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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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A very instructive and inspiring museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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FO
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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 

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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 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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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 

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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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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

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Paranaque, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I was initially puzzled as to why my friend was insisting that we visit this museum. I'm glad we went. For one thing, it is a beautiful building set in a quiet office neighborhood. Also, I learned so much during this visit. The most eye-opening experience was the film of the earthquake. One actually felt like he was in the... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Interested in understanding more about the Kobe earthquakes. There are movies and exhibits. The movies are with English translation (ear pieces). The exhibits have limited English, but there are English speaking volunteers there try to explain. Although sometimes difficult to communicate, you can see that they try really hard and have a passion on what they are doing. I actually... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution is a large museum dedicated to the Hanshin-Awaji 1995 earthquake, which pretty much destroyed the city of Kobe. The place itself provides plenty of information through videos, displays and very enthuseastic volunteers. We knew a little about the quake but did not appreciate the scale of destruction and the residents determination to rebuild... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Having visited Hiroshima many years ago I was very interested to visit this museum as well. The museum itself is a striking modern design standing out from the more workmanlike buildings nearby. I got the impression from the museum that the citizens of Kobe were proud of the way the dealt with the earthquake and it's aftermath, no sense of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This museum is dedicated to demonstrating the trauma experienced by the people of Kobe during the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995. This via film, pictures and personal accounts from people who lived through the experience. And this is where this museum differs from so many - those people who were affected volunteer their time to talk to you personally. We were... More 

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