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JMSDF Kure Museum

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Free tour of submarine: lots of info about minesweeping

An interesting museum; free. Quite a lot about minesweeping; a bit about torpedoes and a bit about... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
John G
Melbourne, Australia

Husband is a war history buff and we both found this free attraction really interesting. Located in... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2019
Armidale, Australia
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5-32 Takaramachi, Kure 737-0029, Hiroshima Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank John G
Reviewed 14 January 2019

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.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank faysie2015
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Darubah .
Reviewed 31 August 2018

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...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank QF17
Reviewed 3 July 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ruralbroad
Reviewed 29 May 2018

We enjoyed visiting this museum. Our grandson was so fascinated with the subs! There is multiple floors with lots to see.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Cheryl M
Reviewed 6 May 2018

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...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank MichaelN779
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank magach7
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Walk through three levels of the museum telling you about minesweeping operations, then walk through a decommissioned military submarine.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank duhness
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

My wife and I visited this free Museum on January 12, 2018. The experience of getting inside a decommissioned submarine to try its periscope to look into the Hiroshima Bay was unforgettable. The sonar sounds suggested that many frightful things can happen under the sea!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank PeterKamFaiC
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Ronald S
24 February 2015|
Response from NerdOnTour |
Hi Ronald, the Submarine itself is free to visit and is open from 9.00 AM to 5:00 PM (last entry at 4:30 PM). It's open everyday except Tuesday (or day after if Tuesday is bank holiday). All the info is in Japanese on PDF on... More