Attraction 1-2-1 Shinko Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0001 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama is special ?
Japan Coast Guard Museum YOKOHAMA is a resource center built next to the Yokohama Maritime Disaster Prevention Base, at the far end of Red Brick Park. It was opened in December 2004 aiming to deepen the understanding of the importance of maritime security, as well as the current conditions of the surrounding sea areas of Japan. The hull of the covert operation vessel involved in the incident that occurred in the Southwest Kyushu sea area in December 2001 is displayed. Items such as waterproof suits and jackets worn by crew members, as well as maps, and bags of snack collected after the incident are also displayed.
What to explore at Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama?
Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, dedicated to maritime security, is really about one ship. The museum is housed in a building that belongs to the Japan Coast Guard, just behind Akarenga Park near the Red Brick Warehouses. It contains the rusting, bullet-ridden hulk of a North Korean ship suspected of spying in Japanese waters near Kyushu on December 22-23, 2001. The ship was built to resemble a fishing boat but was equipped with four engines, carried a machine gun, and had a smaller boat stored inside it. Other equipment including diving gear, radios, maps and bags of snacks were salvaged from the incident, which after a sea battle (shown on a video recording in the museum) resulted in the Korean boat "exploding itself." Most of the labelling in the museum is in Japanese, but several notice boards have English, Chinese and Korean translations as well.
How to get to Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama?
Closest Railway Station
Sakuragicho Station: JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line / Municipal Subway Line
Bashamichi Station or Nihon-odori Station: Minatomirai Line
- Very Interesting and wonderful Volunteer staff
- Fascinated by history
- Many interesting facts about the hull of the ship
- A well-preserved North Korean spy ship
- Pleasant walk along the shore
1-2-1 Shinko Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0001 Japan
Tips for you
As my husband and I are in the shipping business we are always looking at visiting maritime museums. The Japan Coast Guard Museum was on our list and we were not disappointed. The museum is free, but all information is in Japanese........no problem as a very friendly volunteer staff member met us when we first walked in and advised he would give us the tour in English. So we got our own private tour from a lovely gentleman who advised us that he had been an Engineer on one of the Coastguard ships. He explained and pointed out many interesting facts about the hull of the ship that they have in the museum along with some of the artillery on display. The tour took about an hour and we walked out with maps of the area in English and a recommendation for lunch and feeling that we had been warmly welcomed and full of information. Thanks to the volunteers who do such a great job.
Japan Coast Guard museum housing a well-preserved North Korean spy ship which was intercepted and fired upon. English signage and free admission.