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In 1853, when Japan still maintained a policy of self-isolation towards the rest of the world, Commodore Matthew C. Perry sailed to Japan in order to request the opening of Japanese ports to US ships. The following year Perry returned to Japan with a squadron of nine war ships, the so called black ships (D, kurofune), to force his request upon the Japanese. In the spring of 1854, the Shimoda Treaty was concluded which opened the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American ships.

Despite having been a humiliating event for Japan at the time, Perry's arrival has become Shimoda's major tourist attraction, and the commodore and his black ships are omnipresent sights around the city today. A monument commemorating Perry and the start of US-Japanese diplomatic relations stands in Shimoda Park.

Other Perry related attractions include Ryosenji Temple (厛, Ryōsenji) where the Shimoda Treaty was signed in 1854. The temple's treasure house exhibits several Perry-related articles. In addition, there is Perry Road (y[[h, Perī Rōdo), a picturesque street that connects Shimoda Park with Ryosenji Temple. It runs along a canal lined with cafes, boutiques and willow trees. The shops along Perry Road - and all across Shimoda - sell various Perry-related souvenirs and foods.

Visitors can also join 20-minute sightseeing cruises around Shimoda Port in a ship designed to look like a black ship. The boarding point for the sightseeing cruise is a 15 minute walk from Izukyu-Shimoda Station (see map below). There is also the Kurofune Matsuri, an annual festival held in mid May, which commemorates the arrival of Perry with a parade and various other festive events.

Getting there and around

The various sights related to Perry and his black ships are spread out around the city of Shimoda. Shimoda Park, Ryosenji Temple and Perry Road can be reached in a 10-15 minute walk south of Izukyu-Shimoda Station or in about five minutes by buses bound for the Shimoda Aquarium (C, Kaichū Suizokukan). Get off at the Ryosenji (厛, Ryōsenji) bus stop (170 yen one way, 2 buses/hour).

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    • Ryokan Izuna
      Budget-friendly
      Located a 20-minute walk from JR Atami Station and 1.7km from Atami Onsen, Ryokan Izuna offers ocean views and Japanese-style breakfast. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms at Ryokan Izuna feature an ocean view with tatami (woven-straw) floor. All rooms have a private bathroom. Free luggage storage is available at Ryokan Izuna. Guests can relax in the shared lounge, which overlooks the on-site garden with cherry blossoms in spring. Food and drink is offered at the property at an additional cost. There are a few restaurants within a 3-minute walk from the property. An array of activities are offered in the area, such as golfing, scuba diving and hiking. Izusan Shrine is a 10-minute walk from Ryokan Izuna, while Jyukkoku Pass is a 30-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 80 km from the property.
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    • Guest House MARUYA
      Budget-friendly
      Located in the central area of Atami and a 15-minute walk from JR Atami Station, Guest House MARUYA offers capsule rooms fitted with Japanese futon-bedding. Guests can take a few minutes' walk to soak in the nearby hot springs or a 10-minute drive to visit the Atami Castle. JR Shinyokohama Station can be reached with a 50-minute ride on the shinkansen (bullet train). Haneda Airport is a 2-hour drive away from the property. There is a shared kitchen and lounge, where guests can socialise and relax. Washing machines and towel rentals are available at a surcharge. Each room at MARUYA Guest House comes with a power outlet and clothes hangers. Bathroom facilities are shared with other guests. Meals are not provided at the property; however, there are several dining options nearby.
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    • Hotel ACAO
      Luxury
      Hotel ACAO is a 10-minute ride from JR Atami Train Station, and a free shuttle is offered. The modern accommodation features hot-spring baths with ocean views, a rooftop garden and a French restaurant. Spacious guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, a tea/coffee maker and a television set. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool. Free WiFi is availble in all areas except the on-site restaurant. Hotel ACAO is a 15-minute walk from ACAO FOREST and the nearest beach. Atami Castle is a short 200 metres away.
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    • atami onsen guesthouse nagomi
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Atami, 600 metres from Kinomiya Shrine, atami onsen guesthouse nagomi offers accommodation with a garden, private parking and a terrace. The property is around 2.9 km from MOA Museum of Art, 4.4 km from Izusan Shrine and 6 km from Nagahama Beach. The accommodation provides a hot spring bath, a shared kitchen and free WiFi. Certain rooms also offer a kitchen with a microwave and a fridge. The guest house offers a hot tub. Atami Onsen is 1.7 km from atami onsen guesthouse nagomi. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 104 km from the accommodation.
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    • Guesthouse Nishihara
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a shared lounge, garden and views of garden, Guesthouse Nishihara is located in Atami, 1.7 km from MOA Museum of Art. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a barbecue. The accommodation provides a hot spring bath, free WiFi and a shared kitchen. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a hot tub, slippers and a desk. The guest house offers certain rooms with city views, and each room includes a coffee machine. At Guesthouse Nishihara each room comes with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kinomiya Shrine, Izusan Shrine and Atami Onsen. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 109 km from Guesthouse Nishihara.
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    • Atami Korakuen Hotel
      Luxury
      Situated in Atami, 2 km from Kinomiya Shrine, Atami Korakuen Hotel features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a terrace. Located around 4.2 km from Izusan Shrine, the hotel with free WiFi is also 5 km away from Nagahama Beach. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a shower and slippers, all rooms at Atami Korakuen Hotel have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms also boast a balcony. The units have a safety deposit box. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Atami Korakuen Hotel offers a sauna. MOA Museum of Art is 5 km from the hotel, while Atami Onsen is 1.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 110 km from Atami Korakuen Hotel.
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    • Atami Onsen Guest House Megumi
      Mid-range
      Situated in a quiet neighbourhood in Atami, Guest House Megumi is just a 5-minute walk from JR Atami Station. Atami Sun Beach is can be reached via a 4-minute stroll. Private parking and free WiFi are available on site. Every room has a sea view, and guests can enjoy fireworks during Atami Fireworks Festival in a guest room. A shared bathroom comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a shared lounge with a TV at the property. For guests' comfort, a natural hot spring bath is provided free of charge. Rental towels and washing machine are available at a fee. There are some dining options and convenience store within a 10-minute walk. Izusan Shrine is 1.6 km from Guest House Megumi, while Nagahama Beach is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 81 km from Guest House Megumi.
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    • Hotel Micuras
      Mid-range
      Located along Atami Sun Beach and looking out to the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Micuras boasts spacious hot spring baths, a sauna and a massage spa. This modern and stylish hotel offers large guestrooms and free Wi-Fi at the public area. JR Atami Station is a 10-minute walk away. Fitted with a relaxing ambience and wide windows, each room comes with a comfortable sofa, a flat-screen TV and a DVD player. A fridge and an electric kettle with tea bags are also included. Rooms with sea views feature a shower booth with a rain shower head. While staying at the Micuras Hotel guests can unwind in the public hot spring baths with a great ocean view, or receive rejuvenating massages at on-site Sanacion Spa. Free luggage storage services are offered. The hotel is a 12-minute walk from Kinomiya Shrine. MOA Museum of Art is a 10-minute drive or taxi ride away. Micuras Dining restaurant offers exquisite French cuisine and fine wine in an elegant setting. The hotel serves American breakfast daily.
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    • Atami Koro
      Mid-range
      Boasting beautiful sea views from its hilltop location, Atamikoro provides Japanese and Western-style rooms. The property is a 5-minute drive from JR Ajiro Station and a complimentary shuttle service is provided. Free WiFi is available throughout the premises. Renovated in July 2015, all rooms at Atami Koro feature ocean views and a wall-mounted flat-screen TV with video games. They have a tatami (woven-straw) floor, traditional futon bedding and a seating area with chairs and a coffee table. Toilets and bathing facilities are shared. Guests at Atamikoro can relax on comfortable sofas in the shared lounge. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, hiking and snorkelling. Free-use laundry facilities (detergent not included), free-use bicycles and free parking are on site.
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    • Atami Fuga
      Mid-range
      Situated in Atami, 1.5 km from Kinomiya Shrine, Atami Fuga features accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. The property is set 3.8 km from MOA Museum of Art, 6 km from Izusan Shrine and 8 km from Nagahama Beach. The accommodation offers a hot spring bath, free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. All rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV, and some units at Atami Fuga have a balcony. At the accommodation all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at Atami Fuga can enjoy an American breakfast. The ryokan offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna. You can play billiards at Atami Fuga. Atami Onsen is 2.8 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 106 km from Atami Fuga.
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