Mt. Zao

Abukuma Riverboat Cruise

阿武隈ライン舟下り 乗船場 | Abukuma Line Boat Pier

Scenic getaway for every season

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

  • Roger Smith

    Writer & Inaugural editor

    Last Update
    October 16, 2023


  • The Abukuma River winds through the south of Miyagi Prefecture. Once used to transport rice and stone, today the river is popular for fishing and sightseeing. The Abukuma riverboats are sturdy, wide motorboats that take visitors past old bridges, forested hillsides, and even a geyser on their scenic river loop. The riverboat cruise is offered year round, a relaxing way to take in the transient beauty of every season.

    The boat ride varies by season. Spring (April through June) highlights the flowers of Marumori, including cherry blossoms and offers a bento box option on lunchtime cruises. Summer (July through August) is a great time to cool off with a river cruise. In autumn (September through November), lunchtime departures feature the Tohoku specialty imoni, a taro and meat stew popular in Tohoku in the fall. Winter (December through March) has kotatsu boats where you stay warm under heated tables and also nabe hot pots.

    This peaceful riverboat ride is a great way to experience the natural beauty of southern Miyagi. When I went in early November, our boat passed by ducks and birds feeding in the river. The highlight for me was seeing the salmon who had swum upstream to spawn in a shallow area. We could easily see their dark bodies against the sandy river bed as they pushed against the current.


  • Mt. Zao


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12 Shimotaki, Marumori-machi, Igu-gun, Miyagi-ken


20-minute walk or about 2 kilometers by rental cycle from Marumori Station (Abukuma Express Line)


Adults: ¥2,500, children ¥1,300, children younger than elementary-school age free*
*with purchase of adult ticket. Limit 1 free child entry per adult.


Limited English


9:45 / 11:30 / 13:30 / 15:20


Required only for cruises accompanied by food. Reservations for springtime bento box cruises can be made for 1 person and up. Fall imoni reservations require a 3-person minimum. Winter nabe reservations require a 2–3 person minimum (varies by nabe).


Monday (if Monday falls on a national holiday, it will close the following workday instead.)



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