One of the main port cities in Kyoto Prefecture. Ferries to Niigata and on to Tomakomai in Hokkaido leave from here. Maizuru consists of two parts: Nishi-Maizuru and Higashi-Maizuru. Maizuru is a key district headquarters for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Higashi-Maizuru Station (東舞鶴) is served by eight limited express trains daily from Kyoto Station, six under the name Maizuru and two as Tango Discovery. Fares for the 96-minute journey range from ¥3,250 for an unreserved seat to ¥3,960 for a reserved seat in peak season. It is also possible to use local trains when traveling from Kyoto station for ¥1,890. The journey takes around 2 hours and you need to change trains at Sonobe and Ayabe.
A trip by car takes around 1 hour 10-20 min from Kobe-Sando. The ride from Itami airport takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. It takes 1 hour 30 minutes to get to Maizuru from Kyoto city.
The bus company Kyoto Kotsu has buses running from Kyoto central train station to Higashi-Maizuru train station for ¥2,300. The journey takes around 2 hours. The same bus company has buses going to Maizuru from Kobe and Osaka.
The city occupies a vast territory and public transportation is not well developed. It is better to have a car. It is also possible to arrange a taxi tour for around ¥5,000. Inquire about arranging a tour at the Maizuru tourist information center at Higashi-Maizuru station.
There is a nice view of the Maizuru bay from the quay which is a 10-15 minutes walk from Higashi-Maizuru train station.
Maizuru has many buildings made of red brick around town. Some of them used to be military buildings, others warehouses, tunnels and even temples. Maizuru also has a museum of red bricks.
- Maizuru World Brick Museum. Daily 09:00-17:00. The museum displays bricks from all over the world and all over Japan, as well as ancient ones from old Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Greece. ¥300.
Visit Japanese self-defence force base, Russo-Japanese War Museum including Admiral Togo museum, repatriation museum, brick museum.
The main shopping place in Maizuru is department store LaPort which is behind Higashi-Maizuru train station.
There is a very good yakitori close to train station Higashi-Maizuru on Sanjo-dori owned by an ex-self-defense sailor Daikichi who speaks some English.