In 1853, Perry arrived with his “Black Ships” in the waters of Uraga, Yokosuka, and he made landfall on Kurihama to handover a letter by the U.S. president to the Uraga Magistrate’s Office. The following year, Perry returned to Japan for an answer. He was able to have the Treaty of Peace and Amity between the United States and the Empire of Japan signed in Yokohama Village which signaled a significant shift towards the Opening of Japan. From this, Yokosuka became known as the starting point for the Opening of Japan.
Monument Commemorating the Landing of Commodore Perry