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Oct 11, 2013 - 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 a fully equipped passenger ship sailing to promote a culture of peace around the world, get a taste of the experience at the Open Ship event Peace Boat will hold this November at different locations in Japan (Osaka, Nagoya, Shimizu, Yokohama, Chiba and Tokyo). During these events, Peace Boat will welcome visitors to step onboard its ship to learn more about Peace Boat's projects, upcoming voyages and the countries that we will visit in 2014 and 2015.

Visitors are also welcome to view the cabins and facilities onboard our chartered ship, the Ocean Dream, which has a capacity for 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 we organize 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 free and open to the general public. See below for more details:


Voyages give participants the opportunity to positively interact onboard with various people from around the world--from renowned experts to young people such as those from Venezuela's award-winning music education program, "El Sistema."
Osaka Open Ship

Venue: Tempozan Passenger Terminal
(5 minutes from the Osaka Port (Osaka Minato) Station on the Metro Chuo Line)
Dates & Visiting Hours:
November 13th, 2013 (Wednesday) - 9:30-16:00
Registration deadline:
November 1st (Friday) - 12:00



Cultural events onboard, ranging from Latin dance nights to Japanese summer festivals, bring participants from all ages together to learn, experience and embrace the many cultures met while traveling around the world.
Nagoya Open Ship

Venue: Nagoya Port Building
(6 minutes from the Nagoya Port Station on the Meiko subway Line)
Dates & Visiting Hours:
November 15th, 2013 (Friday) - 9:30-16:00
Registration deadline:
November 6th (Wednesday) - 12:00



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

Venue: Shimizu Marine Terminal

Dates & Visiting Hours:
November 16th, 2013 (Saturday) - 9:30-16:00
Registration deadline:
November 6th (Wednesday) - 12:00



Peace Boat's Hibakusha Project brings survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs around the world to share their testimonies and make a call for a nuclear free world. In this picture participants partake in a Peace Ceremony commemorating the victims of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Yokohama Open Ship

Venue: Yokohama Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal
(10 minutes from the Nihonodori Station on the Minato Mirai Line)
Dates & Visiting Hours:
November 17th, 2013 (Sunday) - 9:30-16:00
Registration deadline:
November 7th (Thursday) - 12:00



German and Iranian students meet onboard Peace Boat's 30th anniversary voyage. Youth and students from various countries are invited onboard as part of Peace Boat's International Student's programmes which promote peace education and focus on different issues including conflict prevention, sustainability and social justice.
Chiba Open Ship

Venue: Chiba Port Tower
(12 minutes walk or 3 minutes free shuttle bus ride from the Chiba Port (Chiba Minato) Station on the Chiba Monorail Line)
Dates & Visiting Hours:
November 18th, 2013 (Monday) - 9:30-16:00
Registration deadline:
November 7th (Thursday) - 12:00



Onboard lectures, workshops and talk sessions introduce participants to the regions visited and other issues of global significance.
Tokyo Open Ship

Venue: Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal
(30 minutes bus ride from Tokyo Station's Marunouchi Bus Station; 15 minutes bus ride from Katsudoki Station on the Oedo subway Line)
Dates & Visiting Hours:
November 19th, 2013 (Tuesday) - 9:30-16:00
Registration deadline:
November 7th (Thursday) - 12:00



Relaxing is also a very important part of a peace voyage. Spending time under the sun, surrounded by a vast and borderless ocean, inspires many to reflect and connect with nature and the world.
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)
Please also let us know if you are interested in joining any of our future voyages either as a participant or as a volunteer.
The above information must be provided for each individual, even if registering as a group.

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.
We hope to welcome you onboard soon!

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