Shimoda 下田市 is perhaps unfairly overlooked by tourists today, owing to its somewhat inconvenient location. This map describes Shimoda’s role as a port on the sea route from Western (Southern) Japan, and Edo (Tokyo).
The Approaches to Edo – Early 19th Century
Source: Page 201, East Asia: the modern transformation (1965) – full scanned copy available HERE
Shimoda Tourist Map
View of Shimoda Harbor
And here is a view of Shimoda’s protected harbor. This vantage point is best reached by the Shimoda Ropeway 下田ロープウェイ, a cable car accessible from Sanroku Station 山麓, which is merely feet away from Izukyu-Shimoda train station 伊豆急下田駅.
More views from the hill overlooking the harbor:
- “Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan: performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry, United States Navy, by order of the Government of the United States” (Full Text available)
- Basic Sources on Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)