Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum

9 of 14 spots
in Kobe
77% 210
× How was it?

On January 17, 1995 at 5:46 am, the city of Kobe was hit by the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, resulting in the death of more than 5000 people and the destruction of tens of thousands of homes.

The Earthquake Memorial Museum, part of the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, was opened in 2002 to commemorate the tragic event and to educate visitors about earthquakes and disaster prevention. The museum includes a large screen theater with realistic images of the earthquake's destructiveness, a documentary film about the recovery process, lots of information about the earthquake and various interactive games about disaster prevention.

Questions? Ask in our forum.

Get There and Around

The Earthquake Museum is located in HAT Kobe, a relatively new city district east of the city center. It can be reached in a ten minute walk from Iwaya Station on the Hanshin Main Line (4 minutes, 140 yen from Sannomiya Station) or in a 15 minute walk from Nada Station on the JR Kobe Line (3 minutes, 120 yen from Sannomiya Station).

The Earthquake Museum is also just a few steps from the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art.

How to get to and around Kobe

Hours and Fees


9:30 to 17:30 (until 18:00 July to September, until 19:00 Fridays and Saturdays)
Admission ends one hour before closing


Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 31 and January 1


600 yen

Hotels around Kobe

Find a hotel:

  • Kobe
  • Fukuoka
  • Hakone
  • Hiroshima
  • Hokkaido
  • Kamakura
  • Kanazawa
  • Kansai Airport
  • Kyoto
  • Mount Fuji
  • Nagasaki
  • Nagoya
  • Narita Airport
  • Nikko
  • Niigata
  • Okinawa
  • Osaka
  • Sapporo
  • Sendai
  • Shima Peninsula
  • Takayama
  • Tokyo
  • 1 night
  • 2 nights
  • 3 nights
  • 4 nights
  • 5 nights
  • 6 nights
  • 7 nights
  • Booking.com
  • Agoda
  • Hostel World
  • Japanese Guest Houses
  • HotelsCombined
  • The Ryokan

Japan Guide Recommends:

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kobe

Adjacent to Shin-Kobe Station, this is Kobe's most convenient hotel for shinkansen users.

Agoda Booking

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

Attractively located along the waterfront in the Port of Kobe.

Agoda Booking
Anything we can improve?  Let us know
We strive to keep Japan Guide up-to-date and accurate, and we're always looking for ways to improve. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:
Thank you for your feedback.
Page last updated: April 18, 2016