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Chiran Peace Museum

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Address: 17881 Chirancho Kori, Minamikyushu 897-0302, Kagoshima Prefecture
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+81 993-83-2525
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30

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The faces of the young pilots are haunting as are the scraps of things they left behind. It is a shame there was not more information available in other languages. We kill the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ube, Japan
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Ube, Japan
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The faces of the young pilots are haunting as are the scraps of things they left behind. It is a shame there was not more information available in other languages. We kill the young people of every conflict in awful ways (think of the trenches in WWI). The most poignant part of the museum to me is the recreation of... More 

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Canton, Georgia
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328 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Today suicide bombers often defy understanding: why would they do that? As the war effort grew more desperate for Japan, in a last ditch effort to cripple the advance of the American navy toward the homeland, the military sought a weapon that would hopefully provide a crippling blow by destroying American aircraft carriers. Each individual who served in the Japanese... More 

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35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

All moral/political arguments aside, this is a pretty average museum: lots of incredible artefacts but presented in quite a boring, unimaginative way. I'm aghast at how many people have given it super-positive reviews - perhaps given London's museums, my standards are too high, but if I'd travelled to the region just for this, I'd be disappointed. If you do the... More 

Thank boozle33
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51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

It was such a honor to visit the place where so many pure soul flu up to protect their loved ones.. I can't explain what I felt there because whatever I would write or however I would explain won't be enough and will be too easy ... you just have to visit there and see yourself how they lived ..not... More 

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Kumamoto, Japan
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46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Overall set up will tell you this place is special for the Japanese. Almost 1 km before the entrance the roads have special structures for night lighting I guess. The museum is very rich in terms of history. Don't just move around pay 200 yen to rent audio guidance. It's available in English. Read the translation of letters sent by... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

The museum focuses on "Kamikaze" air force of WWII Japan. It shows the whole program and provides stories of individual pilots. Please note that it is not possible to take pictures inside.

1 Thank Jan K
McLean, Virginia
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Visited this museum at the suggestion of an American friend and aviation enthusiast. Though I see from other reviews that foreign visitors off of cruise ships are often brought here from Kagoshima, I was the only apparent non-Japanese in a sea of Japanese visitors, including high school students. I speak, understand and read some Japanese, so I generally knew what... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

We did a group tour to this museum. Although not very comprehensive ,it was worth the travel to visit here. There were more than 1000 trainee kamikaze pilots trained from this WW2 site. Within the building are a lot of old relics including a reconstructed Zero, rifles, uniforms,swords, etc but more importantly, hundreds of letters from these young flyers (some... More 

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Kawasaki, Japan
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311 reviews
165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Chiran is for the Army and Kanoya is for the Navy and I prefer Kanoya for three reasons; 1) Free vs US$5 2) Fake planes vs Real planes displayed 3) less crowd Basically both places displays mostly last wills and pictures of suicide attackers during the second world war and military uniforms.

1 Thank Keizo
Stockholm County, Sweden
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Though the war glorification was visible, the overall experience of the museum was a good one. Many artifacts are visible, including a shot down and salvaged wreck of a Zero Fighter.

1 Thank Miguel B

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