This boat cruise is now out of service. There are no plans to resume its operation.
Tenryu River Boat Tour is a 50-minute ride on a small boat from Funagira dam to Futamata which runs from late March to the end of November. The ticket 2,300 yen for adult and 1,150 yen for children 12 years or under is sold at Tenryu Futamata station. There is a free-of-charge bus to the start of the cruise from the Tenryu Futamata station of Tenryu Hamanako Line.
#Boat tour is temporarily out of service due to the boat accident that took two lives and still three are missing.
This temple is best known by the history buff as the place where Nobuyasu Tokugawa the eldest son of Iyeyasu Tokugawa was buried in a mausoleum. It also has a Ido Yagura of Futamata castle said to have been used to house a well.
Uchiyama Matatsu is one of the deciples of Kamono Mabuchi. Uchiyama focused his study on collecting folklore records and legends in Enshu area. Also he is the regional leader of Kokugaku School then led by Kamono Mabuchi. The museum exhibiting Matatsu's writings and related texts also shows the good old house of Enshu area as well as agricultural tools used in 18th and 19th century.
From JR Hamamatsu station: Enshu Tetsdo Nishikajima Line, Shinhamamatsu Station---Nishikashima change trains to Tenryu-Hamanako Line ---Tenryu-Futamata ...About 30 minutes.
**From JR Hamamatsu to Shinhamamatsu Station: Walk toward the north exit and turn left at the signboard. Go through the nearby building and walk until you find the elevated station. You can buy tickets in English as the photos show.
Getting to Futamata though Kakegawa is for tourists who come from Tokyo, Hakone, Fuji Five Lake Areas. In JR Kakegawa station, where KODAMA Shinkansen stops, there is a train line called TENRYU-HAMANAKO line. This train line is very slow but the views from the train is nice. Then get off at TENRYU-FUTAMATA station. Tenryu-Futamata station is manned so hand the ticket to the station clerk at the station when you get off.
From the places, Toyohashi, Okazaki, Nagoya and western areas from Nagoya including Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, first you have to reach Toyohashi by whatever means to change to local JR trains. Find a train bound either for HAMAMATSU, KAKEGAWA, SHIZUOKA, OKITSU, ATAMI then take the train to get off the second station from Toyohashi, Shinjohara where the TENRYU HAMANAKO LINE joins. After changing trains get off at TENRYU-FUTAMATA station. Then start walking.