Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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  • Malcolm_See
    Singapore, Singapore584 contributions
    Great museum to visit in Kobe
    Having never experienced an earthquake before, this museum was an eye-opener for myself. Earthquake is kinda a part and parcel of life in Japan as this region lies on many of the tectonic lines. The highlight was definitely the two movies on the 1995 Kobe Hanshin great earthquake, which was reproduced to showcase the extent of the damage and immerse the viewers in the earthquake experience. The movie was played in Japanese, but there were audio guides provided. After that there were exhibitions on the wreckage shown in the museum and the recovery process. Across the building was information on other type of natural disaster in Japan and there was even a simulator on running/swimming away from a tsunami. Definitely worth a visit if visiting Kobe!
    Written January 2, 2020
  • へぼ獣医
    Tokyo, Japan2,757 contributions
    いつまでも忘れない為にも必ず訪れるべき場所です
    東日本大震災からちょうど6年を経過した事もあり自分自身への戒めの為に訪れました。再現映像や当時の資料を見ると関空上空から見えた神戸の街に立ち昇る行く筋もの煙や東日本大震災時の凄まじかった東北新幹線の揺れなどが次々と思い出されました。総論ではなく具体的な備えを忘れない為にも必ず訪れて思いを新たにして欲しい場所です。
    Written March 14, 2017
  • とらきのこ
    7,156 contributions
    忘れてはいけないと思います
    HAT神戸のすぐ近くです。海に近いところにあります。車で行くのが便利そうなところにあります。 西館と東館がありますが、西館4階が特に印象的でした。シアター・震災直後の街のジオラマ(現物と同じ大きさがあります。) 当時私はもう大人で、まさに体験者です。あのときの芦屋・神戸あたりはほんとにひどかったです。壁のない家、花束の置かれたがれきの家などあたりまえにあり、その中を歩いていました。 あれからだいぶ年月が経ちましたが、忘れてはならないとまた思いました。 食料品の備蓄などもまめにチェックしないとと思いました。
    Traveled with family
    Written December 5, 2013
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Eliott
Melbourne, Australia48 contributions
Feb 2011
If you love Kobe, please visit this place. This place is informative and interesting. The building itself is a great piece of architecture construction. First thing you do is to watch an amazing earthquake moives, it's trying to replicate what happen on Tuesday, January 17, 1995, at 05:46 and the 20 second of earthqauke. The moive was so well made and I immediately feel what Kobe people has gone through.

You will then pass a corriode to the 2nd cinema. This corriode is decorated as Kobe after destruction. It is very real. Maybe cos of the 1st moive, my friend and I was speechless when we walked pass. We was shocked, we feel like we are at the scece.

The 2nd moive was very touching, telling you what happened just after the earthqauke.....

You will then visit the other exhibition floors where you found more stories. Staff there speak very good English and very keen to explain you the displays.

You will also see how Japanese people learned from the past and prepare the next EXPECTED SOON-COMING earthquake. They told us that the next one should arrive now or in next 2 years according to the cycle........and it's gonna be bigger earthqauke than 1995.

Last, you will watch a moive in 3D cinema located on the ground floor. The film content isn't that good, but the seat are very comfy......so go and take a rest before your 15mins walk to JR Nade station.
Written March 3, 2011
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Caroline R
Lausanne, Switzerland168 contributions
Sep 2012 • Solo
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 cry easily but it really moved me to tears. I found they did a good job at making us remember the disaster but not in a morbid way. When you leave the museum you keep thinking about it and it changes you.
I found this spark in Kobe that i found nowhere else in my travels in Japan. The people there have this special something that no one else has. The museum was definitely my highlight and the part i preferred from the city. I highly recommend you go visit it. Plus, if you're a fan of architecture, you'll enjoy the building
Written August 22, 2013
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EirianCymraes
Mold, UK143 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
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 earthquake and was extremely interesting. Well worth a visit, also go to see the memorial park at the harbour which really brings home the power and devastation, but also the regeneration of Kobe.
Written July 26, 2013
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maxi567890
London, UK4 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
Coming from the UK, a country not accustomed to natural disasters, it was shocking to discover the impact of the Kobe Earthquake. Two very moving short films start the exhibition before being led into the main exhibition area. It is clear that the Japanese were not fully prepared for such a large earthquake in Kobe, given the damage and casualties that were recorded. The exhibition room is very personalised and based on people's experiences, and hence very moving. Also, the exhibition and films are very English friendly and the staff are always interested to interact with its customers. I was lucky enough to enter for free due to it being the 17th of the month (earthquake occurred on the 17th January 1995). This is the first thing you should do if you go to Kobe, although it is surprisingly anonymous on Tripadvisor's front page on things to do in Kobe.
Written August 17, 2017
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Michael H
Hong Kong, China493 contributions
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 learnt that most of the people did not get any compensation from the insurance policies they bought (due to some technicalities), and most of the people only got some kind of a tax rebate a couple of years after the earthquakes. Even worse, some people only got some back after lengthy court battles (up to 13 years I was told). This is actually a good place to spend a couple of hours. By the way, the ice-cream at the ground floor of the second building was really creamy.
Written October 30, 2014
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LastMinuteLarry
340 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
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 their city. The staff are very organised and entry is co-ordinated via allocated time slots starting with the intense video introduction. This allows visitors to move through the museum in 'batches', making for a better experience unless you get swamped by the hoards of excited school kids!

Quite a depressing experience if you stop and think about the human loss and destruction, but go visit and learn. You can always cheer yourself up with a big Mac and shake at McD's just across the road. A worthy visit but we think you need to plan your visit followed up by something more light-hearted to pick you back up.

There are plenty of lockers available to the right of the entry desk and access to DRHRI is via the Hanshin Kasuganomichi station followed by a 10 minute walk.
Written June 17, 2014
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RedstoneBoy
Toronto, Canada181 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
Although the amount of English in the exhibits is limited, the museum is very well organized and presented with excellent multimedia and video experiences. It's particularly effective for teaching young people and you could see this from the number of school students in attendance.
Written May 29, 2013
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Emily W
Singapore, Singapore314 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
Most of us not living in Japan or other earthquake prone cities can learn much from this museum. English speaking volunteers are very dedicated and enthusiastic in guiding you through the exhibits. First there was a light and sound show that tries to simulate the Kobe earthquake. Then there are lots of exhibits of the extensive damage caused and the struggles faced by Kobe residents. This is followed by the rebuilding process. One goes away admiring the resilience of the Japanese. At the end there is also a section of what to do to prepare for a earthquake. Very educational and eye-opening. Not to be missed. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Written October 6, 2012
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Minatoku
Tokyo7 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
Relive the Kobe earthquake in 1995 that killed over 6,000 residnets
Written June 18, 2012
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EndlessVoyage
California1,091 contributions
Jan 2011
With lots of English explanations, wonderful tour guides and interactive displays for teens, this was a great museum. The experience begins with a room where you are surrounded by footage of the day of the earthquake, you then walk through a recreated street that is very impressive, to a movie theater where you are taken inside the experience of a family following the earthquake. We were given headphones with an english narrative. It was really well done. Afterwards there are extensive displays and guides with very good English. They also have interactive displays for children and teens. The museum is nextdoor to the prefecture Art museum and makes a wonderful day of contrasts on the harbor.
Written January 30, 2011
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  • Sun - Sun 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tue - Thu 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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