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Maizuru, Japan

Maizuru (舞鶴) surrounds an inlet of the Sea of Japan, along the northeastern coast of Kyoto Prefecture. Maizuru in Japanese means 'dancing crane'.

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One of the main port cities in Kyoto Prefecture. Ferries to Niigata and on to Tomakomai in Hokkaido leave from here. Maizuru consists of two parts: Nishi-Maizuru and Higashi-Maizuru. Maizuru is a key district headquarters for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Climate

Like Toyooka in Hyōgo Prefecture, Maizuru has a climate resembling the Hokuriku region rather than the rest of Kansai, though it is less wet than other Hokuriku towns during the late autumn and winter because its location on a deep inlet means the northerly winds driven by the Siberian High and Aleutian Lowdo not produce as much rain and/or snow. In the summer, however, Maizuru can be extremely oppressive... Read more

Maizuru, Japan

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Maizuru (舞鶴) surrounds an inlet of the Sea of Japan, along the northeastern coast of Kyoto Prefecture. Maizuru in Japanese means 'dancing crane'.

Understand

One of the main port cities in Kyoto Prefecture. Ferries to Niigata and on to Tomakomai in Hokkaido leave from here. Maizuru consists of two parts: Nishi-Maizuru and Higashi-Maizuru. Maizuru is a key district headquarters for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Climate

Like Toyooka in Hyōgo Prefecture, Maizuru has a climate resembling the Hokuriku region rather than the rest of Kansai, though it is less wet than other Hokuriku towns during the late autumn and winter because its location on a deep inlet means the northerly winds driven by the Siberian High and Aleutian Lowdo not produce as much rain and/or snow. In the summer, however, Maizuru can be extremely oppressive as the intense radiation creates extreme humidity around the bay: on August 13, 1994, the town recorded a minimum temperature of 29 °C (84.2 °F).


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Maizuru, Japan: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at Maizuru International Walf. It is a 5-minute car ride to the nearest major train station. It takes about 2 hours to get to Kyoto. Besides, you can get there on a bus, an organized tour, a taxi.
Maizuru itself also has numerous attractions to visit. Take a taxi or rent a car to explore the city.

Get around Maizuru, Japan


The city occupies a vast territory and public transportation is not well developed. It is better to have a car. It is also possible to arrange a taxi tour. Inquire about arranging a tour at the Maizuru tourist information center at Higashi-Maizuru station.​

What to see in Maizuru, Japan


There is a nice view of the Maizuru bay from the quay which is a 10-15 minute walk from Higashi-Maizuru train station.

Red bricks

Maizuru has many buildings made of red brick around town. Some of them used to be military buildings, other warehouses, tunnels, and even temples. Maizuru also has a museum of red bricks.

  • Maizuru World Brick Museum. Daily 9 AM-5 PM. The museum displays bricks from all over the world and all over Japan, as well as ancient ones from old Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Greece. 

What to do in Maizuru, Japan


Visit the Japanese self-defense force base, Russo-Japanese war museum including admiral Togo museum, repatriation museum, brick museum.

What to eat and drink in Maizuru, Japan


Eat

  • Kappa Sushi. Conveyor Belt sushi that has a touch screen and multilingual menu. On the main drag of Higashi Maizuru.

Drink

There is a very good yakitori close to train station Higashi-Maizuru on Sanjo-dori owned by an ex-self-defense sailor Daikichi who speaks some English.

Shopping in Maizuru, Japan


The main shopping place in Maizuru is department store LaPort which is located right behind Higashi-Maizuru train station.​

Safety in Maizuru, Japan


In general, Maizuru is safe. However, you should always use your common sense just like in any other place. 
Sometimes, pickpocketing may occur so always stay alert, particularly in crowded places.

Language spoken in Maizuru, Japan


English is taught at all schools in Japan, and while it is less commonly spoken than in Tokyo you will find that younger people will often know enough English to communicate. Still, learning even a few important phrases in Japanese will be appreciated and not as difficult as many Westerners think.

LOCAL TIME

10:41 pm
October 18, 2019
Asia/Tokyo

CURRENT WEATHER

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