Maizuru was the only military port on the Sea of Japan during the Meiji period.
In those days, SHOUEIKAN was loved as a long-established inn that was used by the navy.
This long-established inn was built as an annex to the inn Shoeikan, which opened in 1904, and was used by many former Navy personnel, including Heihachiro Togo, the first chief of the Maizuru Naval Base. The eastern area where Shoeikan, which retains the strong vestiges of the Meiji era, is located, has been certified as a Japan Heritage site as a town with a historical story and a place where you can experience the dynamism of Japan's modernization. has been selected as one of Japan's 20 20th Century Heritage Sites for its ``Naval Facilities and Urban Planning in Maizuru/A Group of Surviving Military Grid Roads and Red Brick Facilities.'' The approximately 500 square meter two-story wooden building, which is a fusion of Japanese and Western styles, is currently a building that retains the atmosphere of the Meiji era, and has been used in collaboration with the Maizuru Film Commission, etc., and has been used for films such as ``A Man Called a Pirate'' and ``Japan's Longest Day.'' It is also used as a filming location for movies.
Shoeikan had been unused for a long time and had become dilapidated, and at one point was in danger of being demolished, but citizen volunteers carried out conservation and cleaning activities, and today it is a building that retains the atmosphere of the Meiji era, working in collaboration with the Maizuru Film Commission, etc. A project team was formed in 2017 to explore the meaning of preserving the building and how to utilize it. The project started as a project to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, researching Maizuru City from various angles and promoting the city as a military port.
About the Honmamon Project
- Reproduction of the Western food culture "Honmamon" that originated from the Navy/Western cooking and table manners classes, etc.
- Utilization of Noh stage/ Place for providing Japanese traditional performing arts
- Treasure display/Introducing the Meiji era by highlighting people related to Maizuru such as Togo Heihachiro
- Restaurants and dining places loved by locals/Alumni reunions, meet-and-greets, dinners after memorial services, etc.
- Group lunch location/Increase in the number of tourists and group tours interacting in the city and their stay time
small military base story
On the second floor of Shoeikan, which has ties to the navy, we are planning to open a museum where you can experience Maizuru's history with the sea. The history of a city facing the sea. At Shoeikan, you can feel the historical route that led to Maizuru today, such as the establishment of the military base, the relationship between the navy and the navy, and commerce and industry, all thanks to Maizuru's topography.
Prior to the official full-scale opening this spring, we are offering a limited-time monitor plan with meals on specific dates in February.