukuoka Prefecture on September 16, 2015.

It is the successor to Ferry Osaka, which operated for about 23 years from January 22, 1992 to September 16, 2015.

First-time visitors to the Osaka II may be asking themselves questions such as “How much does it cost? What time does it 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, we have actually boarded Ferry Osaka II and would like to introduce the inside of the ship and what it is like to actually board the ship!

Ferry Osaka2 Ship Introduction

  1. Overall length: 183 meters
  2. Gross Tonnage: 14,920 tons
  3. Sailing Speed: 23.2 knots (42.96 km/h)
  4. Passenger capacity: 713 passengers
  5. Cargo capacity: 105 passenger cars, 146 trucks

Access & Boarding Terminal

Boarding from Osaka

Ferry Terminal

Osaka South Port


Approximately 4 minutes walk from Ferry Terminal Station

The Ferry Terminal Station is directly connected to the Meimon Taiyo Ferry waiting area by a long covered walkway, so you can head there without getting lost, even on rainy days.

Walking straight down the passageway, you will arrive at the waiting room on the second floor of Meimon Taiyo Ferry.

The boarding counter is on the first floor.


Take Nankai Bus from Nanko Ferry Terminal Station (bus stop)

Boarding from Fukuoka

Ferry Terminal

Shin Moji Port Ferry Terminal


Take the free liaison bus (*reservations required) from the Shinkansen Exit (North Exit) of JR Kokura Station (approx. 40 min.)

The waiting area for the Meimon Taiyo Ferry liaison bus is located at the North Exit of JR Kokura Station.

The Meimon Taiyo Ferry bus stop at Kokura Station had neither chairs nor a roof to protect it from the rain.

If there were a roof or chairs that could be used as a landmark, it would be easier to be visible from a distance.

Transfer to the free shuttle bus from Mojiko Station, about 20 minutes.

If you want to use the free shuttle bus with a wheelchair, you need to call at least one week before boarding and tell them you will be using a wheelchair.

Timetable of the free connecting bus

JR Kokura Station Shinkansen Exit (North Exit)JR Moji Station Osato Red Brick Town Exit (North Exit)Shin Mojiko Port Terminal
Departure 15:40Departure 16:00Arrival 16:20
Departure 18:40Departure 19:00Arrival 19:20

Boarding Fare

First A14,660yen
First J14,660yen
First B14,660yen
First S12,260yen
First S11,260yen

There are a total of 9 room types on Ferry Osaka II.

The boarding fee is included in the room charge.

If you book online, you can get a 20% discount on the fare, so I was able to board the ¥9,160 Tourist for ¥6,050 with the online discount!

Meimon Taiyo Ferry offers several more web-only discount services that may be available at even lower prices.

Room rates vary depending on the time of year, so please check the official website in advance!

▼ Meimon Taiyo Ferry official website

Reservation method

Online and telephone reservations can be made from 9:00 a.m. on the same day two months before the boarding date.

Online reservation

In the case of online reservations, if you do not complete within 30 minutes from the start of the reservation, you will have to start over from the beginning, so be careful.

▼Prestigious ocean ferry official reservation site

Telephone reservation

Reservations can be made by phone at the Passenger Reservation Center.

Reception hours for telephone reservations

Open all year round from 9:00 to 18:30

▼Prestigious Ocean Ferry Passenger Reservation Center


Time table

Departure numberShinmoji Port → Osaka NankoOsaka Nanko → Shinmoji Port
1st ship(17:00)17:00→05:30 17:00→05:30
2nd ship(19:50)19:50→08:30 19:50→08:30

Walking passengers must complete boarding procedures 30 minutes prior to departure, and car drivers must complete boarding procedures 60 minutes prior to departure during normal periods and 90 minutes prior to departure during peak periods.

Travel Time

The one-way trip takes approximately 12 hours and 40 minutes.

Lights out time


Only Tourist and Comfort rooms have a fixed light-on/light-off time.

There was a sticker in the aisle of the ship that read, “Please be quiet after 10:00 p.m.” Please be quiet after 10:00 p.m.” stickers were posted in the corridors.

Lights on/off hours for Tourist Comfort

Departure numberlights out timeLighting time
1st ship(17:00)21:304:00
2nd ship(19:50)22:306:20

This time I booked the second cheapest tourist type room on Ferry Osaka II.

Tourist rooms are located on the 6th floor of the ship.

Tourist rooms have rooms next to each other, but there are curtains so that private space is maintained.

It looks small, but it is enough to lie down, so there was no problem.

However, since there is only one curtain, you may hear other people snoring, so if this bothers you, I recommend bringing earplugs.

The snoring problem depends on your luck, so pray for good luck (lol).

There is a shelf between the two beds that contains life jackets.

Facilities inside the beds

There were hangers, movable shelves, storage hooks, lights, electrical outlets, vents, and fixed drink holders.

There was no breeze coming in or out of the vents at all.

We spent most of our time with our backpacks and other baggage on top of our heads.

If you are concerned about the safety of your backpack, try using the coin lockers on board!

There is only one outlet hole, so it is recommended to bring an item that can be expanded.

I have one on hand just in case, so I expanded it and used it.

If it is a small power tap, there is a lighting switch on the right side, so it seems better to use octopus wiring because it can only be expanded to two.

Since the power is up to 100V560W, it seems that you can use a small octopus wire with three openings sold at 100 yen shops without any problems.

Power reference example

ClassificationWattage (W)
Type C quick charger for cell phones100W
Normal type charger for cell phones20~30W
Hair iron150W~240W
Hot curler45W~70W
Electric shaver10W
Single lens reflex camera3~4W
Notebook PC (MacBook Pro)67W

Onboard Introduction


The entrance hall is located on the 6th floor of the ship, right in front of the boarding gate.

Even during lights-out hours, the lights are always on except in the rooms, so if you can’t sleep, you can spend some time in the entrance hall.

Stairs in the center of the entrance provide access to the second floor.

The view is excellent and there is good access to all floors!

Wi-Fi is also available on board in the entrance and other public spaces!

Free Wi-Fi

There was free Wi-Fi on board.

Free Wi-Fi is available only in public spaces.

When I went back to my room with the Wi-Fi connected, the connection was interrupted.

By the way, free Wi-Fi is available for 30 minutes at a time, up to 3 times a day.

The number of accesses is reset at midnight.

The inconvenient thing about this Wi-Fi is that you can only use it for 1 hour and 30 minutes in a day, and you have to reconnect every 30 minutes.

This is a bit of a hassle.

The warning sign says, “The ship’s Wi-Fi also requires a signal from land, so there may be times when the Wi-Fi signal cannot be received in certain areas of the ocean. Please understand that we are on the ocean.” (Laughs).

Information Center & Shop

Information office & shop opening hours

Departure numberBusiness hours
1st ship(17:00)16:00~22:00/4:30 ~ to the port of entry
2nd ship(19:50)18:30~24:00/6:40 ~ to the port of entry

The information desk and store are located on the 6th floor near the boarding gate.

If you have any problems on board, please ask at the information desk.

There is also a store next to the information center.

The store sold souvenirs of Fukuoka, instant ramen noodles, snacks, and other food items.

There is a water heater in the vending machine corner, so there were a few people who bought instant ramen noodles at the store and had a quick meal on the promenade.


The Promenade is located on the 6th floor.

The Promenade is a place to eat or take a short rest.

It is equipped with windows so that you can enjoy the view outside the next morning.

Restaurant with a view

Opening hours of the observation restaurant

Departure numberDinnerBreakfast
1st ship(17:00)17:00〜20:004:30~Up to 20 minutes before port arrival
2nd ship(19:50)19:00〜21:306:40~Up to 20 minutes before port arrival

The observation restaurant is located on the 6th floor.

Breakfast and dinner are served in the observation restaurant on board.

The restaurant is buffet style, all you can eat if you pay first!

Make sure you get a seat before you take your food!

The restaurant is spacious, and if you get a window seat, you can dine with a view of the outside during the voyage.


I will note the dishes that were available when I boarded the ship!

The dishes will change depending on the time of embarkation.


  1. Salt Fried Noodles
  2. Bean-curd soup seasoned with red pepper
  3. Meat and potatoes
  4. Tempura of Chikuwa
  5. Grilled chicken with herbs
  6. German potato
  7. Mimigar (pig’s ear)
  8. Deep Fried Chicken
  9. Nori-maki Sasami Tempura
  10. Deep-fried burdock
  11. Spring roll
  12. Deep-fried octopus
  13. sashimi
  14. Edamame (green soybeans)

With the 17:00 departure of the ship, only breakfast was not a buffet.


  • 2 kinds of daily bread
  • sausage
  • Boiled egg
  • salad
  • Mini Jam
  • Margarine
  • Beverage (coffee, tea, milk, orange juice)

Observation Restaurant Rates

ClassificationAdultChildInfant (4-5 years old)
Breakfast buffet300yen300yenfree
Dinner buffet1,600yen1,100yen500yen

By the way, if you purchase breakfast and dinner as a set, the regular price of 2,350 yen becomes 2,150 yen, a savings of 200 yen.


Draft beer medium *Vending machine500yen
Kurokirishima (Sweet potato Shochu) 200ml320yen
Kurokirishima (Sweet potato Shochu) 900ml1,100yen
Kuroisanishiki (Sweet potato Shochu) 200ml320yen
Kuroisanishiki (Sweet potato Shochu) 900ml1,100yen
Shiroshika (Nama Sake)740yen
Wine (red and white)1,260yen
Bottled beer (medium)500yen
Hakudake (rice Shochu) 900ml1,050yen
Gekkeikan (Sake) 180ml380yen

TV Lounge

The TV Lounge is located on the 6th floor.

It is a rest area with a large LCD TV.

There were several people who spent time in the TV lounge during boarding.

Kids’ Room

The kids’ room is located on the 6th floor.

The kids’ room is great for those with small children.

There were also sofas for parents to sit on.

It is located near the entrance on the 6th floor, so it is rather easy to find.



Two restrooms, one for men and one for women, are located on the 6th and 7th floors of the ship.

Only one accessible toilet was located in front of the economy room on the 6th floor.

Game Corner

The game corner is located on the 6th floor.

There are several UFO catchers and slot machines set up, so it looks like a good place to pass the time( ´ ▽ ` )

The game corner can be used at any time from departure to disembarkation!

Vending machine corner

The vending machine area is located on the 6th floor next to the boarding gate.

You can purchase sips, tea, alcohol, cup noodles, etc. from the vending machines.

There are vending machines on other floors as well, but cup noodles can only be purchased at the vending machine corner on the 6th floor.

Free drinking water is available at the vending machine corner, and I was able to quench my thirst with a disposable paper cup nearby!

There was also a microwave oven, so you can heat up the convenience store lunch boxes you brought.

Coin lockers, cell phone chargers, pay phones, smoking room

Near the entrance on the 6th floor are a smoking room, coin lockers, a safety deposit box, a cell phone charger, and a pay phone.

The safety deposit box is available free of charge, but storage is limited to small items such as wallets and cell phones.

Cell phone chargers compatible with iPhone and Android phones are available for 100 yen per 30 minutes.

Two smoking rooms were provided, one on the 6th and 7th floors and one on the 8th floor.

Inside, the rooms are simple and equipped with a pipe to sit on, an ashtray, a trash can, and an air purifier.

Satellite Public Telephone

First call (34 seconds) 100 yen
Additional call (60 seconds) 100 yen

Coin-operated lockers

100 yen Small (39 cm long x 35 cm wide x 45 cm deep)
200 yen Medium (53 cm (L) x 35 cm (W) x 45 cm (D))
300 yen Large (80 cm (L) x 35 cm (W) x 51 cm (D))

Shower room

Shower room hours

Departure numberUsage time
1st ship(17:00)16:00~Up to 10 minutes before port arrival
2nd ship(19:50)18:30~Up to 10 minutes before port arrival

Shower rooms are located on the 6th floor.

Shower rooms are recommended for those who do not want to take a long soak like in the large bathrooms, but only want to cleanse their bodies!


The washbasin was equipped with a hair dryer.

There are only two hair dryers, so if there is a crowd, it is like sharing a hair dryer.

Turn the lever on the right side toward you to release hot water.

The deeper you turn it, the longer hot water comes out.


The shower room had body soap, conditioner, and shampoo.

There are no towels or other amenities, so you will need to bring your own toothbrush, change of clothes, and towels.

Bathroom with a view


Hours of use of the observation bathroom

Departure numberUsage time
1st ship(17:00)16:00~22:00 *CLOSED in the morning
2nd ship(19:50)18:30~24:00/06:00~Up to 10 minutes before port arrival

The large bathhouse with a view will warm your body to the core.

The large bathroom has a large window, so if you enter early in the morning, you can enjoy the view outside while bathing.

Lounge with a view

The observation lounge was located on the seventh floor of the ship.

The observation lounge is a resting spot where one can view the outside scenery from inside.

The lounge was furnished with a large window and several sofas and chairs.

There were fewer lights than in other areas of the lounge, creating a more relaxed atmosphere.

Observation deck

The observation decks on each floor can be accessed during the voyage.

During the voyage, the ship passes under the bridges of each prefecture, so you can see the bridges if you go out to the observation deck at the scheduled time of passage!

Passing times of the three bridges

Departure numberSea routeKurushima Straits BridgeGreat Seto BridgeAkashi Straits Bridge
1st ship(17:00)Shin Moji Port→Osaka Nanko22:3000:4504:10
2nd ship(19:50)Shin Moji Port→Osaka Nanko01:2503:4007:10
1st ship(17:00)Osaka Nanko → Shin-Moji Port23:5021:3518:10
2nd ship(19:50)Osaka Nanko → Shin-Moji Port02:5000:3021:05

To close

This time we boarded the Ferry Osaka II, a new vessel of the prestigious Taiyo Ferry Co.

The interior of the ship was designed with more warm colors and calming shades than the ferry Kitakyushu II, on which I had previously boarded, and was very comfortable.

Even with breakfast and dinner included, the one-way fare was less than 8,000 yen.

It was a real pleasure to be able to spend so much time in the lap of luxury on a ferry, and the large size of the ship meant that the boat did not rock at all and I did not get drunk!

If you are planning to board the Ferry Osaka II, please be careful!

Have a nice boat trip (^o^)/🛳️

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