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“Should be on everyone's 'must see' list.”

Chiran Peace Museum
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

The Peace Museum holds a fascinating & important collection of artifacts and personal photos & documents relating to WWII Kamikaze pilots & their mission. There are whole aeroplanes on display as well as extensive displays devoted to the individual pilots so we get know who they were by reading or hearing their stories.
If you don't read Japanese, ensure you pick up an audio guide to help you understand the exhibits & personal stories. Although, after a while, the personal stories become overwhelming and depressing - such a waste of young life. Pace yourself and look at some bigger exhibits before returning to the individual stories. The Peace Museum should be on everyone's must visit list.

3  Thank Elly M
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Reviewed 8 December 2012

This is a museum that is only reachable by private car or public bus. From Kagoshima station you can take a slow bus that takes approximately an hour to Chiran. The Peace Museum lies on the southern edge (you can walk to it for 1,5 km from the Samurai gardens).

And what to expect here? Loads of tour busses and school groups, because for the Japanese people this seems like a pilgrimage. Outside there is a monument of one of the kamikaze pilots, an airplane and a dormitory. Inside there are a lot of photo's of the pilots. They mostly came from this area (around 1.100). Okinawa is relatively close by. The families are there, the restaurants were they wined and dined.

It is absolutely forbidden to take photos inside (and they do check, since it is kinda controversial). If you do not understand Japanese it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to absorb the feel of it.

As I understand it the Japanese do admire their kamikaze pilots. Since they fought to protect the mother land. Just like the 'kamikaze' (divine wind) did in the year 1281 when the Mongols tried to invade Japan and were stopped by a sudden typhon (kamikaze).

You can easily combine Chiran with the vulcano sand bath in Ibusuki (it takes another hour due to the hilly countryside with the bus). From Ibusuki there is a JR Rail connection along the coast to Kagoshima.

4  Thank Eric S
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

The museum is a monument to peace and an honest but respectful remembrance to the young Japanese Kamikaze pilots of WWII.

The Imperial Japanese Army airbase at Chiran, Kagoshima, with its two runways, was the principal kamikaze base during the Battle of Okinawa.

The museum iincludes letters, poems, essays, testaments, and other artefacts; as well as photographs of the 1,036 pilots, arranged in the order in which they died.

The museum is well laid out and presents an accurate and easily understandable tour. Definitely worth traveling for.

2  Thank bbwoods
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

A brilliant historical and fair minded view of young men who sacrificed themselves for their country. Not the men crazy on sake as portrayed many times but a great many young men who had not yet lived, but loved their families and their country and were, maybe, not so willing to give their lives as one would believe when you read the many letters, but did so for what they believed to be the good of their country and their emperor.
The figure of 1034 pilots lost does not tally with official allied numbers of some 1900 odd, but I therefore assume the figure of 1034 was for that area alone and did not include the pilots from Formosa , Okinawa etc.
Having had friends in the Australian Navy who were on the receiving end of these attacks it was well worth the trip and visit. Both my wife, myself and grandchildren learnt a great deal from it.

5  Thank ronrdunbogan
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

With great reverence for the young men who in their supreme sacrifice, it is hoped that all citizens of the world can relate and learn from their sad and tragic journey.
As one travels the halls of the museum it is hard to fully imagine the austere working environment and the total sadness and torture that these you men had to endure.
As I viewed the photos on the walls of any of the young boys who knew it was their last chance to save their home and of the letters written to their loved ones it is gripping and at times overwhelming to the point of tears. I viewed those photos of several you boys who could have been yours or my children with the same fears and dreams and hopes for a future... dashed away in an instant and the greater knowledge that they are heros just as other folks from other nations at that time were to be considered no more and no less. Tragically, it is always the poor and middle classed "patriots" that die for the cause of protecting the homeland. This point is driven hard when one reads and spends time within the meuseum. It is a legacy to those young boys who lost their lives and dreams much too soon, but also to a nation; one of the greatest nations on the earth. NIPPON and the fine people of this nation lead the world in promoting a lasting and meaningful peace and for new understanding. I love the fine people of Kyushu and of all of Japan and hope for the greatest recovery and may freedom and prosperity flourish and the memory of the past lead people to plan properly for the future.
The meuseum is well thought out and displays are meticulously arranged and cared for presenting an accurate and easily understandable tour. Worthwhile and highly suggested for visit. Beautiful scenery around the town also.

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