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Mogami River Boat Ride

The Mogami River is known as the mother river of Yamagata Prefecture, and the citizens of Yamagata feel a deep affection for it. It runs from North to South through the entire prefecture, and the natural scenery surrounding the river shifts beautifully with the changing seasons. Yamagata is truly blessed to have this river, which is also a vital natural resource.
The best way to experience the truly gorgeous Mogami River Valley for yourself is to take a trip on the Mogami River Boat. On this trip, the boatman will sing you a traditional river song, and you will be able to spend approximately an hour taking in all the sights as you make your way down the river. In addition to singing the traditional Mogami River Song in Japanese, your guide on the boat can also sing you a version in English, Chinese, or Korean upon request. You can also enjoy a meal on the boat if you make sure to RSVP for one in advance.
There is also an engaging optional tour available where you are able to disembark from the boat at two separate locations to explore the wild outdoors of the Mogami River Valley.

Mogami River Boat Ride

Mogami Valley Basho Line Boat Ride

  • Hours of Operation: 9:00—16:00
  • Fee (One-way):
 AdultChild
Standard Rate1,970 Yen990 Yen
Groups of 15 or More1,780 Yen900 Yen
  • Departure Times
    *Boats depart hourly.
    *Reservations are not required for the standard hourly departure times listed at the link above, but you can make reservations for a special departure time to suit the needs of a large group, for example.
  • Duration: Approximately 1 hour
    *The course of the ride and total travel time are subject to change depending on factors including the weather and the water level.
  • Returning to Your Car:
    (1) Bus: There is a 400 Yen bus that can take you from the final destination of the boat ride back to the boarding area.
    (2) Car Delivery Service: You car can be delivered to you when you reach the final destination of the boat ride for a fee of 2,500 Yen.
  • Access to the Mogami River Boat Ride Boarding Area
    Travel approximately 20 minutes on an Amarume bound train on the Rikuu West Line (Rikuu-Saisen) departing from JR Shinjo Station. Disembark at the JR Furukuchi Station and walk approximately 5 minutes.

  • Furukuchi Station Access Map 古口駅経路図
  • Contact Mogami Valley Basho Line Tourism for Reservations and More Information (Japanese)
    Address: 999-6401 Yamagata-ken, Mogami-gun, Tozawa-mura, Ooaza, Furukuchi 86-1
    Phone: +81-233-72-2001   Fax: +81-233-72-2003
    Official Web Site (Japanese)

Mogami River Yoshitsune Adventure Boat Ride

  • Hours of Operation: 9:00—17:00
  • Fee (Round Trip) *This course is a loop, so the starting and the ending point are the same.
 AdultChild
Standard Rate1,930 Yen970 Yen
Groups of 15 or More1,740 Yen870 Yen
  • Departure Times (Japanese)
    *It is possible to take the boat ride without making reservations.
    *Departs approximately once an hour
  • Duration: Approximately one hour
  • Returning to Your Car: This course is a loop, so the starting and ending point are the same. Thus, there is need to make arrangements to have your car delivered or take a bus after the trip.
  • Access to the Boarding Area:
    Approximately 30 minutes on an Amarume bound train on the Rikuu West Line (Rikuu-Saisen) departing from JR Shinjo Station. Disembark at the JR Takaya Station, and walk approximately 2 minutes.
  • Contact Mogami River Yoshitsune Boat Ride Tourism for Reservations and More Information (Japanese)
    Address: 999-6401 Yamagata-ken, Mogami-fun, Tozawa-mura, Kusanagi
    Phone: +81-234-57-2148   Fax: +81-234-57-2256
    Official Web Site (Japanese)
Mogami River Boat Ride

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[For More Information Contact]
(Japanese and English)
The Yamagata Tourism Information Center
Yamagata Prefecture, Yamagata City, Jonanmachi, 1-1-1, Kajo Central
Phone +81-23-647-2333   Fax +81-23-646-6333   E-mail info@yamagatakanko.com