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Welcome to Wasen tomo no kai

Welcome to “Wasen”  (Free Boat Ride)
Japanese Traditional Wooden Boat Association

Our association was founded with the assistance of Koto city in 1995. The purpose of our association is to preserve the "Wasen" Japanese traditional wooden boats as cultural heritage , and to inherit the rowing techniques. We are located at Yokojukkengawa Shinsui Park.
       Last updated (May 26,2024)  

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This article is published with permission from the passengers on board.
 Operation
 status
The next boarding date is Wednesday, May 29th.
Reception times are 10:00-14:15

・Our activities may be canceled due to the weather on the day. Please check the latest operation status before visiting.
    *Updated schedule 2024-2025 (Click here)

お知らせInformation  



How to board a boat

Please come at the reception time (10:00
AM-2
:15PM)
on the operation day. It will be canceled on rainy days.

When and where can you ride


Click here for schedule and boarding location



Cherry blossom festival


It is held in Monzen Nakacho from March to April every year. (YouTube video) (Koto Wide Square) (2024 official version


Purpose of our activity


It inherits the tradition of Japan's unique wooden boats.(click here)

新着情報news

May 26,2024
Today's boarding experience was filled with beautiful fresh greenery, and the scenery resembled an ukiyo-e print.(Click here)
April 23,2024
The video of the Wasune Tomo-no-kai introduced in Ario Kitasuna has been released on YouTube.(Click here)
April 15,2024
April 14, 2024 (Sunday) The boat used in the Edo Fukagawa Cherry Blossom Festival sailed to the Yokojukken River.(Click here)
April 7,2024
The Edo Fukagawa Sakura Festival has ended today.(Click here)
April 5,2024
Cherry blossom viewing on a Japanese boat was introduced on Nippon Television's program "ZIP".(photo)
March 28,2024
Except during the Sakura Festival period, advance reservations are required when boarding in groups of 10 or more at regular activity locations. Reservations are not required when boarding with a small group of less than 10 people.
Click here for the application form.
March 24,2024
Japanese boat rides have begun at the "Edo Fukagawa Sakura Festival."(Click here)
March 20,2024
Although the cherry blossoms are not yet in bloom, Japanese boat rides have started for the 20th Edo Fukagawa Cherry Blossom Festival.(Click here)
March16,2024
Five Japanese boats sailed to Kurofune Pier in Monzennakacho to participate in the "Edo Fukagawa Cherry Blossom Festival" starting March 20th. (Click here) Click here for the Sakura Festival pamphlet
March6,2024
Due to rainy weather on that day, general boat handling activities were canceled, but there was work to clean up after the painting work in the workshop, and boatmen were invited to participate. It is now neatly organized, cleaner and easier to use.(Photos)
February 21,2024
Today, there was a "Let's ride a nostalgic Japanese boat!" ceremony at Ario Kitasuna, with photo exhibitions and video streaming. (Click here for video)
January 22,2024
The safety prayer and first rowing on January 7, 2024 were featured on Koto Ward's public relations program "Koto Wide Square." (Click here)
January 14,2024
January 14, 2024 (Sunday) Lion dance performance at Kagami Biraki! (Click here)
January 7,2024
To celebrate the new year, we prayed for the safety of Japanese boats.(Click here)
December 27,2023
We prepared for the new year. We look forward to welcoming many passengers next year as well.(Click here)
December 17,2023
December 17th (Sunday) was the last sailing day of the year. It took about 2 hours to maneuver the boat, but about 45 passengers enjoyed it. At the beginning of the activity, all the boats were washed with seawater to prepare for the new year. In the new year, we plan to hold a prayer for safety from around 9am on January 7th. General boarding begins around 10:30.(photo)
December 5,2023
We painted the bottom of "Doreen".(Photo here)
October 22,2023
Painting work on the "Umisuna" bridge has begun, and the width of traffic under the bridge has been halved. We operate the boat with safety in mind, but we ask for your cooperation in ensuring safety while on board.(Photo here)
October 7,2023
Periodic repair in the “Kawasemi” workshop II(Click here)
September 30 ,2023
Regular repairs of Japanese ships begin in the workshop.(Click here)
September 26 ,2023
The first regular repairs of this season will begin.(Click here)
September 24 ,2023
It's starting to feel a little like autumn, and many passengers have come on board.(Click here)
August 20 ,2023
Challenge the oar rowing experience without losing to the heat wave(Click here)In the afternoon, safety training for members was held.(Click here)
August 14 ,2023
"DIVE IN TOKYO" NHK WORLD JAPAN, interviewed in July Just completed.
It will be available for one year from 8/16.
"https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/diveintokyo/20230816/2102009/"
Enjoy!(Click here)
July 23 ,2023
We were able to operate as usual today as the heatstroke warning was at an active level. A lot of children came to the summer vacation children experience class.(photo here)
June 25 ,2023
Today is a sunny day in the rainy season. It was a pleasant day on the ship.
Unfortunately, the rowing experience was canceled today because there was a heat stroke severe warning alert.(Click here)
June 9 ,2023
The article about "Wasen Tomo no Kai" that was published in the Yomiuri Shimbun's metropolitan area edition on June 4th is now available online. However, the article is in Japanese.(Click here)
June 4th ,2023
Our activities were introduced in the morning edition of the Yomiuri Shimbun (metropolitan area edition) on June 4th.
May 28th ,2023
Today was a windy day. However, many passengers came. (here)
May 4th ,2023
Yesterday (5/3), we were interviewed for TV Tokyo's program "Haunting! Ad Town Heaven".
From 9:00 pm on Saturday, May 20th, it will be broadcast in ~Toyocho~.
April 24 ,2023
The content aired on Koto Ward public relations program Wide Square has been released on the official channel of Koto Ward. "This is the first time for the rookie boatmen to row a Japanese-style boat at the Sakura Festival." (here)
April 23 ,2023
Today was the perfect day to board a Japanese-style boat, and many foreign passengers came to experience boarding and oar rowing.(Click here)
April 19 ,2023
There was an interview for the French TV program "ASIE INSOLITE".
April 15 ,2023
We were featured in Koto Ward's PR program, "Koto Wide Square".
(Title) "I tried rowing at the Sakura Festival"
~ Members of the Wasen Tomo-no-kai, who are participating in the experience of boarding a Japanese-style boat.
  From the new member's boating practice to the gala occasion, we will closely follow them. ~
(Broadcast date/time) 4/16 (Sun)-22 (Sat) Every day: 9:00, noon, 15:00, 19:00
April 14 ,2023
A digest version video of the Edo Fukagawa Sakura Festival has been released on YouTube.(Click here)
April 12 ,2023
Sailing Japanese-style boats along the Oyoko River to the Yokojukken River (Click here)
April 2 ,2023
Today is the last day of this year's Sakura Festival. The cherry blossom petals that started to fall were so beautiful.(Click here)
March 26 ,2023
Due to the rain, the Japanese boat service has been canceled today.For details, please refer to the official website of the tourism association. (Click here)
March 21 ,2023
We enjoyed cherry blossoms on a Japanese boat.(Click here)
March 15 ,2023
We sailed on Japanese boats to participate in the cherry blossom festival. The first boat arriving at Kurofune Pier has been published on YouTube.(Click here)
March 14 ,2023
Koto Ward's public relations program, which was broadcast on Koto Wide Square,
"I'll try Masumi -I'll try to ride a Japanese boat-"
(February 26, 2023) – YouTube (Click here)
March 12 ,2023
For the Edo Fukagawa Cherry Blossom Festival, 5 Japanese boats sailed to Kurofune Pier.(Click here)
February 26 ,2023
Town magazine "Fukagawa" published a feature article about Wasen Tomo no Kai. These articles are in Japanese.(Article)
February 13 ,2023
On February 9th, the Yomiuri Shimbun published an introductory article about our association. However, the article is in Japanese. (Article)
February 12 ,2023
This month (February 2023), we will introduce three people who have passed the certification exam and have become new boatmen. From the left in the photo, Mr. Mikio Unehara, Mr. Kazuhiro Ito, and Mr. Shinichi Takeda, I look forward to their great success in the future.(Photo)
February 5 ,2023
Mr. Mikio Unehara, who passed the boatman certification exam last week, was awarded a certificate of boatman. We look forward to his future success.(Photo)
January 29 ,2023
Two new boatmen were born today. In the afternoon, there was a boatman's certification exam and they passed it.Details will be announced later. At the end of the ceremony,the vice-president presented a hand-made paddle and "Ro" model.
Further special training continues for the Sakura Festival. (Photo)
January 23 ,2023
A special feature on Koto Wide Square, a Koto Ward publicity program broadcast last July
"Traditional technology to the future - Japanese boats in Koto Ward" Part 2
"~Traditional technology to the future~ Revived Japanese boats".
Please take a look.
[Feature] -Traditional technology for the future- Reviving Japanese boats|Koto Ward (koto.lg.jp)
https://www.city.koto.lg.jp/011501/kmovie/wide-square/20230115wasen.html
January 22 ,2023
We made it for practice by resembling the bit for mooring at Kurofune Pier.
We are all practicing assuming that the cherry blossom festival will be held. (Photo)
January 22 ,2023
We had about 60 people on board today. The photo is Mr. Tatsuya Suzuki,
head of the Fukagawa branch of the Koto Ward Tourist Association.
(Posted with customer's permission.)(Photo)
January 16 ,2023
This is the broadcast date of the Nippon Television program, which was interviewed on January 8th.
※Saturday, January 28, 22:54-23:00 "Michigatari"
January 15 ,2023
In preparation for the cherry blossom festival (Click here)
January 9 ,2023
I took a commemorative photo after the annual New Year's Safety Prayer Ceremony.(Click here)
January 8 ,2023
We would like to introduce Paul Lacke (left photo) and Seiya Jinguji (right photo), who passed the boatman's certification exam on December 18th last year and made their boatman debut today. We look forward to working with you both.(Click here)
January 8 ,2023
Today is the beginning of the year for us.(Click here)

Japanese Traditional Wooden Boat Association

Explanation of terms
"Ro" is a long stick-shaped thing behind the boat that creates propulsion.
A tool that pushes and pulls a Japanese wooden boat