JMSDF Kure Museum

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JMSDF Kure Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
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4aru
Singapore, Singapore150 contributions
Kure Museum
Mar 2019
Just finished with the museum tour. Like all things Japanese an absolute pleasure. The weather was perfect with temperature of 21 deg C, bright and sunny afternoon.
It is approx 32 mins by JR rail fast train from Hiroshima main station.
The museum is about 570 metres from Kure station. Can't miss.
Written August 5, 2019
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Peter R.
Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
Submarine "Akishio" SS-579, is the star-of-the-show!
Apr 2019 • Solo
If you think the "Yamato Museum" with it's 86ft. long 1/10th scale model of the IJN Battleship "Yamato" is impressive, be prepared to be blown-away by the JMSDF Kure Museum immediately opposite ..... and entrance is free! Admittedly, the 76.2m long decommissioned submarine parked outside certainly grabs the attention, but the whole museum is a real gem.
You enter the main museum by passing underneath the submarine "Akishio" SS-579 and the 1st (Ground) Floor contains a history of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (the successor to the Imperial Japanese Navy after WWII). The 2nd Floor is devoted to Coastal Minesweeping activities and the 3rd Floor is all about Submarines, including entrance to the 'star attraction' - "Akishio". Because of the narrow confined spaces it is quite a limited tour; sleeping quarters, living quarters and the 'business end' where the driver sits and the periscope is located. Amazingly, because of the submarines' location, looking through periscope gives you a view of the traffic passing by in the street below, and the harbour beyond! Retired submariners from the JMSDF are in attendance to act as guides around the 'bridge'.
Truly excellent.
Written July 16, 2019
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John G
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
Free tour of submarine: lots of info about minesweeping
Mar 2019 • Couples
An interesting museum; free. Quite a lot about minesweeping; a bit about torpedoes and a bit about submarines. The tour of the submarine (as per the photo) is brief and limited but still worthwhile for getting a feel of life in a submarine.
Written March 18, 2019
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faysie2015
Armidale, Australia666 contributions
Excellent
Jan 2019 • Couples
Husband is a war history buff and we both found this free attraction really interesting. Located in Kure, half an hour from Hiroshima it was quite easy to find.
Written January 13, 2019
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Darubah .
16 contributions
Naval town
Sep 2018 • Friends
One of two museum dedicated to the maritime history of Kure. It's inexpensive since one is free and the other cheap. They're both very informative with a great span including both specific and general things in regards to Kures history and the naval tradition of the town.
Would gladly recommend.
Written September 21, 2018
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Q F
Paris, France6 contributions
A must-see if you are in Kure: free museum, more than you expect in it.
Aug 2018 • Couples
This museum is free so, if you spend some time in Kure, you definitely want to go there. It's at a ten minutes walk from the station, and extremely well indicated. It also complements well a visit of the neighboring Yamato museum.

The main focus of the museum is the visit of the submarine that you can see in front of it. The submarine is huge from the outside, but in the inside it is much more tiny. You visit only the upper deck, but it's fun and you can watch the bay with the periscope.

What surprised us is that the museum in itself is quite interesting and worth your time. We were in a hurry so we were unable to enjoy it as much as we had liked, but you can easily spend a small hour inside. There are three floors, the first one we skipped entirely, the second one explaining the demining techniques (the submarine has been involved in demining missions before being used as a museum), with some bits of information regarding the different types of underwater mines, and the recent missions of demining. It's more interesting than it sounds, really.

The third floor is devoted to submarines: it describes the daily organization in submarines, the meals, and offers a panel with all military insignias of submarines corpses in the world. It's quite fun to compare the insignias and you can find that of your own country, if applicable.

Also the staff is fluent in English and very friendly. Our only regret is that we had so little time to visit the museum. All explanations are translated into English.
Written August 31, 2018
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ruralbroad
Greater Perth, Australia56 contributions
Experience a Submarine
Jun 2018 • Friends
Included in your pass to the Yamato Museum as an add on, definitely worth taking the time to visit. You can experience what it feels like to live and walk in a submarine. Able to view the cockpit, sleeping quarters, dining area etc
Written July 2, 2018
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Cheryl M
Florida99 contributions
Sub Museum
Nov 2017 • Family
We enjoyed visiting this museum. Our grandson was so fascinated with the subs! There is multiple floors with lots to see.
Written May 29, 2018
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Michael N
Lawson, Australia1,160 contributions
Very Informative Experiemce
Apr 2018 • Friends
We were going to the nearby Maritime Museum but got side tracked by the sight of this huge submarine. Just near the railway station it really is a "must see".
Entry is absolutely free including the tour of the submarine and there is a mass of information available on the various methods of mine sweeping. The exhibits include examples of different mines and the different approaches towards disarming them. It was staggering to learn just how many mines have been laid over the years and how many still remain in place. I found the whole experience fascinating.
Written May 6, 2018
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magach7
Marikina, Philippines8 contributions
New amongst old
Mar 2018 • Solo
The museum is an ideal next stop after visiting the adjacent Yamato Museum. There is no entrance fee and it appears tailored more to a Japanese audience. One must understand that Kure is the Center of Japanese maritime military activities so the museum functions as a recruitment medium for the JMSDF. Like I said, following the displays at the Yamato showing the death of the ship, the JMSDF museum will show a rebirth of the navy albeit in a different form. Hence it is more positive in appearance and discusses and showcases the postwar development of the JMSDF especially its anti mine and submarine warfare capabilities. The tour of the submarine is also a very attractive feature and is well worth the visit. Although one may choose to treat the museum as a distinct visit, it would be best to include it in a Kure and district wide tour of first, the Yamato Museum, then the JMSDF museum and then a visit to Eta Jima Naval Academy approx less than an hour away. En route to eta jima from Kure, one will be able to see the capital ships of the JMSDF docked at the harbor.
Written April 11, 2018
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JMSDF Kure Museum is open:
  • Wed - Mon 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM