Japan’s Naval Academy: Historic Grandeur and Museum
The island of Etajima can be reached by a ten-minute ferry ride from the terminal in the port city of Kure, Japan. This is the site of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) First Service School and Officer Candidate School, until 1945 home to the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy. Among the buildings of principal architectural interest at this alma mater of World War II Japanese naval leadership are the 1893 Officer Candidate School and 1917 Ceremonial Hall. But the highlight of the visit is the Museum of Naval History.