Hovercraft hovers on the verge of extinction—one more week to ride!

There are some facts and occurrences in the periphery of our daily lives that we just seem to take for granted, and only when we know they are gone do we realize how special they are.  I am finding this to be true of the hovercraft that brings passengers to and from Oita Airport from Oita City, which will be terminating service at the end of next week.  On October 31 the only hovercraft in Japan will take it’s last scheduled ride.

I’ll be spending some time down at the pier before then; it’s like watching a black and white movie that has already begun to fade, where the beauty of something that marks a point of time that’s passing can be felt in the sea air.

Joanne G. Yoshida

Aikawarazu Life in Japan

Video of the hovercraft pulling into Oita:

7 Replies to “Hovercraft hovers on the verge of extinction—one more week to ride!”

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  2. While a neat concept, I remember the noise and vibration from my one trip on the Oita hovercraft almost made me nauseous. That was maybe fifteen years ago, and then I thought the appointments were holdovers from the ’60s. I imagine it’s really grotty now, especially as they wind-down service. I’d ride it again if necessary, but will not mind if I never get another chance.

  3. While a neat concept, I remember the noise and vibration from my one trip on the Oita hovercraft almost made me nauseous. That was maybe fifteen years ago, and then I thought the appointments were holdovers from the ’60s. I imagine it’s really grotty now, especially as they wind-down service. I’d ride it again if necessary, but will not mind if I never get another chance.

  4. any idea what has happened to said machine since the closure of service? is anyone from the hovercraft museum UK interested in preservation or has it been scrapped like so many pioneering craft in the past,

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