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Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

Open today: 08:30 - 17:30
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If you are into history, this is a very good place to learn part of the Battle of Okinawa. Hard to... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2018
Honolulu, Hawaii
Hard to imagine life underground.

So much sacrificed by the locals, for nothing no trees, no grass,everything burnt, no food, all for... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
Brisbane, Australia
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The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquaters is located where Rear Admiral Ota and his men desperately fought to the end on 13 June,1945. You can view the commanding officer's room and the operations room as it was during the battle.Also the...more
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236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku 901-0241, Okinawa Prefecture
+81 98-850-4055
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Reviewed 28 July 2018

If you are into history, this is a very good place to learn part of the Battle of Okinawa. Hard to imagine their lives underground. This place is very close to the airport, affordable entrance fee of $6, short tour that can be completed in...More

3  Thank phalanxye
Reviewed 22 July 2018

So much sacrificed by the locals, for nothing no trees, no grass,everything burnt, no food, all for honour & the Emperor. The tunnels were dug by pick & hoe some are still in there original condition.The history surrounding the tunnels,the locals and the Rear Admiral...More

1  Thank grumpee-58
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

A bit hard to get to but certainly worth the effort if you are historical interested. There is some text in English especially in the visitor lounge/museum. Going into the tunnels and imaging being 1000s of people down there is really though provoking

1  Thank Christoph R
Reviewed 19 June 2018

I visited with my Japanese brother-in-law and our Japanese wives. We said nothing to each other on our walk through the tunnels and compared out experiences outside. The wives felt nothing more than cold sensations, but we men experienced the same ghosty presence. Firstly, let...More

Thank MWandAW
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Great but somber piece of history. The room where the rear admiral committed suicide still has the grenade holes in the wall.. send shivers up my spine

1  Thank Selena O
Reviewed 2 June 2018

This was one of the highlights of my recent Okinawa trip. I drove there in my rental car and took advantage of the free parking facilities. A short walk from the car park up the hill to the entrance of the tunnels. Must have been...More

1  Thank KGB777
Reviewed 31 May 2018

We took a taxi to the tunnels from the cruise port. It took about 25 minutes and cost 1800Y. We wanted to fit as much as possible into our day and the tunnels were a must see. Entrance is 400Y pp + taxes, costing us...More

Thank andream0402
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Taking public transport to get there was a little confusing (it wasn't well sign-posted), but the site itself is very well developed. There is a lot of English signage to explain the historical context of what you see in the tunnels. It's a very sobering...More

Thank Jubinee
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Access from Kokusai-dori - take the number 98 bus (we took from Makishi stop) to the stop called “Uebaru Danchi” which cost 230yen one way. After you get off the bus, walk in the direction the bus leaves, walk up the stairs to the top...More

1  Thank ksrocket
Reviewed 8 April 2018

A very interesting place although there is multiple steps and it feels a little confining. It is well worth the trip if you have an interest in history. Some of the photos and displays are not in English but overall the self guided tour was...More

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Ally F
8 August 2018|
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Response from grumpee-58 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I have a rough idea it was under 2000 yen. There are probably other options to get to the site but as we were on a cruise this was the quickest way to see several sites. hope this helps. peter
23 May 2017|
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Response from Jason A | Reviewed this property |
500 Yen adults, 250 Yen Students