Make time for a short walk on Perry Road, where you can retrace the footsteps of Matthew C. Perry and learn how Japan altered its foreign diplomacy in order to open its doors to the West. The quaint street follows a water canal, intersected by small bridges that connect the walking paths found on both sides. You can start your walk in the spot where Commander Perry arrived with his ships and demanded a trade agreement with Japan. Finish on the opposite side, in the hydrangea-filled park. Plan your Perry Road visit and explore what else you can see and do in Shimoda using our Shimoda online travel planner.
Perry Road Reviews
Shimoda seems to be very quiet with lots of elders. This is one of areas one can spot many tourists. Perry Road used to be a red light distrct and there were many geisha houses in the past... more »
It is calm and worth a visit to see the old buildings with a small canal and bridges. You can also find an old temple behind these old buildings. Good place for camera shoot. more »
Very nostalgic, a small piece of old Shimoda. I was there in winter, but it should be much prettier in spring or summer when the trees have leaves. I enjoyed walking around here and feeling as if I traveled back in time.
The shopowners are making a big effort. Still, the "road" as such is too short to be a real attraction, and maybe because of that there are too few visitors. Makes you cross your fingers for the Shimodans.
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