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.)


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? 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. 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. 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 . Mar 2 '14 at 10:45

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 ... Feb 27 '14 at 16:15

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