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[Hiroshima ]Only in Setouchi! 9 recommended sightseeing spots in Kure City where you can feel the sea

[Hiroshima ]Only in Setouchi! 9 recommended sightseeing spots in Kure City where you can feel the sea

2021-04-08 Management office

Kure is a city facing the Seto Inland Sea and is characterized by the presence of a large Maritime Self Defense Force base.
It is a popular tourist spot with submarines that can only be seen here, as well as a submarine museum and science museum. Visitors are encouraged to experience the romance of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, which protects the sea in a way that is not often seen.

This article will introduce some of Kure City's not-to-be-missed tourist attractions related to the sea.
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Maritime Self-Defense Force ŒHistory Museum

The JMSDF Kure Archives is the only facility in Japan that exhibits an actual submarine and allows visitors to see inside the submarine. Nicknamed the Tetsu no Kujira-kan, it has become a popular tourist attraction.
It is not easy to see inside the submarine, so fans come from all over Japan.

And of course, you can see the whole contents inside.

Visitors are able to tour the inside of the submarine as well as the outside.
Of course, you can also learn about the history of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, which is closely associated with the city of Kure.

Every Friday is curry day

You may have heard the legend that curry is served every Friday to help sailors regain a sense of the days of the week on the sea, where it is difficult to tell which day of the week it is. The actual curry served on the ship is available at the Tetsuno Kujira Museum.
Akishio's 10th captain-certified "Akishio Curry "is especially popular for its delicious taste.

"Facility Information "
Name of facility: Kure Historical Museum of the Maritime Self-Defense Force
Address: 5-32 Takaracho 5-chome, Kure, Hiroshima 737-0029
Phone number: 0823-21-6111
Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Tuesday

Kure Maritime History and Science Museum

Not far from the Tetsuno Kujira Museum, the Kure Maritime History and Science Museum, also known as the Yamato Museum, is another popular spot.
The one-tenth scale Battleship Yamato is placed here and attracts the enthusiastic gaze of people of all ages.

And the actual Type Zero fighter plane.

The real Type Zero fighter, the human torpedo "Kaiten" and the special submarine "Kairyu" are all on display.
The museum provides easy-to-understand explanations of scientific principles through hands-on experience, making it easy to learn about Kure's history and technology.

"Facility Information "
Name: Kure Maritime History and Science Museum
Address: 5-20 Takaracho, Kure City, Hiroshima 737-0029, Japan
Phone number: 0823-25-3017
Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed: Tuesday
Money:500yen for adults/300yen for college students/200yen for elementary and middle school students

Arrayed butterflyfish (Chaetodon alewifei)

Next, you can see actual submarines in action, from array to skiff.
From the array to Sukouji, a Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine and destroyer are docked here, reminding us that Kure used to be the home of the Navy. An old torpedo loading crane is also located here and can be viewed at your leisure.

Popular as a night view spot

Because the area is actually used, the night view is authentic.
The surrounding area is a park, and a stroll along with the wharf is recommended.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Alley Karasu Kojima
Address: Showa-cho, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 737-0027
Phone number: 0823-25-3309

Kure Ship Tour

Cruising boats are available to view the ships from various angles in the port of Kure, where a variety of submarines come to visit. The boats are manned by former Self Defense Force officers, and visitors can listen to their explanations as they view the vessels, which is a very powerful experience!

Evening Kure cruise is also exceptional

The Yuhkure Cruise (evening cruise), which departs at sunset, is also popular.
The cruise to see the submarine while enjoying the breeze of the Seto Inland Sea can only be experienced in Kure and will be the best and most unforgettable memory of your trip.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Kure Ship Tour
Address: 4-44 Takaracho, Kure City, Hiroshima 737-0029, Japan
Phone number: 082-251-4354
Hours: Sailing from 10:00 a.m. Last boat at dusk.
Closed: Tuesday
Fee: Adults 1,500 yen/ Junior high and high school students 1,300 yen/ Children 500 yen

Kure Portopia Park

Kure Portopia Park, with free admission and parking, has many playground facilities such as swimming pools and parks, as well as a variety of events on Saturdays and Sundays.

The view is outstanding!

Since it is located by the sea, a deck is also provided for fishing.
It is also recommended to use it as a way to view the ocean for a day.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Kure Portopia Park
Address: 3-2-3, Ten'ou Ohama, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 737-0875
Phone number: 0823-30-0211
Hours of operation: 9:00 - 23:00
Closed: Wednesdays (open on national vacations and during spring, summer, and winter vacations)

Ondo Bridge (between Honshu and Niigata Prefectures)

Ondo Ohashi Bridge, Japan's first arched spiral viaduct.
The bright red bridge is clearly visible from a distance and is the centerpiece of sightseeing in Ondo no Seto.
There are also the Second Ondo Bridge and the Third Ondo Bridge.

Landscape with a relaxed atmosphere

It is a perfect place to feel not only the island but also the Setouchi area. The waves are gentle, and although there is no spectacular view created by nature, the blue sky, the blue sea, and the flowing air are representative of the entire Setouchi area.

Lights up also look good.

It is also lit up at night and is a famous spot for its reflection.
During the azalea season, this place is famous as a sightseeing spot for azaleas and is crowded with many tourists.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Ondo Ohashi Bridge
Address: 8-9 Kegoya, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, 737-0012
Phone number: 082-513-3891


Passing through Ondo Ohashi Bridge, you will reach Shikarowatari, the southernmost point of Kurahashi Island, one of the Geyo Islands in the Seto Inland Sea.
The island is located in the southwestern part of Japan and is accessible from Kure City. The island is popular because it can be reached by land from Kure City, making it an easy way to feel like traveling to the island.

crystal-clear sea

The entire area is so beautiful in nature that it has been designated as the Seto Inland Sea National Park.
In Shikarowatari, where much nature remains, there is also a lot of history, so we recommend that you look for the remains of ancient burial mounds.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Shikarowatari
Address: Shikarowatari, Kurahashi-cho, Kure-shi, Hiroshima 737-1377
Phone number: 0823-53-1111

Anwun Beach Bridge

The Akinada Ohashi Bridge, which can be passed on foot or by bicycle, is said to be the beginning of the Akinada-Tobishima Kaido, and is famous for its panoramic view of the Akinada Sea from the bridge. It is a simple bridge, but its simplicity gives it a nice flavor.
If you shop at the Akinada Tobishima Kaido area, you can get a free pass for the Akinada Ohashi Bridge, so that you can make a round trip with only a one-way fare in effect.

Sunrise is best!

If the timing is right, you can take pictures of such a spectacular view surrounded by the morning glow.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Anwun Beach Bridge
Address: Kawajiri-cho, Kure-shi, Hiroshima 737-2600
Phone number: 0823-87-3947
Material:730yen for a regular car

Habuto-iwa Observatory

Finally, from the Kabuto Iwa Observatory, the view of the Setouchi archipelago offers a different angle of the sea.

The best place to be is a little far from the sea at night.

If the weather is clear, you can see the city and the ocean in the moonlight.
It would be nice to travel near the sea and feel the power of the sea during the day and conclude the trip by feeling the sanctity of the sea at night.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Kabuto Iwa Observatory
Address: Noroiyama, Kawajiri-cho, Kure-shi, Hiroshima 737-2609
Phone number: 0823-70-5338


With its mild climate and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, Kure City in Hiroshima Prefecture is a collection of things that can only be experienced in Kure with a focus on the sea.
The Tetsu no Kujira Museum, famous for movies such as "Umizaru," the romantic Yamato, familiar beaches, and islands that can be reached by car are all tourist attractions that allow visitors to feel close to the sea.
If you come to Hiroshima, we recommend that you take a short trip to Kure for sightseeing.

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