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Short haul ferries in west Japan

Kansai

Osaka City Tosen (ferry)
Osaka City

Universal City Port
Capt. Line

Kobe Airport-Kansai International Airport
OM Kobe

Seto Naikai (Inland Sea)

Tsuneishi-Onomichi (11.8km)
Bingo Shosen

Suda-Awashima-Shishijima-Miyanoshita (16.3km)
Awashima Kisen

Honshu-Shikoku

Osaka/Kobe-Toyo/Takuma-Niihama (Higashi-ko) (238km)
Shikoku Kaihatsu Ferry (Orange Ferry)

Kobe-Takamatsu (Higashi-ko) (119km)
Jumbo Ferry
Jumbo Ferry Fan Site

Wakayama-Tokushima (61km)
Nankai Ferry
Nankai Ferry

Uno-Takamatsu (18km)
Kokudo Ferry (Utaka Kokudo Ferry)
Shikoku Ferry

Kasaoka-Tadotsu (53.3km)
Sanyo Kisen

Hiroshima (Ujina)-Kure-Matsuyama (Kanko-ko) (66.2km)
Setonaikai Kisen
Ishizaki Kisen

Yanai-Matsuyama (Mitohama) (61.2km)
Yanai-Ihota-Matsuyama (Mitohama) (61.2km)
Boyo Ferry

Honshu-Kyushu

Tokuyama-Takedatsu (48km)
Suonada Ferry

Shimonoseki (Karato)-Kita Kyushu (Moji-ko) (4km)
Kanmon Kisen

Kyushu-Shikoku

Kita Kyushu (Kokura)-Matsuyama (Kanko-ko) (184km)
Matsuyama Kokura Ferry

Saganoseki-Misaki (31km)
Kokudo Kyushi Ferry

Beppu-Yawatahama (98km)
Uwajima Unyu (Uwajima Unyu Ferry)

Usuki-Yawatahama (67km)
Uwajima Unyu (Uwajima Unyu Ferry)
Kyushi Orange Ferry

Saiki-Sukumo (Katashima) (80km)
Sukumo Ferry

Shikoku

Kyushu

Kitakyushu (Wakamatsu)-Kita Kyushu (Tobata) (0.6km)
Kita Kyushu City

Fukuoka (Momochi-Umino Nakamichi (8.2km)/Hakata Futo-Umino Nakamichi (7.4km))
Yasuda Sangyo Kisen

Sasebo-Saikai (Yorifune, Yokose-nishi, Yokose-higashi, Ogoori, Hatakejimo, Kawauchi) (20.4km)
Segawa Kisen
Segawa Kisen

Togitsu-Nagasaki Airport
Huis Ten Bosch-Nagasaki Airport
Yasuda Sangyo Kisen

Nagasaki-Tomi-Kegenoo-Nagasu(8.4km)
Nomo Shosen

Kunimi (Tabira)-Nagasu (14km)
Ariakekai Jidosha Kososen Kumiai (Ariake Ferry)

Shimabara (Gai-ko)-Omuta (Miike-ko) (33km)
Shimabara Tetsudo

Shimabara (Gai-ko)-Kumamoto (21km)
Kyusho Ferry
Kumamoto Ferry

Kagoshima (Kamoike)-Tarumizu (14.5km)
Iwasaki Corporation (Kamoike Tarumizu Ferry)

Kagoshima-Sakurajima (4.2km)
Kagoshima City (Sakura-jima Ferry)

Ibusuki-Onejime
Nankyu Senpaku

Information

Takamatsu-based Shikoku Ferry, which operates the Uno-Takamatsu route, will make an end of nighttime operation from July 16, 2014.

Shimabara-based Shimabara Tetsudo will sell its ferry operation on the Shimabara (Gai-ko)-Omuta (Miike-ko) route to Nagasaki-based Yamasa Kaiun on April 1, 2015.

On April 1, 2015, Sakurajima Ferry's new ferry, Sakurajima Maru No.2 entered service on the Kagoshima-Sakurajima route. She is the second electric propulsion ship, "Super Eco Ship (SES)" following the Sakurajima Maru (2011).

Kyusho Ferry and Kumamoto Ferry, which operate ferries on the Shimabara-Kumamoto route, are out of service from April 16 to April 27, 2016, because the Kumamoto Ferry Terminal was damaged by the Kumamoto earthquake on April 14, 2016.

Kyusho Ferry and Kumamoto Ferry reassumed the ferry services between Kumamoto and Shimabara on April 22, 2016, after the Kumamoto Terminal was restored earlier than expected.

On June 17, 2016, Kokudokyushi Ferry's Yunagi (998gt) entered service on the Saganoseki-Misaki route. The New Hoyo 2 (699gt, 1993) was replaced.

In June 2016, Kokudokyushi Ferry's "Shuttle Hoyo" & "New Hoyo 3" will be renamed "Hayanami" & "Aikaze" respectively.

In November 2016, Shikoku Kaihatsu Ferry (Orange Ferry) ordered two 15,000gt car ferries from Imabari Shipbuilding. The two ferries are expected to enter service in summer of 2018.

On September 7, 2017, the Akebono Maru (about 2,700gt) , which is being built for Uwajima Unyu, took the water at Naikai Zosen Corporation Setoda shipyard. She is set to enter service on the Yawatahama-Usuki route in December 2017. The Sakura (2,334gt, 1997) will be replaced.