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浦賀 Uraga

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  • Other Kanagawa areas
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Uraga, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, 239-0822, Japan
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Date of post:2015/06/15

A small harbor with a big history

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Located on the east side of the Miura peninsula in the Kanagawa prefecture, this small harbor is naturally beautiful. Also it’s a part of the Uraga channel and has been playing an important role for the traffic route. There is a steep estuary, which divides Uraga into two parts, the West and the East. To go to the other side, there is a ferry running between the two. It’s only a 3 minute trip on the sea, but you can view the Uraga bay and the former sites of the building dock. The history of the ferry dates back to the Edo period, and the shape of the ferry was modeled after the one which was used then.

On both sides of the land, there is a shrine called Kano Jinja Shrine, which is worshiped by the people who hope their wishes will come true. The name “Kano” means “hopes come true”. The ferry is still used by locals and tourists who visit the shrines.

Uraga is well known as a place where the American commodore Matthew Perry came to urge the Edo government to open the country to the world. Japan was in the middle of a period of seclusion during the Edo period, and two American squadrons came to Uraga bay. The Japanese had never seen such big ships before. With this ship’s visit as a start, the history of Japan went on greatly to the new phase.

The current landscape might be too peaceful to imagine that the event actually happened about 150 years ago, but if you know the facts, your walk must be a bit more exciting.

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