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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Okinawa - Honto
War Memorials 
# 3   of 21 most visited sights
in Okinawa Island

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The Peace Memorial Museum

Near the end of World War Two, Okinawa Honto became the site of one of the war's bloodiest battles, when the US forces invaded and occupied the island. An estimated 200,000 people, including more than 100,000 civilians and 12,500 Americans were killed in the battle, which lasted from April to June 1945.

The devastating effects of the war had a profound impact on the Okinawans, and there are a number of monuments and museums relating to the period throughout Okinawa Honto. The worst fighting of the battle took place in the south, and that is where some of the larger monuments have been constructed.

A clock tower and the path to Peace Hill
One of the prefectural monuments for Okinawa

The main memorial to the Battle of Okinawa is the Peace Memorial Park, which is located near the southern tip of the island. Its main attraction is the Peace Memorial Museum, which gives a sobering overview of the lead up to the battle, the battle itself and the reconstruction of Okinawa.

Other monuments in the park include the "Cornerstone of Peace", a collection of large stone plates with the names of all fallen soldiers and civilians, including Koreans, Taiwanese, Americans and Britons. There is also an area with memorials donated by each of Japan's 46 other prefectures.

Engraved names of war dead in the Cornerstone of Peace

A few kilometers west of the Peace Park stands the Himeyuri Monument (Himeyuri no To) with an adjacent museum. It commemorates the fate of female high school students, who worked in army field hospitals in caves under horrendous conditions. Most of them did not survive the war.

Another thought provoking, war related site is the Former Navy Underground Headquarters, which consists of several hundred meters of underground corridors and rooms that served as the Japanese navy's headquarters during the war. Many sailors committed suicide in these tunnels, after their situation had grown hopeless towards the end of the battle. Visitors can see in one area a room whose walls have been riddled with shrapnel from a grenade.

Inside the Former Navy Underground Headquarters
The Himeyuri Monument

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How to get there

Peace Memorial Park

Take bus number 89 from Naha Bus Terminal to Itoman Terminal (60 minutes, 580 yen, departures every 10 minutes), transfer to bus number 82 and get off at Heiwakinendo Iriguchi (20 minutes, 470 yen, departures every 1-2 hours). By car, it takes about 50 minutes from central Naha.

Himeyuri Monument

Take bus number 89 from Naha Bus Terminal to Itoman Terminal (60 minutes, 580 yen, departures every 10 minutes), transfer to bus number 82, 107 or 108 and get off at Himeyuri-no-to (20 minutes, 320 yen, 1-2 buses/hour). By car, it takes about 45 minutes from central Naha.

Former Navy Underground Headquarters

From the Naha Bus Terminal/Asahibashi, take bus number 55 or 98 to Tomigusuku Minami (15 minutes, 260 yen, 3-5 buses/hour) from where the Former Navy Underground Headquarters are a ten minute walk up the hill. By car, they can be reached in about 10-15 minutes from central Naha or Naha Airport.

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Hours and Fees
Peace Memorial Museum
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed:December 29 to January 3 and occasional irregular closures
Admission:300 yen
English:Good

Himeyuri Monument
Hours:9:00 to 17:30 (entry until 17:00)
Closed:No closing days
Admission:310 yen

Former Navy Underground Headquarters
Hours:8:30 to 17:00 (until 17:30 from July to September)
Closed:No closing days
Admission:440 yen
English:Moderate

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