Discover the best top things to do in Yokosuka, Japan including Memorial Ship MIKASA, Morito Shrine, Zushi Beach, Yokosuka Museum of Art, Sarushima Island (Monkey Island), Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Verny Park, Kencho-ji Temple, Nagai Uminote Park Soleil Hill, Mikasa Park.
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Japan being exposed by the aggression of Russia, the whole nation fought to the end of Japanese-Russo War. as one man. While making large sacrifices, Japan could barely attain the victory. Under the national trust, Public Utility Foundation, MIKASA Preservation Society keeps properly the preserved One of Three World-Renowned Historic Memorial Warships, MIKASA as a symbol of nation's pride that attained the victory in the Japanese-Russo War and defended national independence.
As Mikasa is built in 1902 it represents the last battleship existing before the Dreadnought era started 1905.
The battle it represents is also the key stone of Japans naval power in the Pacific.
The exhibition shows life and functions of this ship in its active time but most and foremost it teaches about the history and actual battle over Port Arthur.
You will see a lot documents, Uniforms and ships parts in the exhibition, together with a unique recreation of the battle of Tsushima.
I was intrigued by the huge collection of model ships representing every ship class of the japanese navy from its beginnings until today. (If you want you can have a look at the current JDF Navy only a 20 min walk away.)
If you are into battleships, this a must to visit.
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This shrine is a lovely setting on a rocky bluff overlooking the beautiful fishing and resort village. There's a bridge approach from the sandy beach side, and it's a little piece of heaven amidst the thundering hoards of tourists in summer. There's seasonal festivals to enchant at many times of year. Lovely.
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This yellow sand beach is within easy walking distance of the train stations. It is nestled in a lovely bay and is the home for a lot of surf board orientated sports. Great views over the bay towards Enoshima Island and in the distance Mt Fuji. Plenty of nearby eateries.
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Yokosuka isn't a particularly beautiful city. Lots of concrete. It was surprising to find the beauty of this museum and its setting outside of town. It's a modern art museum, so some pieces I look at and wonder why? But, I enjoy seeing their exhibits. I am not an art expert. There is a gallery separate from the main building that had delightful paintings of whimsical children seeing music in everyday things. The weather was blustery so I wasn't able to enjoy the outside area, but it felt cozy to eat pizza and look out on the whitecaps is Tokyo Bay.
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The ferry pier is at Mikasa Park, a 15-minute walk from Keikyu Line's Yokosuka-Chūō Station. Make sure you buy tickets first at a little white trailer behind the souvenir shop. Starting April 1st this year, you must also pay 200 yen on top of the 1300 yen return ferry fare. The line for the 10-minute ferry that leaves once an hour between 8:30-16:30 in the summer can be extremely long during Golden Week. It took us less than an hour to walk through this very small island - some steps but otherwise very easy. It may not be the most exciting place, but it is very pleasant. You can have a barbecue at the beach, but you have to bring your own food from the Mainland. There is rental equipment on the island - the barbecue set for 3500 yen, among other things.
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The temple can be reached by foot (40 minutes walk) or a short bus ride from Kamakura Station which cost ¥200 one way. It took about 10 minutes to reach Jomyoji bus stop and from here is another 5 minutes walk to the temple.
The temple is relatively small. What is special is the beautiful bamboo grove behind the temple. The entrance fee is ¥200.
The bamboo grove is not big but it looks grand with a few thousands tall standing bamboo trees. You can enjoy the serenity of the surroundings while sipping a cup of matcha at the tea house in the garden for a small fee. We saw some caves which carved into the hillside where monks were buried. Peaceful and beautiful garden, worth going!
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Founded in 1253 by a Chinese priest, this temple, notable for its bell (a national treasure) and Zen garden, was the first Zen temple in the city and is ranked number one of the city's five most powerful temples.
Visiting Kamakura I advise in stopping in Kita Kamakura and continue by foot till reaching Kamakura.
So, you'll have the chance to see this wonderful temple, so impressive and so vibrant of history.
Its Gardens together with the temples are uplifting and I bet going there when the cherries are in full bloom can be one lifetime memory.
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Fun day trip. There is a ton to do here from a petting zoo, and ride-ons to cooking classes. They make it look like you are in a Provencial town on the coast of France. My kids loved the hill sledding and walking/splashing around in the shallow water features. If it's hot, make sure to bring bathing suits for the kids and sunscreen.
Parking is 1000¥ all day. All of the different activities cost a few hundred yen. There is also an onsen. I can't say much about it though, because I was denied entrance because of my tattoo. The only onsen in I have visited that has done that. Oh well. There are massage chairs in the air-conditioned lobby of the onsen.
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It is both beautiful and historic place! Located near the water the park has won dermal Fountains and benches. The park also has a play ground for younger kids as well as interesting activities for teens. There is also a military ship you can tour while there!
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