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Yokosuka Gunko Meguri

Yokosuka, Japan
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Nenas121 wrote a review Apr 2018
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia55 contributions32 helpful votes
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Generations of US Navy sailors got their first glimpse of the exotic orient upon arrival at the Japanese port of Yokosuka. Commodore Matthew Perry opened Japan to the West though gunboat diplomacy here in 1853. My older brother fondly recalls arriving in March 1960 as a young sailor on the USS Ranger with snow gently falling on the flight deck. Some damage from the world war which had ended 15 years earlier was still visible then. Today, Yokosuka is a vibrant, joint military base hosting the Japanese and US navies. The only way for the public to see it is via the well organized harbor cruise which operates hourly throughout the day. It's well worth doing. The cruise takes about 50 minutes and circles the harbor past the US and Japanese fleets. The live narration is unfortunately only in Japanese but for non-speakers it is still and enjoyable voyage filled with interesting sights and photo opportunities. Over 20 ships were in port the day we were there including submarines, guided missile cruisers, destroyers and an aircraft carrier. The cruise passes deep bunkers cut into the surrounding hillsides left from WWII. Afterward, a stroll past the shops and bars on Dobuita Street and up the main Odakicho thoroughfare to the Yokosukachuo train station is recommended. There you can enjoy a wonderful sushi lunch at Sakanayasan no Shinsen Sushi-Go-Around that's delectably fresh and good value. Yokosuka is about one hours' train ride from Tokyo, easy to get to and walk around, and makes for a good day trip.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Thông Lê wrote a review Oct 2017
35 contributions7 helpful votes
I like military things especially ships so I took my chance here when I am at Japan. The 45 minutes tour is so really nice and awesome. The chill from the sea wind and the view before your eyes with all the ships here. The tour offer guiding in Japanese only, only the pamphlet has English version, you can ask for it when buying ticket. I would also recommend bringing jacket for old people and children. You can rent a binocular for 100 yen too
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Docjapan wrote a review Dec 2016
Yokohama26 contributions20 helpful votes
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Very nice 45-minute tour. We did the trip with the family and I think it is interesting for everybody, not just naval enthusiasts. We were lucky enough that the weather was just beautiful and there were plenty of ships, including an aircraft carrier, service ships and submarines and many others (I have no clue about the matter). The guiding is Japanese only, but when buying your tickets (just in front of the departure point) you can ask for English pamphlets. You can save a few hundred yen by not using the parking indicated for the cruise, but by using the parking of the adjacent Aeon shopping mall. Make sure that you bring your parking ticket and show it to the staff when buying your tickets cruise. They will validate your ticket, giving you three hours of free parking. We certainly enjoyed this short tour
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Brisbane41 wrote a review Jul 2016
Newcastle, Australia2,087 contributions201 helpful votes
The guiding is done entirely in Japanese but there are guide pamphlets in English. You will need to buy a ticket for this so when you see the departure point that you cannot miss simply go through a little tunnel opposite the line, turn right and the ticket office will be on your left. It is right opposite the departure point. The cruise goes in a circle pattern so if you have a telephoto lens use it on the departure as you will not return in the same direction and will not see inside the basin on the return journey. The best time to do this cruise would be when the aircraft carrier is in. This time it is the USS Ronald Reagan but it has been deployed since China started playing games with islands so sadly no Aircraft Carrier as of July 2016. You would be easily able to see the mast when it is in though. Obviously the US Navy will not publish its movements. You will get to see the US navy ships either docked or undergoing maintenance. There are large tents placed over the missile tubes when they have been removed from the ship and large casings cover the masts when maintenance work is being done on them. Immediately opposite the US Navy base is the Japanese base what they call the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force. There were only 4 Japanese ships docked with a Japanese Submarine docked with the American ships. It looked as though they keep their bases separate. If you love ships then this is for you.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Savin25 wrote a review Dec 2015
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1 contribution
We took my 95-year-old dad and the staff was very helpful. We bought our tickets an hour early and went to eat at the restaurants in Daiei on the 3rd floor while we waited. Park on the 6th floor. Don't forget to get your parking ticket validated. After the ride check your ticket number inside the terminal after the ride to see if you won a prize. The tour guide only speaks in Japanese, but it's still a good ride.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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