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The Four Dynamic Coastal Cities of Yokosuka, Kure, Sasebo, and Maizuru
Centers of Japanese Modernization

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STORY

During the Meiji period (1868-1912), Japan as a modern state urgently needed to protect its waters and coastline and to compete with Western powers.
To do so the government selected four ideal natural harbors that, at the time, housed quiet fishing villages, and rapidly established them as naval ports.
Naval institutions and infrastructure such as water lines and rail access were installed while state-of-the-art technology and labor were poured into these ports, thus, the resulting four naval port cities helped to push forward Japan’s modernization.
Currently, many facilities in the four cities remain in operation, reminding visitors of their storied roles while the old ports with their dignified histories continue to attract visitors.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

Yokosuka
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Yokosuka Line)〜JR Yokosuka Sta./JR Taura Sta.
    • Shinagawa Sta.(Keikyu Line)〜Yokosukachuo Sta./Shioiri Sta.
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport Haneda Airport International Terminal Sta.(Keikyu Line)〜Yokosukachuo Sta./Shioiri Sta.
Kure
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Hiroshima Sta.(Kure Line)~JR Kure Sta.
    • JR Osaka Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Hiroshima Sta.(Kure Line)~JR Kure Sta.
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Hiroshim Airport(Airport Bus)~JR Kure Sta.
Sasebo
  • Train
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Sasebo Line)~JR Sasebo Sta.
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Nagasaki Airport(Local Bus or Taxi)~Sasebo Sta.
    • Osaka International Airport~Nagasaki Airport(Local Bus or Taxi)~Sasebo Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • Fukuoka Airport~Sasebo Sta.
Maizuru
  • Train
    • JR Kyoto Sta.(Sanin Line/Maizuru Line)〜JR Higashi-Maizuru Sta.(Bus)〜Maizuru
    • JR Osaka Sta.(Kyoto Line)〜JR Kyoto Sta.(Sanin Line/Maizuru Line)〜JR Higashi-Maizuru Sta.(Bus)〜Maizuru
  • Express Bus
    • Kyoto〜Maizuru(Approx. 2hr)
    • Osaka(Nanba)〜Maizuru(Approx. 2hr10min)
    • Kobe(Sannomiya)〜Maizuru(Approx. 2hr)
    • Tokyo(Shinagawa)〜Maizuru(Approx. 9hr30min)

CONTACT

  • Economic Dep, Tourism Planning Dev,Yokosuka City
  • TEL:+81-46-822-9577
    FAX:+81-46-823-0164
  • Planning Department, Kure City
  • TEL:+81-823-25-3227
    FAX:+81-823-21-8849
  • Tourism Division Department of Tourism, Commerce and Industry, Sasebo city
  • TEL:+81-956-25-9639
    FAX:+81-956-25-9680
  • Tourism & Commerce Division, Tourism & Community Development Dept, Maizuru City
  • TEL:+81-773-66-1024
    FAX:+81-773-62-9891