Yokosuka is the 11th most populous city in the Greater Tokyo, Yokosuka also the 12th in the Kanto region. It has 100.7 km2 for the total of area, and has 409,478 lives. Located in Kanagawa Prefecture, spesifically near the mouth of Tokyo Bay to the east and Sagami Bay on the Pacific Ocean on the west. It occupies most of the Miura Peninsula. Area around it present day has been inhabited for thousands of years. Some of archeologists have found stone tools and shell middens from the Japanese Paleolithic period and ceramic shards from the Jomon and Kofun periods at some locations in the city. In the year of 2,001, this city was designed as the core city that have so many autonomy from the central government. Yokosuka now has become one of Japan’s important trade and fishing ports. They have two fine harbours, Yokosuka and Nagaura in the east. Also, this city main industries are shipbuilding and automobile manufacturing. Serves as residential district for the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area.
1. A place to find some entertainmentThough it maybe time has been passed from its heyday, this city of Yokosuka is still a caters for sailors on shore leave. Plenty of shopping and entertainments can be found there, and many arcades also Dobuita Street offers flashy sukajan or intricately embroidered bomber jackets. You can find many pubs and restaurants to fill your stomach after taking a walk. If you had rather get a look at the port from land, Verny Park is a place that suitable for your liking, also a great place for taking a stroll and enjoying the scent of countless blooming flowers. The park that named after a Frenchmen who helped developing Japan’s steel industry.
2. Where you can find many kinds the shipsIt is a 45 minute trips around the Japanese and American Naval base’s calm waters leads you to Yokosuka Naval Port cruise. You can see many ships with every types of them up closely from submarines to aircraft carriers. Also you can see the great views of the hills rising over the port. Most unique one is that Yokosuka is known to locals for its particular dining specials. They are the Navy burger , an honor for American appetites, and Navy curry, a fixture of the Japanese navy since its inception. Meaning you can find the dish that navy eat daily in their tasks. You can find them in nearby restaurants and various of curry flavors sold everywhere.
3. The place to find some historiesMany history that laid in this city, especially by the coast area. Not far down the coast road, there are some museums where you can leanr many knowledge and history of this city. with its story, there is also has a spectacular view of Tokyo Bay and the busy ship traffic that is regularly passing by since long ago. Farther down the coast of the peninsula is Kannonzaki, a large lighthouse, and a series of superb beaches with some of the area is best windsurfing. This wonderful thing of Yokosuka with its beauty, but what the most pointed thing for the history buffs is the off the beaten track memorial of William Adams, an English navigator who was stranded in Japan in 1,600. He went on to become an adviser to the shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa and was the first Westerner to be made a samurai and given a fiefdom in this area. The James Clavel novel, Shogun, was loosely based on his experiences in Japan. Maybe you are one of them?
Yokosuka Tourist Spots
1.Yokosuka City Iris Flower GardenAlso known as Yokosuka Shobu-En, the gardens are spectacular in the spring. The wisteria is the highlight and main attraction of this garden, although the other flower such as rhododendron are beautiful too. However, the Iris flowers only blooms at June, that what make it special. A splendid place to take a stroll, even the flowers are now blooming. It is recommended to go there early, around morning because this place is always crowded by a lot of visitors. It opens at 9 am and the entrance fee is only 310 Yen, no wonder it has many fans. The place itself is near Yokosuka naval station and you can go there only with one bus from Siori Bus Station. Not to worry ifyou get hungry or thristy here, because some stalls inside sells some foods and drinks.
2.Dobuita Shopping StreetLong time ago, this place is center for shopping and entertainment universe for visiting sailors of the US 7th fleet. Now it’s a gentrified and sedated neighborhood in transition. This place has many old bars and souvenir shops, but are closed due to redevelopment. Here, you can find so many tourists looking for the famous souvenir “ sukajan “ satin embroidered jacket collected by generations of US Sailors. MIKASA is the best selection because it carried vintage as well as contemporary designs which ranging in price around $180 to $500. It's still worth finding and strolling down Dobuita Street even if only on your way to the main thoroughfare of Okadachi. You can picture the ribald night time activities that went on there generations ago when the fleet was in port. This street in Dobuita itself is very charming and floods you with the feelings and memories of a video game. Some strange feeling of course but it cannot be answered how it comes. Consider yourself to buy a Zippo lighter that mostly in America styles. Also do not forget to take a walk to the jacket store, since you can find unique embroidery there and of course, only in Yokosuka
3. Memorial Ship MikasaIf you are a ship lover and want to widen your knowledge about ships, navy or sea, this is the best place for you to take visit. Mikasa is one of the ship that known to the world, the last pre-dreadnaught battleship in the world, everything else that share the same age with her are either been sunk or scrapped. The staff there are wonderfully helpful, very accessible for English speakers, giving us some interesting virtual reality exhibits and extensive ship model collection. Particularly remarkable restoration given that after the war the ship was disarmed and had her superstructure demolished. The staff gives us impression that this ship really an amazing ship, with their knowledge and friendly attitude. Some amount of information written in English too, so you have no worry to do something here. A must visit place for a naval history enthusiast.