Factory Night Cruise in Yokohama

Unconventional Cruise of Illuminated Factory Landscape

By Jessica A Paje    - 3 min read

Have you ever driven over the Yokohama Bay Bridge at night and gazed upon the illuminated factories and billowing smoke stacks? Did you know that you can take a night cruise into the mysterious canals to view the action up close? The Factory Night Jungle Cruise is not your typical romantic journey by candlelight in a luxury setting, but an adventure to peek into what the night owls are doing. The 90-minute Keihin industrial tour is another unique experience you can take away from Japan with you, especially for photographers and thrill seekers alike.

I have been on numerous cruises before but never did they require putting a life jacket on prior to boarding. Needless to say, I was getting a little nervous! But I was a trooper and proceeded to follow the other risk takers. The seating capacity is about 50 passengers with the option of seating inside or out. We chose to keep it adventurous and sat stern side. It was a chilly autumn night so my beanie, gloves and a wool coat came in handy; blankets are provided for extra comfort.

Having worked at a few manufacturing facilities in my career, the scale of the industrial landscape and engineering was interesting and quite impressive. Especially when you travel towards the spectacular Yokohama Bay Bridge. What a beauty from this angle and so enormous! It definitely started a frenzy of excitement and everyone began to position and plant themselves to capture the best photos for the rest of the night. Under the moonlit sky, the rest of the journey included views of the oil refineries and tankers, the skillful crane operators moving the large shipping containers, and the intricate design of illumination. At one point, the Captain stopped the boat so you can walk to the bow to check out the scenery in the dark mysterious setting. With very little legroom and a tiny rail to hold on, I was thankful for my life vest at that very moment!

If you can handle the swaying of a small boat and enjoy watching shows like the Discovery Channel's "How it's Made," this cruise should be right up your alley. Or, if you have already had your fill of visiting temples and shrines surrounded by beautiful green landscapes, you might be ready to try something unconventional. At 4,500 yen per adult, it includes a sweet cocktail and could just be the next rendezvous for Halloween!

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Jessica A Paje

Jessica A Paje @jessica.paje

Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Japan for 4-1/2 years and now I am currently based out of Honolulu, Hawaii. In December 2010, I arrived in Yokosuka with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we've only dreamt of. Along the way, we'd hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, "What can I do to help?" Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also ended up going back to California for one month, raised a small monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured a few phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the United States could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. After all, I wanted them to know that all of the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as JapanTravel.com to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I'd like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here on Japan Airlines. Feel free to contact me at jessica.paje@japantravel.com. Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶

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