Nippon Maru
Nippon Maru in Yokohama
Japanese name

Nippon Maru (日本丸) is a Japanese museum ship and former training vessel. She is permanently docked in Yokohama harbor, in Nippon Maru Memorial Park.[1]

She was built by Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation in Kobe, and was launched on 27 January 1930 alongside her sister ship Kaiwo Maru.[2] She was operated by the Tokyo Institute for Maritime Training to train officers for Japan's merchant marine.[2] At the beginning of World War II, her sailing rig was removed and she served as a training and postwar transport motorship.[2] In 1952, her rig was reinstalled and she resumed her training voyages until she was replaced in September 1984 by her successor, also named Nippon Maru.[2]

Nippon Maru measures 97 metres (318 ft) long, with a beam of 12.95 metres (42.5 ft) and a draft of 6.90 metres (22.6 ft).[2] Her gross tonnage is 2,286.[2] She is rigged as a four-masted barque, with 32 sails covering 2,397 square metres (25,800 sq ft), and two 600-horsepower diesel engines for auxiliary functions.[2] During her career as a training ship, she was manned by a crew of 27 officers, 48 seamen, and 120 trainees.[2]


  1. ^ Yokohama Visitors Guide, Nippon Maru Archived 16 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-6-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Schäuffelen, Otmar (2005). Chapman Great Sailing Ships of the World. Hearst Books. ISBN 978-1588163844.

External links

  • Nippon Maru guidebook (in English)

Coordinates: 35°27′13″N 139°37′56″E / 35.4537°N 139.6323°E / 35.4537; 139.6323