Awashima Marine Memorial Hall
Having been the first seamen training school in Japan, established in 1897 (the 30th year of the Meiji era), it is open to the public as a memorial hall.
Museum, Registered Tangible Cultural Property
The first seamen training school in Japan, established in 1897 (the 30th year of the Meiji era) on Awashima Island, which prospered as a port of call for the kitamaebune ships ("northern-bound ships") since the Edo period. It produced many seamen but closed in 1985 (the 62nd year of Showa era). The building has been carefully preserved since then and is now known as the "Awashima Marine Memorial Hall", where valuable materials relating to ships are exhibited and open to the public.
The two-story wooden main building was built in 1920 (the 9th year of the Taisho era), and the classrooms and staff rooms are preserved as they are. There are many wonderful photo-spots in the school building that are characteristic of Taisho Modern. There are plenty of highlights in the hall such as long corridors and glass windows with handrails, and, most of all, the hall on the 2nd floor is magnificent. It may be also interesting to take a photo of the long corridor from a low angle. The unique color of turquoise blue on the exterior wall is used for the window frames inside the building as well, and it is recommended for portraits using the windows.
You cannot miss the various exhibits that will help you to learn about the history from the kitamaebune ("northern-bound ships") culture to modern ships. There are old anchors exhibited in the garden, so it is recommended to take a relaxing stroll. Listening to the story about the school from the island’s residents is another way to enjoy the trip to the island.
* Currently, there are some restricted areas due to aging. After the Setouchi Triennale of autumn in 2022, renovation work will take place however the scheduling has not been determined. Therefore, it will be off limits for the time being.
It is the first seamen training school in Japan and open to the public as a museum.
You are able to find many photo-spots in the main building of the school building built in 1920 (the 9th year of the Taisho era).
The museum exhibits valuable items to help you learn the history from the kitamaebune culture to modern ships.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 1541 Takumachoawashima, Mitoyo City, Kagawa
- Mondays (Open on public holidays)
- Business Hours
- 5 minute walk from Awashima Port
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)