FEATURE: Anime vs. Real Life – “Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club” [Part 3]

After performing so well at the school’s criterium, the Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (yes, that’s a very long title for a club and an anime) received some school funding, and is finally ready for their first proper trip as a club. Their first tour: biking around the Miura Peninsula from Yokosuka all the way down to Misaki.  

 

The Miura Peninsula is located in the southeastern part of Kanagawa Prefecture and divides Tokyo Bay to the east, from Sagami Bay to the west. The anime’s main location, Kamakura, is situated in the north of the Miura Peninsula, but the club’s first outing takes them to Yokosuka, in the central part of the peninsula. Yokosuka has played a major role in Japan’s naval history, and is nowadays mostly associated with the United States Navy base and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force HQ located there. It was also in Yokosuka where Commodore Matthew C. Perry landed with his fleet in 1853, initiating the opening of Japan to international trade.

 

Given its history as a naval base, the port has also been a fitting setting for shows like High School Fleet and Arpeggio of Blue Steel. But Yokosuka also seems to be getting popular among cycling shows as of late, as the recent Long Riders, and now Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club have both used the area as a setting for their shows. Now, let’s take virtual trip from Yokosuka to Misaki and find out how far they’ve actually traveled in the real world.  

 

*All images were taken with GOOGLE STREET VIEW

 

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The gang meets up at JR Kamakura Station and hop on the train to Yokosuka Station, which should only take them around 20 minutes. (If you missed my two previous articles about the show and Kamakura, please check them out here: Part 1, Part 2.)

 

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They get off at Yokosuka Station, which was also featured in last year’s High School Fleet. As you can see, Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club‘s backgrounds look as lovely as ever, and match their real-world counterparts stroke for stroke most of the time.

 

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The small building to the left is the Verny Commemorative Museum.

 

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Probably the first thing every tourist (including our protagonists) do once they get out of Yokosuka Station is to head to the Verny Park right next to it. The park is located along the waterfront and offers great views of both the Japanese and American Naval bases, as well as the many warships anchored in Yokosuka Bay. The park was named after the French naval engineer and foreign advisor, François Léonce Verny, who was responsible for the construction of the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal in 1865. 

 

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The Verny Park also includes the small Verny Commemorative Museum. 

 

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The girls finally start their cycling trip after the quick park visit… 

 

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…passing by the Yokosuka Arts Theater… 

 

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… and make their next stop at the Mikasa Park. The park is named after its main attraction, the famous ship girl battleship Mikasa. The flagship of Admiral Heihachiro Togo fought in several battles during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), including the major Battle of Tsushima. The Mikasa was decommissioned in 1922, but was restored and reopened as a museum ship in 1961.

 

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After the quick stop the cycling club hits the road again, cycling along the coastal road towards Hashirimizu. 

 

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I can’t really blame them for taking a couple of picture breaks here and there. 

 

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They take their next break at the Kannonzaki Public Park. Like I just mentioned, I can’t really blame them for taking a lot of pauses, but this is already their third break after only cycling 11km (around 7 miles). 

 

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They didn’t even stop by Japan’s first lighthouse, the Kannonzaki Lighthouse, which was one of the four lighthouses built by the aforementioned Verny. They also completely ignored the Kannonzaki Nature Museum (building to the left).  

 

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They continue their trip along the coast heading towards Kamoi, where they start an energetic road race with the members of Sound-C, the Minami Kamakura FM station’s team. 

 

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The girls cycling club and the members of Sound-C part ways at Kurihama Port, where they take the Tokyo-Wan Ferry to Kanaya Port in Chiba. 

 

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While the others are headed towards Chiba, Hiromi and the girls make their way to the Kurihama commercial district, stopping by at Keikyu-Kurihama Station. Trying to retrace their correct path here was been a bit tricky, but they should’ve cycled around 21km (13 miles) at this point.

 

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Kurofune Nakadori shotengai. 

 

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With the exception of another two quick stops, the girls cycle 13km (8 miles) to the Tsurugisaki Lighthouse, located on Cape Tsurugi. The 17m (55 ft) high lighthouse was designed and constructed by the British engineer Richard Henry Brunton, and was completed in 1871. 

 

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Next stop: the Miyagawa Park at the tip of the Miura Peninsula. The wind farm consists of two wind turbines. From there, it’s only a small jump to their final destination. 

 

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Jogashima Ohashi Bridge Toll Booth.

 

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Jogashima Ohashi Bridge, connecting Misaki to Jogashima Island.

 

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After a long and exhausting day of cycling, the Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club finally arrives at Jogashima Park on Jogashima Island, the southernmost point of the Miura Peninsula. Good job – now they only need to cycle the whole way back. 

 

Total distance traveled: 48km (30 miles). Check out the Google Map I made here.

 

Don’t forget to catch the series finale next week! What’s the furthest you’ve ever traveled on your bike? Let us know in the comments! 

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