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Short haul ferries in east Japan

Hokkaido-Honshu

Tomakomai Nishi-ko (West Port)-Hachinohe (242km)
Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen (K Line Kinkai, Silver Ferry)
Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen (K Line Kinkai)

Hakodate-Aomori (113km)
Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry
Libera
Casual Cruise Asia

Hakodate (Kita Futo)-Aomori (113km)
Seikan Ferry (Kita Nippon Kaiun/Kyoei Unyu)

Hakodate-Oma (40km)
Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry

Tohoku

Kanita-Wakinosawa (22.6km)
Mutsuwan Ferry

Aomori-Wakinosawa-Sai (79.9km)
Sii Line

Kanto & Tokai

Tokyo Bay (Haneda Airport, Asakusa, Ryogoku, etc.)
Tokyo Water Taxi Inc.

Minato Mirai Pukari Sanbashi (Yokohama)-Haneda Airport-Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Tokyo)
KMC Corporation

Yokohama-ko (Yokohama Higashi-guchi, Minatomirai 21-chiku, Yamashita Koen, Osanbashi)
Port Service

Yokosuka (Kurihama)-Kanaya (11.5km)
Tokyowan Ferry

Numazu-Ose-Mito
Chidori Kankosen

Numazu-Heda-Toi
Heda Unsousen

Shimizu-Toi (30.2km)
Ejiri-Umizuri-Hinode-Kaijima-Tsukama
S-Puls Dream Ferry (Surugawan Ferry)

Obeni Tosen (Obeni No Watashi, Nagara River)
Gifu prefecture

Morozaki-Irago (14.5km)
Meitetsu Kaijo Kankosen

Tsu-Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya
Matsusaka-Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya
Matsusaka-Tsu
Tsu Airport Line

Toba-Irago (23.2km)
Isewan Ferry

Nemuno Sato-Kashikojima (island)
Nemuno Sato

Information

KMC Corporation (Reserved Cruise) will begin to operate regular service between Yokohama Minato Mirai Pukari Sanbashi, Haneda Airport and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Tokyo) on every Sundays from July 20, 2014.

Heda Unsousen withdrew regular services on the Numazu-Heda-Toi route at the end of August 2014 because of a demand decline.

Meitetsu Kaijo Kankosen's Morosaki-Irago route was closed at the end of September 2014 because of a demand decline and a rising cost of fuel.

K Line Kinkai (Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen) hoped to introduce LNG-powered ships on the Tomakomai-Hachinohe route in 2017. But the plan was pulled back later.

K Line Kinkai (Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen) has offered charging facilities for electric vehicles (EVs) on its car ferry, the Silver Eight since July 3, 2015.

Mutsuwan Ferry, which operates the Kanita-Wakinosawa route, sufferes accumulated losses of 67 million yen owing to a decreasing demand as of February 4, 2015.

Gifu prefecture-run Obeni-Tosen (Obeni No Watashi) reassumed operations on September 16, 2015.

Tokyo Water Taxi will make a test installation on Tokyo Bay from November 30, 2015.

Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry will build two car ferries (8,800gt) at Naikai Zosen Corporation in 2016. The Blue Dolphin (ex-Horus) and the Venus will be replaced.

K Line Kinkai (Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen) plans to introduce a new ship on the Hachinohe-Tomakomai route in the spring of 2018.

On June 4, 2016, the "Blue Dolphin" (II) for Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry took the water at Naikai Zosen Corporation Setoda shipyard.

Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry's Blue Dolphin(II) will enter service between Hakodate and Aomori on October 11, 2016.

The Matsusaka-Chubu Centrair International Airport route, which is operated by Tsu Airport Line, will be closed on December 19, 2016 due to decreasing demand.

On September 28, 2016, the "Blue Happiness" (8,800gt) for Koyo Kaiun took the water at Naikai Zosen Corporation Setoda shipyard. Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry will operate her. She is due to enter service on March 11, 2017.

On December 8, 2016, Hakodate-based Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry announced that the Blue Dolphin 2 (7,003gt) will reenter service on the Hakodate-Aomori route on February 2, 2017. The Blue Dolphin 2 is the ex-Blue Dolphin (ex-Horus) which ran on the route until October 28, 2016. The Esan 2000 (2,367gt, 2000) will be replaced by her.

On March 11, 2017, Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry's Blue Happiness entered on the Hakodate-Aomori route. The Venus was sold to PT. Jemla Ferry, an Indonesian ferry operator. Renamed Athaya.

K Line Kinkai (Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen) will launch the Silver Tiara (8,600gt) on the Tomakomai-Hachinohe route on April 25, 2018. The Silver Queen will be transfered to the Muroran-Miyako route.

K Line Kinkai (Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen) and K Line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha) have agreed to work on joint study for K Line Kinkai's new LNG fueled car ferry in September, 2017.