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Sotomo Cruise

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The Sotomo Gate is made up of bizarrely shaped rocks, cave entrances, and caves, formed by the raging waves of the Sea of Japan. The cruise that takes you to enjoy this six-kilometer, naturally formed work of art, is exhilarating and breathtaking. This site was chosen by CNN in 2017 as one of Japan’s 34 most beautiful places.

More Information about Sotomo Cruise

Street address

1-3-2 Kawasaki, Obama City, Fukui Prefecture (Wakasa Fisherman's Wharf)


  • Around 20 minutes walk from JR Obama Station

Opening Hours

Five cruises a day:
1st cruise: departs 9:30
2nd cruise: departs 11:00
3rd cruise: departs 12:30
4th cruise: departs 14:00
5th cruise: departs 15:30


from December through to February



Best season

Mar., Apr., May, Jun., Jul., Aug., Sep., Oct., Nov.


*It is possible to bring your pet on the cruise, so long as the following conditions are met:
•Small dog (roughly less than 10kg)
•It can stay in a full body cage or basket
•It does not bark at other passengers


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