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Sasagawa Nagare Steamship

What is the Sasagawa Nagare?

It is a beautiful 11 km coastline located in Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture 959-3665. Designated as a scenic spot and natural monument of Japan in 1972, the coastal scenic spot was also selected as one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan. The Sasagawa Nagare that glows with charm each season deeply impresses visitors.

 
What is the Sasagawa Nagare?
Origin of the name Sasagawa Nagare

Sasagawa is a place name. The tidal current rising up and flowing between the rocks off the coast of Sasagawa is thought to be the origin of the name. The sea water is some of the most transparent sea water in Japan. The contrast between the white sand and green pine trees, and the shore, cliffs and caves shaped after a lapse of many years make us realize the greatness of nature. The Sasagawa Nagare seen from the sea looks exceptional. The Sasagawa Nagare excursion boat started operating in 1952 and has been sailing until the present day. Seagull feeding has become popular and is enjoyed by a wide range of generations.

Origin of the name Sasagawa Nagare
 

Plankton gathers in the ocean, seeking nutrient-rich water flowing from the mountains, keeping the sea beautiful. The fish that grew, eating the plankton from the harbor in the neighboring town, look splendid. We are always grateful for the blessings of nature.

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Sasagawa Nagare Steamboat has two charming points.
One is seagull feeding from the boat.
The second is our delicious dried fish and smoked local fish.
Here are the features of each.

Sasagawa Nagare Steamboat has two charming points.
One is seagull feeding from the boat.
The second is our delicious dried fish and smoked local fish.
Here are the features of each.

Even adults are excited!
Cruising on the Sea of Japan and feeding seagulls

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There are only a few places where you can feed seagulls in Japan. The Sasagawa Nagare Steamboat is one of the top attractions in Niigata. Leave the harbor in a boat, and cruise, viewing the rocky scenery of the Sasagawa Nagare. Enjoy the time to feed the seagulls on the way. Both children and adults get excited at the impressive seagulls.

The feed is sold on the boat. 
100 yen/a bag
Sasagawa Nagare round trip
Sasagawa Nagare round trip
Sasagawa Nagare round trip
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Ticket purchasing

Buy a ticket. Tickets are sold in a building that sells souvenirs. Tell them the cruise number you would like to take.

Cruise information  ▼
 
[Fare]
Adults: 1,000 yen (Tax included) 
Children: 500 yen (Tax included)
Boat schedule
Cruise No. 1Around 9:00〜
Cruise No. 2Around 9:40〜
Cruise No. 3Around 10:20〜
Cruise No. 4Around 11:10〜
Cruise No. 5* Around 12:00〜
Cruise No. 6* Around 12:40〜
 
Cruise No. 7Around 13:20〜
Cruise No. 8Around 14:00〜
Cruise No. 9Around 14:40〜
Cruise No. 10Around 15:20〜
Cruise No. 11Around 16:00〜
 
* Please note that Cruise No. 5 (Around 12:00) and No. 6 (Around 12:40) may be canceled depending on the day.
* Please note that cruises may be canceled due to the weather including strong winds or high waves.
* Service period:March 30 - November 20
Check youtubeto see seagulls feeding from the boat!

Help yourself to the dried seafood and smoked fish that
the Sasagawa Nagare on the Sea of Japan takes pride in!

Help yourself to the dried seafood and smoked fish that<br/> the Sasagawa Nagare on the Sea of Japan takes pride in!

The Sasagawa Nagare Steamboat sells sun dried and smoked products using marine products from the Sea of Japan. They are so delicious that our customers ask us why. The secret is in drying the locally caught fish with the sun and sea breeze. In our modern age when processing and drying by machine are the mainstream for producing dried fish, we work by hand to make our products with the help of the sun and sea breezes.

Help yourself to the dried seafood and smoked fish that<br/> the Sasagawa Nagare on the Sea of Japan takes pride in!

The Sasagawa Nagare Steamboat sells sun dried and smoked products using marine products from the Sea of Japan. They are so delicious that our customers ask us why. The secret is in drying the locally caught fish with the sun and sea breeze. In our modern age when processing and drying by machine are the mainstream for producing dried fish, we work by hand to make our products with the help of the sun and sea breezes.

Many amino acids are refined into fish when they are exposed to the sunlight. The sea breeze from the ocean also makes dried fish tasty. We make dried fish by manually processing fresh local fish one by one and drying them with the sun and sea breeze after using our secret seasoning method.

Tenpiya, a local fish store on the Sasagawa NagareThe three most popular souvenirs
Tenpiya, a local fish store on the Sasagawa NagareThe three most popular souvenirs
Dried salmon fillet seasoned with soy sauce
 
Dried salmon fillet seasoned with soy sauce

Salmon filleted into three pieces is immersed in soy sauce and sweet sake and sun dried. The taste spreads in your mouth as you chew the salmon.

Smoked fish
 
Smoked fish

We smoke salmon, salmon milt, salmon backbone, medium-sized gizzard shad, stargazers, mackerel and Spanish mackerel with our own smoking method. We recommend comparing the tastes.

Overnight dried gurnard
 
Overnight dried gurnard

Each gurnard is first cleaned; then the fish is soaked in soy sauce, sweet sake and sake, and dried with the sun and sea breeze. A gurnard, also known as a redwing sea robin, is a white fish that has no unpleasant flavor.

How to reach the Sasagawa Nagare

How to reach the Sasagawa Nagare
If coming by car
If coming by car
If coming by car
If coming by Joetsu Bullet Train
If coming by Joetsu Bullet Train
If coming by conventional special express or express
If coming by conventional special express or express
Uetsu Line (JR East Japan) schedule (Murakami Station - Kuwagawa Station)

One-way fare Adults: 320 yen / Children: 160 yen
As of March 4, 2017

■Forward
DEP from
Murakami Sta
10:2713:31
ARR at
Kuwagawa Sta
10:4913:53
DEP from
Murakami Sta
10:27
13:31
ARR at
Kuwagawa Sta
10:49
13:53
 
■Return
DEP from
Kuwagawa Sta
14:4016:32
ARR at
Murakami Sta
15:0016:54
DEP from
Kuwagawa Sta
14:40
16:32
ARR at
Murakami Sta
15:00
16:54
・A free shuttle bus is available from Kuwagawa Station.
※Please reserve seats in advance. (When full, we may not be able to accept reservations.)
If coming by train
If coming by Joetsu Bullet Train
If coming by Joetsu Bullet Train
If coming by conventional special express or express
If coming by conventional special express or express
Uetsu Line (JR East Japan) schedule (Murakami Station - Kuwagawa Station)

One-way fare Adults: 320 yen / Children: 160 yen
As of March 4, 2017

■Forward
DEP from
Murakami Sta
10:2713:31
ARR at
Kuwagawa Sta
10:4913:53
 
■Return
DEP from
Kuwagawa Sta
14:4016:32
ARR at
Murakami Sta
15:0016:54
・A free shuttle bus is available from Kuwagawa Station.
※Please reserve seats in advance. (When full, we may not be able to accept reservations.)
If coming by plane
If coming by plane
If coming by plane
※Please reserve seats in advance. (When full, we may not be able to accept reservations.)
If coming by bus
If coming by bus
Niigata Kotsu Bus Schedule
■Forward
Departure from JR Murakami StationArrival at Kuwagawa Fishing Port Entrance: Excursion boat platform
12:1212:47
 
■Return
Departure from Kuwagawa Fishing Port Entrance: Excursion boat platformArrival at JR Murakami Station
13:2013:55
If coming by bus

Buses do not run on Saturdays and Sundays.

Niigata Kotsu Bus Schedule

One-way fare Adults: 600 yen / Children: 300 yen
As of March 26, 2016

■Forward
Departure from JR Murakami StationArrival at Kuwagawa Fishing Port Entrance: Excursion boat platform
12:1212:47
 
■Return
Departure from Kuwagawa Fishing Port Entrance: Excursion boat platformArrival at JR Murakami Station
13:2013:55
Departure from Kuwagawa Fishing Port Entrance: Excursion boat platform
【Plan 1】 
 
Forward: Train Return: Bus
Plan 1
 
【Plan 2】 
 
Forward: Bus Return: Train
 
Plan 2
Departure from Kuwagawa Fishing Port Entrance: Excursion boat platform
Note

The cruise is about 40 minutes long, but if the boat sells out, we may ask you to take the next cruise or the one after it.
Please note that you may not be able to make it in time to ride the boat if you come on both the train and bus.

Departure from Kuwagawa Fishing Port Entrance: Excursion boat platform

See more by adjusting your schedule and train and bus rides.

【Plan 1】 Forward: Train Return: Bus
Departure from Kuwagawa Fishing Port Entrance: Excursion boat platform
【Plan 2】 Forward: Bus Return: Train
Departure from Kuwagawa Fishing Port Entrance: Excursion boat platform
Note

The cruise is about 40 minutes long, but if the boat sells out, we may ask you to take the next cruise or the one after it.
Please note that you may not be able to make it in time to ride the boat if you come on both the train and bus.

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