Kobe’s unique Earthquake Memorial Museum, which is part of the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution opened in 2002, gives you a unique opportunity to experience what an earthquake feels like and how terrible the aftermath can be. The museum includes:
- A large-screen theater with a multi-media documentary of realistic images of the 1995 Kobe earthquake and recovery efforts
- Interactive games about disaster prevention
- Realistic reproductions of the city and surrounding areas after the quake.
Visitors to the museum can absorb vital information about disaster-prevention—definitely worthwhile for anyone living in Japan, one of most earthquake-prone countries in the world! The exhibits are extremely child-friendly and the bi-lingual staff is very helpful in answering any kind of question. For more information, please check out http://www.dri.ne.jp/en.
Hours and Admission
The museum is located at Iwaya Station on the Hanshin Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Nada Station. Admission for adults is JPY 600, JPY 350 for high school students, and free for junior high and elementary school students. Check here for additional information in English. http://www.dri.ne.jp/en/exhibition/exinfo.