The Most Beautiful Spots in Yokosuka
When I was teaching English in Japan, I was placed in Yokosuka, Japan for two years. During that time, I became very familiar with the area. It’s a great city with a lot of different things to do and see. It really has its own culture because of the international influences and there’s nowhere quite like it in Japan.
If you’re part of the military and are going to be stationed there, don’t worry because it’s very internationally friendly! For those not in the military, Yokosuka has a large military population due to the naval base located near Yokosuka-chuo / Shioiri Station. A lot of places in Yokosuka cater to the military and their families while still keeping the Japanese culture very much alive.
If you’re visiting Tokyo on vacation, it’s a great spot for a day trip down south. It’s a port city so the geography is varied: you can see the beaches and climb mountains if you want to. Because its a port, historically it is known as the birthplace of jazz music in Japan.
You can get down to Yokosuka in Kanagawa prefecture easily using either the JR Yokosuka Line or the Keikyu Line. I recommend the Keikyu Line, as a majority of these spots on this list are closest to Keikyu stations. There are some day passes from the Keikyu group you can check out to save some money.
While there are many more beautiful and interesting spots in Yokosuka, here are my favorites. You can get good pictures here, experience unique things, and of course eat some delicious foods that Yokosuka is famous for!
If you’d prefer a private guided tour of Yokosuka instead of venturing out on your own, check out my recommendations here:
Otherwise, here’s my list of the seven most beautiful spots in Yokosuka that you absolutely cannot miss:
1. Dobuita Shopping Street
Dobuita Street is one of the most influential spots in Yokosuka. It’s a place where naval officers and Japanese students go to mingle at shops and bars. This mixing of cultures gave birth to some interesting creations like the fashionable sukajan jacket, which comes from “Yokosuka janpa (jumper).” You can still buy traditionally embroidered and customized sukajan at shops here.
Besides shopping, you can also find Yokosuka specialty foods like Navy Curry and the Navy Burger. If you’re a video game fan, you can roam around the streets that were the inspiration of the game Shenmue. There’s so much to do at this iconic place just from walking around.
[Name] Dobuitadori Shopping Street
[Address] Honcho 2-chome, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture
[Station] 10 minute walk from Keikyu Shioiri Station
2. Verny Park
Verny Park is a cute spot for a quick nature stroll near the sea. It’s a French-style garden with beautiful flowers and fountains. It’s perfect for walking around because you can smell the sea breeze and feel it on your skin.
What’s nice is that this park is free to visit and also open 24 hours a day. You can see the city lights in the evening and a beautiful view of the ocean and battleships in the day.
[Name] Verny Park
[Address] 1-1, Hikaricho, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture
[Station] 1 minute walk from Yokosuka Station (JR)
3. Kannonzaki Lighthouse
Kannonzaki Lighthouse is located on Miura Peninsula. It’s a Western style lighthouse that you can actually climb up to look at the view of the ocean (if you pay a 200 yen fee). If you’re not willing to pay the admission fee, you can still admire it from afar!
Kannonzaki is a park that includes a lot of nature. In the warmer months, you can actually wade in the waters along the coast and see some people fishing. If you’re more into indoor activities, there’s also an art museum and a nature museum.
Check out my in-depth review of Kannonzaki Lighthouse here!
[Address] 4-chōme-1120 Kamoi, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa-ken 239-0813
[Station] 15 minute bus ride from Yokosuka-chuo Station to Kannonzaki park
4. Soleil Hill
Soleil Hill was a popular spot for my junior high school students. And I can see why. It’s a mix of a nature park and an amusement park. The stand out feature is a colorful ferris wheel that stands among other fun games.
If amusement parks aren’t really your thing, you can check out the petting zoo, which includes exotic animals like kangaroos and capybaras and regular ones like ponies and goats. Or, you could try your hand at vegetable picking throughout the seasons.
However, it is a bit far away from the nearest station. So, it’s better to have a car if you can rent one. But this means that it’s off the beaten path for most tourists.
Check out my review of renting a car in Japan here!
[Name] Yokosuka Soleil Hill
[Address] 4 Chome Nagai, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 238-0316
[Station] 15 minute bus ride from Misakiguchi Station (Keikyu)
“Sarushima” translates to “Monkey Island” in Japanese, but you won’t find any monkeys here! It’s actually an uninhabited island located in Tokyo Bay. Even though no one lives there, it’s a popular spot for a day trip for many of the people of Yokosuka. But be warned, it’s a bit of a journey (though it is worth it).
It’s common to go for the day and enjoy hiking, barbecues, and swimming. All in all, it’s a perfect spot to enjoy a summer day in Japan away from the crowds of the big city. And for history buffs, there are quite a few historical walks!
[Address] 1 Sarushima, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture 238-0019
[Station] Mitaka Pier is a 15 minute walk from Yokosuka-chuo Station (Keikyu); Sarushima is a 15 minute boat ride from Mitaka Pier
[Season] Open: March - Mid-November
6. Kurihama Flower Park
Kurihama Flower Park is a beautiful spot to see many different kinds of flowers. It’s a popular spot to go roaming in the fields and get nice shots that make it look like you’re in a field of flowers that go on forever!
You can walk up a path that winds up the mountain. If you’re not up for walking, they also run a shuttle you can pay to ride instead. When you get to the top, you’ll be greeted with a nice surprise—a huge play park with a Godzilla figure! The Godzilla statue is actually a children’s slide that you can crawl through its legs. If you’re looking for an adult sized slide, there’s one in the play area.
[Name] Kurihama Hana no Kuni
[Address] 1 Shinmeicho, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 239-0832
[Station] 20 minute walk from Keikyu Kurihama Station
7. Yokosuka Museum of Art
The Yokosuka Museum of Art is a beautiful and elegant museum that houses a lot of contemporary Japanese art. In fact, the collection is so good that it often ranks within the top 5 fine art museums in Japan. It has exhibits for all ages, so children can enjoy it too!
It’s a large space where you can explore freely. The architecture itself is gorgeous. There’s also a library onsite that you can use to look at art books as well as a restaurant that has beautiful views of the nearby Tokyo Bay.
[Name] Yokosuka Museum of Art
[Address] 4-1 Kasai, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa
[Station] 10 minute bus from Yokosuka-chuo Station (Keikyu)
Those of you that have been to Yokosuka (either stationed there or just as a visit), did you go to any of these places? Which one is your favorite?