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Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

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Address: 236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku 901-0241 , Okinawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 98-850-4055
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Worth a visit especially if you are interested in WWII

Came here after visiting the castle and before visiting Humeyuri Girls' School/Peace Shrine. This is an excellent progression if you want to learn round from the Japanese side of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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1,381 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 720 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here after visiting the castle and before visiting Humeyuri Girls' School/Peace Shrine. This is an excellent progression if you want to learn round from the Japanese side of the Battle of Okinawa. f Admission is Y440 for Adults and Y220 for childeren. Open year round from 8:30am-5pm. The Japanese Navy Corps of Engineers dug the tunnel complex in 1944.... More 

Thank Saranger
Hong Kong, China
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20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Perhaps one of the most poignant reminders of Okinawa's bloody World War II history is in the underground tunnels that became the HQ for the Japanese naval officers and soldiers. About 300m of the original 450m underground tunnel complex still exists and there are numerous labels and pictures helping visitors to fully appreciate the history of the site. The tunnels... More 

Thank HappyMooseHK
Richmond, Canada
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

It is easily accessible by bus from Kokusai Dori. It is a must-see if you like to learn about the Okinawa war.

Thank MickyMouseTour
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I an a huge history buff especially WWII. The site had a little museum to brief you on history, then you get to explore through the tunnels. It was remarkable to see the work of the soldiers who built the tunnels.

Thank tnpaige
washington, dc
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Interesting for its engineering and ww-II historical aspects. Entrance is at the top of the hill. One must walk down a long set of stairs to enter the tunnel complex, and up a steep ramp to exit at the other end. Inside the building there's a museum-like, large room with historical photos, artifacts, and timelines mostly in Japanese but with... More 

Thank peregrinatious
Roy, Utah
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126 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I will be honest I almost turned around an left as I descended the tunnels knowing what happened there and then seeing the walls pitted by grenade shrapnel, the loss of life, the killing the desperation, incredibly moving.

Thank 1inUtah
Boynton Beach
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152 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

300-500 meters of tunnels carved underground into stone is where The Imperial Japanese Navy staff made their last stand during WW-II. The self-guided tour takes you down a number of steps to the labyrinth of tunnels and small rooms where the Japanese commander and 174 of his staff committed suicide rather than be dishonored by capture. A few mock-ups give... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Although we hear most about Hiroshima, which is a must for any trip to Japan, the heart wrenching stories of the last stand in Okinawa, with near 200,000 Japanese soldier and innocent civilian bloody deaths, are for various reasons rarely heard. Not only does walking through the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, snaking deep underground, a unique experience but the... More 

Thank JustMe-Pete
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This was my first visit to the island and was one of the first stops I made. I didn't have a car so got the monorail and walked the last 20 minutes or so which isn't a bad walk if a bit uphill. At first, I found it a bit confusing because the car park has some little stalls selling... More 

Thank natalieandmonkey
Burnsville, Minnesota
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

If you are a World War II history buff, then this place is a must visit. This is an air raid shelter used as the headquarters for the Japanese Navy during the battle of Okinawa. We were told it tool 3,000 people 5 months to dig this tunnel system...all done with just pick axes. Total length is about 450 meters... More 

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