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“A record of Japanese resilience”

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Ranked #24 of 461 things to do in Kobe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 5, 2012

The building that houses this collection is a beautiful piece of engineering and design in itself. But it's what's inside that provides an amazing insight into the Japanese as a culture and society. The museum offers a plethora of information in English. The earthquake experience is full on and the stories of survival and recovery are extensive. The English-speaking staff/volunteers are incredibly friendly and informative. Ask one to take you through the liquefaction experiment.

This museum is easily reached by train; it was less than a 10 minute walk from the Iwaya station.

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Reviewed November 20, 2011

Yes, the tongue-twister of a name - "Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution" - is truly confusing. This is really a museum, a catalog, an archive... and much more of the terrible 1995 earthquake in Kobe. The 7-minute multimedia experience gives you a real feel of how horrible that fateful January morning was in 1995. There is an incredible amount of material for those wishing to understand and research not only this earthquake but also natural disasters in general and - also, especially - the human, family, community, private sector and government roles in such terrible situations. If you happen to be in Kobe, even for a few hours, do not miss this museum.

7  Thank Globalist3000
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Reviewed November 17, 2011

Do not smile at the title of this place before you visit. It is very much what is says to be, in a way that will make you think. You will be introduced to the realities of the human aftermath of an earthquake. There are English speaking volunteers who guide you through the exhibits. If you visit during the week you are likely to meet hundreds of schoolchildren who enjoy the occasion to chat with a foreign visitor. Be aware that for many of them this museum is about a threat they will live with long after you have left Japan. I found visiting this place emotionally moving and deeply human.
The building is part of a stunning architectural development along the harbour.

1  Thank hblnk
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Reviewed June 18, 2011

The institute contains an overwhelming and comprehensive record on the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Movies, dramatisations, dioramas, and lots of paraphernalia from the disaster and recovery process. Headsets in English and other languages are available, and every display we read had English translations. If you're an information buff, you'll love this place.

The English-speaking local volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable, maybe a little too attentive for some in low tourism periods. Definitely worth spending an hour or two in this spot.

2  Thank timmehb2011
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Reviewed March 3, 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.

5  Thank cpwon5
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