Sail Training Ship Nippon Maru: A Must-Add To Your Yokohama Itinerary

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Yokohama, Tokyo’s bayside sibling city, is technically the second biggest city in Japan and is filled with countless attractions. From the Cup Noodles Museum, Minato Mirai, and Chinatown, there’s so much to see and do in Yokohama. The Nippon Maru and Yokohama Port Museum is another stop to add to your ‘must-visit’ list.

A Brief History of the Nippon Maru

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The Nippon Maru was built in 1930 as a training ship for Japanese cadets. During her lifetime, the Nippon Maru clocked some rather impressive numbers; she served a total of 11,500 cadets and sailed the equivalent of 45.5 trips around the globe, clocking in an impressive 1,830,000 kilometers.

In 1984, at the still spritely—at least by Japanese standards—age of 54, the Nippon Maru was retired as a training ship. She soon found a permanent home here on the sparkling waters of Minato Mirai where she remains to this day in her almost luminescent-white glory.

The Nippon Maru Today

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Visitors are welcome to hop aboard the decks of the Nippon Maru most days of the week. While you’re exploring the ins and outs of the almost 100-meter-long ship, you’ll bump into one of Nippon Maru’s volunteer tour guides. In fact, many of the guides aboard the ship were once cadets. This fact makes the visit all that more enriching knowing that you’re exploring the Nippon Maru with someone who knows just what it was like to live and breath this beautiful vessel.

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