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Address: 236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku 901-0241 , Okinawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 98-850-4055
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The horrors of war - poor Okinawa!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
JustMe-Pete
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Sydney, Australia
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Boynton Beach
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127 reviews 127 reviews
69 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

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 

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Hertfordshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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20 helpful votes 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 

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 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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4 helpful votes 4 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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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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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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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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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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