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Long haul ferries which ply between Okinawa, Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu

Hankyu Ferry

Shin Moji, Kita Kyushu-Rokko Island, Kobe (454km)
Yamato (13,353gt)/Tsukushi (13,353gt)

Shin Moji, Kitakyushu-Izumiotsu (458km)
Izumi (15,897gt)/Hibiki (15,897gt)

Hankyu Ferry
Hankyu Ferry
Hankyu Ferry's "Funeko"
Ferrydom
Venus Travel
Shimonoseki Grand Hotel

Meimon Taiyo Ferry (City Line)

Shin Moji, Kita Kyushu-Nan-ko, Osaka (458km)
Ferry Osaka II (14,920gt)/Ferry Kita Kyushu II (15,000gt)
Ferry Kyoto II (9,731gt)/Ferry Fukuoka II (9,731gt)

Meimon Taiyo Ferry (City Line)
Meimon Taiyo Ferry (City Line)
City Line Travel
Keihan

Ocean Trans (Ocean Tokyu Ferry)

Shin Moji, Kita Kyushu-Tokushima-Ariake Ferry Futo, Tokyo (1,173km)
Ferry Bizan (12,641gt)/Ferry Shimanto (13,000gt)
Ferry Dogo (13,000gt)/Ferry Ritsurin (13,000gt)

Ocean Trans (Ocean Tokyu Ferry)
Ocean Trans

Ferry Sunflower

Oita-Rokko Island, Kobe (418km)
Sunflower Gold (11,178gt)/Sunflower Pearl (11,177gt)

Kanko-ko, Beppu-Nan-ko, Cosmo Ferry Terminal, Osaka (446km)
Sunflower Ivory (9,245gt)/Sunflower Cobalt (9,245gt)

Shibushi-Nan-ko, Osaka (581km)
Sunflower Kirishima (12,418gt)/Sunflower Satsuma (12,415gt)

Ferry Sunflower
Ferry Sunflower
Sunflower Travel

Miyazaki Car Ferry

Miyazaki-Kobe, Kobe Sannomiya Ferry Terminal
Miyazaki Express (11,931gt)/Kobe Express (11,933gt)

Miyazaki Car Ferry

Marix Line

Naha-Motobu, Okinawa Island-Yoron, Yoron Island-Wadomari, Okierabujima-Kametoku, Tokunoshima-Naze, Amami Oshima-Kagoshima (733km)
Queen Coral 8 (4,945gt)/Queen Coral Plus (5,910gt)

Marix Line

Information

Miyazaki Car Ferry's Miyazaki-Osaka route was made a shift to the Miyazaki-Kobe (Kobe Sannomiya Ferry Terminal) route on October 1, 2014.

Miyazaki Car Ferry's 'Osaka Express' was renamed 'Kobe Express' in June 2014.

Hankyu Ferry's two new ships entered service on the Kitakyushu (Shin Moji)-Izumiotsu route in January & April 2015 respectively. The first ship is Izumi, which entered service on January 22, 2015. The second ship is Hibiki. The Ferry Settsu & the Ferry Suo will be replaced.

In July 2014, Hankyu Ferry began to offer full-fledged marine WiFi services on the Yamato & the Tsukushi.

Meimon Taiyo Ferry will introduce two 15,000gt ferries in September & November 2015. The Ferry Osaka and the Ferry Kitakyushu will be replaced.

The first ship, which is being built for Meimon Taiyo Ferry at MHI Shimonoseki shipyard will take water on March 23, 2015 and enter service on the Osaka-Shin Moji route on September 16, 2015.

The second ship, which is being built for Meimon Taiyo Ferry at MHI Shimonoseki shipyard will take water on July 2, 2015 and enter service on the Osaka-Shin Moji route in November, 2015.

Marue Ferry (A Line) withdrew from passenger services on the Tokyo-Shibushi-Naha, Okinawa island route on December 7, 2014, due to lack of passengers. The Hiryu 21 will be sold.

On August 18, 2015, the Ferry Bizan, built for Ocean Trans (Ocean Tokyu Ferry), took the water at Saiki Heavy Industries in Saiki city, Oita prefecture.

Ocean Trans' new ferry, 'Ferry Bizan' entered service on the Tokyo-Tokushima-Kitakyushu (Shin Moji) route on January 3, 2016. The Ocean West was replaced by her.

On September 16, 2015, the Ferry Osaka II (14,920gt) entered service on the Osaka-Kita Kyushu route.

On November 16, 2015, the Ferry Shimanto (about 13,000gt), built for Ocean Trans (Ocean Tokyu Ferry), took the water at Saiki Heavy Industries in Saiki city, Oita prefecture.

On November 16, 2015, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines formally announced that Ferry Sunflower Ltd., one of its subsidiary companies will build 2 car ferries for the Osaka-Shibushi route. The Sunflower Satsuma and the Sunflower Kirishima will be repalced. The unnamed new car ferries will be built at Japan Marine United. GT: 13,500gt, LOA: 192m, Beam: 27m, Pass: 709. The new car ferries will be delivered in March 2018 and June 2018 respectively.

On November 29, 2015, the Ferry Kitakushu II entered service on the Osaka-Kita Kyushu route.

The third ship, Ferry Dogo (13,000gt) for Ocean Trans took the water at Saiki Heavy Industries' shipyard on February 12, 2016.

The fourth ship, Ferry Ritsurin (13,000gt) for Ocean Trans took the water at Saiki Heavy Industries' shipyard on May 10, 2016.

Ocean Trans' Ferry Shimanto entered service on the Tokyo-Tokushima-Kitakyushu (Shin Moji) route on May 21, 2016.

Ocean Trans' Ferry Dogo entered service on the Tokyo-Tokushima-Kitakyushu (Shin Moji) route on July 21, 2016.

Ocean Trans' Ferry Ritsurin entered service on the Tokyo-Tokushima-Kitakyushu (Shin Moji) route on September 9, 2016.

On August 31, 2017, Maue Ferry (A Line) announced that it will quit operating the Ryukyu Express (6,266gt) on the Naha-Kobe-Osaka route, and withdraw passenger services on October 10, 2017 because of a decrease in demand. Meanwhile, it will launch the Ryukyu Express 2 (10,758gt), a Ro-Ro vessel on the Naha-Naze-Shibushi-Osaka-Kobe route on October 11, 2017, and keep operating a freight transport.

On November 20, 2017, Miyazaki Car Ferry and Miyazaki Senpaku, a ship owner, announced that they will sell their all business to a new company, which will be founded by the Regional Economy Vitalization Corporation of Japan (REVIC), etc., and they will be liquidated. A new company is expected to build new ferries and aim to survive the Miyazaki-Osaka route.