Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 tunnnels,which were comstracted utilizing hoes and picks,still exist in their original condition.
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ongwl82016
Singapore, Singapore799 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
If you drive, it is convenient to get there. The museum is not huge but very informative. The tunnel is also not long but we took our time to cover every corner and understand from the boards that have English narrative. Tunnel was easy to navigate and floor are quite even, except at some junctions we had to be careful not to have our head hit.
Written 4 January 2020
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phalanxye
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan643 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 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 less than an hour but well worth it.
Written 28 July 2018
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EmmaLee2010
Boone, NC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
I've been to this place several times throughout middle and high school. It's stuffy, damp, and aggravates my claustrophobia. I give it 5 stars because of the supernatural experience I had in 2005. On a school field trip a classmate took a photo of me and my teacher. After the photos came out we discovered a Japanese solder was standing right behind us. He was so clear we could see the pockets on his uniform! I was told by the locals, ghosts appearing in photos happens occasionally there.
Written 28 March 2017
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DanishAdventurer
Aarhus, Denmark220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Very close to Naha city you can get insights of the Japanese World War II story and see the Navy Underground. It's a very strong story and pictures too. Most of the story is translated into english, so you are able to understand it.
Written 16 July 2017
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Malcolm S.
Singapore, Singapore579 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Best way to go about this museum is to start at the exhibition area where there were some artifacts and facts on the naval division and the war. Then, you will enter the tunnel down to where used to be the hold out area for the naval division. It was chilling to be in the room where it was thought that the officers committed suicide by grenade and also to see the cramped holding areas where the sick or soldiers hold out during the war. Probably will take a maximum of an hour here as the area wasn’t very big.
Written 7 March 2020
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Niameow
Canada240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
First, you will go through the museum part where it educates you about the war on Okinawa. Then, you will enter the tunnel which used to be the headquarters. I thought I was somewhat familiar with and understood what happened during the war. Going through the tunnel, it still gave me chill looking at the marks of grenades where officers committed suicides. There are no blood marks (that I could see), but seeing the marks on the wall really hit me hard in a different way from reading about the war. I don't think I would have experienced that any other way. If you are interested in history, I believe this place is a must visit.
Written 28 February 2020
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YinzerTakesAWalk
Pittsburgh, PA37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
For those with historical interests - lots of steps for those that have a hard time with them, as it IS underground. Though there's an elevator that can take you down to the one room museum that has a fascinating variety of historical documents, medical and military items, and statistical charts. English translations of the Japanese captions are basic and straightforward.

The rooms of the tunnels themselves are well preserved. Highlight of our trip.
Written 10 November 2019
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MTM75
New Orleans, LA198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Visit the small museum and tour the underground tunnel system that protected the Japanese Navy commanding unit during WWII.
Written 16 August 2019
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lithlith
Michigan878 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We visited the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters as part of a cruise ship excursion while in Okinawa. It was nice to have a guide give an explanation while we were visiting. There are a few monuments outside of the museum and tunnel area as well. Inside there is a small one room museum most of which is written in Japanese. The tunnel part is very interesting. Everything pretty much winds around, so you can't really get lost. There is minimal signage in the tunnels as to what room was what. Once you exit the tunnels there is a gift shop and bathrooms.
Written 19 July 2019
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Penelope
Amsterdam, The Netherlands253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Small museum with pictures and information in Japanese and English about the battle of Okinawa. The tunnels and headquarter were a bit sinister to us. Keeping in mind that we were almost the only visitors and more than 175 people committed suicide in those tunnels. But to know more about World War 2, Japan and especially Okinawa, it's a must see.
Written 1 June 2019
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