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Michigan Cruise

A Lively and Delicious Pleasure Boat Embraced by Japan’s Largest Lake

Michigan, which came into service in 1982, was named in honor of the international goodwill as a sister city alliance was formed between Shiga Prefecture and the state of Michigan of the United States. At a time when it was still rare to experience foreign culture at Lake Biwa, international exchange trainees coming to Japan from Michigan and serving guests in a luxury boat made headlines.

Why is it called "Michigan"?

Michigan, which came into service in 1982, was named in honor of the international goodwill when Shiga Prefecture and the state of Michigan of the United States formed a sister city alliance. At a time when it was still rare to experience foreign culture at Lake Biwa, international exchange trainees from Michigan serving guests on a luxury boat made the headlines.

What kinds of menus are offered on the Michigan, a forerunner of restaurant ships in Japan?

Buffet and course dishes are available at “Michigan Dining” inspired by high-class Creole restaurants of New Orleans and “Michigan Hall” designed after the jazz halls of New York. Also enjoy light meals at “Michigan Café”, a café seeming to float on the lake, and “Michigan Bar”, which faces the live stage.

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Have a Michigan purser escort your cruise!
A charming Michigan purser highlights views from the ship to guide you during the cruise. Enjoy entertainment with Lake Biwa trivia and other fun talk as well as live performances of song and dance to liven up your voyage.