Ferry Sunflower
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  • Stephanus S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good vessel and profesional staffs
    Another way to travel from Kyushu to Honshu. We board the ferry from Beppu. Nice decoration, boarding experience was very good and fast. Although room size not so spacious but its enough. Buffet dinner also good with variety of dishes, breakfast was very early and only had 45 minutes window from 05.20 - 06.15 something. I was staying in deluxe room which is very good and the bath room was better then standard room. Wifi somehow troublesome, get yourself ready to rest not playing internet.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 January 2024
  • Megan R
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A clean and comfortable way to travel
    We travelled from Beppu to Osaka on the Sunflower ferry. A couple of tips for travelers: 1. There are lockers at Beppu ferry terminal so if you have to leave your hotel early, take a taxi there, leave your bags, and explore the town until it’s time to check in for your trip 2. The loud speaker announcement are only in Japanese so make sure to have a conversation translation app ready so you can understand the onboard announcements. The accommodations were clean and comfortable (we had a private suite) and they provided ice, bottled water, and tea and coffee. Breakfast was too early for us to even bother with, so instead we had some ice cream and espresso (both complementary for suite guests). We would definitely do this again!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2024
  • Nicole B
    Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    *Japan’s best kept secret* Beppu - Osaka
    One of the highlights of our time in Japan. More like a cruise ship than a ferry. Our only problem was that the trip didn’t last long enough!! The rooms were excellent (amongst our group, 4 different configurations were booked). Dinner and breakfast buffet, sensational. And the onsen, just magical.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2024
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Kathryn G
Melbourne, Australia75 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The crossing itself was good and the buffet restaurant was great but the cabin was not as expected and we didn’t get the nights rest we expected.
If you have to stay in a standard room, don’t. The beds are like rocks, the pillows are postage stamp size and no towels are provided.
The office doesn’t open until the stated time 90 minutes before sailing so don’t go early expecting to arrange your passage.
No announcements in English, but the staff are helpful and try to work things out to assist.
The automated draft beer dispenser in the restaurant is a notable addition and novelty we enjoyed.
Written 16 May 2024
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Nicole B
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
One of the highlights of our time in Japan. More like a cruise ship than a ferry. Our only problem was that the trip didn’t last long enough!!
The rooms were excellent (amongst our group, 4 different configurations were booked). Dinner and breakfast buffet, sensational. And the onsen, just magical.
Written 14 April 2024
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Sandy B
Sunshine Coast, QLD148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2017 • Couples
We travelled overnight from Beppu to Osaka and loved the experience. Ferry departs at around 7pm and docks around 6.30am.

We had a deluxe cabin, which was at least twice the size of the hotel we stayed in at Beppu. Very clean and spacious with private ensuite. Robes and slippers provided.

Restaurant, convenience store and vending machines available onboard, although can be expensive.

I would reccomend the deluxe cabin and will travel using this ferry service again in the future.
Written 15 September 2017
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan15,204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I took “Sunflower” from Beppu to Osaka. Since this ferry leaves Beppu at night and arrives early in the morning in Osaka, it is very convenient and time-saving. Of course, it is much more comfortable than highway bus. However, compared to Maimon Ferry which links between Moji (Kita Kyushu) and Osaka, Sunflower is somewhat old and not polished.
Written 13 December 2019
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jimvdberg
Rotterdam, The Netherlands172 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Friends
Comfortable ferry (if you take a cabin), but not a cruise.
Smooth ride through inner sea from Oita to Kobe. Pretty new boat, very clean, not too crowded.
Diner in buffet style is not recommended though. The worst food in 2 weeks Japan. Not too much choice and the quality of every item is average. The best are the watermelon and the grapes. Better grab some items at the 7-11 just in front of the building in Oita.
Written 5 June 2019
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Eric J
Wels, Austria5,539 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
I've been on a number of Sunflower ferries, and this one, like all the rest, is clean, well- equipped, and runs like a Swiss watch. They offer a number of cabin options, from big shard spaces to suites. Very well- organized and a good way to go if you need to get a car or cycle across the waters.
Written 12 April 2019
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Jaineshshah
Manama, Bahrain253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
Very good mode of transportation
we visited from Kobe to oita on overnight
Good interior with well maintained rooms
good food
Written 24 December 2018
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mieuxmieux
Osaka Prefecture, Japan229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I boarded the Sunflower Murasaki.

I joined a tour with a travel agency, so the travel agency had rented out a 16-person tourist room, and there was no one snoring loudly, so I was able to stay comfortably in the bunk bed. The bed had a TV with movie channels, but the terrestrial channels often didn't work when we were away from land.

Also, when I went to sleep, there was a vibration that pushed me up my back, so I couldn't sleep well.

There were coin lockers in the hallway with a coin return system, so you can store your valuables. There were plenty of them.
There were plenty of toilets, both makeup corners and washrooms, so you don't have to wait.

As for the restaurant, after boarding, you have to put your luggage down first, otherwise you will have to wait quite a while if you don't secure a seat at the restaurant. I went with a group, so I asked someone to go and get a seat for me right after boarding. Even then, I couldn't get a seat by the window.
The restaurant was buffet style, and everything was delicious. Beer was available in cans and draft beer glasses. Wine was also available.

There was also music and projection mapping, which was fun to enjoy. The wifi didn't work well.
There were foreign passengers on board, so it seemed difficult to make purchases from the vending machines because they were only available in Japanese.
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Written 9 April 2024
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Travel26252412654
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Never ride a tourist.
It was a mess with snoring, the smell of age, and the smell of food and clothes. Truck drivers in particular are really cruel.
Although it's a little more expensive, using a private bet is definitely more enjoyable for your mental health.
It's 5 times more noisy and smelly than I expected.
Sunflower itself sometimes holds events, so it's fun and feels like a normal ferry.
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Written 29 March 2024
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半沢直樹
Ibaraki, Japan961 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
I boarded the newly built ship Sanflower Currenai and enjoyed a boat trip from Osaka to Beppu.
The Japanese-Western style suite was beautiful and very relaxing.
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Written 1 October 2023
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