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Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

1-5-2 Wakinohama Kaigandori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 651-0073, Japan
+81 78-262-5050
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Ranked #19 of 139 attractions in Kobe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Educational Sites
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136 reviews 136 reviews
56 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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dublin
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14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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London
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518 helpful votes 518 helpful votes
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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Perth
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

An amazing dedication and testament to the people of Kobe who survived a massive earthquake around 20 years ago. Although the CGI effects are a little dated they would have been state of the art at the time they were first staged and they graphically highlight the impact of the quake. There are many hands-on features highlighting not just the... More

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Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Walking around Kobe today, you would never guess that less than 20 years ago much of the city was wiped out by an earthquake and the fires that resulted from it. This museum will give you a glimpse of what it must have been like during the quake and in the aftermath. There's not much on the seismology or geology,... More

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Perth, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

a nice place to spend an hr or so,lots and lots of info,was also a few hands on things and each floor had an english speaking volunteer to show you some of the main points,very informative

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

Easy bus trip from Kobe city centre. Friendly, informative attendants who spoke English and made the experience really worthwhile. They were so hospitable. Excellent movie on 2003 Earthquake & Tsunami as well as complete treatment of the 1995 Hansin earthquake & it's effects on Kobe. Very enjoyable.

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Honolulu
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25 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Interesting look at the Kobe earthquake, but actually felt that the movie about the recent tsunami was more informative. The displays are mostly in Japanese. We sat through 3 different types of short films. May have been better with a guide.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

When i went to Kobe, i didn't really know what to expect from the city and i therefore booked only one night in a hotel. I visited the museum on my first day there and in the end extended my stay by 3 nights. I wasn't expecting much from it but yet spent more than 3 hours there. I don't... More

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Mold, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

This informative, ineractive museum really brings to life the horror of earthquakes and the human cost. Particularly sobering so soon after the earthquake and tsunami in north Japan ( we visited in August 2012). We didn`t allow enough time to see everything thoroughly, but we were lucky enough to be accompanied by an English-speaking volunteer guide who had experienced the... More

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