Kure JR Station (呉駅) is located on the Kure line, which runs alongside Seto Inland Sea. Kure was a navy base during the Meiji era and is well known for being the birthplace for Japanese battleship named Yamato shortly before WWII. Now, it is one of Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF)'s bases and houses manufacturing industries such as shipbuilding and steelworks.
|View from Yamato Hatoba park.|
Apart from local trains, other trains serving this station include:
(1) Setouchi Marine Liner (瀬戸内マリンビュー), commutes between Mihara and Hiroshima via Kure line and operates only on weekends and public holidays.
(2) Akiji Liner (安芸路ライナー) is rapid service train which commutes between Hiroshima and Hiro via Kure line.
(1) Shopping malls
- Recre (レクレ), a shopping mall connected seamlessly to the train station. Household brand such as Uniqlo and Daiso are located on the second floor, which you will pass by along the way to JMSDF Kure Museum and Yamato Museum. Yamato Onsen Monogatari (大和温泉物語) is a large scale, one stop hot spring facility with both indoor and outdoor pools, restaurants and entertainment facilities where you can spend a relaxing day here.
Yamato Onsen Monogatari: http://www.yamato-onsen.com/
- Youme Town (ゆめタウン), a familiar name that you will see in Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu area. Located about 5 minutes walk away from the train station (which you will also pass by along the way to JMSDF Kure Museum and Yamato Museum), this shopping mall has ground floor dedicated to supermarket, ABC Mart and Seria (100 yen shop) on the second floor, and MUJI on the third floor.
Youme Town Kure: http://www.izumi.jp/kure/
(2) JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force) Kure Museum 海上自衛隊呉資料館, about 5 minutes walk from train station.
An exact replica of submarine where visitors can enter to better understand JMDSF operations and their life on board the vessel. This is a one of its kind museum in Japan which I will strongly recommend to visit if you plan to explore Kure city.
- Operating hours: 0900 - 1700 hrs, closed on Tuesdays
- Free admission
- Operating hours: 0900 - 1800 hrs, closed on Tuesdays
- Entrance fee: 500 yen