Exploring Japan: Yokosuka – February 21, 2010

On a pleasant winter day in 2010, I visited Yokosuka for the first time.  Yokosuka is the home of both the American Naval base and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force base, so there is a lot of military in the city.  There are many Americans walking around here.  I started my visit at Yokosuka Station, through Verny Park and ended at Mikasa Park.  Enjoy the pictures!

Across the water is the American Naval Base.

This is Verny Park, dedicated to Leonce Verny, the man who helped create the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal.

Here's a bit more of Verny Park.

This is a major shopping centre in Yokosuka with a Daiei store.

The tall building is the tallest commercial building in Yokosuka.

This is the Mikasa, a pre-dreadnought ship built in Britain in 1900, and is now a museum. It's the only pre-dreadnought ship left in the world.

Mikasa guns. This ship was actually sunk in 1905, then refloated and back into service.

Sarushima, or Monkey Island. There's a boat that goes over to the island, and is a popular picnic area.

Here is the nearby Mikasa Park.

Looks like there are performances here sometimes.

A big metal arch in the park.

This park has plenty of fountains and ponds.

A look back to the Mikasa.

Here’s a map of the area.

This post is taking part in “Show Me Japan #27.”  Check it out and see many other blog posts!

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10 responses to “Exploring Japan: Yokosuka – February 21, 2010

  1. Nice. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Looks like an interesting place! I would check it if I were in the area!!

  3. all this time I’ve lived in Yokohama and I’ve never been to Yokosuka…can you believe that? Anyway, after seeing these I might take a ride over there. (-;

  4. Wow, it looks really lovely and open!
    I’ve never been there (but I have friends living there). I guess I should drop by then.
    Thanks for the info on the ships too, interesting! ^^)b
    I’m not a boat nerd, but my dad is, so could come in handy!

  5. I imagined it totally differently. What kind of American shops do they have there?

    • I haven’t actually been in any American shops, but it seems they have a few real estate companies that help foreigners find apartments, and there are probably a few American bars.

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