Ryōsen-ji & Chōraku-ji
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...
It takes less than ten minutes to walk end to end of this quaint cobbled street shadowing a narrow canal to Ryōsen-ji temple. However,...
The plinth-mounted bust of Matthew C Perry commemorates the landing of the US commodore and his men at this spot in 1854.
Run by a cool couple who abandoned Tokyo for the slower life of Shimoda, this quirkily decorated cafe offers excellent coffee, light...
Shimoda Kappou Enn
The most stylish places to eat on Perry Rd, Kappou Enn serves fine-quality Japanese and fusion Italian dishes made from the best local...
Ryōsen-ji & Chōraku-ji information
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 representatives of the Tokugawa shogunate. The temple's Black Ship Art Gallery displays artefacts relating to Perry, the Black Ships, and Japan as seen through foreign eyes and vice versa.
Behind and up the steps from Ryōsen-ji is Chōraku-ji (長楽寺), where a Russo-Japanese treaty was signed in 1854; look for the cemetery and namako-kabe (black-and-white lattice-patterned) walls.