Advice on how to buy Ogasawara Maru tickets.
The Ogasawaramaru ferry only leaves Tokyo once a week, and has a carrying capacity of about 800 passengers. The trip from the Takeshiba pier in Tokyo to Chichijima in Ogasawara is about 25 hours long. Check out the Ogasawara Tourist Village Association website for more information about what to expect on the islands and how to navigate Takeshiba pier.
You can either buy them on the phone or at the ferry office at the Tokyo Takeshiba harbor. Detailed instructions on how to buy tickets are outlined on the ferry website: click here for information.
Tickets are sold up to three months before boarding.
It is really important that you check the departure and arrival dates of the Ogasawara Kaiun, as the ship can get delayed according to the weather and tides.
There are 3 ways to get tickets.
①You go directly to the tickets counter at the Takeshiba harbor in Tokyo.
During the holiday seasons (especially New Years, Golden Week, and Obon) there can be really long lines and the wait can last hours. During the low season you can buy tickets on the day you board.
②You can buy ferry tickets from the tourist company “National Land”. If you email them in English they can give you instructions on how to reserve tickets. They charge a fee but this is an easy way for foreigners to obtain tickets.
National Land representatives can communicate in both English & Spanish.
Acepta unas preguntas en español tambièn.
③There are ticket machines selling Ogasawaramaru tickets in convenience stores in Japan.
As soon as tickets for the desired date of boarding begins, head to these machines at 9 am and try to get tickets. Even if you are unable to obtain tickets, try again over a period of many days afterward.
Forewarning: competition for buying tickets is really high during these times: New Years holiday, Golden Week (end of April- beginning of May), August, and March. During other season it is easy to buy tickets at the Tokyo Takeshiba harbor.