Cruise Ship Hikawa Maru

The historical floating wonder at Yamashita Park

By Justin Velgus    - 1 min read

Resting proudly in Yokohama Bay across from Yamashita Park is the Hikawa Maru. This ship has lived an incredible life, serving as an ocean liner, cargo ship, hospital ship during wartime, and even youth hostel. It is most known for its glorious past as a cruise ship. The food, service, and ship were all top of the line with everything kept professional and sophisticated at all times. It was a legend during its heydays and attracted such famous passengers as imperial family members, headlining entertainers, and even American superstars such as baseball player Babe Ruth and comedian Charlie Chaplin.   

The ship was made a cultural asset of the city and now welcomes guests to hop aboard for a self guided tour. Come see what luxury was last century while enjoying panoramic views of the harbor from the top decks. 

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Justin Velgus

Justin Velgus @justin.velgus

Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai.   Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.