Laid down 1 October, 1884, Musashi was one of the Katsuragi-class corvettes. Commissioned 9 February, 1887, Musashi saw action in the First Sino-Japanese War, patrolling the Korean coast, and observing the Battle of the Yalu from the reserve fleet. After the war, she was reclassified as a gunboat, and ran aground on a sandbar in 1902. After repairs, Musashi went on to see guard duty at Hakodate during the Russo-Japanese War. After refitting again in 1907, she was reclassified as a second-class coastal patrol vessel, and used for training duty for the next decade. In 1922, Musashi was converted for use as a survey ship. Removed from the Navy List in 1928, Musashi was designated Hulk No. 5 and used as a prison ship for juvenile convicts at Odawara until 1935, when she was broken up.