Cruise at the Yokosuka military port, or walk on the island comparable to Miyazaki’s castle in the sky. Lunch included.
At the time of Edo, while Japan was closing its borders to the rest of the world, it was the city of Uraga that was responsible for the defense of Tokyo Bay.
Today Uraga is a small quiet country town freed from this heavy task.
We will go take a look at ruins such as gun batteries where covered by nature.
We will then go to downtown Yokosuka, which has become one of the main military ports of the Japanese Navy. Since 1945, an American naval base has been installed there, which constitutes a strong culture mixing in this coastal zone.
After lunch, we will board the famous "Mikasa", a warship of the early twentieth century, near which are the military installations of the US Navy and Japan Self-Defense Forces. During the shipboard tour, you will see the most resent impressive ships both of American and Japanese.
If you are interested in nature or historical heritage, you can choose to replace this previous visit with the trip to Sarushima, a small uninhabited nature island only 10 minutes away by boat. In recent years, the island has attracted many visitors who came to contemplate its sublime nature, its beautiful beaches and the ruins of ancient fortress that will make you think of one the most famous Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece, "the castle in the sky".
Finally, we will walk the commercial streets of "Dobuita street", a mix of American and Japanese culture and it attracts visitors from around the world nowadays.
Where to Go
Detail of the excursion
-Excursion of a day with an English speaking tour leader
The mainstream of tours in Japan are such as visiting shrines, temples, and the nature, and tasting Japanese cuisene. Unlike those tours, this tour will give you a different approach to Japan as you would expect.
During the Edo period, Japan closed its borders to the rest of the world and the city of Uraga was responsible for monitoring the coastline from foreign enemies.
In the government of the Empire of Japan era, a navy base was installed at Yokosuka district, and it had jirisdiction over the east Japan until end of WWII. Since end of the war, the US military forces have been stationed in the region, and bear the tasks with Japan Self-Defence Forces in these days.
This ship served during the Russo-Japanese War from 1904 to 1905, crushed the powerful Russian fleet in the Baltic, and unveiled to the world the strength of the Japanese Navy. Since then, the ship has been kept to praise its achievement and memory of Japanese victory.
You can learn more by visiting the museum inside the ship where a small souvenir gift will be offered.
There are gun batteries in Sarushima island which were installed in Edo period and became strongpoint of defense force of Tokyo Bay. After WWII, the island lost its rule as a fortress, but changed into seaside resort.
This island will immerse you directly into the world of the famous Miyazaki’s "the castle in the sky", when you will be in the middle of these ruins covered by nature.
You will walk easily along the small pedestrian paths developed throughout the island.
At the end of the tour, we will visit "Dobuita street", the commercial district mixing Japanese and American cultures. Originally, this shopping district developed through trade with the US Marines settled in Yokosuka. The neighborhood still retains this retro image of the "American navy" culture of the 50s, and also attracts many Japanese tourists or from around the world.
The new type of tourists become an opportunity to change the culture in the region.
Return details: The tour ends at Shioiri Station in Yokosuka ( The tour leader will explain you the way back to Tokyo)
*Sending service to the hotel is available with additional fee.
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*Meeting and/or sending service to the hotel by the tour leader are available with additional fees (each service:5000yen / 1group )