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Old Military Headquarters

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Address: 236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku 901-0241 , Okinawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 98-850-4055
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Visit here if you enjoy history

I an a huge history buff especially WWII. The site had a little museum to brief you on history, then you get to explore through the tunnels. It was remarkable to see the work of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I an a huge history buff especially WWII. The site had a little museum to brief you on history, then you get to explore through the tunnels. It was remarkable to see the work of the soldiers who built the tunnels.

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washington, dc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Interesting for its engineering and ww-II historical aspects. Entrance is at the top of the hill. One must walk down a long set of stairs to enter the tunnel complex, and up a steep ramp to exit at the other end. Inside the building there's a museum-like, large room with historical photos, artifacts, and timelines mostly in Japanese but with... More 

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Roy, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I will be honest I almost turned around an left as I descended the tunnels knowing what happened there and then seeing the walls pitted by grenade shrapnel, the loss of life, the killing the desperation, incredibly moving.

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Boynton Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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