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JMSDF Kure Museum, Kure

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Learn about the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force at JMSDF Kure Museum, a cultural institution dedicated to submarines and, in particular, their use in minesweeping activities throughout the 20th century. With a wealth of artifacts, including weapons and equipment related to missions and daily life onboard, the facility tells the story of technological and geopolitical developments in the post-war era. Climb aboard the Akishio SS-579, a sub that served from 1985 to 2004, to see the cramped living conditions and hear about the impressive work done by those onboard. To visit JMSDF Kure Museum on your holiday in Kure, and find out what else Kure has to offer, use our Kure travel itinerary maker.
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  • Free of charge, you can go into a submarine and walk through. The kids liked it. Don't need to plan to much time for it.  more »
  • Very informative and detailed history of naval involvement and development of both surface and sub-surface warfare.  more »
  • The museum shows technology of Japanese marine in WWII. It also emphasized on the pain Japanese took on mine sweeping after the war. Recommend if you are interesting in technology or history.  more »

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Where to stay in Kure

Kure has a few accommodations across its main urban center. Located within close proximity to the main museums and other attractions, they consist primarily of business hotels set in high-rise blocks, offering comfortable rooms, a pool, and a restaurant. Few international tourists opt to stay in Kure, however: having seen the museums and other sights during the day, most will head back to their accommodations in Hiroshima, just 30 minutes away along the coast by rail or car.
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