横浜市民防災センター

YOKOHAMA DISASTER RISK REDUCTION LEARNING CENTER
 

Come Learn How to Protect Yourself

Hands-On Facilities

Disaster Theater

Video footage brings to life the story of major earthquakes that have assailed Yokohama in the past and are likely to again in the future. The movies’ use of realistic actors and actual views of the current city makes the damage caused by earthquakes very easy to understand.

Earthquake Simulator

Experience an earthquake firsthand! This simulator lets you feel a wide range of earthquake situations, including intensities from 3 to 7, past earthquakes like the Great East Japan Earthquake and Great Hanshin Earthquake, shaking in detached houses and high-rise buildings and more. Wheelchairs allowed.

Disaster Mitigation Training Room

First you will enter a room made to look like a normal home. You won’t know what’s going to happen, but sounds and images will simulate a fire, earthquake or other disaster. How will you respond? By acting out a disaster from beginning to evacuation, you can learn how best to protect yourself.

Fire Simulator

Learn how to put out a fire using a fire extinguisher and how to evacuate when there’s smoke. The smoke used is harmless to the body and the evacuation can be observed from outside the room as well.

Yokohama Hazard Map/Geo Map

What would happen to your neighborhood in a disaster? Look at regional characteristics, damage estimations for flooding and landslides based on earthquake intensity and tsunamis, maps using projection mapping and maps provided by the City of Yokohama.

Disaster Prevention Library

Learn about the city’s latest disaster prevention/mitigation measures, tips for how to prepare for a disaster and the whole process from preparation to recovery. There are also areas to experience dialing 119 and take disaster prevention quizzes.


What is the Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center?

 
The Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center is a center established in 1983 whose main objectives are responding to city disasters in the Yokohama Station area, improving citizens’ disaster risk reduction knowledge and storing emergency supplies and materials. In normal times it operates as a core facility for preparedness promotion, raising awareness about how to help oneself and how to help each other and offering training for people able to carry this out.

 

Fundamental Roles of the Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center

(1)As a place for disaster prevention/mitigation education for citizens, etc.

In fiscal 2015 the center’s capabilities were enhanced in order to help achieve the disaster mitigation targets in the Earthquake Disaster Prevention Strategy by embodying the principles of the Yokohama Citizen Charter for Earthquake Disaster Prevention and Yokohama Ordinances Regarding Helping Oneself and Others During Disaster and carry out the following citizen awareness-raising activities to make Yokohama strong against disasters.
 
  • Training to protect oneself and understand the characteristics of Yokohama disasters
  • Training required by different generations and entities to help oneself and others
  • Acquisition of the latest information, etc. regarding disaster prevention/mitigation
  • Training in more specialized expertise, technology, etc.


 

(2) As the base of activities of the Yokohama City Fire Band

As the base of the activities of the Yokohama City Fire Band, the center raises awareness regarding disaster prevention through events such as the Disaster Prevention Awareness Concert, ensemble concerts and more.
 

(3) As a first-aid base during earthquakes

During large-scale disasters, the center forms a temporary evacuation site with the adjacent Sawatari Central Park and is a first-aid base for victims. It has also been designated one of the temporary shelters near the west exit of Yokohama Station for people unable to return home and is able to accommodate those stranded near the station. Water, blankets, etc. are stored at the center to be distributed in such times.

 

(4) As a base for the Special Advanced Rescue Team

A Special Advanced Rescue Team that uses positive pressure special response vehicles as its main vehicles is stationed at the center to respond to nuclear, biological and chemical disasters in the Yokohama Station area and across the city.

 

 

Usage Information

 
Hours 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Every Monday (open on holidays, closed the following weekday)
New Year’s (12/29-1/3)
 
Address     4-7 Sawatari, Kanagawa-ku
Yokohama 221-0844

[By train] 10-minute walk from the west exit of Yokohama Station
[By city bus: 5, 25 or 68] 3-minute walk from the Tsuruyacho San-chome stop
[By Kanachu bus: Nakayama Station-Yokohama Station West Exit] 1-minute walk from the Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center.
Facility Tour Tour length: approx. 1 hour (1.9:30-10:30 2.11:00-12:00 3.13:30-14:30 4.15:00-16:00)
*Guidance in Japanese only
Subtitles in 3 languages in the Fire Theater (English, Hangul and Chinese)

 
Inquiries/Reservations TEL: 045-411-0119 (9:15-17:00 excluding closing day, Japanese only)
            E-mail: sy-kengaku@city.yokohama.jp (Japanese only)
 
Warnings -Please refrain from consuming alcohol on the premises.
            -The entire facility and grounds are non-smoking.
            -Please wear comfortable clothing. High heels are not advised.
-There is no parking facility. Please use a nearby parking lot or come by public transportation.
 
 
 
 

The Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center is a hands-on facility for as many people as possible to have fun learning about earthquakes, fires and other disasters and be thoroughly prepared for them.
It offers the opportunity to learn from realistic disaster footage, three-dimensional shaking and earthquake reenactment, fire simulations and other advanced technology.
Naturally, all ages, from small children to senior citizens, coming individually or as a family, may experience this free of charge.
We hope you will come experience firsthand how best to protect yourself as well as the importance of helping each other during a major disaster.
See the hands-on tours below for more information.

 
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