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Jul 16, 2015 - Step Inside Peace Boat for a Day!
Peace Boat's chartered ship, the Ocean Dream, has modern amenities and a capacity for approximately 1,400 passengers
If you have ever wondered how it would feel to embark on a fully equipped passenger ship sailing to promote a culture of peace around the world, now is your chance at the Open Ship events Peace Boat will hold this summer in various cities in Japan. During these events, Peace Boat will welcome visitors onboard to learn more about Peace Boat's projects, upcoming voyages and the countries that we will visit in 2015 and 2016.

Visitors are welcome to view the cabins and facilities onboard our chartered ship, the Ocean Dream, which has a capacity of 1,422 people and includes features such as lecture halls, sports areas, language classrooms, and various event spaces. By utilizing these public spaces and facilities onboard the ship and encouraging the interests and talents of staff and participants alike, Peace Boat creates a unique environment in which people can live and learn together while undertaking socially responsible travel to some of the most fascinating regions on earth.

On average, between 700 and 1,000 participants of various ages and backgrounds join each of the three to four voyages taking place every year. Most participants are from Japan, but people of all nationalities are welcome to join our global voyages. Each voyage calls at approximately 20 countries around the world over three months and offers participants unique chances for learning, cultural exchange, social service and global community building.

Our Open Ship events are open to the general public, but require pre-registration. See below for more details:


During Peace Boat voyages, onboard lectures, workshops and talk sessions introduce participants to the regions visited and other issues of global significance.
Kobe Open Ship

Venue: Kobe Port Terminal
From Sannomiya Station, take the Port Liner to Kobe Port Terminal station.

Dates & Visiting Hours:
July 28-29, 2015 (Weds & Thurs) 09:30-14:00 (enter by 12:30) and 13:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00).
Entrance fee: 500 yen

Registration deadline:
July 17, 2015 (Fri) - 18:00




Youth and students from various countries are invited onboard as part of Peace Boat's International Student's programmes, which promote peace education.
Hiroshima Open Ship

Venue: Hiroshima Port Ujina Gaibou Futou Information Center
10 minute ride on the free shuttle from the Hiroshima Port Ujina Passenger Terminal, or 15 minute walk from the Kaigandori Train Station

Dates & Visiting Hours:
July 31, 2015 (Fri) 09:30-14:00 (enter by 12:30) and 13:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00).
Entrance fee: 500 yen

Registration deadline:
July 23, 2015 (Thurs) - 18:00



Peace Boat take people of all different walks of life to some of the farthest corners of the world.
Hakata Open Ship

Venue: Hakata Port International Terminal 3F
Bus: From Tenjin Soraria Stage Mae (2A) or Tenjinkita (3) take the #88 bus, or from the Hakata Station Center Bldg Bus Stop take the #80 bus. Both buses end at the Hakata Port International Terminal. The Peace Boat will be docked at the Hakozaki Pier, to which a free shuttle will take you in about 15 minutes from the Hakata Port International Terminal.

Dates & Visiting Hours:
August 12, 2015 (Weds) 09:30-14:00 (enter by 12:30) and 13:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00).
Entrance fee: 500 yen

Registration deadline:
August 4, 2015 (Tues) - 18:00

Peace Boat's "Peace Ball" project collects sporting items in Japan and delivers them to communities in need around the world.

Nagoya Open Ship

Venue: Nagoya Port Terminal
6 minute walk from Exit 3 of Nagoya Port Station (Meiko Line).

Dates & Visiting Hours:
August 14, 2015 (Fri) 09:30-14:00 (enter by 12:30) and 13:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00).
Entrance fee: Free

Registration deadline:
August 6, 2015 (Thurs) - 18:00


Shimizu Open Ship

Venue: Shimizu Marine Terminal
From Shimizu Station West Exit, from the #3 Bus Stop take the Miho Yamanote Line to the Hatoba Verkehr Museum, and walk for about 6 minutes.
Dates & Visiting Hours:
August 15, 2015 (Sat) 09:30-14:00 (enter by 12:30) and 13:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00).
Entrance fee: 500 yen

Registration deadline:
August 6, 2015 (Thurs) - 18:00



Yokohama Open Ship

Venue: Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal
10 minute walk from Nihon-Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line.

Dates & Visiting Hours:
August 16, 2015 (Sun) 09:30-14:00 (enter by 12:30) and 13:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00).
August 17, 2015 (Mon)09:30-14:00 (enter by 12:30) and 13:00-17:00 (enter by 16:00).
Entrance fee: 500 yen

During the Yokohama Open Ship, Peace Boat's Global Festival for Culture & Tourism will be held, with information booths from embassies and tourism agencies from some of the countries Peace Boat will visit in the upcoming year.

Registration deadline:
August 6, 2015 (Thurs) - 18:00

Music and arts have an important role in peace making and bringing people together, and are important part of a Peace Boat voyage. Here, Peter Yarrow, one-third of Peter, Paul & Mary, sings together with participants.
Voyage Orientations in Otaru and Nagasaki

Special orientations in Japanese will be held in Otaru (August 6, 2015) and Nagasaki (August 9, 2015). Please contact participate(a)peaceboat.gr.jp by July 29, 2015 if you are interested in attending.


How to register
Registration can be done online in Japanese from here.

To register in English, please e-mail the following information to participate(a)peaceboat.gr.jp:
* Full name
* Contact e-mail address
* Contact telephone number
* Age and gender
* Postal address (We will post your admittance postcard to this address. Please bring this postcard with you to the port.)
The above information must be provided for each individual, even if registering as a group.
Please also let us know if you are interested in joining any of our future voyages either as a participant or as a volunteer.

Please note that a guided tour of the ship in English may not be available, but you are welcome to explore the ship on your own. Beverages will be available for purchase on the ship, but food will not be sold or provided during the event. For more information about our Open Ship event, please contact participate(a)peaceboat.gr.jp.
See you onboard!!

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