Whale Watching (March to September) Weekends & Holidays, 5:30 departure

  • Whale watching boat

Nanki Marine Leisure Service


Whale watching anyone?

A close encounter with these majestic creatures in their natural environment is a fantastic experience, such as seeing dolphins swim and jump, and the water dripping off of a massive tail as a whale makes a dive into the depths.  

Nanki Marine Leisure Service whale watching tours are passionate to introduce guests to the magic and awe of these inspiring sightings.

Your ocean adventure is waiting for you just off the coast of Wakayama!

Nanki Marine Leisure Service can only accept reservations 1 month or less in advance.
Whales are wild animals living in the sea and occasionally no-sighting days occur. Please understand the tour fee cannot be refunded in that case.


Whale Watching (March to September) Saturday & Sunday, 5:30
Adult 6,500 yen
Child (7 to 11) 5,000 yen
Infant (3 to 6) 5,000 yen


Access Information

The departure point is located in a fishing port 5 minutes walk from the JR Ugui station near Katsuura.


There is free pick-up service available at accommodations in Katsuura.  This is the best and easiest way to get to the departure area.


Transportation after the tour is the responsibility of the guests.


March to September
Pick-up at accommodation in Katsuura (we will inform you the time when booking, usually around or just after 5:00)
5:30 Meet at departure point
6:00 Start boat trip
~10:00 Return to the port

The trip is usually 3.5 ~4 hours long depending on ocean conditions.

Guest Conditions

Minimum of 3 passengers.

Maximum of 24 passengers.

People can join this tour individually, but there is 3 passengers minimum to run the tour.

Children need to be able to sit on their own, and are required to be accompanied by an adult.

Usually the minimum age is 3.  Please let us know the age of children when booking.

Clothes, etc.

Please dress accordingly including.

● Wind-breaking jacket
● Small towel
● Easy to move in clothes
● Running shoes
● Sunscreen
● Hat
● Motion sickness medication (if prone to motion sickness)

NOTE: Rain jackets and life jackets are supplied.

Cancellations Because of Weather & Ocean Conditions

The ocean is unpredictable.  Therefore tours may be cancelled if conditions are bad.


Even if the weather is fine the waves may be high and violent because of storms far out on the Pacific Ocean.

You will be contacted at the accommodation the morning of the tour if the tour is cancelled.


We apologize for any inconvenience as it is not possible to know 100% the conditions of the ocean until near departure time. 


Thank you for your understanding in advance.

Needed Information

Needed Information

Please supply the following information when booking.

Required Information

● Accommodation name of where you are staying the night before the trip
● Cell phone number (if you have one)
● Gender of all passengers
● Age of all passengers
● If you want free pick-up at Katsuura accommodation
● If you are not getting picked up, how you are travelling to the meeting point


Tour Date *
*Requests must be made 10 or more days in advance.
Contents Type * Whale Watching
Number of Guests *
Male: Female:
Child (7 to 11)
Infant (3 to 6)
Transportation Information *
Details of Relevant Transportation Information (time of bus, walking route, estimated itinerary, etc.)
Bus route timetable list >>>
Name of Accommodation the Night Before Stay, Tour, Activity, etc. *