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I know there is a ferry from Naha, Okinawa to Kagoshima, Kyushu.

I know it takes on the order of a whole day or longer and that its price is approximately equivalent to $150. I am also aware that there might be flights to the main islands of Japan for less.

In my searching I found a mention that the ferry stops at Motobu in the north of Okinawa on the way. Naha is in the south. But I can't seem to find any information on whether it's possible to for a passenger to board the ferry in Motobu and, if so, whether the price might be a little cheaper.

(I am also interested in other ways of getting from Okinawa to the main islands of Japan by sea too but have not come across anything else.)

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A-Line goes from Motobu (本部) to Kagoshima (鹿児島) around twice weekly, but the price difference is marginal:

And by remarkable coincidence, the prices on competitor Marix are precisely the same.

  • I'm having a bit of trouble reading the sites even with the hostel owner here. It looks like a ferry goes from Motobu every second day, alternating between either the two companies or between two boats owned by the same company? – hippietrail Feb 28 '14 at 6:02
  • That's about ten dollars AUD cheaper, the price of a night's accommodation or two cheap meals. But more importantly it gives me a reason to hitchhike to the north of the island knowing that I won't have to come back to Naha again just to move on. – hippietrail Feb 28 '14 at 6:05
  • The popup schedule on the marixline site uses a colour code with yellow for "Queen Coral Plus" and orange for "Coral Queen 8". We are not sure who owns which ferry and whether the schedule includes their competitor's info. – hippietrail Feb 28 '14 at 6:10
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    Both Queens are Marix's own ferries: marixline.com/page0111.html and marixline.com/page0112.html . A-Line's are Naminoue aline-ferry.com/kagoshima/ship_naminoue.html and Akebono aline-ferry.com/kagoshima/ship_akebono.html . – jpatokal Mar 2 '14 at 10:45
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The problem is that I can only provide the site that lists the Ferries running to/from various locations in Okinawa. It lists 2 lines that make a stop at Motobu, Marix line and A Line both of which provide daily service from Motobu. Both sites are in Japanese and I currently have problem with online translation.

  • Yes I couldn't make sense of those two sites either and my hostel host wasn't around today. I almost included the links in my question ... – hippietrail Feb 27 '14 at 16:15

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