Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road


2017.11.05

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road
  • Bookended by the monument of Perry's landing and Ryosenji Temple, Perry Road is a fascinating little pocket of Izu. Full of historical significance and humble yet stunning architecture this mini town within a town is one of the highlights of Shimoda. Located only a few minutes walk from the station it’s the perfect place for history buffs, culinary adventurers, and simply anyone interested in exploring a different history of Japan.

    Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

    Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

    A pilgrimage to Perry Road can be as short or as long as you desire. Once you get to Shimoda Station take the 20 or so minute journey by foot down the main shopping streets of the town along Route 117. Before long you’ll start to noticed latticed housing and cobblestone pathways, both Perry Road landmarks. Known as namako kabe the lattice style covering of some the older houses in the area is an iconic marker of old Izu architecture. The walls get their name from the sea cucumber (known as namako) thanks to their supposed similarities in texture. Running through the heart of the area is a quaint canal curtained by drooping willows making it one of the most photogenic locations in the whole peninsula.

    Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

    Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

    It’s strange to believe but this humble city is actually one of the most important historic sites connected to Japan’s political relationship with the US. Admiral Perry and his Black Ships made their way to Shimoda’s bayside in the mid 1800s, where the harbour was granted as a safe place for the infamous American vessels to dock while diplomatic negotiations took place and an American consulate was established not too long after.

    Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

    Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

    If this type of history is something you’re chasing, then you have to make a stop off at the stylishly modern MOBs (Museum of Black Ships) history museum, an exploration into the world of Admiral Perry, his black ships, and its rich connection with the area. The museum is home to a stunning exhibition hall stocked with fascinating artifacts and theater where you can learn all about the area’s history in Chinese, English, and Japanese. There’s also a modern gift shop filled with unique and traditional souvenirs.

    Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

    Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

    One of the area’s other perks is its sheer abundance of cafes. No matter your culinary tastes chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for in the area. From traditional tea houses overlooking the canal, to laidback Hawaiian cuisine, Western influenced deli style sandwiches, refreshing shaved ice, fresh Shimoda seafood, classic pizza, or even ice cold whisky and beer served from a ramshackle rock n roll bar, an incredible variety of different restaurants and little snack stands all sit within a stone’s throw of one another. When you go don’t plan too much, just simply explore the area and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

    Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

    Learn About Izu’s American History on Perry Road

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