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Old Military Headquarters

Address: 236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku 901-0241 , Okinawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 98-850-4055
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Tomigusuku
Type: Military Bases/ Facilities, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
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Type: Military Bases/ Facilities, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

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
32 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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668 attraction reviews
709 helpful votes 709 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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362 reviews 362 reviews
158 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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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NJ
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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