“Yamato Museum” in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The official name of the Yamato Museum here is said to be “Kure City Maritime History Museum.” As tourists to Hiroshima continue to increase, the number of tourists to this Yamato Museum boasted by Kure City is also increasing.
Kure city has flourished as a port town since the Navy Arsenal was established in Meiji era. Just before the Pacific War, it was called Oriental Military Port, such as building a battleship Yamato. After the war, Kure City also plays a part in developing Japan as a maritime nation, such as building many of the world’s largest tankers, making a great contribution to the development of local industries.
At this museum, you can learn the history from the Construction of battleship Yamato to its sinking in the Okinawa Special Operations strategy in detail. In addition to just complaining about the misery of war, it tells us how battleship Yamato’s construction technology has been applied to postwar Japanese reconstruction and development. It is a facility that you can feel both the importance of peace and the splendor of science and technology.
The most important highlight is the one-tenth size battleship Yamato model displayed in the center of the building. Since the size of authentic Yamato is 263 meters in total length, even 1/10 is overwhelmed by its powerful length of 26.3 meters. This model has been faithfully reproduced to detail parts based on design drawings and photographs at the time, images taken when submerging Yamato with submersible surveys, and so on.
Besides, in the large-sized exhibition room, a zero fight recently became famous for movies and the like, “Kaiten”, a special weapon called “Human torpedo”, a model of 46 cm shell used in Yamato main gun, etc. are exhibited.
There are not many museums gathered in this kind of exhibits all together, so it can be said that it is the best museum to learn history.
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)