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The JMSDF Kure Museum

Kure () is a port city in Hiroshima prefecture, Japan.

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Frequent trains run from Hiroshima.

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Maritime museums

Kure has historically been one of the main bases for the Japanese Navy, and continues to host much of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). In recognition of this history, the city boasts two large naval museums, which are located across the road from one another and a short walk along a covered pathway from Kure's railway station.

  • JMSDF Kure Museum (海上自衛隊呉史料館(てつのくじら館)), 5-32 Takaramachi, Kure, Hiroshima prefecture (5 minutes walk from JR Kure Station). AM9-PM5(WED-MON). The museum introduces the history of JMSDF as well as historical relationship between the city of Kure and JMSDF through exhibition of historical materials concerning “development and current status of submarines” and “military history and operations of minesweepers”. The former JMSDF submarine Akishio is on display outside the museum. Admission free.
  • Kure Maritime Museum (Yamato Museum) (呉市海事歴史科学館(大和ミュージアム)), 5-20 Takaramachi, Kure, Hiroshima prefecture (5 minutes walk from JR Kure Station), +81 823-25-3017, fax: +81 823-23-7400. AM9-PM6(WED-MON). This museum is focused on the history of the World War II-era 'super battleship' Yamato, and includes a huge one-tenth scale model of the ship. It also has displays on the history of the Imperial Japanese Navy, most of which have English translations. A viewing gallery on the upper stories of the museum provides a good view of the warships docked at the nearby JMSDF base. Admission Fee: Adults¥500, High School Students¥300, Elementary and Jr.High Students¥200.







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