Model courseS-1Walk down the street of Shimoda that Commodore Perry loved
- South Izu Area - Shimoda city
- Geological age
- Ejecta of submarine volcano erupted in the shallow seabed about 10 to 2 million years ago
- Start: Izu Kyuko Line, Shimoda StationTodenji Temple, Hongakuji TempleRyousenji TempleIzu stone buildingPerry RoadPerry Landing MonumentShimoda Park：goal
- Walk about 2km (cumulative altitude 50m)
- Time required
- About 2 hours
- Town walking
- Meeting place
- Izu Kyuko Line, Shimoda Station in front of the Objet d'art of Black Ship
Shimoda, where Commodore Perry of US Navy arrived 160 years ago, is known as an opening port in the Edo period. To see warehouses built using Izu stone which was produced by the eruption of submarine volcanoes 10 million years ago will make you feel exotic atmosphere. While walking down the street, you will realize how closely the history of opening the country and the topography of Shimoda are related.
Start: Izu Kyuko Line, Shimoda Station
The terminal station of the Izu Kyuko Line
We will meet in front of the Objet d'art of Black Ship at the station.
In Shimoda city, you can see the traces of the tsunami caused by Ansei Tokai Earthquake in December, 1854 and its memorial monuments. You can also learn about the damage from the tsunami and the subsequent reconstruction.
The tsunami mound will tell you a lot about the damage of the tsunami associated with the Ansei Tokai Earthquake.
Ryousenji Temple is the place where the Japan-US Peace Treaty was concluded between Perry and Japanese representative in the end of the Edo period. Traces of the tsunami accompanying the Ansei Tokai Earthquake remain at the eaves of the main hall.
Izu Stone building
Walking through the streets of Shimoda, you can see the houses and shops with two different types of distinctive walls. One is a wall of plaster called "Namako Wall", and the other is a wall of "Izu stone". The southern part of Izu Peninsula including Shimoda used to be the best producing area of Izu soft stone, because there were plenty of strata of volcanic ash and pumice from submarine volcanoes. In the vicinity of Perry Road in Shimoda City, houses built using Izu stones are now utilized as fancy shops, etc.
Perry Road was the way Commodore Perry, who came to Japan with the Black Ship, took for marching toward Ryousenji Temple in order to sign Shimoda Treaty with Japan. You can enjoy strolling along the road day and night looking at stylish bars and fancy goods shops.
Perry Landing Monument
The Commodore Perry's fleet of the black ships entered Shimoda port, which opened immediately after the Japan-US Peace Treaty was signed. A monument was erected as a landmark memorial place where Perry and his crew landed.
It is a park on a small hill, overlooking Shimoda harbor. In the park visitors are treated with a variety of flowers such as cherry blossoms in spring, hydrangea in June and camellia in winter.
- Entry fee
- Adult: 1,500yen Elementary and middle school student: 750 yen
- Number of participants
- 2 to 10 people
- Please reserve one week in advance.
- What to wear and bring
- Walking clothes, footwear, hat, rain gear, drinks, etc.
- Canceled in case of heavy rain or storm
Cancellation on the day will be fully charged.
- Izu Peninsula Geo Guide Association