Ryōsen-ji & Chōraku-ji

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Ryōsen-ji & Chōraku-ji information

Shimoda , Japan
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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.