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Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

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Address: 1-5-2 Wakinohama Kaigandori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0073, Hyogo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 78-262-5050
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Sun 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tue - Thu 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Fri - Sat 9:30 am - 7:00 pm

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Kobe is a much slower city than Kyoto or Osaka, and after going through this "earthquake museum", I can understand why. Even after 20 years since the earthquake, they are still... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago

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English first
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104 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kobe is a much slower city than Kyoto or Osaka, and after going through this "earthquake museum", I can understand why. Even after 20 years since the earthquake, they are still rebuilding. The entrance fee to this museum is 600 Yen. There is a guided tour where we are not allowed to take photos in certain sections of it. They... More 

Thank GKhoo
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Deep impression for all of us when visited this museum. Through the theater,we could feel how powerful of natural disaster to destroy a city just within few seconds! And,we impressed for how Kobe city could rebuild by the strength of Kobe peoples. With touching and respect to all the earthquake victims. I highly recommend all the visitors should come and... More 

Thank jeana366
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

When we heard about this museum, we didn't have a lot of hope for it being interesting. Boy were we wrong. This is one of the highlights of our month long stay in Kobe. (Other than our new grandson). The museum makes you feel like you are experiencing the 1995 earthquake. The exhibits are interactive and informative. There are demonstrations... More 

Thank Breckpeter
Level Contributor
52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Not knowing what to expect, the whole experience was educational, emotional and thoroughly worthwhile. My nine year old granddaughter puts this in the top of the things we showed her in Japan. Well presented attraction

Thank Jacqueline C
Cloncurry, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We went there as a family because I remember this event on the news from 1995. It moved me then as it moved me now. There were very helpful staff who spoke english to show us through the earthquake event. These people are survivors of the quake. As an Australian...I prey I never suffer like those from Kobe and others... More 

Thank WillBill05
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78 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This outstanding museum (and memorial)presents information about this and other disasters. This is the most English language friendly Japanese I have attended in the 20+ visits to Japan. The movies may be frightening for kids. We were greeted on each floor by an English speaking volunteer full of information. Even more important the second floor also describes how to prepare... More 

Thank geowmeyer
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Although access is not great from the city centre, the museum is set in a gorgeous modern building displaying the time and date for the Great Hanshin earthquake. The museum holds an array of installations over four floors that go over the 1995 earthquake and its aftermath and the reconstruction of the city of Kobe through the stories and testimonials... More 

Thank Celia .
London, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Though sobering, this was one of the best things I did during my trip to Japan. I left with an understanding of, and sympathy for those who live in areas where earthquakes are prevalent, and furthermore learnt a lot about the effects of a disaster on a city and community, and ways the scale of the disaster suffered in the... More 

Thank Kristina501
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Very difficult to get there, long walk from the train station. Videos on the Kobe earthquake, how the people cope and expresses themselves. How the city rebuilds itself. Information but largely in Japaneses. Little translation. Tips to be prepared in the future.

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Brisbane, Australia
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

15 min walk from JR Nada station, very well done, interesting, English speaker transistor given to us, we enjoyed this greatly, interesting cheap variety store on the way back just near Maccas

1 Thank Ellen F

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