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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Yokosuka Is More Than Just The Godzilla Slide

Above, the Godzilla slide at the Kurihama Flower World. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

To Godzilla fans, Yokosuka is best known for the Kurihama Flower World park that is home to the Godzilla slide.

Yokosuka is an hour's ride from Shinagawa Station in Tokyo on the Keikyu train line;

There are other things to see in Yokosuka besides the Godzilla slide. The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) has posted an article on Yokosuka's role in Japanese history.

Here's a snippet:
Around the end of the Edo period (1603-1867), Yokosuka was visited by a fleet of U.S. ships — which locals nicknamed “Kurofune” (the black ships) — under the command of Matthew Calbraith Perry. The incident led to ending Japan’s longstanding isolation from foreign countries. 
Yokosuka then became a major base of the now-defunct Japanese Imperial Navy. Since the end of World War II, it has been home to U.S. military facilities.

According to the article, tourists are able to see Mikasa Park (where the battleship Mikasa is preserved), Yokosuka Port Market, Sarushima Island, Yokosuka Arts Theatre and the Dobuita-dori shopping street. And more.

So, if you're in Yokosuka to see the Godzilla slide, you may want to do a little more exploring to see what Yokosuka has to show.

To read more, go here.

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