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Yamato Museum

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Address: 5-20 Takaramachi, Kure 737-0029, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 823-25-3017
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A must for anyone interested in naval history

Though many exhibits are in Japanese only, the Yamato Museum conveys ample information on the pinnacle of Japanese naval design, the battleship Yamato. Exhibits also convey the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though many exhibits are in Japanese only, the Yamato Museum conveys ample information on the pinnacle of Japanese naval design, the battleship Yamato. Exhibits also convey the key role of Kure in naval history.

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Wittenberge, Germany
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

The Yamato Museum in Kure offers a very profound and impressive insight into the history of the Japanese military during the Second World War. Alone the crafted 1:10 scale replica of the impressive battleship "Yamato" justifies a visit to the museum. This model corresponds to the smallest detail of the original. The other exhibits of the museum show planes, submarines... More 

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Protaras, Cyprus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

If you happen to be in Hiroshima for a couple of days and have already visited the A Bomb Dome and Museum you should definitely also visit the Yamato Museum in Kure. It is about 50 minutes by train from Hiroshima. Deeply connected with World War 2 history, it gives a great insight in the building of one of the... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Kure was a very important navel city before WWII, 133 warships were built there. Many models are displayed including a 1/100 battleship Yamato!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

It's not very large, but does give a concise history of shipbuilding in Kure, obviously leading up to the Yamato - of which there is quite an excellent series of exhibits, Given the timing of the visit, there was a major element of the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 (which didn't have an english version of the tour... More 

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Yulara, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

I have liked ships in general my whole life including naval history. This museum is a must see. It focuses mainly on the technological expertise on ship building. It does not glorify the war but does have several large scale models of Japanese warships in intricate detail. They really are impressive. It is a part of history regardless of ones... More 

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Hiroshima, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

This museum is solely dedicated for the history of Yamato and WWII. This is the only place where this many displays of Yamato are at one place. If you like history, especially WWII, you like this place. Also, the 1/10 of Yamato inside the museum is must-see. Not far from the city of Hiroshima, so please visit when you come... More 

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Pico Rivera, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

One of the best museum I have visited in Japan. Very affordable price 500 yen (approximately 4.50 USD). Free audio guides in English, Korean. You can also visit for free the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDF) which exhibit a real submarine among other features of the Japanese Naval Forces. Easy access from Hiroshima by car, train or bus.

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Draper, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Remember this is Japan, and this is a Japanese museum! The information was all in Japanese, not that I minded, we looked at the displays of the ships, and enjoyed the craftsmanship of the work that went into making the models. As we have travel about Japan, we are getting a wonderful education into how the culture thinks, acts and... More 

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Lindsay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This museum, the Kure Maritime Museum, or commonly called the "Yamato Museum", is an overlooked treasure. The only drawback is the museum is pretty much entirely in Japanese. Of course the static displays need no explanation, which is why any English review will focus on them. The incredible historical displays present the current accepted views why the Pacific War shaped... More 

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