Minato Mirai 21 / China Town,Kanagawa
Hikawa Maru, an ocean liner of Nippon Yusen (NYK Line or Japan Mail Shipping Line), is one of the historical cargo-passenger ships and was built in 1930 for the purpose of running a regular route to Seattle. Today, the liner is open to the public and the visitors can enter the guestroom, the dining room, wheelhouse, the engine room, and other areas.
Hikawa Maru was built in 1930 for the purpose of running a regular journey to Seattle and back. She was equipped with a large diesel engine, which was the cutting-edge technology at that time, and was requisitioned for the Navy and served as a specially set-up hospital ship during the war. Despite the fact that the liner touched underwater mines on three separate occasions during the war, among all large vessels of Nippon Yusen, it was the only liner that escaped from sinking until the end of the war. Hikawa Maru was restored as a cargo-passenger ship after the war and put into the regular service until she was retired in 1961. Since her retirement, she has been kept at the Yokohama port, where she is open to the public for sightseeing visits, as a hotel, and as a venue for weddings and other events, and she was registered as a Yokohama Cultural Asset in 2003 and presents a familiar sight to many local people today. It reopened in 2008 as NYK Hikawamaru and the Passenger area where you can see guest rooms, the Crew area, which introduces the workplace of the crews, and the Exhibition room where you can trace the wake of Hikawamaru are available. You can also enjoy a view on the outdoor deck while relaxing in a deck chair. The liner is docked a three-minute walk from the Minato-Mirai Line Motomachi-Chukagai Station Exit 4.