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4 Amazing Transport Museums in Hiroshima

Luke K.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Luke K.

Last updated : Apr 23, 20234 min read

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From boats and cars, to electric railways, there are four very unique museums in Hiroshima, all with a slight emphasis on transportation. A trip to Hiroshima wouldn't be complete without learning everything there is to know about battleships, before taking a walk around an actual giant submarine:

JMSDF Kure Museum

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Among the 5 major Japanese Marine Self-Defense Force bases, Kure has a main base that can rival the one in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture in terms of scale and the number of military vessels. The city is also famous for its munitions factory which constructed the battleship Yamato and was renowned for having the world’s best naval engineering at the time. At the Tetsu no Kujira Center, which is just across from the Yamato Museum that focuses on the history of the famed battleship, history that focuses mainly on the JMSDF submarines and minesweepers is introduced.

Guidebook from Planetyze about JMSDF Kure Museum
Tours of JMSDF Kure Museum

Kure Maritime Museum

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Just a 5-minute walk from Kure Station, the Yamato Museum is located across from the JMSDF Kure Museum. The city of Kure was a naval port in the prewar era, but after the war, it was responsible for the building of many of the world’s largest tankers, and is known as a city that has contributed to the development of Japan as one of the foremost shipbuilding nations in the world. The Yamato Museum introduces all kinds of scientific technology beginning with Kure’s history, shipbuilding and steelmaking while getting in touch with the lifestyle and culture of the time. It is a popular spot that has attracted over 8 million visitors annually.

Guidebook from Planetyze about Kure Maritime Museum
Tours of Kure Maritime Museum

Hiroshima Electric Railway

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There is hardly any waiting time for the trolleys which leave one after the other from the stop in front of JR Hiroshima Station, and in a day, an average of over 150,000 riders travel on Japan’s largest trolley network. Naturally along with travel within the city of Hiroshima, the network also connects with Miyajima-guchi which is the gateway to Miyajima and Hiroshima Port which is the starting point for cruises around the Seto Inland Sea so that the Hiroshima Electric Railway is an important transportation facility when it comes to Hiroshima tourism. In addition with a trolley free pass which will allow you to travel for 1 day as much as you want, it’s also handy to use the Omotenashi (Hospitality) Pass sold at some hotels which offers discounts at tourist facilities and restaurants.

Guidebook from Planetyze about Hiroshima Electric Railway
Tours of Hiroshima Electric Railway

Mazda Museum 

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When it comes to talking about a Hiroshima corporation, there is Mazda. Especially possessing the high technical prowess in developing the rotary engine, only Mazda has been successful in its mass production in the world. Mazda also maintains Toyo Ohashi Bridge which is crossed on the way to the company. Not open to general traffic, it was the world’s largest bridge owned by one company at the time of its construction in 1965. Inside the museum beyond the entrance hall, there is a museum shop and 5 separate areas through which a regular route will provide guidance and explanation.

Guidebook from Planetyze about Mazda Museum 
Tours of Mazda Museum 
Hiroshima Tour Guide - Kazumi M.

Kazumi M.

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(92 reviews)

Hi everyone. I'm Kazumi. I am a qualified tour guide.I have been guiding Hiroshima since 2010. Through guiding Hiroshima, I can give my guests my knowledge of this area and Japanese culture. At the same time, I can learn their understanding of Japan and the differences between our culture and theirs, which is very interesting. I also believe that meeting with local people is the best way to know the area. I was born and grew up in Hiroshima. I am very happy to give you wonderful time and memories in Hiroshima. I am really looking forward to hearing from you.                                                                                                                                  

Hiroshima Tour Guide - Mayumi I.

Mayumi I.

4.94 / 5
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Hi, I'm Mayumi IIDA from Hiroshima. National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. I am here to welcome you as your Japanese friend to help you understand Japanese culture, history and everything you want to know more and better. My tour is geared for the more independent-minded travelers. The option lets you customize your tour with a variety of activities. Your day in Hiroshima is a blank page, waiting you for writing your own tales. I am sure that you will encounter a lot of charms and delightful surprises in my hometown Hiroshima. Enjoy local hospitality and food with me !                                                                                                                                 

Hiroshima Tour Guide - Hugh C.

Hugh C.

4.93 / 5
(73 reviews)

Hi! Thanks for reviewing my profile. I am Australian, from Sydney originally but my life with Japan and its culture and history spans 30 odd years and I have been a Hiroshima resident for 18 of those 30 years. I joined GoWithGuide just recently but be assured I have led many tours in Hiroshima and more widely throughout metropolitan and regional Japan, sharing conversations about the unique society, its fascinating culture and history. I also have written several tourism blogs for inbound tour companies and also the Hiroshima Prefectural Tourism Bureau. I speak fluent Japanese and I have immersed myself in the experience of living here in modern and traditional culture and spent many years studying martial arts Aikido and Iaido. I also have a strong interest in Buddhist teachings. My Japanese calligraphy work over the years has been received recognition and several awards and commissions both in Japan and elsewhere. I'm looking forward to spending a great experience sharing the culture and history of Hiroshima with you.                                                                                                                                  

Hyogo Tour Guide - Hideo Y.

Hideo Y.

4.54 / 5
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Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585. I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama. Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof. In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships. When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it ! These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people. I'll be looking forward to seeing you !!                                                                                                                                 

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