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Former Navy HQ Headquarters Fees for visiting historical buildings for war and peace
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Former Navy HQ Headquarters Fees for visiting historical buildings for war and peace

By Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters
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Duration: 45m
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  • Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters
    426
    Japan
    Joined in September 2009
  • Deb3John
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth the Visit
    Once again the Japanese have put together a remembrance of the cruelties and futility of war. Upstairs is a short video going through the start to end and takes about 14 minutes, there are also a lot of photos and drawings for the war. Down stairs you pay a small entrance fee of $7au pp. There is a museum of artifacts, then the long walk down to the under ground headquarters. It is sobering to remember how these soldiers survived in that place for so long without toilets or kitchens and at the end that they also died there all 2400.
    Written April 13, 2024
  • rama1
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Living history . Well wortha visit.
    This is an important site int the dying days of the Pacific campaign. The tunnel was dug by hundreds of troops in 3-4 months and was the headquarters of the general in charge of the defences of the island. Good museum and videos prior to the walk through the tunnel complex. Signage is in English and Japanese and tells the tale. Pretty grim final days was well showcased.
    Written February 20, 2024
  • annesO1273RZ
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unimagineable
    Very interesting place. It must have been an horrendous experience for the number of sailors living and working down there.
    Written November 30, 2023
  • wilo9107
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It marks the important memory of WWII that took place in Okinawa, Japan.
    If you're interested in delving into the history of WWII in Okinawa and experiencing a serene and peaceful atmosphere, there's a place that comes highly recommended. It serves as a reminder of the past and highlights the significance of peace. The site's presentation effectively maintains its neutral stance, leaving a lasting impression on visitors. It's an unforgettable experience that truly showcases the resilience and determination of the Okinawan people. For those with a keen interest in Japanese WWII history and the remarkable efforts made by the locals, this destination is a must-visit.
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Anthony S
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    A fabulous museum in the former underground headquarters showing the conditions endured by the garrison during the war. Excellent for historians.
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Pioneer27795931126
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not our favorite.
    Was o.k., but (my opinion) painted a horrible picture of the U.S. during the war when in fact mainland Japan didn't exactly treat the Okinwans as equals during this time.
    Written November 14, 2022
  • Mooncake1969
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    amazing the digging these guys did
    amazing how these guy dug this set of tunnels with only a axe. during the walk I noticed some tunnels don't have access. I hope one day they open those areas up. Nice little museum with some moving photos at the upstairs entrance.
    Written January 11, 2021
  • Malcolm_See
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a short visit if around the area
    Best way to go about this museum is to start at the exhibition area where there were some artifacts and facts on the naval division and the war. Then, you will enter the tunnel down to where used to be the hold out area for the naval division. It was chilling to be in the room where it was thought that the officers committed suicide by grenade and also to see the cramped holding areas where the sick or soldiers hold out during the war. Probably will take a maximum of an hour here as the area wasn’t very big.
    Written March 7, 2020
  • ongwl82016
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small But Worth A Visit
    If you drive, it is convenient to get there. The museum is not huge but very informative. The tunnel is also not long but we took our time to cover every corner and understand from the boards that have English narrative. Tunnel was easy to navigate and floor are quite even, except at some junctions we had to be careful not to have our head hit.
    Written January 3, 2020
  • scottofhawaii
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kinda Empty
    This place lacks realia. The only real objects I saw in the tunnel system were a wooden table and some chairs, and they certainly looked like they were made long after the war was over. The museum was quite small and only had a few objects too; there were some good pictures and English information though. I think they should have set up displays and brought in objects from the war to bring the place to life so to speak. The tunnels seemed "sanitized" with eery emptiness to it. I couldn't get a feel or connect to how a soldier's life might have been here. I wouldn't want to tell anyone not to come to this place of immense historical significance, but if you got something else to do, it can wait.
    Written December 16, 2019
  • Osakaboi
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important to know
    I wasnt mentally prepared when i came to visit this site. It was haunting and the energy was both positive and sadness. seeing so many photographs from the war was something that really got to me. Im half japanese and i know the horrible things some of my ancestors has done and at the same time i also know the good in my people. war is not an answer to anything. it is simply a destruction of the public and we should never forget the damage it causes.
    Written November 13, 2019
  • 325jazt
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good to visit
    I went there by bus. Its quite accessible. From the bus stop, u just need to go up a flight of stairs and walk for another 10min. The tunnel depicts the sad story of how big a damage war can bring to mankind. Though I cannot understand japanese, the video shown at the museum before u enter the tunnel is worth a look. It cost 450yen for admission.
    Written November 9, 2019
  • Global_Traveller11
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating look at Okinawa history
    Incredible to see these well preserved tunnels and structures from WW2. The museum was mostly in Japanese but there were translations of some information. Some incredible photos to tell the story and actual artifacts were included. Well worth a visit.
    Written August 29, 2019
  • MTM75
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting perspective on the Pacific Theater during WWII.
    Visit the small museum and tour the underground tunnel system that protected the Japanese Navy commanding unit during WWII.
    Written August 16, 2019
  • lithlith
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters
    We visited the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters as part of a cruise ship excursion while in Okinawa. It was nice to have a guide give an explanation while we were visiting. There are a few monuments outside of the museum and tunnel area as well. Inside there is a small one room museum most of which is written in Japanese. The tunnel part is very interesting. Everything pretty much winds around, so you can't really get lost. There is minimal signage in the tunnels as to what room was what. Once you exit the tunnels there is a gift shop and bathrooms.
    Written July 19, 2019
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Steph
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I thought it was a good experience to visit in person - you really get a sense of exactly how small and cramped everything is and it was sobering to imagine the tunnels full of people. I'm not a huge history buff though so I didn't get much more out of it. It's an easy walk though and worth seeing if you're already in the area.
Written January 29, 2020
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YinzerTakesAWalk
Pittsburgh, PA37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
For those with historical interests - lots of steps for those that have a hard time with them, as it IS underground. Though there's an elevator that can take you down to the one room museum that has a fascinating variety of historical documents, medical and military items, and statistical charts. English translations of the Japanese captions are basic and straightforward.

The rooms of the tunnels themselves are well preserved. Highlight of our trip.
Written November 10, 2019
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William V
Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The Navy Underground Headquarters was a great and unique experience. The museum provides a lot of information on the Battle of Okinawa in both Japanese and English. They also have a collection of historical items found in the tunnels on display. My friends and I enjoyed are time here and we felt it was very educational. I would highly recommend this site to anyone looking to visit a few historical sites while in Okinawa.
Written June 25, 2024
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Rick G
Westerville21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very solemn location. Informative and moving. War is horrible. Peace in the world .. now more than ever. My father served in WWII on Okinawa the horrors of the war led him to becoming a pacifist.
Written April 19, 2024
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HiTea
Connecticut131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very affordable. Many signs in English. Makes you think of the horrors of war and the plight of Okinawa’s people to be drawn into conflict.
Written February 4, 2024
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Blessam
Yio Chu Kang, Singapore19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We drove to the venue , public parking is available and easy assess to the place. It’s was an educational & interesting visit.
Written September 4, 2023
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Christopher C
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It was a very sobering experience. The tunnels were very interesting to see but it was also very sad to think of what they all went through. In saying that, I am glad we went to visit.
Written May 14, 2023
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Gail V
Wayzata, MN233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
If you are interested in WWII, this is an amazing site. You really get a feel for the war's impact on the island of Okinawa. We learned so much.
Written April 4, 2023
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Lornap Z
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
I appreciated the fact that there was signage in English. It caused me confliction because I saw the awful challenge of the American forces and the despair of the Japanese forces and the civilians who sought protection from the Japanese.
Written March 22, 2023
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Paul Ringheiser
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
An excellent place to recognize the spirit of Japan in WW II. My father's enemies are not my enemies.
Written February 23, 2023
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