“The first time I set foot aboard the Yamato, I remember looking up at the bridge in awe — it towered over us like a skyscraper.”
Posts detailing the history of, or showcasing historical places in, Kure City.
Built in 1905 as the official residence of the Kure Naval Commander-in-Chief.
The world’s largest and most powerful battleship, the Yamato, was built in Kure, and here you can see a 1/10th scale model of it, along with other large exhibits such as the Zero fighter (kamikaze plane), and Kaiten (human torpedo).
This five-storied pagoda is said to have been built as a place where people could pray for safety at sea.
The decommissioned Akishio is the first real submarine put on display in Japan.
Get a unique view of submarines in active service. Four red brick warehouses built around 1900 (during the Meiji era) stand behind you as you look over the subs.
Established in 1890 during the Meiji era as a cemetery for navy personnel, this somber place also contains tombs of British sailors, individual monuments, and monuments to the war dead from the battleship Yamato.
Kure lies on the calm Seto Inland Sea, surrounded on three sides by green mountains. These geographical features led the Japanese Government to establish a navy base in Kure and, in 1903, the Kure naval arsenal.