About Tokyo Port Ferry Terminal
The Port of Tokyo Ferry Terminal is located in a remote area on the southern edge of Ariake Wharf, where cargo ships arrive and depart, just south of the Ariake Minami district in the southern part of the Tokyo waterfront subcenter (Odaiba).
Unlike the Takeshiba Passenger Terminal, which is the gateway to the Izu and Ogasawara Islands, and the Harumi Passenger Terminal, where domestic and foreign passenger ships and cruise liners arrive on an irregular basis, the Tokyo Port Ferry Terminal is in a very inconspicuous location and is probably not as well known as it should be despite its long history.
The only way to get to the remote Tokyo Port Ferry Terminal is by cab or on foot during the daytime.
The Toei bus service Kai02 used to operate there, but was discontinued as of March 31, 2003.
Therefore, if you take the Toei bus, you must get off at the “Ferry Pier Entrance” stop and walk a distance of about 20 to 25 minutes.
How to get there
From the nearest station, Kokusai-Tenjijo Seimon Station on the Yurikamome Line, it is about a 20-25 minute walk.
From Aomi Station, it is about a 30-minute walk.
From Kokusai Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line, it is a 10-minute ride in the Ocean Tokyu Ferry shuttle car, the only one available.
The car runs only in the morning and evening, costs 200 yen, and has a capacity of 9 passengers (first-come-first-served basis).
I was surprised to see how deserted the Tokyo Port Ferry Terminal was after visiting such a remote location for a long time.
I change my way of getting there depending on my mood at the time, but on this particular day, I got off at the Yurikamome Aomi Station.
From the exit of the ticket gate, just before the stairs going down to the south exit, you can see the west quay of Ariake Pier, which is quite a good place to see ships.
Opened in 1974, the Port of Tokyo Ferry Pier was then divided into two separate terminals, the East Terminal and the South Terminal.
In 1996, the terminal was reconstructed into the current terminal in order to meet the expected increase in demand for both passengers and cargo, to strengthen terminal functions, and to improve and enhance the parking lot.
Ironically, however, since the reconstruction, due to changes in the passenger transportation environment and intensified competition with other modes of transportation, ferry routes have been changed or discontinued one after another, and now only Ocean Tokyu Ferry’s Tokyo-Tokushima-Shin Moji route remains.