Departing Location: Garry Point Park, 12011 7th Avenue, Richmond, BC.
Known as the ‘King of the Sea’, the Kaiwo Maru is a four-masted, 361 ft. long, 182 ft. high naval training vessel from Japan. The King of the Sea has lived up to her name by engaging in the training of Japanese marine cadets while traversing the world’s oceans.
The Captain of the King of the Sea is graciously allowing public boarding on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6. The highlight of the festival will occur on Saturday afternoon when the ship’s crew will perform the popular “Sail Drill” in which dozens of crew members will climb high into the masts to lower and raise its 36 sails.
In order to plan your visit to the festival and reduce wait times, the City of Richmond is offering a limited number of advance boarding passes at no cost. Due to limited availability, advance boarding passes are limited to 6 per person.
Select a time period below to reserve your tickets. Please print your passes at home or display the barcode on your phone. Please be at the dock entrance prepared to board during the time indicated on your ticket.
If you are unable to secure your preferred time, boarding passes will be available free of charge at the festival site on a first come first serve basis.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the King of the Sea!
Ships to Shore has been planned to ensure that the site is open and welcoming to seniors, parents with strollers, and people of all abilities.
Accessible parking will be available on-site for people with a valid Accessible Parking Permit. While there will be a fully accessible ship viewing area for people using wheelchairs and walkers, please note that the dock and ship are not accessible for parents with strollers or people using wheelchairs and walkers due to uneven surfaces and steep ramps.
Bags will be subject to inspection prior to boarding the ship.