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JMSDF Kure Museum (Tetsunokujira—The Iron Whale) (海上自衛隊呉史料館(てつのくじら館))


Museum / Science Museum

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.


Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Takaramachi 5-32 (Kure / Higashi-HiroshimaArea)

phone 0823216111

9:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)

Review of JMSDF Kure Museum

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/08/05 Kure Museum
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...
Reviewed:2019/07/16 Submarine Akishio SS-579, is the star-of-the-show!
If you think the Yamato Museum with its 86ft. long 1/10th scale model of the IJN Battleship Yamato is impressive, be prepared to be blown-away by the JMSDF Kure Museum immediately opposite...
Reviewed:2019/03/18 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 submarines. The tour of the submarine (as per the photo) is brief and limited but still worthwhile...

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Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Takaramachi 5-32 [map]
Kure / Higashi-HiroshimaArea
9:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Tuesday (The next day will be closed for public holidays), 12/29-1/3
[Admission fee]Free
Parking Lot
Available (Charge only available for wheelchair-only parking lot Available)
Credit Card
Not available
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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