Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall 雲仙岳災害記念館

Mount Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall
Mount Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall

A memorial to lives lost in Mt. Unzen's eruptions

In recent history, Mt. Unzen has had several significant eruptions, most recently from 1990 to 1995. The Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall commemorates these disasters and pays tribute to those who died in the explosions.

How to Get There

Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall is accessible by bus from Shimabara City.

Take a bus from central Shimabara bound for Katsusa to Arena Iriguchi bus stop. The museum is about a 10-minute walk.

To get to the buried houses, continue on the bus route to Machi no Eki Fukae bus stop. The houses can also be reached in a 15- to 20-minute walk from the museum.

Quick Facts

The deadliest of Mt. Unzen's volcanic eruptions occurred in the late Edo period (1603-1867), with a death toll of 15,000 people

A highlight of the memorial hall is its immersive eruption simulator, using motion and heat to recreate the sensation of volcanic gas clouds

Learn about Mt. Unzen's volcanic activity

The Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall was built to memorialize the disasters it has brought Unzen. Take a look at its hands-on displays and videos as well as the interactive eruption simulator. For non-Japanese-speaking visitors, there is a free English audio guide available, which provides in-depth explanations of the exhibits and videos.

Buried house collection

A small collection of houses buried in the massive mudflow and volcanic ash from the 1990s eruption can be seen at the Mizunashi Honjin Fukae Michi no Eki roadside park. The homes are protected under a dome.

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