Once celebrated as the no.1 naval port in the Orient, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force’s main base at Kure is a well-known sightseeing spot.
The port scenery with submarines, destroyers and other anchored vessels is really popular, and all the spots onshore that offer views of the vessels are always bustling with sightseers.
However, this time we will be introducing the “Kansen Meguri” (‘warship tour’), which allows you to see the vessels up close from onboard a tour boat.
The warships you can see during the tour are truly diverse. According to a former Maritime Self Defense Force official, you can see various submarines and destroyers while listening to the guide’s detailed explanation.
Another of the cruise’s charms is enjoying comfortable cruising while admiring the beautiful Seto Inland Sea scenery and feeling the pleasant sea breezes from the open deck on top of the boat.
This place with the signboard that reads “The Home of Yamato” is the dock where battleship Yamato was built. It’s really surprising that the enormous battleship with a total length of 263 meters was built in such a complex, compact port.
Held every day except for Tuesdays, the cruise lasts for around 30 minutes. They also offer the Yugure Cruise, which leaves port in the evening, 15 minutes before sunset (the name of the cruise is a play on words, the characters used for ‘yugure ‘ here mean ‘evening in Kure’ but it’s also a homonym for ‘dusk’).
We also recommend the plan where you can enjoy cruising while gazing at the beautiful evening sun setting over the Seto Inland Sea!
Meeting point: 1st floor of Kure Chuo Osanbashi Terminal, 4-44 Takaramachi, Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture
Fees: Adults JPY1300, Children JPY600
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Makoto Esaki & Yoko Suganami (Rainbow Sake Co., Ltd.)
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring. http://www.rainbowsake.com
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