Most viewed - HIROSHIMA 広島県
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One exhibition room has a model of the Battleship Yamato wreck.671 views
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Hiroshima Castle tower616 viewsRebuilt after World War II.
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Fukuyama Castle tower488 views
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Onomichi Castle (tourist facility)408 viewsThis is not based on an actual castle, but built as an amusement attraction. Now closed.
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Atomic Bomb Dome304 views
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Battleship Yamato has an Imperial chrysanthemum crest on the bow. This was one of the things which helped to identify the wreck on the sea bottom.268 views
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Yamato Museum's main attraction is this large scale model of Battleship Yamato. You can walk around it. This area of the museum is called Yamato Hiroba.263 views
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Mihara Castle tower foundation251 views
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Atomic Bomb Museum and Statue of Mother and Child in the Storm.225 views
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Fukuyama Castle tower205 views
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Children's Peace Monument before they built origami crane shacks around it.174 views
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Another large exhibition room had a Japanese Zero fighter plane, kaiten manned torpedo, and midget submarine.172 views
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Showcase of gifts from Honolulu, Hawaii, Hiroshima's sister city.163 views
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View from top161 views
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View from castle tower152 views
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Hiroshima Castle in the early 1900s from a vintage postcard.152 views
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One of the Japan's best-designed memorials.144 views
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Peace Flame and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum143 views
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The scale model of the battleship is 26.3 meters long. It has been reconstructed as accurately as possible based on photographs and exploration of the wreck.142 views
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Onomichi Castle overlooking Onomichi Station.138 views
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Gun turrets137 views
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Outside the museum, a battleship gun and anchor are displayed.135 views
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Battleship Yamato was commissioned a week after the Pearl Harbor attack in Dec. 1941. It was Japan's most powerful battleship and now legendary. It turned out to be great waste since the big guns were hardly used and it was sunk 4 years later. 130 views
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View of Seto Inland Sea from Miyajima island's Mt. Misen.126 views
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View from Miyajima island's Mt. Misen.121 views
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The Gun turret was a part of the main gunnery system of Battleship Mutsu and was transferred to Imperial Naval Academy for use as a study aide in 1935.118 views
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Fukuyama Castle from the train117 views
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Fukuyama Station (shinkansen)113 views
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Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's connection with Kure. On the bridge of the Yamato, he commanded the fleet at the Battle of Midway.111 views
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Sign for Tomonoura105 views
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Fukuyama Station (shinkansen)99 views
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Ferry for Tomonoura98 views
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Fukuyama Station (shinkansen)97 views
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The Yamato's final mission was suicidal. It was ordered to go to Okinawa in April 1945 and beach herself offshore so it wouldn't sink. While beached, it would fire its guns at the enemy on Okinawa.97 views
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The Yamato Museum is open 9 am to 6 pm (enter by 5:30 pm). Admission is 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for high schoolers, and 200 yen for kids. Battleship Yamato was built in Kure.95 views
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"Yamato" is another name for Japan, and so it is a very revered and prestigious name for any ship. Many movies, anime, etc., have been based on Battleship Yamato which retains a strong cultural influence in Japan.94 views
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Fukuyama Station (shinkansen)93 views
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Rudder and propellers of Battleship Yamato.90 views
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Battleship gun, life-size.89 views
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The Naval History Museum on Etajima has this outdoor display of one of the five midget submarines used in the Pearl Harbor attack.85 views
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On her way to Okinawa, the Yamato was spotted by US submarines and aircraft and sunk by American carrier-based bombers and torpedo bombers on April 7, 1945.84 views
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The original exhibit showed a much more horrific faces and disfigurement with peeling skin down to their knees at least. I heard that they didn't want to make it too scary for children. Too bad.82 views
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Since the Yamato was built in secrecy, there are very few clear photos of the ship.82 views
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Propellers of Battleship Yamato.81 views
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Yamato Museum's official name is Kure Maritime Museum. Although the 1/10 scale model of Battleship Yamato is the main attraction, it also has other exhibits explaining Kure's maritime history.77 views
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Mannequins depicting bomb victims who suffered peeling/melting skin among other things. This depiction has been toned down considerably from the original exhibit that I remember before the museum was renovated in 1994.73 views
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Projectile of a "Mutsu" class battleship.73 views
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The model even has little human figures.71 views
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Sample wood paneling used for the model deck.69 views
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Midget submarine.69 views
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Hiroshima is also famous for okonomiyaki.65 views
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Torpedoes65 views
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One of the five midget submarines used in the Pearl Harbor attack. On display at the Naval History Museum on Etajima island, Hiroshima.65 views
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Another building that survived the atom bomb. Now a rest house and tourist information center. Hiroshima.63 views
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Battleship Mutsu plaque. After seeing the Yamato Museum, be sure to cross the street over to the submarine museum called the JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) Kure Museum.63 views
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Rear of Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima.60 views
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Front of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (opposite side from the Cenotaph) and Statue of Mother and Child in the Storm.60 views
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Training boats60 views
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We could also see the submarine museum at the JMSDF Kure Museum adjacent to the Yamato Museum.60 views
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Hiroshima59 views
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Hiroshima Atom Bomb Dome58 views
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Built in 1893 and used for classrooms and living quarters for students. Today, it is part of the Officer Candidate School and used as classrooms and students' living quarters. Etajima, Hiroshima.58 views
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41-cm diameter gun from Battleship Mutsu, outside the Yamato Museum. Until the Yamato was built, the Mutsu was Japan's largest battleship.58 views
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Street car stop nearest to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Hiroden Genbaku Dome-mae Station. Hiroshima is one of the few Japanese cities which still has street cars.57 views
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Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima57 views
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Pictures made of origami at Hiroshima Peace park.57 views
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The academy's most distinctive building is this Students’ Hall dubbed the "Red Brick Building." We weren't allowed to go inside. Etajima, Hiroshima.57 views
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Kure Port in Hiroshima Prefecture. We arrived from Etajima island across the Seto Inland Sea. Kure is also a short train ride from Hiroshima Station.57 views
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Gun shells57 views
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Life-size replica of the Hiroshima bomb, nicknamed "Little Boy." It's about 3 meters long.55 views
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Ceremonial Hall. Built in 1917 and designed for holding ceremonies and moral education. One of the few buildings which we could enter. Etajima, Hiroshima.55 views
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All aboard!55 views
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Kure is a major shipbuilding town.54 views
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Midget submarine cockpit.54 views
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Training boats53 views
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The midget sub displayed here was found in 1960 off Keehi Lagoon east of Pearl Harbor's entrance. The sub had been damaged by a depth charge attack and abandoned by its crew before it could fire its torpedoes.53 views
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From the boat, we could see the dock where the Battleship Yamato was built in Kure, Hiroshima. "Kure" is pronounced "Kuray" not like the word "cure."52 views
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Japanese Zero fighter.51 views
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Atomic Bomb Dome area.50 views
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Kure Port dock.50 views
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Map of the Naval Academy or Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force First Service School (海上自衛隊第1術科学校).49 views
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Midget submarine cockpit.49 views
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The Atomic Bomb Done was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.48 views
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Notice the steel braces to reinforce the building.48 views
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Right near the streetcar stop is the Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム). I visited in fall 2012.47 views
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Back of the Yamato Museum facing Kure Port. 47 views
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I think all Americans visiting or living in Japan should visit Hiroshima. It's not about who's to blame for what happened here in Aug. 1945. It's about a major event in human history and a reminder of man's fatal flaws.46 views
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Tattered clothing from a 13-year-old girl who died in the evening on the day of the bomb.46 views
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Naval History Museum on Etajima. Built in 1936, the museum is substantial with detailed exhibits tracing Japan's naval history (including the Pearl Harbor attack). 46 views
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Behind the midget sub used in Pearl Harbor, another different type of midget sub is displayed.46 views
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And how it looked after the bomb. The Peace Park is on the land in the center between the two rivers. The Atomic Bomb Dome is on the lower left.45 views
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Photos of the atom bomb blast.45 views
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Japanese Zero fighter cockpit.45 views
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Orange ball shows where the bomb fell.44 views
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Tricycle44 views
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Glass bottles melted together.44 views
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Inside a street car in Hiroshima.44 views
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The Naval Academy conducts free guided tours of the school 3 or 4 times a day. The tour takes you around the campus and allows you to enter a few of the imposing buildings.44 views
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Grisly photos and tattered clothing.43 views
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Damaged Buddha statue.43 views
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Torpedo bay of midget submarine used in Pearl Harbor attack.43 views
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Entering Kure Port terminal.43 views
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About midget submarines.43 views
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Children's Peace Monument42 views
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There's a sign indicating where you should hang your origami cranes.42 views
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Corridor to the museum's main building or West Wing.42 views
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Midget sub's rudder and propeller.42 views
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Built in 1915, it was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall.41 views
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We can get quite close to the building, but it is fenced off so we cannot enter it.41 views
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Midget sub's conning tower and periscope. The sub had only two crew members.41 views
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They eventually found all five subs (the fifth one was finally found in 2009) used at Pearl Harbor. Two of them are on display. One of them is here and the other is at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.41 views
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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.41 views
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The atomic bomb fell almost directly above this building on Aug. 6, 1941 at 8:15 am.40 views
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Children's Peace Monument dedicated to the memory of the children who died as a result of the bombing.40 views
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Bell in Children's Peace Monument.40 views
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What central Hiroshima looked like before the bomb. The building that would become the Atomic Bomb Dome is on the lower left with the light green roof.40 views
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Streetcar station near Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome.40 views
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From Hiroshima Station, it takes about 35 min. to Hiroshima Port via streetcar.40 views
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Welcome to Kure.40 views
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We could look through the periscopes.40 views
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Notice the steel braces to reinforce the building.39 views
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Peace Clock Tower39 views
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Peace Bell. Peace Bell. Anyone can ring it for free.39 views
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About the Peace Bell39 views
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Hiroshima Peace Bell with atom symbol on the sweet spot.39 views
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President Jimmy Carter visited Hiroshima after he left office.39 views
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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.39 views
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Hiroshima Peace Bell38 views
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About Sadako.38 views
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Hiroshima police car.38 views
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Hiroshima Port.38 views
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It was subsequently salvaged and restored for display at Etajima in 1962. The front part of the sub was severed, so the front part was reconstructed by a Kure shipbuilder for this display.38 views
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Monuments abound in the Peace Park. In the background is Aioi Bridge, the original target of the atomic bomb.37 views
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About the tricycle.37 views
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Shipbuilding on Etajima, Hiroshima.37 views
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You cannot tour the Naval Academy on your own. You have to join the guided tour. There is a dress code: No miniskirts or provocative clothing by women.37 views
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A projectile used by battleship Yamato during WWⅡ.37 views
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Inside our boat to Kure from Etajima.37 views
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Donated benches.36 views
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Donors of benches.36 views
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International Conference Center Hiroshima is also attached to the museum.36 views
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Models of navy warships.36 views
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A few islands in the Seto Inland Sea on the way to Kure. In Kure, we visited the Yamato Museum.36 views
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Periscopes made by Nikon?36 views
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Main torii of Itsukushima Shrine and perhaps Japan's most famous and iconic torii.36 views
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Memorial Cenotaph35 views
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The East Wing explains the history of Hiroshima city before the bomb, development and decision to drop the bomb, the lives of Hiroshima citizens during World War II.35 views
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Scale model of the Atomic Bomb Dome.35 views
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Many buses in front of the museum.35 views
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Hiroshima Port.35 views
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Boat for Etajima island, a short boat ride from Hiroshima Port. 35 views
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This midget sub was transported by boat from Pearl Harbor to Yokosuka (Kanagawa Pref.), then to Etajima in 1961.35 views
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Japanese navy rising sun flag35 views
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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.35 views
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Periscope replica.35 views
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Manhole in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima35 views
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Leaving Hiroshima Port for Etajima island. This is a cargo ship for vehicles called Genuine Ace.34 views
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Entrance to the Naval Academy on Etajima.34 views
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Stand for gatherings.34 views
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Bunk beds are short and narrow. Two men share one bunk bed as they sleep in turns.34 views
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How the Akishio was brought here in 2006. Museum Web site34 views
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View from Aioi Bridge.33 views
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Peace Clock Tower33 views
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About this midget sub: Length: 23.9 meters, Weight: 46 tons, Inner diameter: 1.85 meter, Underwater speed: 19 knots (600 horsepower)33 views
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Last stop on the tour was the Etajima Club where there is a gift shop, restaurant, and this small museum on the 2nd floor.33 views
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