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NYK Hikawamaru Exhibits

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Address: Yamashita Park, Yokohama 231-0023, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 456414362
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Interesting 1930s ship - worth it if you're into history

The Hikawa Maru was a cruise ship built in 1930 and used as hospital transport during the war. While not all of it is open, you can walk through and see the dining and smoking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Allie L
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Hikawa Maru was a cruise ship built in 1930 and used as hospital transport during the war. While not all of it is open, you can walk through and see the dining and smoking rooms, captains quarters, engine room, luxury passenger rooms etc. We somehow spent nearly 2 hours here - bizarre since it's not a huge museum thing.... More 

Thank Allie L
Merstham, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

The is an interesting way to spend a couple of hours and see just how luxurious sea travel was. The entrance fee is very reasonable. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank Lisa W
Hamburg, Germany
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82 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Those people who love the world of the old steamboats crossing the ocean, boats telling stories,... those people should come here. I enjoyed it a lot.

Thank Frank S
Ebina, Japan
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88 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This place has a lot of interesting things to do. Hikawa Maru ship is open to the public. I say it's a must for people into ships and history. Yamashita Park was part of the rail freight line, so you can walk the old rail lines where the tracks are still in place. If you are into photography. You will... More 

Thank Odakyumatt
Tel Aviv, Israel
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1,703 reviews
1,438 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This ship is obviously a very nice photo-op (especially after dark, when it is beautifully illuminated), but, unfortunately, there is nothing very interesting in it, so the tour feels a tad boring. I would've loved to see more historical information about the ship, for instance, and not just original (and many non-original) artifacts on it.

Thank TheShis
Yokosuka, Japan
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The "Hikawamaru" ship is historical and tells us a long story. Though it's not every gorgeous inside now as a gorgeous commercial international cruiser, long time ago it was. There were many celebrities boarding such as Charlie Chaplin who was known as a fan of a Japanese traditional cuisine, "Tempura", especially, "Prawn-Tempra". Unfortunately the travelers who use the wheelchair are... More 

Thank AchanAchan
Norman, OK
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I really enjoyed touring this old ship. It's like stepping back in time. Well-preserved, with all levels of cabin presented as they would have been in the 1930s, including one that Charlie Chaplin stayed in. You can also see the wheel house and other areas of the ship. This was one of my favorite places to see in Yokohama.

Thank Laurie620
Burnaby, Canada
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Walking through the ship, we had such admiration. How well built the ship was. It was once a luxury cruise and turned into hospital ship during war. A preview video, followed by visits of public areas, cabins of different categories, bridge, engine room and artifacts. The best preserved ship of that era. We just had so much respect of the... More 

Thank Burnaby_North
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was good fun. Trip back in time to another era. You defiantly want to travel first class delux!! Great tour of this old girl. If your interested in any type of history give this a bash. Very enjoyable and interesting

Thank Paul G
London, England, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The Hawaka Maru was the only large passenger liner in Japan not to be sunk in the second world war. It started life as a beautiful art deco cargo / paeenger liner, became a hospital ship and then was converted back to a passenger liner. Seemingly Charlie Chaplin's favourite way of travelling from the USA to Japan, you can step... More 

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