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JMSDF Kure Museum

Address: 5-32 Takaramachi, Kure 737-0029, Hiroshima Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 823-22-0906
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Kure
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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72 reviews 72 reviews
56 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This museum is one of two marine museums in Kure, a major shipbuilding centre. This one features a real submarine - you can't miss it. A short and well signposted walk from the station, the entry is a little hand to find. It's on street level opposite the Yamoto Museum. The museum features a comprehensive coverage of Japanese minesweeper and... More 

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208 reviews 208 reviews
89 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Hard to turn this one down...completely free entrance with lots of exhibits and signs that are also in English. Very friendly staff and you get to tour the inside of a modern submarine as part of the exhibit!

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Tokyo, Japan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

You can go to this museum which is located just next to Yamato Museum for free. What I felt as the most interesting part of this museum is that you can see daily life of sailors inside a submarine. What they eat, how they sleep, and you can even try to get in to their tiny beds. You can also... More 

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rio de janeiro
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319 reviews 319 reviews
98 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Fighting against mines is the main topic of this Museum. And it is well treated with due translations in English. But the visit to the sub is an unique experience.

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Suita, Japan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The submarine stands out but I did not feel that it would be the most important part of the exhibition. The JMSDF museum, especially after visiting the Yamato museum close by, is a great picture of how Japan changed after the world war and how peacekeeping can be a hard work. Especially fascinating are the exhibitions about the contemporary mineclearing... More 

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Banora Point, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

A visit inside the only submarine on display in Japan. It's located next to the Yamato Museum and entry is free. This museum covers other aspects of the IJN with a focus on submariners. We'll worth a look. An improvement for foreign visitors would be to expand the descriptions that accompany the displays.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I visited this museum as a day trip from Hiroshima. It has interesting exhibitions on Minesweeping and Submarines, however, the content of the exhibitions where not very interactive or detailed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We were visiting Hiroshima and learned of this museum from an advert on one of those free tourist maps. Its an easy 30 odd min train journey from Hiroshima - the museum is an easy 5 mins from the railway station (well signposted) along a raised walkway. You can't miss the place - there is a massive Submarine outside. The... More 

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Blue Mountains
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is an entirely separate museum, one of several Navy museums dotted around Japan. Each museum specialises and displays aspects of modern naval warfare operations as practised by the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF). Kure’s three-level museum showcases undersea warfare and naval mine warfare. The main feature, an extraordinary mounted submarine called the Akishio, was retired some time ago.... More 

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Upstate NY
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

The museum is free and covers the mine sweeping and submarine missions of the JMSDF. At the end of the tour of the displays you can go through an actual submarine. Closed on Tuesday.

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