Yamato Museum

Yamato Museum, Kure: Hours, Address, Yamato Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Yamato Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Peter R.
Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
'Wow' factor presented by this impressive 86ft. long model!
Apr 2019 • Solo
Having recently visited Okinawa and learnt about the sinking of the Japanese Battleship "Yamato" during WWII, I was sufficiently interested in visiting the Yamato Museum that I deviated from my route to Hiroshima to take in Kure.
Even though the exhibit is only a 1/10th scale model of a Yamato Class Battleship, it is hard to avoid the 'Wow' factor presented by this impressive model - itself over 86ft. long. Well-presented in a modern purpose-built building; you can view the vessel at deck level on the Ground Floor, step down to a Basement Level to view the keel or take the escalator to upper galleries to view from above. More than 70-years after the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleship ever constructed was sunk (April 1945) on its' way from Kyushu to Okinawa, it's hard not to be impressed by its' 9No. 18-inch main guns and its' host of smaller armaments mid-ships. I was particularly interested in the trolley system for launching the Nakajima E8N biplane seaplane used for reconnaissance purposes.
Elsewhere in the museum there are other interesting exhibits including a Zero fighter and midget submarines.
Written July 15, 2019
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Swiss_mad
Biel, Switzerland51 contributions
Interesting
May 2019 • Couples
Interesting presentation of the Yamato and the WW2 from a Japanese point of view.
Was a good place to visit while waiting our ferry in Kure to Matsuyama.
Written June 8, 2019
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kagero43
Toronto29 contributions
Well worth it if you like military history.
Apr 2019
Fabulous museum with lots of history and real artifacts from the wreck. Only issue is all displays and tours ate only in Japanese. Souvenir shop is really nice!
Written June 4, 2019
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Lorna S
Cwmbran, UK331 contributions
Interesting museum
Apr 2019 • Family
Interesting museum but it is a real pity that there is not more of an explanation in English.

The museum has a lot of exhibits including ships,planes and submarines.

The museum gives an insight into the once bustling naval port,ship building and also the involvement of Kure in WW2.

Worth a visit . 500y to get in.

Written April 8, 2019
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John G
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
Excellent big toys and very informative displays
Mar 2019 • Couples
The big displays (the battleship, the planes, torpedoes etc get you in but I found the information about the backgound to the wars and the development of Kure in this build up really well done. I learned a lot.
The staff were very welcoming and helpful, as with most places in Japan.
I expected to be there half an hour before going to see the submarines at the nearby submarine (JSDF) museum but spent a couple of hours.
Written March 18, 2019
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Rory W
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Definitely worth visiting, but limited English information.
Feb 2019 • Solo
Excellent museum. A short walk clearly signposted from Kure train station. If you like your WW1/2 history and think you might enjoy this I don't reckon you'll be disappointed. I can't read or speak Japanese, but still managed to spend over 3 hours poring over the available info. Most of the stuff is in Japanese obviously and if you can't read it you are missing out on a lot of it but I didn't feel ripped off. English summaries are posted for most exhibits and you can download their app for free and connect to their wifi to use it as an audio-guide in various languages (so bring your earphones). It goes into the history of Kure as a shipbuilding centre and talks about many more ships than just Yamato but that ship is used as a worthy centerpiece.
They also have a Zero fighter in there and lots of other interesting artefacts, but the star attraction is the 1:10 scale model of Yamato which is awesome to behold. It's nearly worth the price of admission alone. A fitting tribute to the biggest, baddest battleship of them all.
If you have any time left over the Japanese navy museum over the road is also excellent and free. All about the modern JMSDF post WW2. You can go inside the submarine they have there. Also highly recommend.
Written March 4, 2019
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Solomon W
Springfield, MO217 contributions
Best kept secret within the Hiroshima area
Feb 2019 • Solo
If you are into ships & I must say VERY LARGE SHIPS, this is a MUST-see. It has everything from ships, to planes to even submarines. I LOVED this place so much, I went back for a second day.
Written February 15, 2019
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faysie2015
Armidale, Australia666 contributions
Interesting
Jan 2019 • Couples
Husband is a war history buff and found this a really interesting museum. Certainly the reception staff couldn't have been more helpful and the English audio was very helpful.
Written January 13, 2019
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AUKeith
55 contributions
Excellent overview of Involvement in the maritime war machine
Dec 2018 • Solo
Whilst a large amount of the information is in Japanese, there is sufficient in English and there is an app as well. The model of the Yamato is superb. It gives a very good insight into the area growth, decline and growth.
Written December 26, 2018
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Jojo A
Taguig City, Philippines107 contributions
Must Visit for Fans of Japanese Naval Warships
Nov 2018 • Friends
The might and splendor of the battleship Yamato was shown as well as how it was brought down by the night of air power!

It was awesome and so very informative.

Don’t forget to check out the exhibits room with the Japanese Zero Fighter and midget submarine.
Written November 3, 2018
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