The final part of my journey over the holidays was to a place of splendor…for military enthusiasts. We would make our way outside of Tokyo, beyond the skyscrapers and the bustle and hustle of the big city to a port town known as Yokosuka. Not a very far drive, and historically famous for being the biggest, closest naval base to Tokyo, Yokosuka is now a city of scenic ocean views, shopping centers and big, big boats.
After World War 2, all the warships in Japan were confiscated, and mostly scrapped, and well replaced with American destroyers, carriers, submarines and cruisers. The new constitution made Japan a protectorate of America militarily, and even to this very day houses the worlds most advanced ships on Earth. If you come on the right days. You’ll see every ship America and Japan has to offer, even ones fueled by nuclear reactors. That day you ask is the New Years holiday, and that was this weekend.
The boat tour was around 1000 yen and departs every hour or so, the park is rather large and has a shopping center, military gift shop and the Mikasa park.
There was one Japanese boat still around. A prewar ship from the beginning of the 20th Century. She is the Mikasa, but unfortunately, we did not have time to tour her.