Battleship Mikasa 三笠
Because I work during holidays, we were stuck in Kanto during the golden week. Still, that did not mean hanging in the house and watching tv. I had to go somewhere, even if it meant only going to places around Tokyo or neighboring areas. One place we visited was the Battleship Mikasa museum in Yokosuka. It costs only JPY 600 to enter and an interesting way to spend an afternoon if you find yourself in Yokosuka.
Here is an excerpt from Mikasa’s Wikipedia :
Mikasa (三笠?) is a pre-dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in the late 1890s, and was the only ship of her class. Named after Mount Mikasa in Nara, Japan, the ship served as the flagship of Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō throughout the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, including the Battle of Port Arthur on the second day of the war and the Battles of the Yellow Sea and Tsushima. Days after the end of the Russo-Japanese War, Mikasa ’s magazine accidentally exploded and sank the ship. She was salvaged and her repairs took over two years to complete. Afterwards, the ship served as coastal defence during World War I and supported Japanese forces during the Siberian Intervention in the Russian Civil War.
After 1922, Mikasa was decommissioned in accordance with the Washington Naval Treaty and preserved as a museum ship at Yokosuka. She was badly neglected during the post-World War II Occupation of Japan and required extensive refurbishing in the late 1950s. She is now fully restored as a museum ship and can be visited at Mikasa Park in Yokosuka.
Here is the view once you enter the compound :
You can actually play with the cannon. If you turn the wheel, the cannon moves.
Japan, 〒238-0003 神奈川県横須賀市 稲岡町８２−１９
82-19 Inaokacho Yokosuka City, Kanagawa, Japan 238-0003
From the website :
How to Get to MIKASA
By Keihin Kyuko Line: Get off at Yokosuka Chuo Station.7 minutes walk.By JR Line:Get off at Yokosuka Station. Take a bus and get off at Ohtaki-cho Bus stop ( Mikasa Kouen Iriguchi). About 7 minutes walk.
By JR Line:Get off at Yokosuka Station. Take a bus and get off at Ohtaki-cho Bus stop. About 7 minutes walk.
By Yokohama-Yokosuka Toll road Take exit of Yokosuka IC, get on Honcho-Yamanaka Toll Road and get on to Route 16. Make a left turn at the road sign to the Mikasa Park.
By Ferryboat from Kanaya port, Chiba From Kurihama Port, Take Route 134 to Ohtsu Intersection.After passing the intersection, take Yokosuka Kaigan Dori to Mikasa Park Then make right turn to the MIKASA Park.