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Yokosuka is a port city reachable in less than one hour by train from Tokyo. This city has played a major role in Japan’s maritime history. We introduce seven places to visit in Yokosuka, including Dobuita Street, a famous curry restaurant, a local shrine, Kurihama Flower Park, and more!
Yokosuka is a port city in Kanagawa, just about 45 minutes by train from Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station. Surrounded on three sides by the ocean, this city has played a major role in Japan’s maritime history.
Yokosuka’s Uraga Harbor was where the ships of the expedition for the opening of Japan led by Commodore Perry landed in 1853, marking the beginning of Japan’s trade relations with the West.
Yokosuka has thrived as a port city in the modern age and is still a city of seafarers, with an open, international atmosphere. Spend a day in Yokosuka and you’ll get to experience local cultures born out of the closeness to the sea, stunning views of the ocean and the nearby islands, as well as glimpses of naval history in Japan.
The seven places introduced below can be visited on a day trip in Yokosuka and allow you to take advantage of all the city offers through food, scenic views, and local activities.
Dobuita Street is the place where you’ll find a unique mix of Japanese and American culture. Located close to the U.S. military base, this street is lined with shops, cafes, and bars frequented by both American and Japanese sailors.
Many of the fashion shops here sell vintage clothes and military-themed apparel. Dobuita Street is where you can get the iconic fashion item of the city: the sporty, flashy Yokosuka jacket, called “Sukajan”, made with local embroidery. This type of jacket embodies the free spirit of Yokosuka, where different cultures intermingle and coexist.
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