The Kure port which prospered in wartime as the best naval port in Japan, and constructed famous battleship “Yamato.” After the war, many tankers of the world’s largest class were produced here. The Yamato Museum is a museum which introduces technology including shipbuilding or steel through “the history of Kure” after such Meiji era.
Inside of a hall can be seen briefly in 2.5 hours to 3.5 hours. Moreover, the “description tour” by the volunteer staff is carried out.
On the first floor, a one-tenth scale model of the battleship “Yamato” which can be called the symbol of this museum is displayed. Although it is the scale version, the size is 26.3 meters in full length. It is great spectacular.
It is said that it reappears based on the plan, the image of diving investigation, the photograph, etc. as in detail as possible. There are a fighter, the Zero fighter in a warship properly, too.
It is this large reference library to be worth seeing along with battleship Yamato. Precious charges of real goods, such as a torpedo, a trial product of “Kaiten” which is suicide corps (known as Tokko), the Zero fighter, are exhibited. Although it is a trace of sad history, it is said that the technology cultivated in this way is efficiently used in the technology of the present space rocket.
Next to the Yamato museum, there is “Tetsu no Kujira kan” (Iron Whale Museum). The official name is called “the Museum of Maritime Self Defense Forces” and you can get on the unloaded genuine submarine and learn about a life within a warship, and the structure of a submarine. The “Tetsu no Kujira kan” is admission no charge.
|Address:||Takaramachi 5-20 Kure, Hiroshima 737-0029 Japan|
|Access:||JR Kure-sen Line “Kure-eki Station” (5 minutes walk)|
|Price:||500 yen (Adult)
300 yen (High School Students)
200 yen (Junior High / Elementary School Students)
Free (Preschool Children)