Ryōsen-ji & Chōraku-ji
A 15-minute walk south of Shimoda Station is Ryōsen-ji (了仙寺), site of the treaty that opened Shimoda, signed by Commodore Perry and...
Black Ship Art Gallery
Ryōsen-ji's Black Ship Art Gallery displays artefacts relating to Perry, the Black Ships, and Japan as seen through foreign eyes and...
Run by a cool couple who abandoned Tokyo for the slower life of Shimoda, this quirkily decorated cafe offers excellent coffee, light...
Elegant, understated ambience and fantastic seafood. The Isōjiru soup is made from over a dozen varieties of shellfish and looks like a...
1-18-26 Shimoda · interesting places nearby
In the centre of town is Hōfuku-ji, a temple that is chiefly a museum memorialising the life of Okichi.
The museum is filled with scenes and artefacts from the various movie adaptations of her life on stage and screen. Okichi's grave is also here, in the far corner of the back garden, next to a faded copper statue. Other stones in this garden are dedicated to her, with the names of actors who played her.