Kure City

Kure City - City that nurtures "relationships" and "vitality"

Kure City is located in the south west of Hiroshima Prefecture. This city is comprised of a landside facing Seto Inland Sea and smaller isles such as Kurahashishima Island and Akinada Islands. It is a seaside city blessed with a mild climate and natural environment.

As soon as the operation of former Kure 'Chinju-fu (naval base)' started in 1889, naval arsenals and related facilities were built one after another. Workers gathered from all over Japan to build the city infrastructure. The municipality was established in 1902. Kure City had developed as a city with Japan's top naval shipyard, for example, the battleship "Yamato" was built there in 1941.

When the Second World War ended and the Japanese navy was abolished, Kure City was restored successfully as a new seaside industrial district by constructively transferring former military assets with the aim of transforming the city into a peace-time industrial coast city. Furthermore, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kure District was set up and the Kure is now moving forward with new city construction based on "coexistence and co-prosperity" together with the JMSDF.

In 2000, the city was designated as a special city. The eight towns of the inland area and island area around Kure were merged with Kure City from 2003 to 2005 and the city was reborn as western Japan's premium city with both beautiful islands and a coastline.

In 2012, the city commemorated the 110th anniversary of its municipality. Kure now plans to further increase the appeal of the city (such as extensive medical treatment, education, and culture, and establishment of many companies) and promote autonomous and self-reliant new city construction through cooperative efforts while enhancing its ties with neighboring cities.

Official tree of Kure City

Official flower of Kure City

Municipality enforcement October 1, 1902
Area 352.83 km2
Population 221,239

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Yamato Museum Yamato Museum "1/10th scale battleship Yamato" JMSDF Kure Museum Irihuneyama Memorial Museum (former Kure Naval District Commander-in-Chief official residence) Street of Kure Art Museum
MaritimeSelf DefenseForce Kure District Inspector General Department Building Rekishi no Mieru Oka (Panoramic Site of old Naval Arsenals) Alley Karasu-kojima Alley Karasu-kojima Nagasako Park (Old Naval Cemetery)
Nightscape from Mt. Haigamine Shotoen Rantokaku Art Museum Kenmin-no-Hama Beach Rekishi no Mieru Oka (Panoramic Site of old Naval Arsenals)
Mitarai district (Conservation area for historically important buildings) View from Mt. Norosan Green Pia Setouchi Ondo-No-Seto Park Nagato Museum of Shipbuilding History

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Annual event schedule

Time Event Description
April 29 Kure Port Festival This annual big event marks the spring of the port city, Kure.
Mid-April Start of Mt. Norosan climbing season You can enjoy the full splendor of spring on the highest peak of Kure, Mt. Norosan.
Mid-July Kurahashi Kentoshi-sen Festival This festival reproduces the 'Kentoshi' (Japanese missions to Tang China) parade that climaxes with a fireworks display.
Beginning of August Kure Fireworks Festival The fireworks festival is a classic summer event of Kure. The festival displays about 4,000 rounds of fireworks.
Beginning of August Yutakamachi Tanabata Summer Night Festival This festival is a summer event of Osakishimo-jima Island. The festival features a fireworks display and other events.
Mid-October Shimokamagari, Parade of the Joseon (Korean) diplomatic missions to Japan You can enjoy a parade that reproduces the Joseon (Korean) diplomatic missions to Japan during the Edo period.
Beginning of November Kure Food Festival All kinds of Kure cuisine are offered at this festival in autumn, the most enjoyable season for eating.
December Illumination Road in Kure Illumination of the battleship "Yamato"
Late January Ondo no Funauta national competition Competition for rendering the "Ondo no Funauta (river boat song)," which is one of the three great boat songs of Japan.
Mid-February Kure Seafood Festival You can enjoy eating many types of seafood, such as "grilled oysters in shells."

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