Kure (呉市) is a port city in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. As of April 2021, Kure had a population of approximately 211,100 people.
The closest airport is Hiroshima Airport in Mihara. Hiroden buses run from Hiroshima Airport, taking 90 minutes for ¥1370.
It is common to use the JR Kure Line from JR Hiroshima Station in Hiroshima. From Hiroshima Station to Kure Station, if possible, take the rapid "Akiji Liner" for 35 minutes, ¥510. In the daytime, there are two rapid trains per hour, but there is only one regular train per hour, so be careful if you want to get off at Kure Port Pier Station or Karugahama Station. If you use the Shinkansen, you can also take the Kure Line from JR Mihara Station in Mihara City. This is cheaper from the direction of Osaka City, but there are fewer trains than the Hiroshima Station side, and it takes time. JR Rail Passes and applicable JR West rail passes can be used on the JR lines but not Hiroden.
From the north, take the Higashi Hiroshima Kure Expressway from the Sanyo Expressway Takaya Interchange in Higashi Hiroshima City. About 35 minutes. From the south, take Hiroshima Expressway # 1 and 2 and Hiroshima-Kure Road (Claire Line) from the Hiroshima East Interchange on the Sanyo Expressway in Hiroshima City. About 35 minutes.
The highway bus "Claire Line" operated by JR Bus or Hiroden Bus operates 3 to 4 times per hour. Approximately 50 minutes from Hiroshima Bus Center to Kure Station, ¥740, ¥1150 for late-night bus. IC cards common throughout the country can be used.
There are frequent ferry flights from Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku to Kure Port.
Kure Station is the main train station of the city. It is best to use the JR Kure Line to reach the wide area of Kure City.
Don't confuse "Karugahama Station" with "Karuga Station (Karuga-eki-Hiroshima City/Asakita Ward)" on the Geibi Line. Karugahama Station is located in "Karuga", Kure City. Be especially careful when buying tickets at Hiroshima Station.
The Hiroden Bus line runs all over the city centering on JR Kure Station. The bonnet bus remains and can be seen at the event. For the Hiroden Bus (Hiroshima Electric Railway), there is a 1-day pass for tourists on paper or a smart phone for ¥500). Kure City area also has a limited one-day ticket (paper only) for ¥1300.
There are also rental bicycles. The area where the naval facilities are located and the downtown area are in opposite directions across the railroad track. If you want to move around efficiently without using a car or bus, a bicycle is convenient. However, there are some slopes on the road along the sea.
Rental bicycles (6 units) are accepted at gift shop on the 1st floor of the Yamato Museum. You can use one by filling out the application form and paying a usage fee of ¥500 with a deposit of ¥1000. The deposit will be returned in exchange for the rental cycle questionnaire, so be careful not to lose the questionnaire.
- JMSDF Kure Museum (海上自衛隊呉史料館（てつのくじら館）), 5-32 Takaramachi, Kure (5 min walk from Kure Stn), . AM9-PM5(WED-MON). The museum introduces the history of JMSDF as well as historical relationship between the city of Kure and JMSDF through exhibition of historical materials concerning “development and current status of submarines” and “military history and operations of minesweepers”. Admission free. edit
- Kure Maritime Museum (Yamato Museum) (呉市海事歴史科学館 (大和ミュージアム)), 5-20 Takaramachi, Kure (5 minutes walk from JR Kure Station), ☎ 082-325-3017 (fax: 082-323-7400), . AM9-PM6(WED-MON). The one-tenth scale model of the battleship Yamato is duplicated as accurately as possible, based on original drawings, photos, and underwater images done by submersible surveys. Adults ¥500, High School Students ¥300, Elementary/Jr.High Students ¥200. edit
- Irifuneyama Heritage Museum (入船山記念館), 4-6 Saiwaicho, Kure, ☎ 082-321-1037, . 9AM-5PM, Closed Tue exc. holidays. A restoration of the former Kure Naval District Commander's Office built in 1905. The interior and furnishings have also been faithfully restored, demonstrating the dignity of the Navy of the time. Volunteer guides are helping from time to time, and they will guide you according to the tour time, taking 15-60 minutes. ¥250. edit
- Kure City Museum (呉市立美術館), 4 Saiwaicho, Kure, ☎ 082-325-2007, . 10AM–5PM, Closed Tue. The museum houses 861 works by famous artists from Japan and abroad, including Bourdelle's "Hercules with a Bow" and Renoir's "Girl with a Straw Hat". Also holds some special exhibits. ¥300. edit
- Nikokyo Park & Nikokyo Gorge (二河峡), Nikokyocho, Kure. This is a very picturesque 2.5 km long canyon located about 3.7 km upstream from the mouth of the two rivers, and popular for its two waterfalls, the 30m high "Otokotaki (Nikawataki)" and and the even higher 37 meter high "Menotaki". Offers some good hiking and relaxing scenery. Has 10 free parking spaces. Car recommended. Free. edit
- Comfort Hotel Kure (コンフォートホテル呉), 2-38 Takaramachi, Kure (2 min walk from stn), ☎ 082-332-4811, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. A familiar business hotel chain with clean and decent rooms, free breakfast, and conveniently located next to Kure Station. ¥7000~. edit
- Kure Station Hotel (呉ステーションホテル), 1-3-8 Central, Kure, ☎ 082-321-3662. checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Spartan but acceptable inexpensive accommodations with both western and Japanese style rooms, near Kure Station. edit
- Business Hotel Kure (ビジネスホテルクレ), 1-6-10 Chuo, Kure, ☎ 082-321-9429, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Offers both traditional Japanese tatami and western style rooms, paid parking, and close to Kure Station. edit
For the latest info on events, happenings, and things to see and do, see the page of the Kure Tourism Association (呉市観光協会, Kure Kankō Konbenshon Kyōkai) Tel. 082-321-8365.
- Hiroshima — Site of the world's first A-bombing, yet offers so much more that far fewer people discover.
- Miyajima — With its iconic floating torii, beautiful Daishoin Temple, and Mt. Misen, regarded as one of Japan's most beautiful views.
- Iwakuni — Just a bit south of Miyajima, Iwakuni features the Kintai-kyo, Japan's most beautiful old bridge, plus a scenic mountaintop castle.
- Mihara — Location of Hiroshima Airport and several beautiful places of natural scenery.
- Onomichi — A hillside town of temples and Japanese novelists, with spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and bicycle road to Shikoku.
- Kurashiki — Relaxing city with its well preserved feudal warehouse district and old canals.
- Okayama — Just up the Sanyo line, with its nice Korakuen Garden, castle, and laid back atmosphere.
- Takahashi — A famous castle town with the highlight being Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, one of Japan's only 12 remaining original castles, as well as the highest castle in the country.
- Yanai — City to the west with the culturally important Edo Period old preserved district.
- Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park — See Japan's biggest and longest limestone cave, as well as its huge karst plateau.
- Tsuwano — Castle town with impressive red roofs, Christian martyr site, and traditional atmosphere.