Tokyo’s first amphibious tourist buses – Sky Ducks put into service
Tokyo’s first amphibious tourist buses were put into service yesterday, carrying 40 passengers through the city’s low eastern side by road before taking to the Naka river during a 100-minute Tokyo Splash Tour. The two buses, dubbed Sky Ducks, departed from Tokyo’s new landmark Skytree. The amphibious tourist bus, 12 meters long and 2.5 meters wide, travels up to 100 kilometers per hour on the ground and up to 13 kilometers per hour in the water.
Similar amphibious sightseeing buses have been in service in the western city of Osaka and a few other tourist spots in Japan. Tokyo finally joined other major cities of the world to operate them, 10 months after the Skytree was opened to the public. Tickets are priced at 2,800 yen ($29.63) apiece for an adult and 1,400 yen ($14.81) for a child under 12.