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The JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) Kure Museum is mainly a submarine museum whose main attraction is the decommissioned Japanese sub called Akishio. The museum is conveniently right across the street from the Yamato Museum.
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The former Akishio submarine just stands out and can be seen from boats approaching Kure Port. Very impressive to be seen on land amid small cars passing by. The museum is a short walk from JR Kure Station.
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The museum has one normal building and this decommissioned submarine accessible from the main museum building. The submarine is largely intact on the inside.
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The Akishio submarine was commissioned in March 1986 and decommissioned in March 2004. It was brought here in 2006. The sub is 76.2 meters long. Top speed was 20 knots underwater.
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The JMSDF Kure Museum is JMSDF's submarine and minesweeping museum. It also has a surface ship museum in Sasebo, Nagasaki and an aircraft museum in Kanoya, Kagoshima.
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JMSDF Kure Museum is open 9 am to 5 pm (enter by 4:30 pm). Closed Tue. (open if a national holiday and closed on the Wed. instead). Free admission. Rudder and propeller of the Akishio submarine.
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Looks sturdy enough so the sub won't roll away in a large earthquake.
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The museum's main building has exhibits explaining about Japanese submarines.
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Flag of the Japanese navy.
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Japanese submarine classes.
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Model of the SS Kuroshio sub.
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Replica of submarine sleeping quarters.
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Periscope replica.
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From the main building, we can cross over to the Akishio submarine.
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Toilet on the Akishio submarine.
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Shower and toilet sink on the Akishio.
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Sleeping quarters on the Akishio submarine.
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Conference room.
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Conference room.
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Bunk beds are short and narrow. Two men share one bunk bed as they sleep in turns.
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Captain's quarters. Still pretty cramped.
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Captain's quarters. Outfitted with some communications gear at his bedside.
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The bridge.
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Pilot seats.
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Two periscopes.
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We could look through the periscopes.
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Periscopes made by Nikon?
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Looks very complicated.
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How the Akishio was brought here in 2006. Museum Web site
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