Hario Radio Tower
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Shannon Lefebvre
Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan137 contributions
Nov 2019
A real historical and important WW2 site that still remains in Nagasaki to this day, is called the Hario Transmission Towers. They were the starting point of the message sent by officials to proceed with the attack on Pearl Harbor. As a result of this, the Hario Transmission Towers will forever be remember if only in an infamous way.

It must be mentioned that despite heavy bombing in Sasebo during the war, the towers remained standing. This leads to an interesting theory that the American`s purposely left this site alone in the belief that it would come in handy in the future when Japan would eventually be defeated.

Construction began on the three 446-foot transmission towers at the station in 1918 and was completed in 1922. Improved communications were needed as Japan began to expand its empire. The Russo/ Japanese War triggered a need for strengthening Japan`s Wireless Infrastructure thus manpower and money was poured into the project at an amazing pace and as a result the project was completed in a record time.

This facility is still prized for its engineering and wireless technology and along with its historical background has been designated as an Important Cultural Asset. The Hario Wireless Towers symbolizes the development of technology in Japan which has resulted in the highly developed and technologically advanced 21st Century society that exists today.

I have visited this site many times in the last 2 years and have made it a regular stop on Tour Nagasaki`s itinerary. This area is a special place indeed. Amazing nature contracting with technology from yesteryear, the sheer size and speed that these towers were constructed are to be commended as one can only get a grasp of their enormous girth once you are standing and or walking around the circumference of its base.

Of course, American`s in particular will feel more emotional at the Hario Wireless Towers but realistically the site should be viewed as a small piece of history and a culmination of many different events that occurred before the message was even sent. In many ways, this site should be seen as a technological site and not as a WW2 historical site in my opinion.
Written 27 January 2020
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Joan O
Sasebo, Japan13 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Was able to tour the tower area with a guide last year. The history of the place is amazing and given when it was built a true engineering marvel for its time. We even got to look inside one fo the towers. Well worth the visit especially for history buffs.
Written 31 December 2018
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Mike M
Jacksonville, FL73 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
I was unaware that the signal TORA! TORA! TORA! was given from those radio towers during WWII. That Famous phrase rough translated to Tiger! Tiger! Tiger. Is what sent the Pearl Harbor Attacks in play that Led to the US entrance into WWII. Nice bit of history there.
Written 27 August 2018
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Jaime B
Coronado, CA164 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
Somewhat interesting historic site to explore. Doesn’t take too long to visit either, so it’s a nice add-on if you’re already nearby at saikai Park. Signs were very informative, and of course the view is quite beautiful. Fun to hear the amazing echo if you make sound in the tower.
Written 5 May 2018
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kiki351
Seattle, WA5 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
We had the most informative and Ploite volunteers. Thank you!!
It's very impressive engineering historic WWII military achievement.
Written 30 April 2017
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