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Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

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Address: 236 Tomigusuku, Tomigusuku 901-0241 , Okinawa Prefecture
Name/address in local language
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+81 98-850-4055
08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00
Fee: Yes

The Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquaters is located where Rear...

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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To see where the Japanese ended their official resistance and their lives on Okinawa. Under six are free, walking around 150 stairs into the earth is not difficult. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To see where the Japanese ended their official resistance and their lives on Okinawa. Under six are free, walking around 150 stairs into the earth is not difficult. The headquarters are labeled in English and Japanese so you can clearly understand the layout and design. You can see the pickaxe marks where it was dugout by hand.

Thank j_w_a_traveller
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630 reviews
227 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a small museum at the entrance where you purchase your tickets. While the tunnels aren't very long (they are semi-circular), you do have to walk down over 100 steep and slippery steps to get to them (we heard someone slip down them when we were there). The Japanese Navy Corps dug the huge underground tunnel complex by hand... More 

Thank Brissy2
Boone, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More 

1 Thank EmmaLee2010
Eureka, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

it is a bit hard to get to but worth it. it was an educational and educational experience. extremely well done. the gift shop at the end will call a cab

1 Thank Richard D
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45 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a site you must visit to gain a greater understanding of Okinawa and it's place in history. If also offers an insight into Japanese culture.

Thank Craig M
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25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

The bunker was a bit short but the corridor was wider than thought. And it was creepy to see the sucidal spot with holes on the wall.

Thank Stan L
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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Historical place with touching stories about war and men in war. Seemed to be boring but turn out to be so much interesting.

Thank Nhâm Lê Q
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37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This was pretty cool, remembered of Call of Duty World at War... the saddest room was the bomb suicide room, so sad... Anyways, pretty cool underground experience... recommended. Right next to it there's a kids park with long slides ;)

Thank Keller C
Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
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284 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Very thought-provoking place to visit, a real statement to the folly of war and hammers home just how badly Okinawa suffered during the last months of World War II. Definitely worth the trek, even if it's a bit tricky to visit from Naha.

Thank teturtia
Shanghai, China
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

This is a bit boring sightseeing in Naha. We expected to spend one hour or so there but in fact went all through in maybe 15 minutes. This was highly rated in Tripadvisor and that is also why we went there. Finally were a bit disappointed for the experience. Might also be that as there are not so many interesting... More 

Thank hanyoupei

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