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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 13 Attractions in Tomigusuku
Type: Military Bases/ Facilities
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832 reviews 832 reviews
629 attraction reviews
581 helpful votes 581 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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48 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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104 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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41 attraction reviews
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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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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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
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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231 helpful votes 231 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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