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The following are international ferries to and from Japan.


Sakhalin (Korsakov)-Wakkanai (169km)
Hokkaido Sakhalin Line Co., Ltd.
Nichi-ro Ferry Teiki Koro Riyo Sokushin Kyogi-kai
Wakkanai Korsakov Teiki Koro Riyo Sokushin Kyogi-kai

Vladivostok-Tonghae (South Korea)-Sakaiminato
DBS Cruise Ferry

South Korea

Vladivostok-Takaoka (Fushiki)-Sokcho (South Korea)-Zarubino
Dong Chun Ferry
Fushiki Kairiku Unso

Vladivostok-Tonghae (South Korea)-Sakaiminato
DBS Cruise Ferry

Sunstar Line Co., Ltd.
Panstar Co., Ltd.

Gwangyang-Shimonoseki (under contemplation)
Gwangyang Line

Busan-Shimonoseki (228km)
Kampu Ferry Co., Ltd.
Pukwan Ferry Co., Ltd.

Busan-Fukuoka (Hakata) (215km)
Camellia Line Co., Ltd.
Koreaferry Co., Ltd.

Busan-Fukuoka (Hakata) (213km)
JR Kyushu Jet Ferry
Korea Marine Express
Mirae Jet
Dae-A Express Shipping

JR Kyushu Jet Ferry
Mirae Jet
Dae-A Express Shipping
Tsushima Kokusai Line
Han-Il Express Shipping


Shanghai-Osaka (1,338km)
Shanghai Ferry Co., Ltd.
Shanghai International Ferry Co., Ltd.

Shanghai-Kobe-Osaka (1,540km)
China-Japan International Ferry Co., Ltd., CHINJIF
China-Japan International Ferry Co., Ltd., CHINJIF
Japan-China International Ferry Co., Ltd., JIFCO



On July 4, 2014, Japan finalized its decision to lift some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea. However, a ban on the entry of the Mangyongbong-92, a North Korean passenger-cargo ferry will continue.

Sapporo-based Heart Land Ferry withdrew from the Wakkanai-Korsakov route on September 18, 2015 because of a declining demand. The Eins Soya will be sold.

Wakkanai city government will found a new ferry company, which will operate the Wakkanai-Korsakov route by January 2016 to strive to survive the route.

A South Korean ferry operator, DBS Cruise Ferry's Eastern Dream will call at Maizuru on a trial basis from July 3, 2015. The Port of Maizuru is planning to open the Maizuru-Sokcho (S. Korea)-Zarubino (Russia) route.

An Urasoe, Okinawa-based logistics company, Anshin Co., Ltd. set up a strategic partnership with a Taipei, Taiwan-based logistics company, Wagon Group on July 8, 2015. They are planning to start to operate a fast ro-pax ferry between Hualian, Taiwan and Miyakojima (or Ishigakijima) , Japan within a year.

On December 26, 2015, Orient Ferry will halt an operation of the Shimonoseki (Japan)-Tsingtao (China) route, which was opened in 1997.

Wakkanai city government has given up the idea of buying the Eins Soya from Sapporo-based Heart Land Ferry before December 17, 2015. However, it seeks to resume the Wakkanai-Korsakov route.

In January 2016, Heart Land Ferry's Eins Soya was sold to Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc., a Filipino ferry company.

Gwangyang Line, a South Korean ferry company will open the Gwangyang-Shimonoseki route with the ex-Ishikari (II) in 2016.

JR Kyushu Jet Ferry dissolved a joint operation with Mirae Jet at the end of March 2016.

Anshin and Wagon Group will launch a fast ferry service between Ishigaki and Hualian (Taiwan) on May 14, 2016.

On June 29, 2016, Hokkaido Sakhalin Koro, a joint public-private venture which was founded on April 1, 2016 announced that it has reached an agreement with SASCO, a Sakhalin shipping company that the SASCO will operate the Penguin 33, a catamaran (Pass: 80), chartered from a Singapore-based shipping company, Penguin International Limited, on the Wakkanai-Korsakov route from July 25 to September 16, 2016. 16 round trips are expected.

On August 1, 2016, SASCO will start to operate the Wakkanai-Korsakov route.

Sunstar Line Co., Ltd., a South Korean ferry company's affiliate in Japanese, will launch a reserved tour bus business in October 2016.

A South Korean ferry operator, Mirae Jet's Nina (553gt), a fast ferry entered service on the Busan (South Korea)-Tsushima (Izuhara & Hitakatsu, Japan) route on October 8, 2016.

On October 11, 2016, a South Korean company, Seodong Maritime Co., Ltd. went to law against Niigata International Shipping Co., Ltd. to ask for compensation, etc. In August, 2015, Niigata International Shipping's wholly owned subsidiary, NAFJ Panama made a contract with Seodong Maritime to buy the Ohamana (ex-Ferry Akebono), but refused to receive the ship because of her poor performance.

On December 2, 2016, SASCO and Hokkaido Sakhalin Line announced that they will operate a ferry service (38 round trips) on the Wakkanai-Korsakov route from June 1, 2017 to around September 20, 2017. SASCO is planning to build a new ferry in around 2018.

On December 10, 2016, South Korean ferry operator, Dae-A Express Shipping launched the Ocean Flower 2 (4,114gt, LOA: 81.15m, Beam: 26m, Pass: 825, Max Speed: 38knots, 1996) on the Busan-Tsushima (Izuhara) route.

On December 19, Niigata International Shipping Co., Ltd. entered into a settlement with Seodong Maritime Co., Ltd. a South Korean company, to pay 0.99 million USD over a dispute on the purchase of the Ohamana, a car ferry.

The Rera (ex-Natchan Rera) is set to launch on the Ishigaki-Suao (Taiwan) route in May 2017.

Niigata International Shipping Co., Ltd., which plans to open the Vladivostok-Niigata-Zarubino route, went into liquidation on September 21, 2017.

Urasoe-based Anshin has abandoned the idea of operation of the Rera (ex-Natchan Rera) on the Keelung (Taiwan)-Ishigaki route in at least 2017.

On December 8, 2017, JR Kyushu Jet Ferry signed a MOU (memorandum of understanding) to build a 80m-class fast trimaran with Austal Ships Pty. Ltd. The fast ferry is expected to enter service on the Busan-Fukuoka route in 2020.

On February 2, 2018, a South Korean company, Han-Il Express Shipping will launch the Aurora, a fast ferry on the Busan (South Korea)-Tsushima (Izuhara) route.

On February 28, 2018, JR Kyushu Jet Ferry signed a contract to design & build a 83m fast trimaran with Austal Ships Pty. Ltd. The red fast ferry will enter service on the Busan-Fukuoka route in July 2020.

From July 23, 2018, Kyushu Yusen will operate the Fukuoka (Hakata)-Tsushima (Hitakatsu) route by use of JR Kyushu Jet Ferry's three jet foils, the Beetle, the Beetle II, and the Beetle III on the Fukuoka (Hakata)-Busan (South Korea) route. Kyushu Yusen will rent 26 upstairs seats on JR Kyushu Jet Ferry's jet foils (a kind of "space charter"). As a result, JR Kyushu Jet Ferry's jet foils, which run on the Fukuoka (Hakata)-Busan route, will begin to call at Tsushima (Hitakatsu) on July 23, 2018.