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Kure, Japan

The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Submarine Museum

"Excuse me sir, your submarine is blocking my building." 

The JMSDF Submarine Museum’s three-story brick building, opened in 2006, is dwarfed by the submarine Akishio, mounted on steel cradles between the museum and Kure’s busy downtown street.

The museum features hands-on exhibits of Japan’s submarine history, and visitors can enter and tour part of the Akishio from the building’s third floor. Across the street is the equally fascinating Battleship Yamato Museum, and both are in view of Kure’s harbor and shipyards.

The museum is visited frequently by Japanese sailors, as the Japanese submarine school is nearby.

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  • Personal visit, 2007