Top Choice Street in Shimoda

Perry Road

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 appealing ambiance of old houses under willow trees now occupied by cafes, j…
Museum in Shimoda

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 vice versa.
Temple in Shimoda


Founded in 1590, this Zen temple is most famous as the first Western consulate in Japan, established in 1856. A small museum has artefacts of the life of American Townsend Harris, the first consul general. It's a 25…
Buddhist Temple in Shimoda

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 representatives of the Tokugawa shogunate. The temple's Black Ship Art Gallery disp…
Park in Shimoda

Shimoda Kōen & Wakanoura Promenade Park

If you keep walking east from Perry Rd, you'll reach the pleasant hillside park of Shimoda Kōen, which overlooks the bay. It's loveliest in June, when the hydrangeas are in bloom.
Monument in Shimoda

Perry Monument

The plinth-mounted bust of Matthew C Perry commemorates the landing of the US commodore and his men at this spot in 1854.