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  • Yamato Museum
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    4.5
    824 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Takaramachi 5-20
    A museum which presents the history of the city of Kure, which prospered as a shipbuilding town and which was the location where the battleship Yamato was built as well as numerous large tankers which served after the Second World War. A one tenth scale Yamato battleship model stands in the Yamato Hiroba in the museum and is the centerpiece of the museum’s exhibits. The first floor exhibition room presents historical materials relating to Kure from the end of the shogunate government up through Japan’s postwar period as well as a real Zero Fighter Type 62 and a Kaiten Human Torpedo Type 10. On the third floor, visitors can learn scientific and technological principles with a focus on ships via interactive exhibits such as a ship piloting simulator. The “Kaigun-san no Curry,” traditional Japanese naval-style curry sold in the museum shop, makes a popular souvenir.

    Having recently visited Okinawa and learnt about the sinking of the Japanese Battleship Yamato during WWII, I was sufficiently interested in visiting the Yamato Museum that I deviated from my route...

  • Kure Municipal Museum of Art
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Saiwaichou In Funami Park
    This art museum featuring hexagonal brick walls is located inside of Irifuneyama Park in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Visits can see permanent and special exhibits that focus on the works of local artists. The museum also holds events such as the Citizen’s Gallery, an exhibition of works by local citizens. Known fondly as “Museum Road,” the hilly road near the museum is has been selected as one of Japan’s Best 100 Roads.

    There are not so many collections in this museum. I dont really understand art so I didnt have much joy here.

  • Edo Minatomachi Tenjikan Otomeza
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Yutakamachimitarai
    This museum is located in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, and is where you can see exhibited documents on the history and culture of local port town, Mitarai. In addition, it is attached to the restored building of the Otomeza, used as a theatre and cinema is the early Showa period (1926–1989). You can see things such as a movie poster exhibit and drop curtain with tall lanterns depicted, bringing many movie fans.
  • Takehara Townscape Preservation Center
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 3-11-7
    This history museum is located in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Visitors can view historical materials, videos, and other exhibits on Takehara City’s Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Some of the center’s activities include hosting seminars on townscape preservation and conducting historical research. The center is visited by many tourists exploring the preservation district.
  • Buttsuji Temple
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Takasakachou Motoyama 22
    A Buddhist temple in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. This Rinzai sect temple is primarily dedicated to the worship of Shakanyorai and was established in 1397. The main temple hall has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The temple draws visitors year-round and is often bustling with people searching for tales of history. The temple is especially well known as a place to visit during autumn for its variety of colors of changing leaves.

    Buttsuuji Temple of the zen Rinzai sect is only less than fifteen kilometers north west of Mihara city center, but in a very remote area in the mountains. On the way, there were warnings that some...

  • JMSDF Kure Museum (Tetsunokujira—The Iron Whale)
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    4.5
    552 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Takaramachi 5-32
    It is a public relations facility of the Maritime Self-Defense Force in Kure City. It has been opened free of charge to the public since 2007. An authentic large submarine is displayed onshore and is a valuable spot where you can actually board the vessel and see and experience the life and environment inside a submarine. In addition, there are exhibits introducing the history of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and its relationship with Kure, and introduces the threat of mines and the activities of mine-sweeping vessels. There is also a shop where you can purchase Self- Defense Force goods and souvenirs of Kure.

    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...

  • Kameyama Shrine
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Shimizu 1-9-36
    "A Shinto shrine located in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Viewed as the patron shrine of Kure City, this Hachiman shrine is dedicated to Emperor Ojin, Empress Jingu, and Emperor Chuai. Located on a hill, visitors to the grounds can enjoy a sweeping view of Kure Bay. The shrine's grand Yabu festival is famous for its abundance of participants, leading to its nickname as the ""people festival."" During the festival, shrine parishioners carry a portable shrine with a straw barrel filled with new rice; meanwhile, messengers of the goods called ""Yabu"" poke and prod the barrel with bamboo poles, attempting to delay the parishioners. The contest between the parishioners and Yabu can last hours."

    実は縁結びの神様でもあるらしい。 景色がすごくよく、結婚式も挙げられる。 初詣では、長蛇の列ができ、出店もある。

  • Ruins of Mihara Castle
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    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Yakatamachi 1 ・ Jomachi 1 outside
    "The site of a ruined castle located in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The site was selected for inclusion in the sequel to a list of Japan's 100 most famous castles in 2017. The castle was built by a Waring States period samurai lord Kobayakawa Takakage in 1567 to serve as a fortress and naval port; in its heyday, it was known as the ""Floating Castle"" as it appeared to float on the sea. Today, the stone castle base, moat, boat inlet turret, and middle gate still remain. JR Mihara Station stands where the castle tower base once was, and visitors can climb up to the concourse castle tower base on the first floor. In addition, the stone ruins of the boat inlet turret are inside the municipal Minatocho Park and thus can be viewed freely."
  • Mitate-jinja Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Higashihiroshimashi Saijouchousaijou 268
    A Shinto shrine standing in lush Mitate Park a five minute walk from Saijo Station. A Gion shrine was built in the area dedicated to the god Susanoo-no-mikoto, worshipped for providing healing from illness, when a plague was sweeping the land in 706. Thereafter, through merging with other nearby shrines, Mitate-jinja Shrine was ultimately moved here. There is a “Matsuo-jinja Shrine” on the shrines grounds whose enshrined deity was ritually divided from the one in Matsuo-jinja Shrine in Kyoto; the shrine is renowned for the blessings it is believed to provide in matters relating to sake. Mitate-jinja Shrine front shrine contains numerous sake casks donated to the shrine by local sake makers.
  • Rekishi-no-mieru-oka-koen Park
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Miyahara 5
    A park built on a hill overlooking Kure Port in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Meaning “hill from which you can see history,” the park offers a view of the covered dock where the battleship Yamato and other vessels were built, as well as other former Japanese naval facilities. At this famous tourism destination, you can feel the history of the city of Kure, which was established as Kure Naval District in the Meiji period and later transitioned from naval port town to peacetime industrial city. The park has a memorial to the Yamato built in the shape of its bridge which is also flanked by models of the armor-piercing shells its main gun fired, a plaque dedicated to the ship-building dock, and a stone monument inscribed with a haiku by Masaoka Shiki.
  • Matsusakatei
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 3-9-22
    The former residence of a wealthy merchant who operated a variety of prosperous businesses, including salt making and sake brewing. Matsusakatei is located in Takehara City, Hiroshima’s Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, an area where the city’s old townscape is kept preserved. The estate was built at the end of the Edo period and was entirely remodeled in 1879. The structure is notable for its unique architectural design, including wave-like roof and lattice windows. Inside, the building is decorated in the elegant sukiya tea ceremony arbor style, which creates a subdued and soothing atmosphere.

    My previous visits to Takehara had been to visit the Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings, a main feature of which is the grand residences of the salt producers. I...

  • Irifuneyama Memorial Museum
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Saiwaichou 4-6
    A museum housed in the Former Official Residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Kure Naval Station, a National Important Cultural Property built in 1905, located inside Irifuneyama Park a 13 minute walk from Kure Station. The museum building consists of a wooden Western-style structure as well as a Japanese-style hall. The Western portion of the building has a British-style exterior; the drawing room, decorated with rare “kinkarashi” gold patterned Japanese leather paper is a must-see. The grounds are also dotted with cultural properties and facilities where visitors can learn about the history of Kure since the Meiji period, including a hall dedicated to local culture, historical folk custom exhibit, and small clock tower once used at the former Kure naval arsenal.
  • The Old Imperial Japanese Navy Cemetery (Nagasako Park)
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Kaminagasakochou
    Opened as a burial ground for soldiers of the former Japan Imperial Navy in 1890, it is now a cemetery that is being maintained as Nagasako Park. In the park are numerous tombstones and monuments erected before the war, including a memorial with the names of those who died with the sinking of the battleship, Yamato. The park is also famous as the setting for the war film, Yamato, which was released in 2005. Take the bus from Kure Station and get off at the Nagasakocho bus stop.
  • Saihoji Temple Fumeikaku
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 3-10-44
    The Fumeikaku building at the Jodo sect Saihoji Temple, is a temple dedicated to Kannon, the Goddess of mercy. It is located within the townscape preservation area in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The wooden standing statue of the eleven-headed Kannon, which was the principal image of worship in the Zen temple of Myohoji which used to stand on this site, is enshrined here. The building, built in 1758, is said to have been modeled on Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, and is characterized by the way it has been constructed in the manner of a stage with its double roof of traditional tiles. The view from the Fumeikaku overlooks the town of Takehara and the Seto Inland Sea and is a popular spot frequented by many tourists.
  • Yamato Gallery ZERO
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Nakadori 3-3-17
    This is a memorial hall exhibiting items related to Leiji Matsumoto, a manga artist known for works such as Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999. In the museum, visitors can see paraphernalia that conveys the attraction of each of his works such as the Space Battleship Yamato, a model of the robot that appears in the works, and special books on his masterpiece. Mr. Matsumoto’s interview video is also shown in the theater. A collection of books that became the origin of his literary creation are also exhibited. The nearest is station is Kure Station.

    平日だったためか、15時から開くと表示があったので時間が合わず入れませんでした。残念、土日なら空いていたのでしょうか。(記憶違いでしたらご容赦)

  • Ookunoshima Island Poison Gas Museum
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    3.5
    86 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Tadanoumichou Okunoshima
    This is an archive located on Ookunoshima Island in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The island was once a poison gas manufacturing plant of the former Japanese Imperial Army and producing a large amount of poison gas weapons until the end of the Second World War. It was opened in 1988 to convey the horrific past and sacrifice of many lives during the poison gas manufacturing process. The museum exhibits artifacts from officials at the time, and material related to poison gas production. On the island, there are also traces of canons, electric power plants, and poison gas reservoirs.

    The museum is good for giving more context about the abandoned buildings scattered around the island, and the islands history. Most of the descriptions are in Japanese, but we were given a guide in...

  • Takehara Municipal Museum of History and Folklore
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 3-11-16
    This retro modern building with extraordinary white walls was built in the early Showa period as a library. In the facility, materials regarding the history and folk customs related to the Takehara area, Akou salt that brought prosperity and the salt pans are displayed.

    A visit in Takehara City Historic District is a trip to Japan centuries ago. The buildings are well preserved. It is as if I was transported to the Edo era.

  • Rantokaku Art Museum
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Shimokamagarichou Minnosode 200-1
    This is an art museum made of Japanese cypress encompassing Japanese architectural beauty. Works by Yokoyama Taikan, Fukuda Heihachiro and other artists representing Japanese modern art as well as works by local artists are exhibited. Also, music concerts are held on the third Saturday of every month.

    Had a hard time finding information on anything other than the museums so we weren’t sure what to expect. The town that the museums are in is so lovely and the people were all so nice! We visited 4...

  • Morikawa Residence
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Chuou 3-16-33
    The Morikawa Residence is an exquisite mansion that was constructed between the Edo period and Taisho period. The Residence consists of eight individual buildings, including the main building, a building separate from the main building that contains several additional rooms, a teahouse, a storehouse, etc. The teahouse was designed by Fujian, a tea-master of the school founded by Kobori Enshu. The buildings at the Morikawa Residence preserve the elegant ambience of the Taisho period.

    We visited the former Morikawa Family Residence after visiting the historic buildings district. This residence is located about a five minutes walk from the historic buildings across the river and...

  • Site of the historic Wakaebisu-ya teahouse
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Yutakamachimitarai
    The Wakaebisu-ya was a famous chaya (traditional place of feasts and entertainment by geisha) proud of the biggest scale in Mitarai area in the Edo period. The surviving buildings are beautifully constructed with ceilings and shutters made from Yakusugi cedar wood and in the garden the grave of Yaemurasaki, a famous courtesan stands. Wakaebisu-ya was designated as a Historic Site by Hiroshima Prefectural Government in 1940.

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There is more than meets the eye awaiting any Hiroshima-bound traveler. Kicking off in Hiroshima city, the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and Shukkeien Garden offer a couple of days of exploring; however, the real beauty lies along the southern coast of the prefecture. There, a series of islands spreads across the Seto Inland Sea: from the mysterious sea-submerged Great Torii Gate at Miyajima Island to the first half of the islands that connect Honshu to Shikoku via six spectacular suspension bridges.

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