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“This Place Brings Out Mixed Feelings”

Chiran Peace Museum
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281 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
“This Place Brings Out Mixed Feelings”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

This place exemplifies bravery of the young Japanese men mixed with the ills of war.
We visited the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and this complements that visit well.
How these 2 venues tell a great story in history and the many lessons that can be learnt.
I am glad to have brought my kids for these visit to learn the lessons of the past.

The trip down south was well worth it and in getting to the Peace Museum, one gets to see the beautiful scenery of South Kyushu. Not to be missed

Visited June 2013
Thank BertSG
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Soo, Japan
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72 reviews
57 attraction reviews
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“Important for everyone to see. Spring is best”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

I have been twice to this place, and each time it moves me deeply. The sheer amount of personal items from the pilots really weighs heavy on your heart as you look through the names and the ages.
Warning: this place is in Japanese, and although there are interactive terminals and audio tours in English.
If you go, please be quiet and respectful. I was asked by many Japanese people why I was there, but they were more curious as to how I found it. They told me they were glad to see people from all over come visit because they felt it was important for the world to know.
I recommend this place during Sakura season (late March), as the driveway up is all falling petals. It is very beautiful!

Visited March 2013
2 Thank CaffineFreek
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South Pasadena, California
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Remembering why peace is so important”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

These young men and boys did not choose to become kamikaze pilots. They became pilots out of duty for their country and for the safekeeping of their families that they would leave behind. I've been here twice with different tour groups. An hour and a half to two hours is not enough time to listen to all the narratives on the English translations devices. All the adults were emotionally moved. The students in Junior and Senior High Schools were also captivated by the displays and stories. Even more so, than when we visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Definitely a must experience, if you have the time.

Visited July 2012
3 Thank Margaret L
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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10 reviews
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“Japanese Point of View on the 'Greater East Asia War'”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

An important and interesting place to get Japan's view on the 'Greater East Asia War'/WW II. I suggest getting the English audio guide for Y 100 to have a better understanding of the items/documents displayed. A touching and poignant reminder of the desperation and destruction brought on by war.

Visited May 2013
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Hell, Norway
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
43 attraction reviews
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“Best museum ever”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

The weirdly named Peace Museum for killer Kamikaze pilots had a deeper effect on me than the soulless Peace Museum dedicated to innocent victims in Hiroshima.

And I wasn't alone, if the sniffles and dabbed eyes of the Japanese visitors, of both sexes, were anything to go by.

This is, by far, the highlight of my 3 weeks in Japan, better than all those boring temples in Kyoto and bars in Tokyo. It Is not easy to get to, on the southern tip of Japan, far from the rail, but it is worth the effort. Women will love it too, as they learn of the love stories attached to some of the thousand or so pilots who wasted their lives in the last few months of the war.

An English audioguide, rented for just 100 yen, gives detailed explanations of about 35 exhibits, but it barely scratches the surface. There is so much to read, all the pilots' wills and final letters, so you'll need to rustle up some Japanese-speaking pals for the occasion. Among the exhibits, I learned of:

- the American from Hawaii who was a kamikaze pilot, along with 11 Koreans
- the chap who was selected after 2 unsuccessful bids only after his wife killed herself and their kids in the hope that he would be 3rd time lucky and be reunited soon in the afterlife
- the fellow whose plane crashed soon after takeoff, and how he honored his rescuers on his second attempt
- the dude who wrote to his young kids that they should "avenge" their father
- the guy whose fiancee gave him a scarf and said she wished she could be that scarf on his fateful trip.

I have so many questions - what happened to the pilots who survived? to the pilots' families? did they get pensions- so I will have to hit Wikipedia. But this was great stuff. If you are coming by bus, the staff will help you out with timetables.

Visited April 2013
5 Thank dgdevil
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