Yamato Museum

HIROSHIMA Kure

Kure, Japan

Visit Kure City for some Japanese naval history and a taste of local sake

The city is synonymous with steel works, shipbuilding and the battleship Yamato—the largest warship ever to set sail. It is also home to the Sempuku Brewery, whose motto is "the spirit of harmony."

Don't Miss

  • The Yamato Museum, which houses a 1:10 scale replica of the famed battleship
  • Taste Sempuku Brewery's sake selection
  • Fill up on a bowl of sailor's stew

How to Get There

Sanyo Main Line and Kure Line trains run directly to Kure Station from Hiroshima Station in around 30 minutes.

There is a car ferry from Hiroshima Port to Kure which takes around 45 minutes.

Honoring the area's history

Towards the end of the war, the city suffered extensive aerial bombing and was occupied by the British Commonwealth Occupation Force from 1946 to 1952. The city remembers its past with the Yamato Museum housing a scale model of the famed battleship, along with actual vehicles and weapons from the era.

From shipbuilding to sake

Kure's most famous export today is the sake made at the Sempuku Brewery. The brewery first opened in 1856, producing mirin (a kind of sweet sake for cooking), then started making sake in 1902.

Thanks to Kure's naval connections, the company was able to sell their sake to naval bases across the country. There is a tasting corner at their Gallery Miyakeya Shoten to experience their famous brews.

Food and festivals

Kure City has no shortage of festivals, which range from the Food Festival in November that sees Kuramoto-dori Street lined with food stalls selling local specialties, to the Port Festival in April, which includes local foods and yacht races.

The bay is lit up with fireworks in August, and for seafood lovers, there is an Oyster Festival every February in Chuo Koen.

The origin of a home favorite

Because much of its history is tied to manual labor, the culture of Kure is down-to-earth. The signature dish, niku-jaga, is a simple stew of potato, carrots, and beef, said to have become popular amongst sailors and engineers, and now popular nationwide.

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