Yokosuka City (Kanagawa Pref.), Kure City (Hiroshima Pref.), Sasebo City (Nagasaki Pref.) and Maizuru City (Kyoto Pref.)Chinju-fu (naval base) in Yokosuka, Kure, Sasebo and Maizuru:〜Cities where you can feel the dynamic modernization of Japan〜
There was urgent need for Japan in the Meiji period to strengthen its coastal defense forces to compete with West European Powers as a modern state. For this reason, four best natural harbors were selected to be naval ports as a national project. Personnel and cutting-edge technology were collected, and infrastructures such as water and railroad together with naval functions were immediately built in quiet farming and fishing villages. This is how four naval port cities, which promoted Japanese modernization, were born.
More than a hundred years have passed since then, and many facilities still exist in the four cities of former naval ports. The cities reserve dynamic aspect of that time, which is somewhat nostalgic and yet powerful, and attracts many visitors now.
- Conference Hall of the Maritime Self-Defense Force Maizuru District Headquarters(Commander’s official residence of Maizuru former naval base)
- Dai-Kodo Hall/Navy Memorial Museum of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Maizuru District Headquarters
- Remains of Ashidani gun battery (Remains of former Maizuru Yosai)
- “Kaigun Kappojutsu Sankosho” (the reference book of navy cooking technique)