Kure city is located in the southwestern part of Hiroshima Prefecture facing the Seto Inland Sea, and blessed with warm weather and nature. There used to be an important naval base starting in the latter part of the 19th century. During the period around World War 2, The Kure naval arsenal built the famous battleship Yamato and Kure Naval Base was known as the top naval port in Asia and Japan’s most important wartime manufacturing plant. Kure is currently known as the base of Japan’s Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defense Force. Kure has many different original local foods such as Kure Navy Curry, Kure-reimen cold noodles, Kure thin udon and more. Also the local sake brewery tour is a fun activity if you are into Japanese spirits.
How to Access Kure
Arriving by airplane:
Approximately 1h 20min from Haneda Airport to Hiroshima Airport. 1h from Hiroshima Airport to Kure city by airport bus.
Arriving by train:
Approximately 4h from Tokyo to Hiroshima Station by bullet train. It takes 40 mins from Hiroshima station to Kure station by JR Kure line.
Top sightseeing spot
Kure Maritime Museum (Yamato Museum)
You can’t miss Yamato Museum when visiting Naval city Kure. There are many naval historical places in Kure but Yamato Museum is one of the must-see spot. You can learn about the history about battleship Yamato and see the actual Zero fighter plane as well. Of course, you can get original naval-related souvenirs in the museum.
Top Kure souvenirs
In many units of the Maritime Self-Defense Force make their own curry for lunch every Friday. Each unit has different recipe and you can eat the same curry in restaurants in Kure city if you ask for Kure Kaiji curry. Why don’t you taste different Kaiji curry?
Top Kure souvenirs
Kure is known for its tasty citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons. Citrus flavored sweets such as jam and juice are very popular souvenirs from the area. There’s even orange-flavored miso! Care to take a chance and try it?
The dialects of Hiroshima Prefecture are classified into Aki dialect and Bingo dialect. The dialect of Kure city belongs to the Aki dialect family but Kure dialect has their own expressions.
shicchoru … I know
nechoru … sleeping
yunayo … Don’t say
okiyo … wake up
From history to culture, Kure has it all? Why not check it out?
“Hiroshima Kanko Navi” Hiroshima Prefecture official tourism information site.