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The Whale of Iron: Take a tour of the JMSDF Akishio submarine and the Kure Maritime MuseumPublic Group active 4 months ago
id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body”> Geoffrey Morrison Just outside Hiroshima, Japan, Jnepoll.kr; jnepoll.kr, in the town of Kure, there’s an odd sight: a submarine almost as long as a football field, up on stilts. Amid the buildings with no water in sight, the sleek black and red shape couldn’t look more out of place.
It’s the Akishio, a former submarine of the JMSDF, or Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Decommissioned in 2004, it was converted to a museum ship as part of a larger JMSDF Maritime Museum.
If that weren’t enough for the area, across the street is the Kure Maritime Museum which, among other interesting objects and displays, houses an amazing 1/10th scale replica of the massive Yamato battleship. It was the largest battleship ever built, and was sunk by American bombers in World War II.
Here’s a full tour.