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Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

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Address: 236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku 901-0241 , Okinawa Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 98-850-4055
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A vital place for the Japanese military during the fight for Okinawa

Visiting the underground headquarters will give you a unique perspective on the life and living conditions of the Japanese military, especially during the last days of the battle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris H
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This could have been so much better. The only thing worth seeing was the grenade shrapnel on the wall from where they committed suicide.

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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the underground headquarters will give you a unique perspective on the life and living conditions of the Japanese military, especially during the last days of the battle for Okinawa. There are great displays of historical military artifacts, as well as the place where Admiral Ota committed Seppuku after issuing his final orders. A must see place for any visitor.

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1 Thank Chris H
Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These underground tunnels are very interesting part of WW2 history. I was hoping to get more information, photos and stories about this place. From the internet you can get better more objective picture what really happened. I recommend to study before visiting. Also google maps shows wrong walking route to the site which wasn't nice in 36C hot and sunny... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is small and the tunnels only take about 20 minutes to go through, but it offers a unique perspective on war and how Okinawa was involved. Highly recommended as a cultural experience while traveling in Okinawa.

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1 Thank Catherine H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

It was an eye opening museum in the beginning, especially the photos. The underground tunnels were interesting, but the information on the walls could have been better, especially the English translations. It was cool to poke our heads down the tunnels that were fenced off. The staff room was kind of creepy though--the staff apparently committed suicide by exploding their... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Take some time at the beginning in the small museum to try to understand the effects of the war, not only on the combatants but also on the ordinary Okinawan civilians. The tunnels are not difficult to negotiate nor claustrophobic. Explanations and directions are provided in English. Also wander around the gardens and memorials as well. Getting there is easy... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

These tunnels take about 30 minutes to go through. They are cool and have a lot of history behind them, but it does get very small and cramped after awhile. Taking large groups down here is difficult because of the close quarters.

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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

A profound place of silence and memory. Any American visiting Okinawa really needs to go here to help understand the effects of war on all involved. The sacrifice of the combatants on both sides and the effects on the civilians caught in the middle are evident all over Okinawa, esp. in the south. But here, as the battle neared its... More 

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Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

The history of these underground tunnels is sad. The tour is self paced and has English translations throughout the tunnels. It took us about an hour to complete from start to finish. Spend time at the beginning in the small museum before going into the tunnel.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

For anyone interested in WW2 history this is a most interesting place to visit. The most authentic of any similar places that we saw in Okinawa. As most reviews will have told you, it's an opportunity to see the underground headquarters of the Japanese navy & learn about the battle of Okinawa. Okinawa was the only populated home island to... More 

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