Yokosuka Travel Guide

Event 2023.04.16

Experience the Magic of Jazz at Springtime Picnic: Picnic Jazz in Mikasa Park, Yokosuka

Yokosuka is the birthplace of Jazz in Japan after World War II. You can experience Jazz more closely at Mikasa Park in Yokosuka with the “Picnic Jazz in Mikasa Park” event!

You can enjoy performances by big bands and other groups for free. Listen to music on a pleasant outdoor stage and enjoy a picnic while lying on a leisure sheet. We look forward to your attendance!

What is Picnic Jazz in Mikasa Park? – Event Overview

At Mikasa Park, a historical site in Yokosuka, a free Jazz event called “Picnic Jazz in Mikasa Park” will be held. Five groups, including big bands, will perform and deliver great music to the audience. Admission is free, so bring a leisure sheet and enjoy a picnic while surrounded by the sounds of Jazz.

The stage area is located in an outdoor space in Mikasa Park, and in front of the stage, there is a lawn and a view of the sea. The stage is shaped like an opera house, and the music spreads out towards the sea.

In the event of rain on the day of the event, it may be canceled. Check the Mikasa Park Management Office and official website for inquiries.

Event Details

Date: April 22, 2023 (Sat)
Time: The event will be held from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
In case of rain, the event will be canceled.

Location: Mikasa Park Outdoor Stage
Address: 82 Inaokacho, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
(Open in Google Maps)

Admission: Free Official website:
Mikasa Park Official Website “Picnic Jazz”
(You can find information about the facilities and access to the park on Mikasa Park’s official website.)

Parking Spaces: 34
420 yen for 1 hour, additional 210 yen for every 30 minutes after that. Additional 100 yen for every hour after 2 hours.

Mikasa Park Management Office: 046-824-6291

Organized by Yokosuka Seaside Partners
Supported by Yokosuka City

Yokosuka Jazz Association
Link to Yokosuka Jazz Association official website

Jazz Performance Group Time Table

1:00 PMHappy Swing Orchestra
2:00 PMMarmalade Jam
3:00 PMPonte Mare
4:00 PMAON
Time Table – Free jazz performances for all

About Mikasa Park

Mikasa Park is a representative park in Yokosuka, selected as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Urban Parks” and “Japan’s Top 100 Historic Parks”. The park is well-known for preserving the battleship Mikasa, which played a significant role in the Russo-Japanese War and is one of the world’s three major memorial ships. It also features a statue of Heihachiro Togo, a famous Japanese admiral.

The park was designed under the theme of “water, light, and sound” and is adorned with various attractions such as a dynamic wall fountain, dancing fountains that move to the rhythm of music, and an 18-meter-high monument. The park creates an artistic and historic atmosphere that captivates visitors. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of Tokyo Bay with ships passing by and Sarushima Island behind Mikasa, as well as experiencing the lush natural scenery.


Opening Hours:
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (April – September)
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (October – March)
Closed: None

Address: 82 Inaokacho, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Admission: Free

Important Information for Event Participation and Other Details

Please note that in the event of rain, the event will be cancelled. For inquiries, please contact the Mikasa Park Management Office at 046-824-6291.

Rules for using the park

The following rules apply when using the park:

  • Bringing or using self-propelled vehicles, tricycles, kickboards, skateboards, rollerblades, or other similar devices is not allowed. The use of roller shoes is also prohibited.
  • Bicycles are allowed to enter the park until the “Togo Heihachiro Photo Stand,” but must be pushed and walked when used inside the park.
  • The use of fire for barbecues, fireworks, or any other activity is not allowed inside the park.
  • Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas. Smoking is prohibited in all other areas.
  • Please help keep the park clean by taking your garbage with you when you leave.
  • Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.

Enjoy a picnic with live music! What to Bring and Wear on the Day of the Event

The outdoor stage area of Mikasa Park is a perfect spot for picnicking on the lawn. We recommend bringing a picnic mat, drinks, snacks, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, camera, and warm clothes, as the weather can change quickly. It’s also a good idea to bring rain gear, as the event will be held rain or shine.

If you are unsure if certain items are allowed into the event, please check the official website or contact the Mikasa Park Management Office at 046-824-6291.

Music & Jazz lovers, don’t miss out on Picnic Jazz in Mikasa Park

Yokosuka is a hidden gem for jazz enthusiasts, and it’s the birthplace of postwar Jazz in Japan. The “Picnic Jazz in Yokosuka” event is a celebration of this heritage and offers an amazing musical experience in a perfect location, surrounded by lush greenery and natural beauty. It’s a must-attend event for anyone who appreciates great music and enjoys the outdoors. If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, Picnic Jazz in Yokosuka is not to be missed. So mark your calendars and get ready to savor the essence of jazz and picnics in Yokosuka!