Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Kobe: Hours, Address, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution Reviews: 4.5/5

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
4.5
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Malcolm_See
Singapore, Singapore584 contributions
Great museum to visit in Kobe
Dec 2019
Having never experienced an earthquake before, this museum was an eye-opener for myself. Earthquake is kinda a part and parcel of life in Japan as this region lies on many of the tectonic lines. The highlight was definitely the two movies on the 1995 Kobe Hanshin great earthquake, which was reproduced to showcase the extent of the damage and immerse the viewers in the earthquake experience. The movie was played in Japanese, but there were audio guides provided. After that there were exhibitions on the wreckage shown in the museum and the recovery process. Across the building was information on other type of natural disaster in Japan and there was even a simulator on running/swimming away from a tsunami. Definitely worth a visit if visiting Kobe!
Written 3 January 2020
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Budjetsetter
Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan78 contributions
Another side of Kobe tourism
Dec 2019
After one's overdose of Japanese temples and restaurants, this is a place that provides good relief, and a unique experience too. Notwithstanding the long name that reminds one of a high tech off limits facility, this place is actually quite user friendly even for foreign tourists. The movies came with free English recordings on demand (translated Japanese using earphones) or English subtitles. The exhibits are very educational, staffs are super friendly and attentive especially to foreigners. There is a tsunami warning and walking simulator like treadmill machines which you can try. The final movie is a nice summary of one's visit to bring home the message of survival and hope. Another important message is about the fury of nature, how man can use it and how it can get nasty at times. The place provides a nice exhibit on disaster preparedness suitable for young science students.
Written 28 December 2019
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Leanda D
Townsville, Australia57 contributions
A truly moving experience not to be missed!
Oct 2019
We did the museum as part of a day trip to Kobe from Kyoto (30 mins on the bullet train). The museum starts off with a 7 min movie about that fateful morning, it brought tears to my eyes to watch it. From there you walk through a recreated post quake street and into a gallery of survivors stories. We met a survivor, he is now 87yrs old and he told us of how he lost his best friend in a building collapse and how grateful he is to have have survived. The museum is a short walk from the Hanshin train line, which you get from Sannomiya station. Don't miss this experience
Written 20 October 2019
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI6,750 contributions
I came to Kobe...
Sep 2019 • Solo
...from Osaka primarily to see this museum and other earthquake related sites and memorials. I would say it is a must-see museum if you're visiting the area. Put together quite well and spread over two buildings, there's a lot here to learn with quite a bit in English to do just that. It actually started off kind of slow. I arrived a little after they opened at 9:30. When you start off, they want you to watch a couple movies to give you a feel of what the earthquake was like and whatnot. I had to wait a little while for this group of elderly people to settle in for the movies to start so that was a bit frustrating. That's on me though. They were actually quite happy, smiling and having a good time. I got to learn to chill. Anyway, the first room we went around by ourselves was pretty serious one with a wide variety of photos and displays that show the extent of the disaster. Seems like the English slows up a bit after that but still enough to keep it interesting for you. I tried an interactive exhibit that gives you a feel for what it's like to move your legs in the water during a tsunami. The lady that ran the machine was very friendly. Other rooms included general information on all earthquakes and preparation for them. If there was one thing I would have liked them to have touched on, it would be how disadvantaged groups such as the disabled, foreigners, and even animals were affected during the earthquake. They are likely the most suffer and find it difficult to recover in such circumstances.
Written 7 September 2019
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Piggogo
1,866 contributions
Very interest and informative - Must go!
Mar 2019
There was so much to learn from the past incidents where so much damage was done and how people had to go through not just the property loss, but mental sufferings and how the community recovers. It makes us feel small again in this world. The visit here gave so much information on the quake (videos, displays, info board etc) - I vividly remember reading that while it was good to receive a lot of help in the recovery, too much of it would make people over-reliant. It makes us realise and reflect on our lives.

Very well done place so I do highly recommend coming here.
Written 28 August 2019
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H-Daisybell
Middlesbrough, UK54 contributions
Very interesting, good to visit
Jun 2019 • Solo
I went here today, I didn't have much time. I got to the memorial museum at 4pm by taking the no 29 bus from Sannomiya Station, which stops directly outside the museum, there's a no 29 going back or you can take a 101 going back which run later. The open hours were 9.30 to 17.30 (18.00 July to Sept) and Fri, Sat to 19.00 all year. Last admission 1 hour before close. I really enjoyed my visit, although wish I had more time to read more of the narratives. I'd recommend 2.5 hours. I saw 3 films, they were all great, very interesting, very well produced. One in English and others with English audio. The staff were amazing from the reception staff, to the film attendants, the helpers/story tellers, and the security. They were super friendly and really professional. They knew I didn't have much time and they really helped me get through the museum and made sure I saw the main films. I would recommend a visit, especially as Japan is in such an earthquake region. Really enjoyed.
Written 25 June 2019
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Andyrock81
Rockhampton, Australia1,106 contributions
An important part of Kobe history
May 2019 • Couples
This was the best attraction we went to in Kobe. The experience begins with a video showing what happened when the earthquake first hit, then a walk through a recreated street damaged by the earthquake. There is then a short documentary showing how the aftermath was dealt with. Artefacts from the earthquake are shown, along with written accounts from survivors and emergency services personnel. On the next floor there is a display dedicated to being prepared for disasters. A great combination of education and history in the one place. Be aware that last admission is 1 hour prior to closing time, and you will need at least 1.5-2 hours to properly experience this place
Written 16 May 2019
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Lorna S
Cwmbran, UK332 contributions
Very educational
Mar 2019 • Couples
This museum covers the tragic earthquake and Tsunami that beset Kobe in 1995.
There are a number of photos and exhibits that explain what happened on that fateful day.

Very moving. It is interesting to see what measures the country is taking to try to ensure these natural disasters when they strike have less of an impact on the cities populations.
Written 29 April 2019
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Dilip P
Vadodara, India686 contributions
Gives very good information about managment before and past experience of earthquakes
Apr 2018 • Couples
It is commendabl;e to see after disasters/earthquakes government took the initative to learn and plan how to prevent major disasters in future (rarely done well by western governments). It was not a very happy visit but learnt a lot about past earthquakes and how it impacted people, cities etc and how to deal with it in future
Written 23 February 2019
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PZA8296
Nagoya, Japan119 contributions
Very Insightful Museum
Feb 2019 • Solo
This is a gem of a museum providing a vast history of the Kobe earthquake. The exhibits were well done and the photos and descriptions of events were very moving. There weren't a lot of people at this museum which is not good. Perhaps I just came at a bad time.

The people in the museum were very helpful. A few spoke English to help usher me around and explain a few exhibits. That was very kind of them.

Everyone should visit this museum to understand this very tragic event.
Written 12 February 2019
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