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“Not very interesting”

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Ranked #24 of 385 things to do in Kobe
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not very interesting”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

I had really looked forward to visiting this place as I had heard they had good exhibits about earth quakes and a simulated plate you could stand on to feel the degrees of tremour. The simulator was no longer available and the exhibits were dull. A wonderful building but somehow they made the exhibits so dull. Maybe okay for school children. I suggest they contact Hiroshima museum and get advice on how to exhibit disaster sensitively and interestingly.

Visited March 2012
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Pune, India
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Learning about earthquakes: A totally unique experience”
Reviewed May 15, 2012

The way they've created and themed this place is brilliant. The light and sound show of the 1995 Kobe earthquake is as real as it gets. Japan isn't a stranger to destruction due to forces of nature, but its resilient enough to stand up on its feet quickly after ANY disaster. There's lots and lots of information about the earthquake which devastated Kobe, and its aftermath. There's also a section where amiable Japanese volunteers tell you about why earthquakes happen. In the end of the show there is a small film (not about earthquakes) which is shown in a 3-D movie hall downstairs, and let me assure you that this experience will 'blow' you away, literally and figuratively. A must see when in Kobe.

Visited October 2011
1 Thank nikhilkardale
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Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A record of Japanese resilience”
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.

Visited December 2011
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Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Kobe Earthquake Musuem - A Must See”
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.

Visited November 2011
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Madrid, Spain
Level 6 Contributor
230 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Don't miss this experience!”
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.

Visited November 2011
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