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Regular routes of domestic cargo liners in west Japan are arranged from east to west, and from north to south in order. Also, major regular routes of international freight ferries (ROROs) are placed at the foot of this page.

Honshu

Fukuyama-Osaka
大阪海運(株)(Osaka Kaiun)
丸三海運(株)(Marusan Kaiun Co., Ltd.)
Tencho Maru (165gt)
Dai Maru (197gt)

Mizushima-Nagoya-Toyohashi-Kawasaki-Chiba (1,860km)
(株)フジトランスコーポレーション (Fujitrans Corporation)
Izumi Maru (4,439gt)
Tosei Maru (4,439gt)

Hiroshima-Chiba (960km)
マツダロジスティクス(株)(Mazda Logistics Co., Ltd./Malox)
Dai-ni Toyo Maru (Toyo Maru No.2) (4,898gt)
Dai-san Toyo Maru (Toyo Maru No.3) (3,990gt)

Hiroshima-Kobe-Osaka (282km)
マツダロジスティクス(株)(Mazda Logistics Co., Ltd./Malox)
Shoyo Maru (498gt)

Tokuyama Shimomatsu-Chiba
東ソー物流(株)(Tosoh Logistics Corporation)
Tosei (699gt)

Tokuyama-Iwakuni-Kawasaki-Funabashi-Chiba
山九(株)(Sankyu Inc.)
Dai-ichi Daiei Maru (Daiei Maru No.1) (499gt)

Hofu-Hiroshima-Kobe-Osaka
井本商運(株)(Imoto Lines, Ltd.)
Ashiya (749gt)
Shoyo Maru (498gt)
Ogi (3,240gt)
Nanshin Maru (499gt)

Tsuruga-Otake-Kobe
井本商運(株)(Imoto Lines, Ltd.)
Daikoku (749gt)

Shikoku-Honshu

Tadotsu-Takamatsu-Osaka
大阪海運(株)(Osaka Kaiun)
丸三海運(株)(Marusan Kaiun Co., Ltd.)
Tencho Maru (165gt)
Dai Maru (197gt)

Matsuyama-Niihama-Iyomishima-Kobe-Osaka
井本商運(株)(Imoto Lines, Ltd.)
Osaki Maru (499gt)
Kenzan Maru (499gt)

Imabari-Niihama-Osaka (291km)
東西海運(株)(Tozai Kaiun)
New Meigo (199gt)

Iyo Mishima-Mizushima-Kobe
(株)ユニエックス (Uni-X Corporation)
Kine Maru (750gt)

Matsuyama-Imabari-Osaka
(株)伊豫組 (Iyogumi)
Dai-ni Meigo Maru (Meigo Maru No.2) (199gt)
Dai-hachi Meigo Maru (Meigo Maru No.8) (299gt)
Hisayoshi Maru (202gt)

Tokuyama Shimomatsu-Otake-Matsuyama-Mizushima-Himeji-Kobe-Osaka-Tokushima
井本商運(株)(Imoto Lines, Ltd.)
Akashi (499gt)
Suma (749gt)
Takatori (499gt)
Kuniki (499gt)

Iyo Mishima-Uno-Osaka-Chiba
大王海運(株)(Daio Kaiun Co., Ltd.)
Dai-ichi Haru Maru (Haru Maru No.1) (7,751gt, RORO)
Dai-ni Haru Maru (Haru Maru No.2) (7,751gt, RORO)
Dai-san Haru Maru (Haru Maru No.3) (8,558gt, RORO)

Iyo Mishima-Mizushima-Kobe-Osaka
大王海運(株)(Daio Kaiun Co., Ltd.)
Dai-hachi Doei Maru (Doei Maru No.8) (498gt)

Kyushu-Honshu

Fukuoka (Hakata)-Uno-Tokyo
商船三井フェリー(株)(Shosen Mitsui Ferry/MOL Ferry Co., Ltd.)
日本通運(株)東京海運支店 (Nippon Express Tokyo Kaiun Branch)
日本海運(株)(Nippon Shipping Co., Ltd. )
Sunflower Hakata (10,567gt, RORO)
Himawari 6 (10,471gt, RORO)

Fukuoka (Hakata)-Matsuyama-Iwakuni-Tokyo
商船三井フェリー(株)(Shosen Mitsui Ferry/MOL Ferry Co., Ltd.)
日本通運(株)東京海運支店・松山支店 (Nippon Express Tokyo Kaiun Branch/Matsuyama Branch)
日本海運(株)(Nippon Shipping Co., Ltd. )
Sunflower Tokyo (10,503gt, RORO)
Himawari 5 (10,470gt, RORO)

Fukuoka (Hakata)-Osaka
東西海運(株)(Tozai Kaiun)
New Meigo (199gt)

Fukuoka (Hakata)-Kita Kyushu (Kokura)-Shimonoseki-Osaka (466.7km)
大阪海運(株)(Osaka Kaiun)
興国海運(株)(Kokoku Kaiun Co., Ltd.)
Dai-ni Meigo Maru (Meigo Maru No.2) (199gt)
Dai-hachi Meigo Maru (Meigo Maru No.8) (299gt)
Hisayoshi Maru (202gt)
Kosho Maru (190gt)

Fukuoka (Hakata)-Kita Kyushu (Kokura)-Shimonoseki-Osaka
大阪海運(株)(Osaka Kaiun)
Kosho Maru (199gt)
Dai-ni Meigo Maru (Meigo Maru No.2) (199gt)
Dai-hachi Meigo Maru (Meigo Maru No.8) (299gt)
Hisayoshi Maru (202gt)

Fukuoka (Hakata)-Kita Kyushu (Moji)-Kobe-Yokohama-Tokyo
井本商運(株)(Imoto Lines, Ltd.)
Natori (7,390gt)

Fukuoka (Hakata)/Kita Kyushu (Moji)/Oita/Hososhima/Shibushi/Satsuma Sendai/Yatsushiro-Kobe-Osaka
井本商運(株)(Imoto Lines, Ltd.)
Takasago (498gt)
Wakatake Maru (499gt)

Fukuoka (Hakata)/Kita Kyushu (Moji)/Kochi/Kobe/Nagoya
鈴与海運(株)(Suzuyo Marine Co., Ltd.)
Kiyoshio Maru (499gt)

Fukuoka (Hakata)-Kita Kyushu (Moji)-Oita-Ube-Kobe
鈴与海運(株)(Suzuyo Marine Co., Ltd.)
Kiyohama Maru (499gt)

Fukuoka (Hakata)-Ube-Kobe-Osaka (575km)
(株)ユニエックス (Uni-X Corporation)
Kiyohama Maru (499gt)

Kitakyushu (Moji)-Kobe-Osaka (448km)
(株)ユニエックス (Uni-X Corporation)
Dai-ichi Tetsuun Maru (Tetsuun Maru No.1) (499gt)

Kita Kyushu (Moji)-Matsuyama-Imabari-Tokushima-Takamatsu-Ube-Mitajiri Nakanoseki-Tokuyama-Iwakuni/Otake-Hiroshima-Fukuyama-Mizushima-Osaka-Kobe (575km)
西日本内航フィーダー(同)(Nishi Nippon Naiko Feeder)
Emerald (3,261gt)

Kita Kyushu (Shin Moji)-Nakatsu-Nagoya-Toyohashi-Sakaide-Tamashima-Kita Kyushu (Shin Moji)
(株)フジトランスコーポレーション (Fujitrans Corporation)
Izumi Maru (4,439gt)
Kinuura Maru (12,6914gt, RORO)

Shibushi-Aburatsu-Hososhima-Oita-Fukuoka (Hakata)-Kobe-Osaka
西日本内航フィーダー(同)(Nishi Nippon Naiko Feeder)
Masuhozan Maru (499gt)

Kita Kyushu(Hiakari)-Hitachinaka (1,217km)
川崎近海汽船(株)(Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd./"K" Line Kinkai)
Yuou Maru (9.348gt, RORO)

Kanda-Keihin (Tokyo/Yokohama)
北星海運(株)(Hokusei Kaiun, Co., Ltd.)
Nichio Maru (11,514gt, RORO)
Nissho Maru (7,073gt)
Nisshin Maru (11,483gt, RORO)

Kanda/Oita-Omaezaki-Tokyo
商船三井フェリー(株)(Shosen Mitsui Ferry/MOL Ferry Co., Ltd.)
Musashi Maru (13,927gt, RORO)
Miyako Maru (8,015gt, RORO)

Kanda-Kobe-Oppama (2,150km)
プリンス海運(株)(Prince Kaiun, Co., Ltd.)
(株)シーリンク (Sea Link Japan, Ltd.)
Phoenix (10,050gt, RORO)

Kanda-Kobe-Oppama (2,150km)
北星海運(株)(Hokusei Kaiun, Co., Ltd.)
Nichiryu Maru (10,329gt, RORO)

Oita-Osaka
大阪内航海運(株)(Osaka Naiko Kaiun)
Hisayoshi Maru (202gt)

Oita-Shimizu
川崎近海汽船(株)(Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd./"K" Line Kinkai)
北星海運(株)(Hokusei Kaiun, Co., Ltd.)
Hokuo Maru (11,492gt, RORO)

Miyazaki-Nakatsu-Hiroshima-Matsuyama-Sakaide-Amagasaki (756km)
興国海運(株)(Kokoku Kaiun Co., Ltd.)
Daihatsu Maru (3,206gt)
Daihatsu Maru 2 (3,202gt)
Daikou Maru 21 (1,848gt)

Miyazaki-Hososhima-Osaka
八興運輸(株)(Hakko Transportation)
大阪内航海運(株)(Osaka Naiko Kaiun)
鹿児島荷役海陸運輸(株)(Kaniyaku Co., Ltd.)
Hakko 21 (2,187gt, RORO)

Aburatsu-Hososhima-Tokyo
川崎近海汽船(株)(Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd./"K" Line Kinkai)
Nanoh Maru (9,869gt, RORO)

Shibushi-Fukuoka (Hakata)-Kita Kyushu (Moji)-Tokuyama-Kobe
鈴与海運(株)(Suzuyo Marine Co., Ltd.)
Dai-ichi Tetsuun Maru (Tetsuun Maru No.1) (499gt)

Kyushu-Isolate islands

Kagoshima-Tanehashima
共同フェリー運輸(株)(Kyodo Ferry)
Shin Tanegashima Maru (999gt, RORO)

Kagoshima-Tanegashima/Yakushima
Kagoshima-Amami islands
共同組海運(株)(Kyodougumi Kaiun)
Misaki (999gt, RORO)
Kyoramun (2,502gt, RORO)

Okinawa-Japan's mainland

Naha-Shibushi-Tokyo (1,745km)
マルエーフェリー(株)(Marue Ferry/A" Line)
Ryukyu Express 2 (10,758gt, RORO)
Ryukyu Express 3 (10,034gt, RORO)

Naha-Osaka-Tokyo
近海郵船(株) (Kinkai Yusen Kaisha, Ltd.)
琉球海運(株)(Ryukyu Kaiun/RKK Line Co., Ltd.)
Shurei II (11,687gt, RORO)
Shuri (9,813gt, RORO)
Wakanatsu (10,185gt, RORO)

Naha-Nagoya-Toyohashi-Kagoshima-Naha (3,080km)
(株)フジトランスコーポレーション (Fujitrans Corporation)
Fujiki (11,573gt, RORO)

Naha-Naze-Shibushi-Osaka-Kobe
マルエーフェリー(株)(Marue Ferry/A" Line)
Ryukyu Express 2 (10,758gt, RORO)

Naha-Osaka (1,230km)
丸三海運(株)(Marusan Kaiun Co., Ltd.)
Naha 2 (1,138gt)
Kaiho 2 (1,450gt)
Rinko Maru (499gt)

Naha-Osaka (1,230km)
大阪旭海運(株)(Osaka Asahi Kaiun)
Dai-juichi Asahi Maru (Asahi Maru No.11)(499gt)
Dai-jugo Asahi Maru (Asahi Maru No.15) (499gt)

Naha-Fukuoka (Hakata)/Osaka
南日本汽船(株)(Minami Nippon Kisen/MKK Line Co., Ltd.)
Urizun (1,599gt, RORO)
Ryusei (1,134gt)

Naha-Kagoshima-Osaka
鹿児島荷役海陸運輸(株)(Kaniyaku Co., Ltd.)
Urizun 21 (4,281gt, RORO CON)

Naha-Kure-Iyo Mishima-Tamashima-Takamatsu-Niihama-Naha
南日本汽船(株)(Minami Nippon Kisen/MKK Line Co., Ltd.)
Ryunan III (640gt)

Naha-Fukuoka (Hakata)-Kita Kyushu (Kokura)
南日本汽船(株)(Minami Nippon Kisen/MKK Line Co., Ltd.)
Ryunan II (499gt)

Naha-Fukuoka (Hakata) (948km)
琉球海運(株)(Ryukyu Kaiun/RKK Line Co., Ltd.)
Churashima (9,483gt, RORO)
Miyarabi II (10,184gt, RORO)
Niraikanai (5,724gt, RORO)
Kariyushi (9,943gt, RORO)
丸三海運(株)(Marusan Kaiun Co., Ltd.)
Yui Maru (499gt)
Miikaji (749gt)
南日本汽船(株)(Minami Nippon Kisen/MKK Line Co., Ltd.)
Ryunan (749gt)

Naha-Kagoshima
琉球海運(株)(Ryukyu Kaiun/RKK Line Co., Ltd.)
Miyarabi II (10,184gt, RORO)
Niraikanai (5,724gt, RORO)
Kariyushi (9,943gt, RORO)

Naha-Unten-Kagoshima
南日本汽船(株)(Minami Nippon Kisen/MKK Line Co., Ltd.)
Ryuzan Maru (498gt)

Okinawa-isolate islands

Naha-Miyakojima-Ishigakijima-Kaohsiung, Taiwan
琉球海運(株)(Ryukyu Kaiun/RKK Line Co., Ltd.)
Churashima (9,483gt, RORO)
Niraikanai (5,724gt, RORO)
Miyarabi II (10,189gt, RORO)
Kariyushi (9,943gt, RORO)

Russia-Japan

Vladivostok-Otaru-Toyama
Navis Shipping LLC
あけぼの(有)(Akebono)
日本通運(株)小樽支店 (Nippon Express Otaru Branch)
Astongate (4,998gt, RORO)
Citeca (4,998gt, RORO)

South Korea-Japan

Busan-Masan-Tsuruga-Kanazawa
Busan-Masan/Sokudo-Osaka/Tokyo
(株)サンスター・ライン (Sunstar Line Co., Ltd.)
Panstar Co., Ltd.
Sunstar Dream (ex-Miyarabi, 5,319gt, RORO)
Starlink Hope (1,596gt, RORO)
Starlink One (7,097gt, RORO)

China-Japan

Suzhou-Shimonoseki
蘇州下関フェリー(株)(Suzhou Shimonoseki Ferry Co., Ltd.)
Utopia IV (ex-New Akatsuki, 14,250gt, RORO)

Taiwan-Japan

Kaohsiung-Ishigakijima-Miyakojima-Naha
琉球海運(株)(Ryukyu Kaiun/RKK Line Co., Ltd.)
Miyarabi II (10,189gt, RORO)

Information

The Hakko 21 of Hakko Unyu or Hakko Transportation, which operates the Miyazaki-Hososhima-Osaka route treates up to 12 foot passengers.

Shosen Mitsui Ferry (MOL Ferry)'s Musashi Maru and Miyako Maru ceased to call at Oppama from May 2014.

RKK Lines' Churashima entered service on the Naha-Hakata route & the Naha-Miyakojima-Ishigakijima route on April 28, 2014.

Shanghai Shimonoseki Ferry Co., Ltd. changed in trade name to 'Suzhou Shimonoseki Ferry Co., Ltd.' in August 2014.

Marue Ferry (A Line)'s ro-ro vessel, Ryukyu Express 2 (10,758gt) took the water at Yamanishi's shipyard in Ishinomaki on August 28, 2014. She was delivered in December 2014, and entered service on the Tokyo-Shibushi-Naha, Okinawa island route.

In April 2015, Imoto Lines opened the Tsuruga-Otake-Kobe route.

On June 2, 2015, the Dai-san Haru Maru (Haru Maru No.3), a 8,500gt RORO vessel for Toyama-based Oshima Butsuryu took the water at Naikai Zosen Setoda shipyard.

Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen ("K" Line Kinkai) will open a Shimizu-Oita route (762km) for RORO vessels in October 2016.

On September 1, 2015, Amami-based Marue Ferry (A" Line)'s Ryukyu Express 3 (10,034gt, RORO vessel) took the water at Yamanishi Corp. in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, She will replace the Takachiho (3,891gt, 1990), and enter service on the Tokyo-Shibushi-Naha (Okinawa) route (1,745km) with her sister, Ryukyu Express 2 (10,758gt, 2014) in December 2015.

On December 3, 2015, Marue Ferry (A" Line)'s RORO vessel, Ryukyu Express 3 (10,034gt) entered service on the Tokyo-Shibushi-Naha route. The Takachiho was replaced.

Shangahi Super Express will be out of service at the end of 2015, and will go into liquidation at the end of March, 2016.

In December 2015, Imoto Lines' 540TEU domestic container ship, Natori(7,390gt)was completed. The Natori was built at Kyokuyo Shipyard Corp., and is an eco-ship with a unique bulbous bow bridge. She is due to enter service on the Tokyo/Yokohama-Kobe-Moji-Hakata-Kobe-Tokyo/Yokohama route.

On February 25, 2016, the Toyo Maru No.3, a domestic car carrier for Santokusenpaku Co., Ltd. was completed at Naikai Zosen Corporation. Mazda Logistics Co., Ltd. will operate her on the Hiroshima-Chiba route.

The Fuou Maru, a RORO vessel for "K" Line Kinkai (Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen) took the water at Naikai Zosen Innoshima shipyard on May 20, 2016. She is expected to be completed in September 2016.

Suzhou Shimonoseki Ferry's "Utopia 2 (ex-New Shirayuri)", which has been laid up at Aioi since October 2009 was renamed "Top", and went to Hong Kong in June 2016.

On June 16, 2016, Ryukyu Kaiun (RKK Line) announced that it will build 2 RORO vessels (11,900gt). The Niraikanai and the Shurei will be replaced in 2017.

On June 24, 2016, Naha-based Ryukyu Kaiun (RKK Line) began so-called "seamless logistics" between Okinawa and Kaohsiung (Taiwan) with its ro-ro vessel, Miyarabi II.

The Hokuo Maru (11,492gt) will enter service on the Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen's Shimizu-Oita route which will open in October 2016.

On May 11, 2017, A Line (Marue Ferry)'s RORO vessel, "Ryukyu Express 5" (10,000gt) took the water at Yamanishi (Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture). She will enter service on the Naha-Shibushi-Tokyo route on October 12, 2017,

From July 24, 2017, Aeon and Sapporo Holdings will use K Line Kinkai's RORO vessel, Hokuo Maru on the Shimizu-Oita route twice a week on a conjoint basis.

On July 25, 2017, the Niraikanai II (about 11,900gt/7,600dw), a RORO vessel for Naha-based Ryukyu Kaiun (RKK Line) took the water at Saiki Heavy Industries in Saiki, Oita prefecture. She is set to enter service on the Naha (Okinawa)-Osaka-Tokyo route with her sister, Shurei II, which took the water in May 2017.

On August 14, 2017, Ryukyu Kaiun (RKK Line)'s RORO vessel, "Shurei II" (11,687gt, LOA: 182m, Beam: 26m, Truck: 177, Car: 290) entered service on the Naha-Osaka-Tokyo route. Her sister, "Niraikanai II" is set to enter service in November 2017.

Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen ("K" Line Kinkai) will operate the Hokuo Maru and the Yuou Maru on the Oita-Shimizu-Hitachinaka route, and quit calling at Kita Kyushu (Hiakari) from March 2018.

Shimonoseki-based Suzhou Shimonoseki Ferry will build a new RORO vessel at Kanda Shipbuilding and launch her on the Shimonoseki-Suzhou (China) route at the end of January, 2019, The Utopia IV (ex-New Akatsuki, 14,250gt) will be replaced.

On November 14, 2017, Ryukyu Kaiun (RKK Line)'s RORO vessel, "Niraikanai II" (11,687gt, LOA: 182m, Beam: 26m, Truck: 177, Car: 290) entered service on the Naha-Osaka-Tokyo route. She is a sister ship of the Shurei II.