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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Kobe
Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum 
# 7   of 14 most visited
sights in Kobe

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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.

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How to get there
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The Earthquake Museum is located in HAT Kobe, a newly developed 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.

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Hours and Fees
Hours:9:30 to 17:30 (until 18:00 July to September, until 19:00 Fridays and Saturdays)
Admission ends one hour before closing
Closed:Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 31 and January 1
Admission:600 yen

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English Links
Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Official English website.

Japanese Links
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