Half-Day Kure Marine Culture Tour

Kure flourished with shipbuilding as the greatest naval port city in All of East Asia. The largest battle ship, the YAMATO was born in Kure about 80 years ago. Kure's long history remains unchanged as the center of marine culture in Japan.
Kure is also famous for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) that owns the majority of Japanese submarines on display here. Kure is the only town where active and retired submarines can be viewed so closely by the  public in Japan. 
In this tour, you'll be able to see the unique marine cultures developed by Japanese shipbuilders and see scenery of ships/submarines on the water which are normally never seen by the public. ​
Key Features
  • Enjoy the maritime cultures by:
    • Going on board the real submarine retired from the JMSDF 
    • Submarine & Vessel Watching from the sea 
    • Yamato Museum (Kure Maritime Museum) - 1/10th scaled YAMATO
  • Contents of 3 packages (A & C):
    • A (Guide Only Package) : Expenses such as transportation, admission, lunch for you and guide are not included.
    • C (Fun Package) : A + All-Inclusive + Safety Enhancement + Digest Movie + Cultural Experience. No additional payment is required
Tour Prices (JPY)
  • Adults & Children (12 years old or above) - Please refer to the price list
  • Children (6 to 11 years old) - Free and JPY 1,000/person in Package A and C respectively
Itinerary (approx. 4.5 hours)
【Hiroshima Station/Meeting Point <-- (train) --> Kure】
  • Experience of going on board the real submarine & JMSDF museum (30 min)
  • Submarine and vessel watching tour by boat (30 min.)
  • Yamato Museum (60 min)
【Kure <-- (train) --> Hiroshima Station】
Other Information
  • Meeting Point: Hiroshima Station 2F Shinkansen Exit
  • Pickup Service: If you want hotel/port pick-up services, please let us know
  • Starting Time: 9:30 or 13:00 (adjustable depending on customers desires)
  • Payment: JPY cash on site (option: credit card through PayPal in advance)
  • Min. Number of participants: 2 adults or children (12 years old or above) - For a solo traveler, please contact for estimates.
  • Tour conductor: 1 person
  • Responsibility: Planned and conducted by Hiroshima Local Tours
Please send us your inquiry with your preferred tour name, date and participant numbers through the e-mail function shown at the bottom. We will confirm the availability and share our suggested timetable with the estimate and terms & conditions for your review.
JMSDF Kure Museum with a real submarine
YAMATO Museum (Kure Maritime Museum)
Submarine & Vessel Watching Tour by Boat
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