Japan Maritime Self Defense Force the First Service School (Imperial Naval Academy)

Etajima Spot of Interest

The Imperial Naval Academy was transferred from Tsukiji in Tokyo in August of 1888. Since then it had been admired by the young as an important training base of naval officers. Lots of officers received the Spartan training and graduated as core human resources of the Imperial Navy.
After WWII the academy was taken by the US military. In 1956 the seizure ended. Today it is used as the Officer Candidate School and the First Service School of The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. The impeccably cleaned school ground covered by lawn, the big hall made of granite stone and the solemn looking former student hall covered with red bricks make us recollect bygone days.
The historical museum houses 1,000 materials and documents related to the Imperial Navy.

The schedule of the tour is as follows (the reception opens 30 minutes prior to the tour).
From Monday to Friday: 10:30, 13:00, 15:00
Saturday, Sunday and national holiday: 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00

Address Etajima-cho, Etajima, Kure, Hiroshima
Telephone 0823-42-1211
URL http://www.mod.go.jp/msdf/onemss/english/index.html