About the Museum
 -The Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum -

The Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum

At the time of Japan’s defeat in World War II in 1945, an estimated 6.6 million Japanese people remained in various regions outside Japan—northeastern China, the Korean peninsula, the Southern Pacific, and many other regions. To ensure their smooth and swift return to Japan, the Japanese government designated 18 ports, including the ports of Kure and Maizuru, as entry facilities for Japanese military and civilian repatriates. The Port of Maizuru, situated on the Japan Sea Coast, received military and civilian repatriates mainly from northeastern China, the Korean peninsula, and Siberia.

 

The first repatriation ship “Unzen-maru” entered the Port of Maizuru on October 7, 1945. Since then, Maizuru received approximately 660,000 people in the 13 years until the last repatriation ship “Hakusan-maru” entered the port on September 7, 1958. Many repatriates arriving in Maizuru had been interned in Siberia and other regions in the USSR even after the end of the war.

 

The Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum was opened in April 1988 with support and donations from citizens of Maizuru, former repatriates, and people from around the country. Exhibiting historical materials related to the internment and repatriation, the Museum continues to impart messages of the repatriates, their earnest aspirations for permanent world peace, and the misery of war, which we should never repeat.

 

The Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum has a unique and extensive collection of 12,000 materials related to the internment and the survivors’ repatriation. Priceless materials, such as overcoats used by internees in Siberia, were donated to the Museum, together with various documents, including certificates of repatriation. Of these items, over 1,000 are displayed at the permanent exhibition.

Address
Repatriation Memorial Park, 1584 Taira, Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture,
625-0133, Japan
Telephone
+81-773-68-0836
Facsimile
+81-773-68-0370
Open
9:00 -17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Closed
Year-end and New Year season, the third Thursday of every month (except for August and national holidays)
Admission
Adult: 300 yen
Student (elementary school to college): 150 yen
Free for students either living in Maizuru City or commuting to institutions within the city
Group rates: 200 yen for a group of 20 or more adults
100 yen for a group of 20 or more (elementary school to college) students
Free for students either living in Maizuru City or commuting to institutions within the city
Combined ticket
for both the Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum and the Maizuru World Brick Museum
Adult: 400 yen
Student (elementary school to college): 200 yen

Coffee, tea, snacks, and souvenirs are available at the coffee shop in the Museum.