Two sailing vessels, "Nippon Maru" and her sister ship "Kaio Maru", for training seamen, were anchored at the International Passenger Terminal in Yokohama. Each vessel weighs about 2,500 tons and carries around 190 personnel including 120 trainees.
Nihon Maru (right) and Kaio Maru on July 20, 2009
Opened to the public on July 18, 2009.
Setting sail on July 20, 2009
Kaio Maru puts out to sea on July 21, 2009.
Did you know that another "Nippon Maru" is on a permanent display? It's located at Nippon Maru Memorial Park, near the International Passenger Terminal. This is the first Nippon Maru, which was built in 1930; it carried 11,500 trainees and travelled more than 1,830,000 Km (equivalent to 45 circumnavigations of the globe) before its retirement in 1984.