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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 Look at the Historical Past of Kure City and Japan's WWII Years

While the centerpiece of the museum is the 1/10 scale miniature of the Battleship Yamato, it is just one part of the overall presentation about the history of Kure City and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

While the centerpiece of the museum is the 1/10 scale miniature of the Battleship Yamato, it is just one part of the overall presentation about the history of Kure City and Japan's naval engineering. The exhibits cover not only the WWII years, but also early industrial period, post-war reconstruction, and current maritime technologies. Besides the Yamato, there are numerous models... More 

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Kure, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A lot of effort has gone into the presentation of the Yamato Museum. The scale replica of the most famous Japanese warship is really well made and gives you a good idea of the scale of the ship. I thought the museum was a good fit for people interested in WW2 Japanese naval vessels and engineering. Although it was slightly... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This was a side trip from Hiroshima as we spent 3 days and 2 nights there.We came across this place by chance as we saw the pamphlet in the hotel that we stayed and the hotel staff kindly help us how to get here. Just 30 minute train ride from Hiroshima and you can use sky walk from Kure train... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

More than just the famed battleship Yamato, this museum hosts a large array of World War 2 content that is presented in an entirely objective manner. It does not glorify the lives of Japanese sailors, nor does it play down the brutalities of war. What it does in spades is revisit the history of Japan's shipbuilding prowess. It takes you... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

If you like naval history and want to learn more about Japan in WW2 then you need to visit this museum! The Yamato is easy to get to from Hiroshima, you can get a direct “metro” all the way round the coast to Kure where the museum is based. It’s a very long ride buyt it’s a nice view along... More 

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Jajpur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The museum has 1:10 model of Yamato battleship on ground floor. It has very detailed information on Japanese warfare machines used during WW2 and also on ship-building. Also has some details on history of Kure city. Very good view just outside the museum, if you are lucky, you can spot some ships as well. Tip: If you go to Yamato... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Yamato Museum exhibited the history of Kure marine habour, display of warplanes, unveiled the design and building plan of Yamato which was built in 1941 carrying 2500 persons, and the most powerful bombs at that time (780 m/sec). Access: Turn right after exit from JR Kure train on 2/F (don’t go downstairs, unless you need to catch a bus or... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Although this is a marine and naval museum, there is very good coverage and treatment of Japan's involvement in World War II from the Japanese view. Treatment of the Pacific War is straightforward and without bias and framed in the context of the town of Kure where naval ships were built. The feature of the museum is a one tenth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

It is only a 30 minute train ride from Hiroshima station to visit the naval museums in Kure. They are only a 10 minute walk from the station and only 500 yen for entrance and an English audio guide. A lot of battleship and naval history and is a very pleasant military related museum. Highly recommended if that is an... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Yes, it's famour for its 1/10 scale Yamato warship model, but you can also see aircraft and torpedoes used during the war. The architecture of the building was also fascinating, huge windows allow you to see the seaside of Kure with huge ships. Don't forget to take picture of submarine that became a museum from terrace outside.

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