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Yamato Museum, Kure

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Visit Yamato Museum to learn about the "history of Kure"--the modern Japanese history after the Meiji Era--as well as Japan's shipbuilding technology and iron industry. Opened in 2005, the museum's pride remains its 1/10 scale model of the battleship Yamato. Head further along to see other artifacts like a Zero fighter plane Type 62, manned World War II torpedoes and suicide crafts, and a midget submersible research vehicle of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The parking lot usually has enough space for visitors. Use our Kure vacation builder to visit Yamato Museum on your trip to Kure, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We went to this museum from Hiroshima by train, it's a good for a half-day trip. Not everything is in English, but there is enough to see. It's easy to find from the train station.  more »
  • Very informative displays of naval and aviation artifacts, to include the Zero fighter plane and several versions of historical naval weapons.  more »
  • The museum is well worth a visit - the 1/10 scale model of the Yamato is a huge centrepiece. (Apparently there is also a lot of internal detail, such as the engines, inside the superstructure and more...  more »
  • If somebody cannot read Japanese, there is just very small amount of basic information in English, plus audio-guide contains the same information, which you can read on panels. For only English-speaking tourists, it might be disappointing, since in Japanese, information are really detailed and much more interesting. The big plus of this museum is Japanese speaking staff who kindly gives great explanation about photos and exhibits.
  • Great displays. Fantastic replica and model ships. Definitely worth a visit if you are visiting nearby Hiroshima. However, the English only has the basic stuff, and that includes the audio guide.
  • Excellent centrepiece model of the battleship. The audio guide helps non Japanese speakers and there are summary panels in English around the museum (don't contain full detail however a good level). Extensive model ship collection and some great background in the Kure shipyard and city.
  • As a non japanese speaker, i was quite enjoying the experience in this museum. Almost all display has english description, eventhough not as much as the Japanese description, which of course it was purposeful. As a non japanese, i can admire the nationalism and fighting spirit of japanese people, up to their maximum limit (death). Kure as naval ship factory and hiro as airship factory. Ticket price is 500 yen for adults. One can see yamato ship model, war engines, warplanes, telescopes. Really enriched experience about warfare
  • If you a fun of this amazing ship, it's definitely the place to visit. The 1:10 model is quite impressive. However most of information is in Japanese. There are some recorded English narrations, but are very limited. If you don't speak or read Japanese, you would find it lack of information. Their staff generally don't speak much English either. So they can't answer your questions.