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Old Military Headquarters

236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku, Okinawa Prefecture 901-0241 , Japan
+81 98-850-4055
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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in Tomigusuku
Type: Military Bases/ Facilities
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NJ
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Amazing to see the tunnels where civilians and the japanese navy stayed as the battle of okinawa was fiercely being fought. All committed suicide than be taken prisoner except for a few to write about what happened! Brave and somewhat foolish to be so proud as to die vs stay alive to tell all what happened. Of course you learn... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I went to see the Navy Underground Headquarters and found them quite interesting. At the entrance to the museum are as series of photos taken during the US invasion in 1945. The museum itself provides background and history of the battle. It also focuses on the local Okinawan people and their hardships and sacrifices they made during the 1930s/1940s. Adm... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Although we didn't have a lot of prior background on the Battle of Okinawa, we felt this was an important destination while in Okinawa. The small museum at the entrance gave a decent background on the battle with English translations. The tunnels themselves were mostly bare of displays and information. I appreciated the solitude, but commentary from survivors or more... More

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Seward, Alaska
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

My husband was interested in touring the underground headquarters and I agreed to go, but wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the sight. I was pleasantly surprised. I found the history very interesting, and the museum at the entrance was very touching. Everyone visiting while we were there was moved to tears.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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100 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I visited the Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters as part of a tour group. I had heard about this place from a U.S. service member I was sitting next to in the plane on the way to Okinawa, so I looked forward to visiting. I found the underground headquarters interesting. The maze of tunnels showed thoughtful planning. I understand there was... More

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Kailua, Hawaii
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

This place is very interesting and an inside glimpse into how they must have been feeling during the war. It has a strange mix of eeriness and peaceful all at the same time.

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