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Old Military Headquarters

236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku 901-0241 , Okinawa Prefecture
+81 98-850-4055
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Tomigusuku
4.5 of 5 stars 89 Reviews
Type: Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
Fee: Yes
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Type: Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
Fee: Yes

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  • Japanese first
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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878 reviews 878 reviews
668 attraction reviews
691 helpful votes 691 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
48 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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Steckborn, Switzerland
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335 reviews 335 reviews
143 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
41 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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