Hikawa Maru

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The Queen of the Pacific

The Queen of the Pacific

The Hikawa Maru is the sole surviving ship of the three Hikawa Maru-class ocean liners built during the late 1920's. The Hikawa Maru was built for the Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) along with two other ships, and have served as an ocean liner before the break out of World War Two, and as a battle ship during and after the war. The ship now serves as a museum in Yamashita Park, previously serving as a civilian service ship, wartime hospital ship, and cargo ship before and after the war. Many Japanese who left the country used the Hikawa Maru when traveling to North or South America. The two sister ships, Hie Maru and Heian Maru were sunk during the war. The Hikawa Maru served the NYK Line, Imperial Japanese Navy, and SCAJAP (Shipping Control Authority for the Japanese Merchant Marine) before being permanently berthed at Yamashita Park, where it educates visitors about the many voyages traveled, which include a voyage from Charlie Chaplin (famous 1930's movie star), Kano Jigoro (founder of Judo), and also helped hundred of Jewish refuges escape Nazi persecution (many fled to Canada and USA through Japan on this ship).

You can board the legendary ship and learn about it's services by joining the Nikkei Ancestry Tour!

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