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Old Military Headquarters

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Address: 236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku 901-0241 , Okinawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 98-850-4055
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A Step Back In Time

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
natalieandmonkey
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Hertfordshire
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Hertfordshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Firestone, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters is located where Rear Admiral Ota and his men desperately fought to the end on June 13, 1945. You can view the commanding officers room, the room where they committed suicide by grenades (with marks still on the wall) and several other rooms as they were during the battle. Also the tunnels, which were... More 

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is more for history or WWII folks than just a "place to tour". I enjoyed it but my wife was ambivalent. They have a mini-museum which covers the history and sets the stage for the tunnels. The tunnels are an interesting walk and there are some pictures here and there to give perspective but my wife's opinion is that... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

Be amazed by sheer engineering skill using basic tools and hands. Tunnel is well lit and ventilated. Height is a little over 6 ft or 180 cm. Need to spend 1 hour to see the whole area.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Another one of the very good museums in Okinawa and it is definitely worth visiting. While it is only a small view of the vast system of underground tunnels used in the war, you get overview and understanding of this piece of Okinawa's history. There are some good pictures that show the conditions these men endured during the war. There... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

My friends and I enjoyed learning about the events that occurred in Okinawa during WWII. Everything was English speaking friendly and easy to navigate. Not for those with difficulty walking.

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London
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725 helpful votes 725 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

These are a system of tunnels built by the Japanese Navy Corps in 1944 to serve as headquarters against the American invasion that followed in 1945. We tourists can now walk via a semi circular route to see many of the rooms and corridors that were focul to the Japanese Navy during the Okinawa battles. Sadly the area is somehow... More 

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Yokosuka, Japan
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127 reviews 127 reviews
53 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

It is a small view of the tunnels system through out Japan used in WWII. It does give a realistic view and worth a visit. It has been changed slightly for the safety of visitors.

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Switzerland
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421 reviews 421 reviews
185 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

A system of tunnels and underground rooms. At the end of the war the Japanese commanding officer and his staff (almost 200 people!) committed suicide in these tunnels. Only partially reopened and renovated in the seventies, they say there's still parts of the tunnels serving as tombs for the Japanese soldiers. There is a small visitor's centre at the entrance... More 

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